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Egypt: Tension heats up in North Sinai, with threats for more to come elsewhere in Egypt

The North Africa Journal: Feb 21, 2017:  Suspected militants of the ‘Welayet Sinai’ (Province of Sinai) organization, affiliated to IS are suspected to be behind the killing of two Coptic Christians over the past few weeks.  Attacks specifically targeting Christians have been on the rise recently, with the latest incident taking place in the coastal […]

Algeria: Police foil suicide attack in Constantine

A suicide attack targeting a police station in Bab el-Kantara, Constantine province, was foiled on 26 February. A suicide bomber was seeking to enter the police station, but was prevented to do so by an officer who opened fire on him. The bomber’s explosive belt went off when he fell down, wounding three policemen. While […]

UN, Morocco and the Polisario: a symbolic withdrawal

February 27, 2017: Morocco is to withdraw some troops from Guerguerat, in the contested Western Sahara region. The move is a bid to deescalate tension after Moroccan soldiers breached into the buffer zone established by the UN to keep Morocco and the Polisario from full confrontation. Sources in Rabat say the decision came as a […]

Leadership crisis in the Maghreb: The Leaders are either old, sick or both

When the news that the trip of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Algeria was cancelled, due to President Bouteflika suffering from an acute bronchitis, no one was really surprised. The 79-year old Bouteflika has long been sick and unable to perform his duties since he was hit by a stroke in 2013. This latest news, […]

Bad season for immigrants: Persona non grata everywhere

The American President Donald Trump has accelerated the debate over immigration, at least in North America. The Europeans, however, have been dealing with their refugee problems for quite some time, and the ever rising right-wing and nationalist movements promises more drama to come as several European countries face the potential of a nationalist take over […]

Women’s rights in the Muslim world: One step forward and two steps back

We are in 2017 and we are still debating women’s rights and gender equality. For certain, the topic is not just a Muslim issue per se. Russia just happened to have decriminalized domestic violence in cases where it does not cause “substantial bodily harm” and doesn’t happen more than once a year. So according to […]

Western Sahara Crisis threatens to undo Morocco-EU agreement on agriculture

Morocco and the European Union are at an impasse when it comes to their joint agricultural trade agreement. At the center of the raw is Morocco’s insistence on including fisheries and farm products from the contested Western Sahara province, which European courts ruled it should be removed from any deal considering the territory is not […]

Algeria’s trade deficit shrinks, but economy is still facing major challenges

Most of Algeria’s economic indicators are in the red, and even as the latest data shows a shrinking trade deficit, the deficit remains substantial. The latest data from customs appear somewhat positive, with the trade deficit showing a strong double-digit decrease of -68% year over year for the month of January 2017. The drop compares […]

The bizarre misuse of statistics to hide the reality

The Turkish Statistics agency (TÜİK) has released an interesting set of data that caught my attention. In 2016, TÜİK says more than 61% of the Turkish people were happy. That figure was up from 56.6% in 2015. Unhappy Turks accounted for a low 10.4%, and that figure, as you now concluded on your own, was […]

Egypt: As President Sissi fails to deliver two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, Egypt is getting punished

Saudi Arabia continues to put enormous pressure on Egypt over the now-failed transfer of two Red Sea islands. Unable or unwilling to deliver the islands to Riyadh, Sissi and Egypt are now feeling the punitive and vindictive stance of Saudi Arabia, which is now apparently working to undermine Egypt on several fronts. The Saudi-Egyptian talks […]

Libya: Russia Plays a New Card

The trip to Moscow, planned for this February by Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Tripoli government recognized by the UN, as well as the two trips to the Russian capital by General Khalifa Haftar in 2016, illustrate Russia’s increasing involvement in the Libyan situation. The Kremlin’s renewed interest in Libya must be seen in the […]

Egypt: Tension heats up in North Sinai, with threats for more to come elsewhere in Egypt

Suspected militants of the ‘Welayet Sinai’ (Province of Sinai) organization, affiliated to IS are suspected to be behind the killing of two Coptic Christians over the past few weeks. Attacks specifically targeting Christians have been on the rise recently, with the latest incidents taking place in the coastal city of al-Arish. On Friday, February 24, […]

Welcome to our latest issue

We live in unusual times. Entire regions are destabilized by the weight of bad politics, dismal economics, and insecurity. Combined, their impact on societies is devastating in many ways. Where the so-called Arab Spring took place, entire populations are unsettled. They feel the pain of multi-faceted conflicts that promise insecurity and economic despair, and what’s […]