This article was published on Middle East Eye https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/france-north-africa-rappers-shine-light-dark-corners-how?s=09

The camera floats haltingly down a graffiti-marked alley in the direction of a rundown Paris apartment, its front balcony lined with clothes left out to dry.

An abrupt pan to the left reveals an entangled mess of concrete blocking out the…

This article was first published on The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/how-the-tragic-algeria-wildfires-illuminate-state-deficiencies/

Wildfires during the summer in Algeria are commonplace, with thousands of hectares lost annually as temperatures soar in the Mediterranean. However the more than 70 fires that began on August 9 and devastated the northern Kabylia…

This story was first published in The New Arab https://english.alaraby.co.uk/analysis/moroccos-politics-monarchy-reigns-supreme

Earlier this month, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) suffered a crushing defeat in parliamentary elections in Morocco to the National Rally of Independents (RNI) led by a wealthy oil importer close to the monarchy.

The PJD secured only…

This story was first published here https://english.alaraby.co.uk/analysis/whats-driving-crisis-between-algeria-and-morocco

Less than a week after the Algerian High Security Council announced that it would “review” its relations with Rabat and intensify “security controls” along its border, Algeria has cut off diplomatic relations with Morocco.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra on Tuesday criticised Rabat

This story was published on The New Arab https://english.alaraby.co.uk/opinion/why-algerias-problems-wont-be-solved-ballot-box

On June 12 polls will open for Algerians to cast their vote in legislative elections which the regime hailed on Thursday as a “new era” for the country, free of the dirty money that has dogged Algerian politics for decades.

The…

This piece was originally published at https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/mesut-ozil-turkey-fenerbahce-politicised-playmaker

“I have two hearts. One German and one Turkish,” footballer Mesut Ozil said in 2018, when he announced he had ended his international career with the German national team.

After agreeing to join Turkish football club Fenerbahce after almost eight years at Arsenal, it appears one of those hearts is…

This article was first published on Middle East Eye https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/algeria-madame-maya-loses-appeal-hidden-daughter-bouteflika-zoulikha-chafika-nachinache

An Algerian businesswoman, rumoured to be the “hidden daughter” of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, lost her appeal on Thursday against a 12-year prison sentence.

Zoulikha-Chafika Nachinache, widely known as “Madame Maya”, had been imprisoned for money laundering “in the context…

Tunisian and Algerian officials are attempting to put the lid on tensions between the countries that have erupted over the US recognition of Western Sahara as Moroccan territory.

Tunisia’s foreign minister, Othman Jerandi, and the Algerian ambassador to Tunis, Azzouz Baalal, met on Tuesday in a bid to calm tensions…

This piece was first published on Middle East Eye at: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/algeria-dinar-record-low-economic-collapse

Decades of failed policy and reform drives that have amounted to little more than kicking the can down the road are catching up with the Algerian economy, as the dinar hit a new low this week and experts heralded…

This story was published on Middle East Eye https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/al-qaeda-maghreb-new-leadership-decline

The death of its leader is a severe blow to any militant group. But in succession, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may have revealed its true weakness.

In a video posted online on 21 November, AQIM confirmed senior Algerian commander…

Yasmina Allouche

Researcher/Journalist specialising in North Africa | Focus on Algeria |

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