Monday , June 26 2017

Opinion

Human Rights Watch: Morocco Protest Leader Alleges Police Beat Him

Nasser Zafzafi

Possible State Security Charges for Charismatic Figure in Rif (Tunis, June 22, 2017) – Police arrested and severely beat the de facto leader of ongoing social protests in Morocco’s Rif region, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today, based on an account the protest leader gave his lawyer. Authorities are investigating Nasser Zefzafi, the protest leader, on grave charges, including …

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Will Popular Protests in North Africa Affect Europe?

Popular Protests

By Lhoussein Mabrouk  JUNE 10, 2017  The butterfly theory of Edward Lorentz in the forecasting of climate changes is one of the most astonishing scientific laws. It tells us through his precise calculations that the mere flutter of a butterfly wings in China could cause floods, hurricanes and strong winds in America, Europe or Africa, after successive interactions of air …

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Rif Protesters Defiant Despite Government Repression

Rif

By Siham Tinhinan, May 18, 2017 The Rif protests against its marginalization and the historically well documented, systematic mistreatment of its people. Peacefully protesting and asking the Moroccan government to sit and negotiate their primarily socioeconomic legitimate demands, and to rescind the militarization Dahir (executive order). Instead, the Moroccan system AKA Makhzen, brought in thousands more of well equipped troops from every …

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Amazigh Movement in Morocco

Amazigh

By Helene E. Hagan Re: Winter 2009, Volume 43 (2) PAGES 168-177 – “Ni Sauvage, ni Barbare, The Cultivation of “culture” in the Moroccan Amazigh Movement“ by Paul Silverstein, Reed College. Review of Middle East Studies © 2009 Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Having just found this article on the internet, at the late date of February …

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Decolonising the mind: The language of North Africa

North africa

By Nuunja Kahina on June 25, 2015 — Given the colonial nature of Arabic in Tamazgha, and its imposition on the indigenous people, there are significant reasons that Africans ought to reject the use of Arabic in favour of their indigenous language. When we do this, we participate in decolonization by supporting the survival of African languages in opposition to the …

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The Rich Mythology and Megalithic Culture of the Ancient Berbers, Lords of the Desert

Berbers

By Bryan Hilliard The Barbary Coast of North Africa was named after the Berbers, the nomadic people who inhabited the region west of the Nile Valley in north Africa. Called the Amazigh or Imazighen in antiquity (meaning “free humans” or “free men”), they are among the oldest inhabitants of North Africa. Their rich mythology endured for thousands of years, eventually …

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Al Jazzera Muse Journalist and the Amazigh identity of Morocco

Al Jazeera

  By Mustapha Akebdan The Al Jazeera star journalist Khadija Benguenna has taken to social media to vent her frustration and irritation toward the rehabilitation of the Amaizgh language in her native country Algeria. She did it by denying her follow Moroccan Journalist Samira Sital pronouncement that Morocco is an Amazigh country, not an Arab one. The animosity between the …

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Ahmed Assid…a Free Thinker in a Country Controlled by Dogmatic Ideology

Ahmed Assid

by: Ahmed Zahiri, February, 2016 This is a very crucial point to be taken into account which is that Professor Ahmed Assid is a political activist who has harshly and confidently struggled from within a sick society. Besides being so intellectual, he is also too much aware of his broad and profound environment, and he is intellectually face to face …

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Morocco’s Berber Battle to Keep From Losing Their Culture / Arab minority forces majority to abandon native language

By Peter Prengaman, June 26, 2015,  A war of words over the Berber and Arabic languages is heating up in Morocco, threatening to divide the kingdom in much the same way the battle between French and English speakers divides Canada. Berbers were Morocco’s first inhabitants, and today they are still the majority, accounting for about 60 percent of Morocco’s 30 …

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