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Algerian Hostage Crisis Ends with Military Assault: So How is Al-Qaida Dead?

An organization that can seize about 1,000 hostages in the middle of Algeria, a country whose regime has been so tough on radical Islamists, is not dead… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Malian President Addresses Diplomatic Corps on Northern Mali

Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure followed his annual formal New Year,s greeting to the diplomatic corps with a lengthy private discourse on the problems he is facing in the north of Mali… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Mali Government Released “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” Detainees

Malian newspaper l’Independant carried a front page news story stating that Mali’s Government released four AQIM detainees… Continue reading

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Libya: Assessing Berber Prospects

One reason the term “Arab Spring” is a misnomer is because of the participation of non-Arabs, including Kurds in Iraq and Syria as well as Berbers in Morocco and Libya… Continue reading

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After the Arab Spring, Salafists are Moving Closer to Changing the Face of the Maghreb

Now the initial euphoria about the Arab revolts has subsided, it’s clear the ‘Arab Spring’ will not bring a liberal, secular, Western (or Islamic) model of democracy to the Arab world… Continue reading

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How the U.S. Army Sees The Arabs, Islam, and Middle Eastern Societies

What do you tell soldiers who are risking their lives on Middle East battlefields about the people they are fighting for and against simultaneously?… Continue reading

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Iranian speculations on Egypt’s Islamists: Shi’ite-style revolutionaries or Turkish-style democrats?

There have been various speculations in Iranian press on the significance of the Islamists’ victory and the nature of the Islamist faction in Egypt… Continue reading

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Morocco’s Berbers and Israel

In recent years, small groups of Moroccan Berber activists, particularly younger people, have challenged… Continue reading

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FM Hamady Ould Hamady Addresses the General Debate of the 66th Session of the General Assembly

Organized crime, such as kidnapping, terrorism and drug, weapon and human trafficking, had been expanding for many years in the Sahara region… Continue reading

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FM Mohamed Mouldi Kefi Addresses the General Debate of the 66th Session of the General Assembly

Allow me to salute the martyrs and youths of Tunisia’s peaceful revolution, a revolution for freedom and dignity that offered to the world an Arab Spring… Continue reading

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FM Mourad Medelci Addresses the General Debate of the 66th Session of the General Assembly

No efforts should be spared for dialogue and communication to assist the Saharan people to achieve their right to self-determination… Continue reading

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FM Taïb Fassi Fihri Addresses the General Debate of the 66th Session of the General Assembly

The Arab world is witnessing profound events and transformations… Continue reading

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President Obama’s Middle East and North Africa Speech, May 19, 2011

Official release of President Obama’s Middle East and North Africa speech… Continue reading

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Obama’s Passover Message Misses the Message of Passover

There’s some controversy about President Barack Obama’s Passover message. The key passage is this… Continue reading

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Crisis and Civil War in Libya

Here’s an (self)interview by Barry Rubin with Barry Rubin about what’s happening in Libya and U.S. foreign policy… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: France Under Fire over Support for Tunisia

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, was accused Monday of tacitly propping up dictatorship in north Africa and of botched diplomacy in France’s ambivalent response to… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: U.S. Embassy Cables Deeply Unflattering about Tunisia

Deeply unflattering reports from the US embassy in Tunis, released by WikiLeaks, make no bones about the state of the small Maghreb country, widely considered one of the most repressive in… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: President of Mali Links Drug Trafficking to Terrorism

When an unidentified plane crashed into the desert in northern Mali in November 2009, it was immediately suspected of smuggling cocaine from Latin America. The west African route to the lucrative European markets had been growing in… Continue reading