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After the Quake in Japan, Is North Africa Ready?

[By Arezki Daoud] The intensity of the March 2011 Japan earthquake was unlike anything else we have witnessed in modern times. This was no doubt of epic proportions, the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began. Japan's Meteorological Agency says the quake struck with a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale. Then that event was followed by deadly Tsunami waves hitting Japan from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.
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Focus on the Regions: Bouira, Algeria Learning to Live without Terrorism

These past 12 months have been unusual for the Wilaya (province) of Bouira, some 50 miles south-east of the capital Algiers. This is because no single young man has joined the Islamist resistance groups that have roamed in the province’s mountains and use them as launching pads to attack cities and villages all around. Previously targeted by fiery speeches of terrorist recruiters, Bouira’s youth are now looking for jobs, with money coming from the government to combat criminal activity such as drug trafficking, theft and other criminal acts....
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Best Wishes to our Readers

As we enter a new year and a new decade, problems facing North Africa, its neighbors and partners in the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, Africa and the rest of the world abound. Recent issues that have surfaced in the region and outside are stark reminders of the challenges to face....
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Italian Police Seize Counterfeit Algerian Dinars

The Italian financial enforcement authorities (GDF) have seized 3.5 million euros worth of counterfeit Algerian notes. The money was discovered in an underground printing operation in the southern town of Naples. ...
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After the Quake in Japan, Is North Africa Ready?

[By Arezki Daoud] The intensity of the March 2011 Japan earthquake was unlike anything else we have witnessed in modern times. This was no doubt of epic proportions, the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began. Japan's Meteorological Agency says the quake struck with a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale. Then that event was followed by deadly Tsunami waves hitting Japan from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south.
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Focus on the Regions: Bouira, Algeria Learning to Live without Terrorism

These past 12 months have been unusual for the Wilaya (province) of Bouira, some 50 miles south-east of the capital Algiers. This is because no single young man has joined the Islamist resistance groups that have roamed in the province’s mountains and use them as launching pads to attack cities and villages all around. Previously targeted by fiery speeches of terrorist recruiters, Bouira’s youth are now looking for jobs, with money coming from the government to combat criminal activity such as drug trafficking, theft and other criminal acts.
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Best Wishes to our Readers

As we enter a new year and a new decade, problems facing North Africa, its neighbors and partners in the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, Africa and the rest of the world abound. Recent issues that have surfaced in the region and outside are stark reminders of the challenges to face.
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Italian Police Seize Counterfeit Algerian Dinars

The Italian financial enforcement authorities (GDF) have seized 3.5 million euros worth of counterfeit Algerian notes. The money was discovered in an underground printing operation in the southern town of Naples.
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Alessandro Bruno

Deputy Editor of The North Africa Journal Alessandro Bruno is a leading analyst of North African, Arab and international affairs. He specializes in strategic political and economic developments relating to the North African oil industry and Middle East politics. Mr. Bruno is also an analyst in the global investment banking sector for a leading international advisory group. Quoted in the press such as The Financial Times, Mr. Bruno holds a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Studies. He has completed course work for a PhD in Middle East Politics at the University of Toronto. Mr. Bruno brings a wealth of international experience, having lived and worked abroad in a variety of different countries. Most recently, he lived in Libya working as a Program Officer (JPO) with the United Nations Development Program. Mr. Bruno is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, Arabic and German.
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