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Libya: Time for Something Radically New

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | The sacking of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan may be long overdue, but Libya’s problems remain the same with a dysfunctional and divided Congress, and regions and ethnic groups feeling neglected. The country wants to run as a normal nation but there is nothing normal in its current situation.
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Troubled Times for North Africa’s Oil Sector

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Foreign companies are expressing their frustration with the security and political events affecting their business in North Africa. Many decided to postpone work for some future time, a decision often justified by a reduction in global demand, lower global prices and higher inventories expected in the future. That leaves, however, greater uncertainty in the region and many questions are being asked by the global investor community as to what come next....
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US Military Capture Tanker Carrying Libyan Oil

The American military have seized an oil tanker carrying crude illicitly obtained from a rebel-held port in Libya....
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More Violence in Libya: Dozens Killed, Incontrollable Militias

The North Africa Journal | Deadly clashes erupted in the outskirts of Tripoli on Saturday resulting in dozens of deaths, estimated at almost 40. These events are similar to those that occurred last summer in Benghazi, when 30 people died after confronting an unruly armed militia. In Tripoli this weekend, local populations battled a militia from Misrata (some 200 km east of Tripoli), who came to the capital to avenge the death of some of their members following the burning of their south Tripoli headquarters on Wednesday....
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Libya PM Zeidan Kidnapped by a Government “Anti-Corruption Unit” [update]

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Making a public statement on Thursday, the Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Abdulkarim Sadikk clearly missed the mark when he stated that Libya was safe and security was under control. The problem with Mr. Saddikk statement is that nothing could be further from the truth. Early Thursday, Mr. Saddikk’s boss, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was simply kidnapped from his room at the Corinthia Hotel. Yes, only in failed state do we see these kinds of events and to speak of security when the Prime Minister is abducted simply defies logic....
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US Raids in Somalia and Libya | Audiocast

The North Africa Journal's Deputy Editor Alessandro Bruno shares his views on the latest US raids on Al Shabab locations in Somalia and on a location in Tripoli to capture Anas Al Liby. The discussion took place on a TV news program....
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Anas Al-Liby Captured by US Special Forces

The North Africa Journal | US Special Forces have captured Libya-born Al Qaeda leader Anas Al-Liby. Al Liby was seized in a commando-style operation undertaken on Saturday, October 05, 2013. Al-Liby is wanted by the US authorities for his alleged role in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. He is also believed to be a key coordinator of North African terrorist organizations on behalf of Al Qaeda....
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Al Qaeda Gets Sophisticated with Intelligence Gathering

The North Africa Journal | The operatives of Al Qaeda's North Africa and Sahel franchises are often considered ruthless and acting as bandits. They are quick to take hostages and conduct criminal operations involving drugs, arms, and human trafficking. Imagining them gathering intelligence to plot attacks is not something widely considered. But that's exactly the case. ...
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Facing the Truth About Jerusalem

By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir | Those who are privy to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations appear to be more optimistic than ever before about the prospect of reaching an agreement. Yet there are those who believe that, regardless of American prodding, no agreement is likely to emerge because neither Prime Minster Netanyahu nor President Mahmoud Abbas are in a position to make the necessary concessions to make peace and politically survive....
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Why a US-Iran Rapprochement May be a Good Thing in the War against Global Terrorism

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | The horrific attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi may have come as a surprise for many, but for us, the surprise was less about the act in itself and the perpetrators' intentions than about the magnitude of the violence. Whether it is El-Shabaab, Boko Haram, AQIM, etc, the actual perpetrators eventually lead us back to the same source, Al Qaeda Central. Can a US-Iran rapprochement lead to an easing of such violence? I think so....
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Massacre and State of Emergency in Egypt

Casualties are rising in Egypt after security forces moved in with armored vehicles, bulldozers and tear gas to clear two protest camps in Cairo set up by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. ...
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US Troops Deployed in the Amchach Military Base in North Mali

The North Africa Journal | News | American soldiers are reported to have been deployed in the Amchach military base located near Tassalit in the northern-most section of the west African nation of Mali. News reports say that the American troops were given permission by the French to enter the base a couple of days ago. US troops are expected to deploy across different zones in the contested north Mali. ...
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Back from the Dead: Belmokhtar Launches Daring Attacks in the Sahel, Warns of More to Come

The North Africa Journal | The Chadian government has once again shown that it has no credibility. Its President, Idriss Deby, and its military leadship have made so much noise about the death of the infamous Sahel's terror chief Mokhtar Belmokhtar that major global media outlets simply went along and reported it without checking the validity of the information. But Belmokhtar is back with more noise of his own. It turned out he is alive and busy plotting more attacks....
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The Jihadists in Africa's Sahel Zone: Expect More of the Same Despite Cleanup in Mali

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Many observers of the military intervention in Mali are praising the Franco-African troops for what they already consider a guaranteed victory. Although a military win is assured given the superiority of the French army, it may be more difficult to ascertain, that as a result, the Jihadists are defeated. Indeed, as we look at the months ahead and beyond, the possibility of a conflict spillover is the most likely scenario. If such scenario does not happen, then we can salute this intervention in Mali as a victorious one....
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Qatar's Dangerous and Murky Game in West Africa

The North Africa Journal | Qatar is not a stranger in nations where strange things are happening. Like Saudi Arabia, it is almost everywhere where civil wars, internal conflicts and crises are destroying whole nations. Qatari dollars can be traced in places like Libya, Pakistan, Indonesia, Syria, and the list goes on. It also seems to be wherever the Islamist Jihadist elements operate. In short: Qatar’s international meddling is just bad news....
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Algerian Government Ministers Implicated in Corruption Cases: All Eyes on Chakib Khelil and Others

The murky nature of Algerian politics and lack of transparency mean that the country is suffering from a major credibility and accountability deficit that is allowing many of its top leaders to abuse their power. As we approach the Presidential elections, more political and financial scandals are making it to the public, dragging with them names of politicians who used to be seen internationally as credible. Foreign justice systems in countries like Italy, Switzerland, Canada and elsewhere are probing cases of illegal payments made by companies to Algerian officials, investigations that are turning out to be a PR nightmare for the Algerian government....
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North Africa’s Troubles: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | North Africa is in an accelerated downward spiral, and the bottom is nowhere near. All indicators, whether they are economic, political, and social point clearly to the the fact that the entire region has sunk to a new low. While it would be easy to equate today’s North Africa to yesterday’s American wild west, there is a massive difference and that is there is no “Sheriff in town” in North Africa. The region and its populations are left to fend for themselves, abandoned by their politicians, abused by their business leaders....
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JCP Islamist Party Seeks Way out of Coalition Government in Libya

The North Africa Journal | While their peers are accused of having too much power in Tunisia, the Islamists in Libya think they don’t have enough of it. The religious-leaning Justice and Construction Party (Hizb Al-Adala Wal-Bina), affiliated to the broad Muslim Brotherhood's political tendency, is seriously considering leaving the coalition government that was formed to manage the country. ...
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Tunisian PM Jebali Resigns: a Case of "Should I Stay or Should I Go."

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali is calling it quit. Having failed to form a neutral technocratic cabinet as he promised following the assassination of secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid, Jebali decide to resign on Tuesday this week. Is he really completely out of the picture or repositioning himself to put pressure on his Islamist party Ennahda?...
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Killing of Belaïd in Tunisia Accelerates Confrontation Between Secularists and Islamists, and Among Islamists Themselves

The North Africa Journal | Tunisia is in the third phase of its “Jasmine” Revolution. The first phase was the ousting of dictator Ben Ali, which brought euphoria, optimism, and a great sense of democracy in a country long controlled by a rogue regime. ...
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US Military Capture Tanker Carrying Libyan Oil

The American military have seized an oil tanker carrying crude illicitly obtained from a rebel-held port in Libya.
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Libya: Time for Something Radically New

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | The sacking of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan may be long overdue, but Libya’s problems remain the same with a dysfunctional and divided Congress, and regions and ethnic groups feeling neglected. The country wants to run as a normal nation but there is nothing normal in its current situation.
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Troubled Times for North Africa’s Oil Sector

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Foreign companies are expressing their frustration with the security and political events affecting their business in North Africa. Many decided to postpone work for some future time, a decision often justified by a reduction in global demand, lower global prices and higher inventories expected in the future. That leaves, however, greater uncertainty in the region and many questions are being asked by the global investor community as to what come next.
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More Violence in Libya: Dozens Killed, Incontrollable Militias

The North Africa Journal | Deadly clashes erupted in the outskirts of Tripoli on Saturday resulting in dozens of deaths, estimated at almost 40. These events are similar to those that occurred last summer in Benghazi, when 30 people died after confronting an unruly armed militia. In Tripoli this weekend, local populations battled a militia from Misrata (some 200 km east of Tripoli), who came to the capital to avenge the death of some of their members following the burning of their south Tripoli headquarters on Wednesday.
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Libya PM Zeidan Kidnapped by a Government “Anti-Corruption Unit” [update]

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Making a public statement on Thursday, the Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Abdulkarim Sadikk clearly missed the mark when he stated that Libya was safe and security was under control. The problem with Mr. Saddikk statement is that nothing could be further from the truth. Early Thursday, Mr. Saddikk’s boss, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was simply kidnapped from his room at the Corinthia Hotel. Yes, only in failed state do we see these kinds of events and to speak of security when the Prime Minister is abducted simply defies logic.
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US Raids in Somalia and Libya | Audiocast

The North Africa Journal's Deputy Editor Alessandro Bruno shares his views on the latest US raids on Al Shabab locations in Somalia and on a location in Tripoli to capture Anas Al Liby. The discussion took place on a TV news program.
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Anas Al-Liby Captured by US Special Forces

The North Africa Journal | US Special Forces have captured Libya-born Al Qaeda leader Anas Al-Liby. Al Liby was seized in a commando-style operation undertaken on Saturday, October 05, 2013. Al-Liby is wanted by the US authorities for his alleged role in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. He is also believed to be a key coordinator of North African terrorist organizations on behalf of Al Qaeda.
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Al Qaeda Gets Sophisticated with Intelligence Gathering

The North Africa Journal | The operatives of Al Qaeda's North Africa and Sahel franchises are often considered ruthless and acting as bandits. They are quick to take hostages and conduct criminal operations involving drugs, arms, and human trafficking. Imagining them gathering intelligence to plot attacks is not something widely considered. But that's exactly the case.
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Facing the Truth About Jerusalem

By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir | Those who are privy to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations appear to be more optimistic than ever before about the prospect of reaching an agreement. Yet there are those who believe that, regardless of American prodding, no agreement is likely to emerge because neither Prime Minster Netanyahu nor President Mahmoud Abbas are in a position to make the necessary concessions to make peace and politically survive.
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Why a US-Iran Rapprochement May be a Good Thing in the War against Global Terrorism

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | The horrific attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi may have come as a surprise for many, but for us, the surprise was less about the act in itself and the perpetrators' intentions than about the magnitude of the violence. Whether it is El-Shabaab, Boko Haram, AQIM, etc, the actual perpetrators eventually lead us back to the same source, Al Qaeda Central. Can a US-Iran rapprochement lead to an easing of such violence? I think so.
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Sihem Hajji

Ms. Sihem Hejji [1ère année mastère GRH à l' ISG Tunis] is a Tunis-based human resources and education columnist. She focuses on employment and link to schools while pursuing a graduate degree in the field. Sihem worked for Citibank Tunis.
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