A Maghreb Union to promote cooperation and economic integration

In 1989, the five Maghreb countries—Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia—established the Arab Maghreb Union to promote cooperation and economic integration. Thirty years later, there is still a largely untapped potential for regional trade among Maghreb countries. Chart of The Week: Expanding Trade Across The Maghreb By Ramzy Al Amine, Jean-François Dauphin, and Alexei Kireyev […]

Algeria’s interim president rejected by protesters

April 9, 2019 at 7:18 pm | Published in MIDDLE EAST Monitor: Africa, Algeria, News Algeria’s interim president was quickly rejected by thousands of protesters on Tuesday after he was named by parliament to take charge during a volatile transition period after decades of autocratic rule. Replacing long-serving leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned last week, […]

Turning Algeria Into a Necrocracy

Originally posted on Astute News:
Let us now praise famous men.?Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for example. What goes on in his comatose brain? What moves in the 82-year old heart of the zombie president who – as the Algerians?protesting his fifth attempt at presidential power have just discovered?– will now stay on as a coffin-leader into next…

Barriers Versus Smugglers: Algeria and Morocco’s Battle for Border Security

Terrorism, weapons smuggling, drug and human trafficking, and migration flows are driving many North African countries to bolster their border defenses. Current tactics include building miles of trenches, barriers, and fences, as well as employing sophisticated drones and surveillance technology. But will they be effective and at what cost? A close study to answer this […]

Algerian protesters not satisfied with Bouteflika’s latest whirl

After protesters rejected President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s offer to step down after one year should he be re-elected, his latest announcement that he will extend his fourth term is being met with more anger. Why Algerian protesters aren’t satisfied with Bouteflika’s latest ‘concession’ By Simon Speakman Cordall March 11, 2019 Students protest against Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, […]

For we’re marching toward Algiers

Originally posted on AbsurdBeats:
Ah yes, another round in the endless presidential campaign and, as promised, I make no predictions. I do have opinions, though, on who I like more, and less, and otherwise, on the Dem side. On the More side: Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren Less: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, John Kerry, Tulsi Gabbard,…