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Maghreb Media Roundup (September 20)

[Varied Moroccan movements and groups meet with UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez. Image from Aljamaa] [Varied Moroccan movements and groups meet with UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez. Image from Aljamaa]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Wednesday night of every week.]


L’Algérie épargnée par les violences et mobilisations contre le film dit « anti-Islam »? Melissa Rahmouni discusses attempted demonstrations in the capitol, peaceful demonstrations in more rural areas, and the effect of the "black decade" on perceptions of mobilization against the film. (A unique response from Algerians to the French cartoons recently hit twitter).

Les blogueurs du Maghreb déplorent les violences lors des manifestations Algerian bloggers respond to anti-Islam film protests.

La population refuse son implantation : Une brigade de gendarmerie saccagée à Mizrana (Kabylie) Protestors destroy a gendarmerie, asserting that the region needs more schools and more clinics  rather than more military establishments.  


The sacred, the profane — and the meaningless Writer and poet Mahmoud Elbarasi reflects on the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Libya: Increasing Security Challenges Hussain Kerri discusses the widespread effects of Libya's failed security mechanism and the absence of official accountability.

The New Libya: Its writers and bloggers  Brief profile of three up-and-coming Libyan writers.

Women in Libyan Public Life: A Seismic Shift Amena Raghei discusses the divergence between women's political participation pre and post-revolution, as well as enduring social challenges to the female public presence.


Un attentat vient d’être déjoué à l’ambassade de France à Nouakchott Phillippe Duval discusses repercussions of a foiled attack on the French Embassy.

Recent Protests in Tasiast and other villages Miners strike for labor rights and citizens throughout Mauritania demonstrate to demand electricity and water.

Mauritanie : Brahim Ould Ebetty, un combattant au barreau Profile of Human Rights lawyers Brahim Ould Ebetty. 


Morocco: Contested Confessions Used to Imprison Protesters HRW details evidence of torture by authorities. 

Morocco: AMDH Calls for UN Mechanism to Protect Human Rights in Western Sahara The Moroccan Association for Human Rights discusses the condition of Sahrawis with UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez. Another statement on Morocco's deficient human rights protections published here.

Moroccan Women in Journalism  Globalgirlmedia interviews female journalists in Morocco (video).

La télévision « Al Hiwar » raconte les tribulations de l’agression d’un journaliste marocain Al-Hiwar covers the police assault on journalist Ali Lmrabet (video).


Tunisia's Shiites Hunker Down Against Rising Discrimination Mischa Benoit-Lavelle discusses the social challenges faced by Shiites, particularly with respect to rising Salafist movements.

Tunisia: Fix Serious Flaws in Draft Constitution - Provisions Inconsistent With Human Rights HRW highlights four proposed constitutional articles that threaten "freedom of expression, freedom of thought and belief, equality between men and women, and non-discrimination."

Ennahdha : la guerre des clans a-t-elle commencé? Nizar Bahloul argues that Ennahda has long endured internal fractionalization and that such fissions are now increasingly conspicuous.

Is the Attack on the US Embassy in Tunis More Than an Inflammatory Movie? Afifa Ltifi considers the motivations behind violent protests through perspectives of varying facets from Tunisian society.


تفاصيل استماع مقرر الأمم المتحدة لمناهضة التعذيب لأعضاء من العدل والإحسان
Overview of meeting between UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and members of Morocco's Justice and Charity movement.

مظاهرة ضد التعذيب بالقصبة
Tunisian activists protested on September 14 against torture and against media silence.

حل كتاب: نحو أفق اسلامي جديد, الرسالة – الشريعة – المجتمع. الاستاذ رضا خالد  
Interview with Dr. Reza Khaled on his new book, which examines the history and evolution of Sharia jurisprudence (video).

Recent Jadaliyya Articles on the Maghreb

Djamila Bouhired: A Profile From the Archives
NYC Event: Translating the Maghreb after the Arab Spring (NYC, 23 September 2012)
جميلة بوحيرد
Notes on Inequalities in Autism Activism and Care in Morocco
Libya Recap: Snapshots from Social Media
Article 28 of the Tunisian Constitution: A Problem Among Many Others
Beware of Small Cities

Syrian Population Regression

Population: ~ 17,583,863 (2017 est.)

2011:  5,800+ (killed)

2012:  60,000+ (killed) and 500,000+ (external refugees), 3+ million (internally displaced)

2013:  100,000+ (killed), 2,000,000+ (external refugees), and 8 million+ (internally displaced)

2014: 200,000+ (killed), 3.5+ million (external refugees), 7.6+ million (internally displaced)

2015: 250,000+ (killed), 4.4 million (external refugees), 6.6+ million (internally displaced)

2016: 400,000+ (killed), 4.9+ million (external refugees), 6.3+ million (internally displaced)


Syria Map and Stats

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Population: 17,185,170 (July 2016 est.)
GDP: $24.6 billion (2014 est.); $50.28 billion purchasing power parity (2015 est.)
Unemployment: 50% (2016 est.); Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): total: 35.8% (male: 26.6%; female: 71.1% [2011 est.])
Internet Users: 5.116 million - 30%/pop. (July 2015 est.)
Exchange Rate: ~ 497.8 Syrian pounds per US dollar (2016 est.)
GDP Growth Rate: -9.9% (2015 est.)
Military Expenditures: 5.9% of GDP (World Rank: 10) (2011 est.)
Health Expenditures: 2.9% of GDP (World Rank: 180) (2011 est.)
Population Growth Rate: 1.56% (2016 est.)
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 31.95% (male 2,815,140/female 2,675,166); 15-24 years: 19.65% (male 1,711,847/female 1,664,814); 25-54 years: 39.03% (male 3,342,264/female 3,364,406); 55-64 years: 5.26% (male 447,205/female 457,525); 65 years and over: 4.11% (male 318,691/female 388,112) (2016 est.)
Literacy: 86.4% (male: 91.7%; female: 81% [2015 est.])
Religious Demographics: Sunni Muslim 74%; other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%; Christian (various denominations) 10%
Ethnic Demographics: Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%