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Maghreb Matters: Report on the role of religion in Algeria; How the Algerian regime manages change; Opposition calls for collaboration in economic planning – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 25, 2018 Two reports on Algeria this month focus on key elements of its society – Islam and governance. The first, published by the Carnegie Endowment in its online publication Diwan noted that state efforts to control the preaching and promotion of Islam are largely successful, yet social media has made it possible for other Islamic sources to attract followers. Interface Media conducted a 2018 study ...

State’s Confused Western Sahara Human Rights Reporting – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley May 23, 2018 The State Department is utterly confused on how to report on the subject of human rights in Western Sahara. And it has been getting progressively more confused as the years have passed. Every year, usually sometime in April, the State Department provides a Congressionally-mandated human rights report on every country in the world. And that is where the problem begins. Western Sahara is not ...

Business Brief: BCG head sees bright economic future in Africa; Regional integration challenges continent’s leadership to overcome obstacles; and Morocco bank wants to make its mark in West Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 21, 2018 In an interview with La Tribune Afrique, Patrick Dupoux, senior partner & managing director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), explained why his company believes in the economic emergence of Africa. We first met Patrick when he was advising AMDI, the Moroccan Agency for Investment Development, on its industrialization strategy. BCG was responsible for many of the contacts made by Morocco with automobile and ...

The Magnificence of Marrakech — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) May 17, 2018 Morocco is unlike any other country I’ve visited and, having had the fortune of being US Ambassador there for over three years, I learned much about the people and the country.  It is unlike any other in the world. Although the majority of Moroccans are Arab and Sunni Muslim, it would be incomplete to call Morocco an Arab country. And although it’s ...

Maghreb Matters: Tunisia Holds Local Elections, Independents Lead Returns. Economy Continues to Drag – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 15, 2018 While there were no clear winners in terms of a majority in the recent local elections in Tunisia, observers noted that, despite a low turnout of less than 34%, holding elections without major unrest represents an important step in moving towards decentralization that will empower local municipalities to make decisions on critical development issues. According to an analysis by Reuters.com, most voters were older, ...
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