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North Africa faces unprecedented economic crisis

Listen to the podcast above or read the transcript below. Download MP3 file here. 26 March 2020: By Arezki Daoud: North Africa is bracing for an unprecedented economic contraction, even if the coronavirus crisis were to be contained soon.  The fundamentals of economic...

Sahel: Mali opposition leader Soumaila Cisse goes missing

Bamako, March 25, 2020 - Leading Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse went missing in the war-torn centre of the country on Wednesday afternoon, his party said, with no-one is able to contact him since. In a statement released on Wednesday, Cisse's Union for the...

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Algeria: The empty streets of Algiers

Algeria: The empty streets of Algiers

Algiers, March 20, 2020 - For the first time in over a year, the streets of the Algerian capital were quiet and almost empty on Friday, the day of weekly anti-government rallies. The coronavirus threat put paid to what would have been the 57th straight Friday of...

UAE and Morocco in diplomatic freeze (§)

UAE and Morocco in diplomatic freeze (§)

To the amazement of the Moroccan monarchy, the United Arab Emirates has had no ambassador in Rabat for more than a year, causing a sharp stiffening of the Moroccan position vis-à-vis the UAE, recalling their ambassador in Abu Dhabi.  Relations are traditionally...

Several Muslim countries close mosques, conservatives push back

Several Muslim countries close mosques, conservatives push back

Several Muslim countries have decided to close their mosques and ban collective prayers to protect their populations from COVID-19. Tunisia issued the mandatory suspension of prayers on 15 March as it closed cafes and banned all cultural, sporting and economic...

Algerians maintain their anti-regime protests despite COVID-19

Algerians maintain their anti-regime protests despite COVID-19

ME Risk Brief: Large crowds surged this Friday, 13 March in Algiers and in many Algerian cities for the 56th week of the anti-government protest known as the Hirak movement. The public mobilization has taken place despite the risk of COVID-19 spreading among the...

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