Sirocco

The Mediterranean wind whipped up in the Sahara and blown across the Maghreb region. In North Africa, it is known by its Arabic name, qibli. ‘Sirocco’ provides a blow-by-blow account of events occurring in the Arabic-speaking countries west of Egypt.



Youssef Cherif
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on : Thursday, 26 Jun, 2014

Departure of the Jedi

Tatooine, the fictional planet where most of Star Wars is set, and where main character Luke Skywalker’s home village Mos Espa is located, is actually director George Lucas' adaptation of the name Tataouine, a city in southern Tunisia. In other words, if you were to try to locate Star Wars on a real-life map, it would be in Tunisia. Despite this, Walt Disney, the company behind the film franchise, has decided to move its filming location elsewhere: the UAE. Ditching Tunisia for Abu Dhabi c...

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Eileen Byrne
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on : Thursday, 19 Jun, 2014

Truth Telling in Tunisia

Tunisia’s new Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC), launched this month, faces a complex and heavy workload. Its task is to investigate human rights abuses and corruption since 1955, later arbitrating compensation awards, vetting civil service appointments, and recommending reforms to avoid repetition of past abuses. Under the framework of the transitional justice law adopted last December that outlines its work, the duty of the new commission is also to preserve and document a “collective...

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Tasbeeh Herwees
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on : Sunday, 25 May, 2014

Rallying around the General

When supporters of Khalifa Haftar stormed the headquarters of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC) late last week, it was not so much a demonstration of his political pow...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Wednesday, 21 May, 2014

Tatbi’ in the New Tunisia

In March this year, less than two months after its new constitution was agreed, yet another controversy hit Tunisia when twenty Israeli passengers attempted to disembark from a...

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Eileen Byrne
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on : Wednesday, 30 Apr, 2014

Algeria, Bouteflika, Cynics and Democrats

Young Algerians were jumping for joy at the re-election of the 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fourth term—or that is what a journalist on the widely vie...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Sunday, 27 Apr, 2014

Tunisia’s Example to Libya

Libya has made the transition from dictatorship, but it is now an anarchy calling itself a democracy. The chaos enveloping it was once also seen in neighboring Tunisia, where n...

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Tasbeeh Herwees
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on : Thursday, 27 Mar, 2014

Libya’s Cyrenaican Crisis

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s ouster earlier this month came as no surprise to anyone following Libyan politics closely. Although calls for his resignation began almost as soon...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Friday, 21 Mar, 2014

Everyone’s New Friend

In the early years after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, the US was perceived as friendly. It was only in 1956 that its charismatic first president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, clearl...

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Eileen Byrne
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on : Tuesday, 4 Mar, 2014

Tunisia’s Adapting Borderland Economy

From his comfortable new office, with its black leather upholstered furniture and wide-screen TV, Ali Griri has a sweeping view across the town of Kasserine to the Semmama and ...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Thursday, 27 Feb, 2014

A Dictator behind the Scenes

The men who gathered around the television screen had been talking and joking without pause for several hours straight, but when Mohammed pressed the ‘play’ button they all...

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