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A Story of Gold, Misery and a Territory under Surveillance

A Story of Gold, Misery and a Territory under Surveillance

Since April 2014, an unprecedented frenzy has taken shape in northern Niger. This state of tension came with the discovery of three gold sites in the Agadez region, where new…

Egypt: The Extraordinary Tale of a Wholesale Death Sentence

Egypt: The Extraordinary Tale of a Wholesale Death Sentence

The Egyptian regime is using some of the most severe tools of punishment to signal its Islamist foes that it means business. Death sentencing is obviously one of them, except…

The Fall of Derna (Libya) to ISIS is not New

The Fall of Derna (Libya) to ISIS is not New

The international media, in particular CNN has focused a great deal of attention to the city of Derna in Eastern Libya, making headlines about being under the control of the…

Despite quiet week, Mali faces unprecedented challenges

Despite quiet week, Mali faces unprecedented challenges

MEA Risk’s Critical Incidents Tracker reports that despite a relatively quiet week (ending November 30th, 2014), the Sahelian nation of Mali is facing a series of challenges that promise to…

Crisis in Egypt Likely to Persist

Crisis in Egypt Likely to Persist

Egypt is facing what Algeria faced in the 1990s. Nothing is working. The economy is in despair and a civil war is underway essentially pitting the military in power to…

An Open Letter To The Israelis And Palestinians

An Open Letter To The Israelis And Palestinians

I have been writing about your conflict for more than three decades. Invariably, I find myself delving into the same themes time and again. The nature of the conflict remains…

Israel: The Danger From Within

The nearly seven decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to overshadow the brewing conflict between the Jewish majority and the Arab minority in Israel. There is overwhelming evidence that successive Israeli governments…

Libya’s Woes and Rivalries: a Divided Congress, the Militias and the Federalists

Libya’s Woes and Rivalries: a Divided Congress, the Militias and the Federalists

The North Africa Journal | Tension remains high in Libya. Factions with opposing ideologies and strong men at their top are facing each others with devastating potential for the future…

Morocco-Algeria: Diplomatic Tension Escalates

Morocco-Algeria: Diplomatic Tension Escalates

Tension has been rising between Morocco and Algeria, over, yet again the disputed Western Sahara territory. This escalation seemed to have started following statements made by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika…

Morocco: the King’s Men Return to Power, Islamists Move to the Backseat

Morocco: the King’s Men Return to Power, Islamists Move to the Backseat

The coalition that formed the Moroccan cabinet since the electoral victory of the Islamist PJD party has been facing a crisis when in July 2013 the conservative-monarchist Istiqlal party withdrew…