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Akal movement struggles to revive Tamazight language and identity – Middle East Monitor

The founders of Tunisia’s emerging AKAL party say the time has come to rehabilitate the Tamazight language and identity of the country’s indigenous people, who have been marginalized for decades. The word “Akal”, which means land in the Tamazight language, has a fundamental meaning for the cultural movement that has …

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The rich mythology and megalithic culture of the ancient Berbers, lords of the desert

The Barbarian Coast of North Africa was named after the Berbers, the nomadic people who inhabited the region west of the Nile Valley in North Africa. Called the Amazighs or Imazighen in antiquity (meaning “free humans” or “free men”), they are among the oldest inhabitants of North Africa. Their rich …

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Libyan border closure weighs on Tunisian informal trade

Tunisia and Libya are heavily dependent on informal cross-border trade, but recent restrictions on the Libyan side have triggered weeks of instability and chaos. TRT World visits the border town. The “Souk Maghrebi” market offers a colorful range of products for locals and visitors. (Alessandra Bajec / TRTWorld) BEN GUERDANE, …

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Imazighen – Minority Rights Group

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Bill paves way for Amazigh language academy

ALGERIA Algeria approved a bill paving the way for the creation of an Amazigh language academy dedicated to teaching and promoting research on Tamazight, as well as its standardization. “This is a historic decision and a breakthrough which completes the process of rehabilitation of Tamazight, opening up considerable prospects for …

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The Kabylia football team | New internationalist

April 30, 2018 For marginalized Kabyles in Algeria, even a football match can be problematic. Alessio Perron on the political struggle in the region Qualifying for a soccer world cup is usually followed by a party. When Peru qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the country celebrated with such …

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Berbers – Minority Rights Group

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Amazighs say Beida government’s fatwa authority incites genocide – LibyaHerald

By Hadi Fornaji. Tunis, July 10, 2017: The Amazigh Supreme Council has accused the Islamic Affairs and Endowments Authority which is part of the Beida-based interim government of inciting genocide against the Amazigh community. This follows a fatwa last week from the authority condemning Ibadis as infidels and “Kharijites”. Ibadi …

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In Tunisia, hope for a bright future

“Right after the revolution, in 2012, I returned to Tunisia to see my family,” Inès Manai wrote in an email earlier this month of the photo report posted here. “When I was walking in the streets of Tunis, I saw an evolution. The girls I remembered confined to their houses …

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Echoes of Tunisia in Morocco as protests continue

RABAT, Morocco (AFP) – Morocco has arrested 11 people suspected of manslaughter following the death of a fish seller whose crash in a garbage truck sparked protests, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Mouhcine Fikri, 31, was accidentally killed on Friday in the northern town of Al-Hoceima as he tried to protest …

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Integration of Tunisian Islamists – Foreign Policy

In May, the head of the the biggest party in the Tunisian parliament made a dramatic announcement. “There is no longer any justification for political Islam in Tunisia”, noted Rached Ghannouchi, explaining why his Ennahda party has decided to distance itself from its Islamist origins and to redefine itself as …

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The Berbers celebrate the Amazigh New Year | News

Monday marks the first day of the year 2964 for the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa. The Berbers of North Africa are celebrating their New Year, with festivities planned in several cities, including the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Monday marked the first day of the year 2964 for the indigenous …

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Berber protesters force their way into Libyan parliament

TRIPOLI: Members of Libya’s ethnic Berber minority broke into the parliament building in Tripoli yesterday, smashing windows and destroying furniture, during a protest demanding greater recognition, a spokesman said of the assembly. The protest took place during a break in a regular assembly session, General National Congress spokesman Omar Hmaiden …

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Amazighs face Islamic harassment – Eurasia Review

By Mawassi Lahcen Threats from radical Islamists prevented Tunisian Amazigh associations from holding a conference in the southern region of Matmata. Six Tunisian Amazigh groups planned their event, which aimed to unite the Tunisian Amazigh movement, to coincide with the 20th Tamezret Festival for Amazigh Culture on August 24 and …

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