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Morocco: Growing Social Tension amid Rising Costs of Living

The North Africa Journal | With the government focused on reducing the weight of subsidies on the national economy, Moroccan households continue to struggle with the rising costs of living. So much so that an unusual consensus has emerged among three competing labor unions as they now form a common front against the government and Morocco’s corporate bosses.
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Mayhem in Ghardaia: Ethnic Conflict Tearing Apart Central Algeria

The North Africa Journal | A 22-year old Mozabite man of Berber decent was assassinated by a gang in early February 2014, making him the fourth victim since the start of the year. ...
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Participatory Governance in Morocco: Towards Enhanced Engagement of the Diaspora

By Leila Hanafi: As part of Minister Abdellatif Mazouz, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of Moroccans living abroad, official visit to the United States in June 2013, the George Washington University Law School, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco and ARPA International organized an interactive discussion at George Washington University Law School in Washington DC, under the theme: Morocco’s Rule of Law Reforms: Towards an Evolved Perspective on Diaspora Engagement. ...
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What’s in a Name?

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | I chuckle, often in admiration, when I hear some interesting names that defy mainstream. Former World Cup alpine ski racer Picabo Street comes to mind, but also Ms. Krystal Ball, the American politician who is often called on US TV channels precisely to make predictions. Some names are just funny. Take actor Jason Lee who is reported to have named his kid “Pilot.” Or the names of the children of many celebrities like Fifi, Apple, Kal-El, Coco and Kyd. ...
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International Women’s Day and Its Significance to the Arab World

By Leila Hanafi: Improving women’s rights is crucial to achieving nearly all of the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, the global development framework adopted by the UN in 2000 for improving people's lives and combating poverty in a sustained and sustainable way by 2015. ...
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L'employabilité des diplômés de l'enseignement supérieur

Le chômage des jeunes diplômés de l'enseignement supérieurs a été, sans conteste l'un des ferments de la révolution des jeunes diplômés Tunisiens. Ces derniers sont "les Premiers victimes du chômage", notamment ceux appartenant aux filières du secteur tertiaire. Le chômage affecte d’une façon plus particulière les licenciés, les techniciens supérieurs et les maîtrisards dont le taux de chômage dépasse les 50%. Bien que l'enseignement supérieur en Tunisie a connu une large mutation et des réformes fondamentales ces dernières années. Néanmoins nous traversons actuellement une crise de grande ampleur et d’envergure nationale. C'est la crise de l'emploi est bien spécifique l'employabilité des diplômés universitaires, c'est une crise générale de l'emploi en Tunisie qui risque à terme d’être beaucoup plus nuisible pour l’avenir du système de l'enseignement national Tunisien. La hausse continue du taux de chômage des diplômés universitaires sur ces dernières années montre que l'ancien système d'enseignement supérieur semble vouer à l’échec. ...
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Harassment of Ethnic Berbers on the Rise in North Africa

North Africa is home of the Amazigh people, also known as Berbers. Although widespread in the Maghreb region, the Berbers continue to suffer from a minority status everywhere in the region, with government often ignoring their basic ethnic rights demands at best, or even actively contributing to blocking any progress toward cultural and economic improvement....
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Harsh Winter Unveils Weakness in Morocco's Social and Economic Development

An arctic cold sweeping rural Morocco this winter has claimed the lives of at least 30 villagers in the hamlet of Anfgou alone....
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High Unemployment among Immigrants in France

France is a tough place for immigrants as jobs remain difficult to find. The French institute INSEE found that in 2007, the unemployment rate among immigrants in France was twice the national average, settling at 15.2%....
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North Africa’s Schools Deal with Massive Numbers

The student count of North African nations countinues to climb at alarming rates, while the school-related infrastructure is not following....
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Morocco: Growing Social Tension amid Rising Costs of Living

The North Africa Journal | With the government focused on reducing the weight of subsidies on the national economy, Moroccan households continue to struggle with the rising costs of living. So much so that an unusual consensus has emerged among three competing labor unions as they now form a common front against the government and Morocco’s corporate bosses.
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Mayhem in Ghardaia: Ethnic Conflict Tearing Apart Central Algeria

The North Africa Journal | A 22-year old Mozabite man of Berber decent was assassinated by a gang in early February 2014, making him the fourth victim since the start of the year.
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Participatory Governance in Morocco: Towards Enhanced Engagement of the Diaspora

By Leila Hanafi: As part of Minister Abdellatif Mazouz, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of Moroccans living abroad, official visit to the United States in June 2013, the George Washington University Law School, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco and ARPA International organized an interactive discussion at George Washington University Law School in Washington DC, under the theme: Morocco’s Rule of Law Reforms: Towards an Evolved Perspective on Diaspora Engagement.
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What’s in a Name?

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | I chuckle, often in admiration, when I hear some interesting names that defy mainstream. Former World Cup alpine ski racer Picabo Street comes to mind, but also Ms. Krystal Ball, the American politician who is often called on US TV channels precisely to make predictions. Some names are just funny. Take actor Jason Lee who is reported to have named his kid “Pilot.” Or the names of the children of many celebrities like Fifi, Apple, Kal-El, Coco and Kyd.
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L'employabilité des diplômés de l'enseignement supérieur

Le chômage des jeunes diplômés de l'enseignement supérieurs a été, sans conteste l'un des ferments de la révolution des jeunes diplômés Tunisiens. Ces derniers sont "les Premiers victimes du chômage", notamment ceux appartenant aux filières du secteur tertiaire. Le chômage affecte d’une façon plus particulière les licenciés, les techniciens supérieurs et les maîtrisards dont le taux de chômage dépasse les 50%. Bien que l'enseignement supérieur en Tunisie a connu une large mutation et des réformes fondamentales ces dernières années. Néanmoins nous traversons actuellement une crise de grande ampleur et d’envergure nationale. C'est la crise de l'emploi est bien spécifique l'employabilité des diplômés universitaires, c'est une crise générale de l'emploi en Tunisie qui risque à terme d’être beaucoup plus nuisible pour l’avenir du système de l'enseignement national Tunisien. La hausse continue du taux de chômage des diplômés universitaires sur ces dernières années montre que l'ancien système d'enseignement supérieur semble vouer à l’échec.
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International Women’s Day and Its Significance to the Arab World

By Leila Hanafi: Improving women’s rights is crucial to achieving nearly all of the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, the global development framework adopted by the UN in 2000 for improving people's lives and combating poverty in a sustained and sustainable way by 2015.
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Harassment of Ethnic Berbers on the Rise in North Africa

North Africa is home of the Amazigh people, also known as Berbers. Although widespread in the Maghreb region, the Berbers continue to suffer from a minority status everywhere in the region, with government often ignoring their basic ethnic rights demands at best, or even actively contributing to blocking any progress toward cultural and economic improvement.
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Harsh Winter Unveils Weakness in Morocco's Social and Economic Development

An arctic cold sweeping rural Morocco this winter has claimed the lives of at least 30 villagers in the hamlet of Anfgou alone.

High Unemployment among Immigrants in France

France is a tough place for immigrants as jobs remain difficult to find. The French institute INSEE found that in 2007, the unemployment rate among immigrants in France was twice the national average, settling at 15.2%.

North Africa’s Schools Deal with Massive Numbers

The student count of North African nations countinues to climb at alarming rates, while the school-related infrastructure is not following.
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Leila Hanafi

Leila Hanafi is a legal expert who brings fresh insight on law and judicial issues to The North Africa Journal. Based in Washington DC and with a dual Moroccan-American citizenship, Ms. Hanafi is also Staff Attorney and Programs Manager at the World Justice Project. Prior, Ms. Hanafi held various legal positions at the World Bank, including in the areas of operations, finance, and legal and judicial reforms. Ms. Hanafi serves on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations related to the areas of international law and development, with a focus on North Africa. Ms. Hanafi has published several academic papers and articles, contributed to a few published works on legal systems of North Africa, and have been profiled in several national and international media outlets for her work. Ms. Hanafi is an Honors graduate from American University and Georgetown University in Washington DC, and she is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in International Law. She can be reached at hanafi@north-africa.com
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