Sunday , February 18 2018

Amazigh History

Commemorating the 55th Anniversary of the Death of Abdelkrim El khattabi

Abdelkrim El khattabi

Today, 55 years ago, on the sixth of February, Abdelkrim El khattabi, the Lion of the Rif left this earthly realm. His name arouses a special kind of emotion among the Amazigh of the Maghreb. His achievements have stunned friends and foes, and taking into considerations the limited means available, the greatness of his design and the impeccability of his …

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In Loving Memory of Mouloud Mammeri, Father of Tamazight

Mouloud Mammeri

29 years ago, Imazighen lost Mouloud Mammeri: a writer, a playwright, a researcher, an anthropologist, a thinker, … a father! Like Ulysses, all his life was a kind of journey which took him back after long detours to his native land after a time consuming search to reconciliate his spiritual affiliation with his people. He made peace with himself but …

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Anniversary of Mano Dayak’s Death

Mano Dayak

Today we commemorate yet another hero of the Amazigh Tuareg struggle for independence, Mano Dayak, the CRA leader (Coordination of the Armed Resistance), and a Tuareg freedom fighter, as well as a negotiator, he led the Tuareg Rebellion in Ténéré region, northern Niger during the 1990s, He was born in Tiden valley in the Aïr Mountains in 1949 and died in …

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Commemorating The Battle of El Herri

El Herri

The Battle of El Herri (also known as Elhri) was fought between France and the Amazigh Zaian Confederation on 13 November 1914. It took place at the small settlement of El Herri, near Khénifra in the French protectorate in Morocco. The battle was part of the Zaian War, in which the confederation of tribes sought to oppose continued French expansion …

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Indigenous North Africans: Imazighen

Imazighen

By Amina Elmansouri North Africa, including Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Sudan; are often referred to as part of the Arab world, or as Arabic countries. Although many of these countries have been, “Arabised,” since the Arab/islamic conquests in 632AD, the native people of North Africa are not at all Arabic. The indigenous people of North Africa are called the …

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Remembering the Battle of Annual

Annual

This Month marks the 94th anniversary of the Battle of Annual, or in what became known in Spain as the disaster of Annual settlement . where the forces of Muhammad ‘Abd al-Karim al-Khattabi destroyed the 20,000 strong Spanish army of General. Silvestre, on July 22, 1921 at Annual in northeastern of Rif, (about 50km west of Nador) While it would …

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To the Memory of Abbas Messaadi: Sixty One Years After His Assassination

June 27th marks the 61 years anniversary of the assassination of Abbas Messaadi, Amazigh leader and one of the founding members of the Moroccan Army of Liberation before his controversial assassination in June 1956 that would ultimately trigger the 1957 Rif Revolt.Abbas was running a military camp in Aknoul and was assassinated in Fes in June 1956 allegedly by Karim …

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Chicago Tribune 1953: Hopes For Rif Freedom Live in Abd EL Krim

Rif

Article by Larry Rue from the Chicago Tribune (June 21, 1953) Tribune Writer Talks with Exile in Egypt   CAIRO, Egypt, June 20-One night I met a handsome, young lieutenant in the roof garden of the Semiramis hotel. When I heard his name, I asked, “Any relation to Abd el Krim, the great Riffian leader?” “Yes, he is my father.” …

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