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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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Kouichi Shirayanagi

Kouichi Shirayanagi is a former Legislative Fellow for the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. He has traveled widely in the Middle East and North Africa. Kouichi holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from UC Santa Cruz.
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