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.



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 as he took office in November, rumors of his dismissal by the General National Congress (GNC) had been circulating furiously in recent months, largely because his administration was unable to stem the violence that terrorizes post-Gaddafi Libya. After all, assassinations and car bombings by Islamists have become a...

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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, clearly shifted into the Soviet camp (however non-aligned he had claimed to be). While the US put Nasser under pressure for his social reforms and anti-Israel rhetoric, the Soviets offered him almost unconditional help. Hence, between the years 1956 and 1973, Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union. Much like Egypt in the e...

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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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Jason Pack
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on : Wednesday, 12 Feb, 2014

Libya vs Western Bankers

Late last month, Libya’s sovereign wealth fund sued the global investment bank Goldman Sachs at London’s High Court. It is alleged that the fund lost in excess of 1 billion US ...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Monday, 10 Feb, 2014

An Ending and a Beginning

Three years and six governments after Ben Ali's overthrow and the eruption of the Arab Spring, Tunisia has managed to avoid civil war, witnessed a peaceful transfer of power (three...

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Younes Hassar
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on : Thursday, 30 Jan, 2014

Between Taza and Gaza

Two weeks ago, Marrakesh hosted the 20th Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), bringing together all countries with Muslim majority po...

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Tasbeeh Herwees
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jan, 2014

A Stark Reality for Libya’s Progress

This week, in Tunisia, the country's National Assembly passed a new constitution providing a clear benchmark for the progress of a democratic transition in the wake of the 2011...

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Vish Sakthivel
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on : Tuesday, 14 Jan, 2014

Morocco’s Shi’ites Shout About Syria

As the US war drums beat in the run-up to the military strike on Syria that never happened, the Moroccan Shi’ite Union (Risali Maghribiya) put out a communiqué condemning th...

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James Roslington and Jason Pack
on : Monday, 6 Jan, 2014

Tunisia’s Most Wanted

Late December 2013, the Tunisian government’s news agency reported that the country’s most wanted terrorist had been arrested. Citing an anonymous “security source,” th...

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