Posts Tagged ‘Abdelilah Benkirane’

Maghreb News Focus on Tunisia and Algeria – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 12, 2019 Tunisia struggles to have better economic outcomes in 2019, gains support from the international community. Across the board, most indicators are favorable for 2019 according to information compiled in a recent Oxford Business Group report. Although the Tunisia dinar fell some 22% against the dollar this past year, Tunisia’s 2018 exports rose 19% to $13.4 billion while imports rose some 20% to $19.6 billion, ...

Western Sahara: Is Algeria’s Perceived Weakness its Strength? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley February 27, 2019 The city streets in Algeria are once again full of protesters. It is not the cost of living or the lack of employment opportunities for youth that has the crowds singing anthems and carrying signs.  It is the idea of a fifth term as president for an enfeebled and seriously diminished Abdelaziz Bouteflika that has the demonstrators demanding change. Since his medical emergency in ...

Western Sahara Referendum: A Question for the Polisario – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley February 13, 2019 Despite a renewed emphasis in the Security Council on the need for the Parties to be “realistic” and willing to “compromise” in order to achieve a “mutually acceptable political solution” to the problem in Western Sahara, the Polisario has remained stubbornly intractable on its core position. In the 20 years I have been following this problem on a daily basis, I have yet to ...

John Dingell: Longest Serving Congressional Member in US History and A Friend of the Arab-American Community Passes Away – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 12, 2018 Former President Bill Clinton once said that presidents come and go, but “John Dingell goes on forever.” John Dingell died on February 7, 2019, with his wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, by his side. He was 92 years old. Congressman Dingell was the longest serving member of Congress in the history of the United States, serving since the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower ...

Western Sahara: Realistic – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley January 30, 2019 Ever since Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and Peter van Walsum submitted his final report to the Security Council as the Secretary General’s Personal Envoy, there has been an added emphasis on the word “realistic” in the search for a solution to the problem in Western Sahara. It was Secretary Clinton who first added the word to the description of Morocco’s autonomy initiative ...
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