Liby Amazigh http://libyamazigh.org/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 17:05:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://libyamazigh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-1-32x32.png Liby Amazigh http://libyamazigh.org/ 32 32 Meet the Curator of the First Israeli Art Exhibition in the UAE https://libyamazigh.org/meet-the-curator-of-the-first-israeli-art-exhibition-in-the-uae/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 17:05:48 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/meet-the-curator-of-the-first-israeli-art-exhibition-in-the-uae/

Sharon Toval’s presentation will explore Israeli attitudes towards the lives of their ancestors in Arab lands

Sharon Toval, an independent contemporary art curator based in Tel Aviv, is preparing to organize the first Israeli exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.

Born in France, he moved to Israel over a decade ago and found his voice in curating artwork both there and abroad.

Longing Be-longing: On Post-Orientalist Influences in Contemporary Israel Art is the theme of his exhibition at the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF), which will take place in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah during the month of February.

Toval’s theme is what he calls a post-Orientalist mindset.

“Orientalism in the 19th century was a way of perceiving the Orient through artistic practice, and that way was a very Western way of seeing the Orient. It was a very political way of looking at things, it was an imaginary way of looking at them,” he said in an interview with The Media Line.

“In Israel, you have a lot of people who come from ‘Oriental’ [Mizrahi] country,” he said. The new generation did not grow up in these countries, “they have all these stories about the way of living in these countries of their parents, which is a way of yearning for the other life, the simplicity, the very authentic way to live, far from this modernism,” added Toval.

“I took this artwork from this culture of longing for what they weren’t living but what their parents did,” he said. The exhibition aims to show the complexity of contemporary Israeli society.

Mati Elmaliach, Abigail, 2019. (Tal Nissim)

Toval used to visit Dubai before the countries signed the Abraham Accords in September 2020. But when he visited a year ago, he met a contact who offered him to participate in the festival of arts of Ras Al Khaimah.

While preparing for this year’s festival, he served as one of four judges from around the world, helping to decide who will present in different categories. Then they offered him the opportunity to organize his own exhibition.

“I hope that most people who have never had anything to do with anything related to Israel, experience a first approach to this little corner of the earth, its culture and its people,” he said. he declared.

The route to this exhibition

After Toval moved to Israel, he earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from the Technion in Haifa and a master’s degree in arts policy and theory from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

His family originated from Algeria, which may have sparked his interest in the origins of Jews from Arab lands. He spent time in Morocco on a residential curatorial fellowship in 2017. There he worked on researching Amazigh symbolism in rugs and tattoos and their relationship to contemporary Israeli artists of North African origin.

During his stay in Morocco, he was confronted with questions about the origins of “Arab Jews”.

“In Israel, the ideology is that people [in Arab countries] don’t like jews, but on the other side people don’t understand why people [the Jews] left,” he said.

His time in residence influenced his thinking. Toval curated an exhibition in 2018-19, about the encounter between social shame and Jews from Arab lands who faced racism when moving to Israel. Arabs in Israel still face classism and racism, he said, which made his exhibit controversial.

Ameera Zyian, Veil Self-portrait, 2016. (Courtesy)

“Many things that have remained from this period [of aliyah], this situation has developed a kind of subculture of politics, of society,” he said. “No one has done this before me. It was very controversial. »

“It’s a theme I always think about,” he said, explaining why he came up with the theme of Orientalism for the UAE exhibition. Toval will bring three videos, a photographic installation, a sculpture and numerous photographic pieces.

“I try to explain to other people in the world the Israeli society which is very complex. Even the expression “Israeli society” is not really an exact expression. It’s so divided; you have so many aspects of people, backgrounds, colors,” he said.

A video, he describes, shows two men dancing or fighting, with audio of a prayer that Jews sing in the synagogue. “It’s a very conceptual production of the Jewish oriental tradition, it’s a Moroccan song,” he said.

According to him, the video shows that loving and hating, dancing and fighting are the same thing. “It’s kind of uniting people together, that’s how I see it,” he said.

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Morocco – well placed to benefit from Europe’s energy transition https://libyamazigh.org/morocco-well-placed-to-benefit-from-europes-energy-transition/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:59:56 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/morocco-well-placed-to-benefit-from-europes-energy-transition/

Population: 37.13 million (+1.2% vs 2020)

GDP per capita (PPP): $7,360 (+0.9% compared to 2020)

Debt to GDP: 76.6% (+1.2% vs 2019)

Power per capita: 765 kWh

Reduced fossil fuel subsidies, CSP leader

By the end of 2020, Morocco had 1.4 GW of installed wind, 530 MW of CSP and just 220 MW of solar PV, meaning total solar has only reached a third of its old 2020 target. With hydropower at 1.77 GW and 465 MW of pumped hydropower, the country already has a significant amount of clean energy – 3950 GW out of a total of over 10 GW. The rest of the electricity is mainly coal, dependent on Russian imports, with a small amount of natural gas. A new coal-fired power plant was commissioned in 2021, but the country then promised at COP26 not to build any more.

By 2030, Morocco aims to achieve 20% solar, 20% wind and 12% hydroelectricity in its energy mix, compared to 35% in 2019. Nuclear has been considered with a nuclear training center created in March 2021, and maybe there will indeed eventually be a nuclear power plant using SMR or some other modern technology. The country has room for at least several gigawatts of additional hydropower.

Surprisingly for a desert country, wind is still envisioned to be built as much as solar – and a look at a wind speed map shows you why. The southwest coast has almost the same wind speeds as the North Sea – but it has them on land. It is an exceptional resource that helps explain the reassertion of the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara – more on that later.

Morocco’s NDC under the Paris Climate Agreement was updated last June with a 45.5% reduction in emissions by 2030, 60% of which depends on foreign aid. The phosphate industry – for which Morocco has three-quarters of the world’s reserves and the third largest production – has gained particular recognition as an emissions reduction target.

So far, Morocco’s most unusual achievement in the energy transition is its CSP networks – 530 MW, or 8% of the world’s total CSP. He was also a pioneer in North Africa as the first to reduce fossil fuel subsidies. Morocco has only set up a national oil and gas projects division of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) a few months ago, in November. If a large and suitable offshore gas field is discovered, you could see Western oil majors investing in new gas development in the country, but at this point in history, the “end of the beginning” of the energy transition, that seems unlikely. outside. Even the existing gas trade between Nigeria and Europe via pipeline died out after the failed renewal of the transit agreement with Algeria.

A not-quite-stagnant economy

In terms of wealth per capita, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and even Libya are surprisingly close to each other – but Morocco does so without Algeria’s fossil fuels – the country imports 91% of its gas and 99% of its oil – and with an HDI ranking. 45% of the population is employed in the agricultural sector once forestry and fishing are included and the sector accounts for 15% of GDP. You might think that Morocco doesn’t have the best agricultural land and you would be right. Agriculture is an investment that does not pay off quickly, any more than the fight against rebels in the Sahara, which has cost the country tens of billions over the past half century.

With a low-skilled workforce, manufacturing is also limited to lower-value propositions, and according to some reports, education levels may even drop. Currently, literacy is on par with Tunisia and Algeria at 79%, but the Arabization language policy and other factors have resulted in poor performance of Moroccan schools. Arabization aimed to sideline the Amazigh Berber language, a policy that was reversed by the new prime minister. But what Moroccans need most is to be able to speak English for business and work, a language that was only mandated to be taught in schools in 2002. European languages ​​left behind legacy of colonial times are the Spanish and French and the Amazigh-Arab dispute. is also a distraction. France is an important trading partner but that doesn’t go any further.

All in all, you have a poor country that still only has a growth rate of between 2% and 4% in most years, with its main sectors like tourism, agriculture, textiles and phosphates – all very basic efforts.

The silver lining is car manufacturing, which could account for up to 25% of GDP this year, with local content reaching 60%. The finance and sales destination is Western Europe, but Tesla’s electric vehicle chip manufacturing has also been the subject of noise. This industry and others will be bolstered by Morocco’s high-speed rail infrastructure projects, which could eventually extend to West Africa after recent military successes against rebel forces in the south of the country. Although the country is both poor and has poor institutions at best, it is more open for business than its neighbors and has some potential.

Conflict in Western Sahara reignited by developments

Morocco is a hybrid democracy. Real elections take place, but political parties are tamed by a monarchy that still wields great formal power. As a result, even under the Justice and Development Party (PJD), which is supposed to be Islamist in the style of the Muslim Brotherhood in a context of democracy and monarchy in Morocco, the burqa was banned in 2017 and diplomatic relations were established with Israel last year. . The PJD totally collapsed in the 2021 elections to be replaced by even more secular parties. Fame and clientelism guide the actions of Moroccan politicians more than ideology or vision.

The reconciliation with Israel has been overseen by the United States, with which it is strongly allied, including at the intelligence level, but it is the EU which is of course Morocco’s largest destination for exports and emigrants. . Then there is China – Morocco signed a Belt and Road Implementation Plan just weeks ago, making it the first state in North Africa to pass a protocol. ‘OK.

Morocco’s diplomatic standing is currently weak, feuding with Spain and France and ending official diplomatic contact with Germany, over all their stance on its dominance of Western Sahara. Like Turkey, the country can choose the extent to which it suppresses migration entering Europe through its territory, and its intelligence alliance with the West is also important in suppressing Islamist terrorism. Meanwhile, some politicians in the United States are calling for the revocation of American recognition of Moroccan sovereignty in Western Sahara – this recognition is how President Trump bought Morocco’s recognition of Israel.

The Western Sahara conflict dates back to 1975, but there was a ceasefire in 1991 that was only recently broken by Morocco, which forcibly restored the land route to Mauritania.

Algeria’s support for the Polisario Front, which is the Sahrawi independence movement in Western Sahara, is also one of the main reasons for the bad relations between it and Morocco, while Algeria is unhappy that Morocco is on good terms with Israel and accuses it of supporting the Berber secessionist movement MAK.

At least so far, these quarrels have not hampered existing trade, especially not with Algeria since this border has been closed since 1994 anyway. But Morocco could always use new agreements and more direct investment. foreigners – it usually receives 2 or 3 billion dollars a year, mainly from Western Europe.

Renewables could use a subsidy or auction system

Amusingly, the Polisario Front has accused Morocco of using green energy developments in Western Sahara to legitimize its occupation – this kind of “greenwashing” is new! The Front even produced its own net zero plan, drawn up with the help of some Western intellectuals. It is very likely that the Sahrawi cause still does not receive any substantial help outside of Algeria, and these intellectuals are just idealistic NGO types.

Another possibility worth mentioning for Morocco’s green future is the construction of solar power in North Africa coupled with UHVDC lines transmitting it to Europe. The Morocco-UK power project envisions a 3.6 GW, 3,800 kilometer subsea HVDC line across Devon. This line would cost billions with a power loss of up to 15% in transit, but would still be very attractive – giving Morocco a new export and the UK more capacity to use solar power. CSP’s presence in Morocco could also come into play with energy storage amplifying the ability to use the line consistently, but project developer XLinks seems more interested so far in a 5 GW battery complex and 4 hours accompanying 10.5 GW of solar and wind power.

Along the same lines, the Western Sahara region is perfect for green hydrogen production – excellent land availability, wind and sun, coastal, on the doorstep of Europe. But Morocco only has a 100 MW hydrogen tender scheduled for 2022, just as it has only installed 200 MW of photovoltaics. For wind power alone, Morocco has pledged to mobilize $1.6 billion in global financing for a 1 GW wind power program, which will be commissioned nationwide by 2024.

It is therefore a country in a good position, but it still has to seriously encourage renewable energies or establish a lot of significant short-term ambitions. Most likely, Morocco is still waiting for this foreign aid and the ideas mentioned in its NDC.

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CAN2022: Morocco fight to draw with Gabon and finish first in the group • FRANCE 24 https://libyamazigh.org/can2022-morocco-fight-to-draw-with-gabon-and-finish-first-in-the-group-france-24/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 23:27:27 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/can2022-morocco-fight-to-draw-with-gabon-and-finish-first-in-the-group-france-24/

FRANCE 24 English published this video article, titled “CAN2022: Morocco fight to draw with Gabon to finish first in the group • FRANCE 24 English” – below their description.

Morocco came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Gabon in Yaoundé on Tuesday and finish top of Group C at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. FRANCE 24 sports editor Simon Harding has the details.

#AFCON2022 #Morocco #Gabon

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In this story: Cameroon

Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central and West Africa.

Cameroon is home to over 250 native languages ​​spoken by nearly 25 million people. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884 known as Kamerun. In 1960, the French part of Cameroon became independent. The southern part of British Cameroons federated there in 1961 to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. The federation was abandoned in 1972. The country was renamed United Republic of Cameroon in 1972 and Republic of Cameroon in 1984.

The official languages ​​of Cameroon are French and English. Its religious population is 70.7% Christian and 24.4% Muslim. It is governed as a unitary presidential republic and enjoys good relations with the major powers of France, the United Kingdom and China.

The largest cities in terms of population are Douala on the Wouri River, its economic capital and main seaport, Yaoundé, its political capital, and Garoua.

The country is well known for its successful national football team.

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    Star African tennis player to watch: Ons Jabeur https://libyamazigh.org/star-african-tennis-player-to-watch-ons-jabeur/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 15:14:04 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/star-african-tennis-player-to-watch-ons-jabeur/

    LONDON, UK, January 15 – DStv viewers can expect to see African tennis star Ons Jabeur in Grand Slam action when the Australian Open kicks off from Monday January 17, 2022

    SuperSport is the ultimate destination for tennis fans, with an unrivaled selection of action from around the world.

    Tunisian Ons Jabeur has had a stellar 2021, reaching the peak of his career as world No. 7 – a record for the highest-ranked Arab tennis player in the history of the ATP or WTA rankings.

    It was at the 2020 Australian Open that she became the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, which she reached again at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

    Jabeur then won her first WTA title at the 2021 Birmingham Classic by defeating Daria Kasatkina, becoming the first-ever Amazigh/Arab and Tunisian tennis player to win a WTA title.

    The 27-year-old, from Monastir in Tunisia, will look to continue her success in 2022 and come to the Australian Open in good standing, having shrugged off injury issues that plagued her at the end from last year. She also won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship last month, beating Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic.

    “It was a crazy trip to come here, but as I said before, it has always been a dream for me to come and play here at Mubadala,” Jabeur said. “It’s amazing to be here in Abu Dhabi; to be here in an Arab country, to represent Tunisia, to represent the Arab world. I’m so glad I got this opportunity, so I’m really grateful for it.

    “I hadn’t played since Moscow and it’s been forever, so it was good to play some points and it felt like a real game. Belinda plays very well, so it was difficult at times.

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    Regarding his ambitions for the new year, Jabeur explained: “I like challenges and saying goals out loud. I want to keep breaking records and keep making history; give more than one example for the athletes out there. I want to continue my path and win more titles, prove to myself that I deserve a place in the top 10. I am very ambitious to [2022].”

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    Almanac – Friday 01/14/2022 | KALW https://libyamazigh.org/almanac-friday-01-14-2022-kalw/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:38:00 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/almanac-friday-01-14-2022-kalw/

    Today is Friday, January 14, 2022

    January 14 is the 14th day of the year

    351 days remain until the end of the year

    64 days until early spring

    The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:24:12 a.m.

    and sunset will be at 5:14:53 PM.

    Today we will have 9 hours and 50 minutes of daylight.

    The solar transit will take place at 12:19:32 pm.

    The first low tide was at 1:55 a.m. at 3.20 feet

    The first high tide will be at 7:41 a.m. at 6.11 feet

    The next low tide will be at 3:12 p.m. at -0.21 feet

    And the last high tide for Ocean Beach tonight will be at 10:18 p.m. at 4.66 feet

    The Moon is currently 89.5% visible

    a waxing gibbous

    We will have the Full Moon in 3 days on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 3:49 p.m.

    The January Full Moon is called the Full Wolf Moon.

    The howling of wolves was often heard at this time of year. Wolves were traditionally thought to howl due to hunger, but we now know that wolves use howls to define territory, locate pack members, strengthen social bonds, and gather together for hunting.

    This month’s moon is also called the…

    Canada Goose Moon Central Moon Cold Moon Frozen Moon Blast Frost Moon Big Moon Greetings Moon

    Hard Moon Severe Moon Spiritual Moon

    Today it’s…

    caesarean section day

    International Kite Day

    National Dress Your Pet Day

    National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

    National Pothole Day (UK)

    Organize your day at home

    Ratification day

    Take a Missionary to Lunch

    Today is also…

    Defender of the Fatherland Day in Uzbekistan

    Donkey Festival in Medieval Christianity

    Flag Day in Georgia

    National Forest Conservation Day in Thailand

    Old New Year and its related observance:

    Azhyrnykhua in Abkhazia

    Yennayer for Berber or amazigh people

    Revolution and Youth Day in Tunisia

    Sidereal Winter Solstice Celebrations in South and Southeast Asian Cultures; marking the Sun’s transition to Capricorn and the first day of the six-month Uttarayana period.

    Magh Bihu in the Indian state of Assam

    Maghe Sankranti in Nepal

    Maghi in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh

    Makar Sankranti in India

    The first day of Pongal in Tamil Nadu

    Uttarayan in Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Rajasthan

    world logic day

    On this day in history…

    1900 – La Tosca by Giacomo Puccini opens in Rome.

    1911 – Roald Amundsen’s South Pole expedition makes landfall on the eastern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.

    1952 – NBC’s longtime morning news program Today debuts, featuring host Dave Garroway.

    1954 – The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form the American Motors Corporation.

    1967 – 1960s Counterculture: The Human Be-In takes place in San Francisco, California’s Golden Gate Park, kicking off the Summer of Love.

    1972 – Queen Margrethe II of Denmark ascends the throne, the first Queen of Denmark since 1412 and the first Danish monarch not named Frederick or Christian since 1513

    1973 – Elvis Presley’s Aloha Concert from Hawaii is broadcast live via satellite and sets the record for the most-watched show by an individual performer in television history.

    2011 – Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia after a series of protests against his rule, seen as the birth of the Arab Spring.

    …and if today is your birthday, happy birthday! You are sharing this special day with…

    83 BC – Mark Antony, Roman general and politician (died 30 BCE)

    1741 – Benedict Arnold, British-American general (died 1801)

    1875 – Albert Schweitzer, Franco-Gabonese physician and philosopher, Nobel laureate (died 1965)

    1883 – Nina Ricci, Italian-French fashion designer (died 1970)

    1886 – Hugh Lofting, English author and poet, created Doctor Dolittle (died 1947)

    1892 – Martin Niemöller, German clergyman and theologian (died 1984)

    1892 – Hal Roach, American actor, director and producer (died 1992)

    1896 – John Dos Passos, American novelist, poet and playwright (died 1970)

    1912 – Tillie Olsen, American short story writer (died 2007)

    1915 – Mark Goodson, American game show producer, created Family Feud and The Price Is Right (died 1992)

    1919 – Giulio Andreotti, Italian journalist and politician, 41st Italian Prime Minister (died 2013)

    1919 – Andy Rooney, American soldier, journalist, critic and television personality (died 2011)

    1936 – Clarence Carter, American blues and soul singer-songwriter, musician and record producer

    1937 – Billie Jo Spears, American country singer (died 2011)

    1938 – Allen Toussaint, American singer-songwriter, pianist and producer (died 2015)

    1940 – Julian Bond, American scholar and politician (died 2015)

    1941 – Faye Dunaway, American actress and producer

    1944 – Nina Totenberg, American journalist

    1947 – Taylor Branch, American historian and author

    1948 – T Bone Burnett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer

    1952 – Maureen Dowd, American journalist and author

    1957 – Anchee Min, Chinese-American painter, photographer and author

    1963 – Steven Soderbergh, American director, producer and screenwriter

    1964 – Shepard Smith, American television journalist

    1967 – Emily Watson, English actress

    1968 – LL Cool J, American rapper and actor

    1969 – Dave Grohl, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer

    1982 – Marc Broussard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

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    Today is Thursday, January 13, 2022,

    January 13 is the 13th day of the year

    352 days remain until the end of the year

    the sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:24:30 am

    and sunset will be at 5:13:51 PM.

    We will have 9 hours and 49 minutes of daylight.

    The solar transit will take place at 12:19:10 pm.

    The first low tide will be at 1:04 a.m. at 2.99 feet

    The first high tide will be at 7:05 a.m. at 6.03 feet

    The next low tide at 2:34 p.m. at 0.04 feet

    and the last high tide at Ocean Beach tonight will be at 9:35 p.m. at 4.47 feet

    The Moon is 76.8% visible

    It’s a waxing gibbous

    We will have the Full Moon in 4 days on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 3:49 p.m.

    Today it’s…

    Healthy Weight Day, Healthy Look

    korean american day

    Make your dream a reality

    Melba National Fishing Day

    national rubber duck day

    national sticker day

    Public Broadcasting Day

    Stephen Foster Memorial Day

    Today is also…

    Constitution Day in Mongolia

    Democracy Day in Cape Verde

    Liberation Day in Togo

    Old New Year in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Republic Srpska, North Macedonia

    Malanka in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus

    Sidereal Winter Solstice Eve Celebrations in South and Southeast Asian Cultures

    the last day of the six-month Dakshinayana period

    Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu

    Lohri in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh

    Uruka in Assam

    Yennayer among the Berbers

    On this day in history…

    1822 – The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the first National Assembly in Epidaurus.

    1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, DC

    1898 – I accuse…! by Émile Zola exposes the Dreyfus Affair.

    1910 – The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci airs from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

    1942 – Henry Ford patents a car made from soybeans, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.

    1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African-American cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

    1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison.

    1990 – Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African-American governor when he takes office as Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.

    1993 – The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is signed.

    2018 – A false warning of an impending missile strike in Hawaii causes widespread panic in the state.

    2021 – Incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump is impeached for a second time for inciting insurrection following the seizing of the Capitol a week prior.

    1832 – Horatio Alger, Jr., American novelist and journalist (died 1899)

    …and if today is your birthday Happy birthday! You are sharing this special day with…

    1886 – Sophie Tucker, Russian-born American singer and actress (died 1966)

    1900 – Gertrude Mary Cox, American mathematician (died 1978)

    1905 – Kay Francis, American actress (died 1968)

    1925 – Gwen Verdon, American actress and dancer (died 2000)

    1926 – Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, American author and scholar (died 2003)

    1926 – Melba Liston, American trombonist and composer (died 1999)

    1927 – Brock Adams, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 5th U.S. Secretary of Transportation (died 2004)

    1927 – Liz Anderson, American singer-songwriter (died 2011)

    1929 – Joe Pass, American guitarist and composer (died 1994)

    1930 – Frances Sternhagen, American actress

    1931 – Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian, director, game show panelist and television personality (died 2007)

    1931 – Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (died 2019)

    1940 – Edmund White, American novelist, memoirist and essayist

    1949 – Brandon Tartikoff, American screenwriter and producer (died 1997)

    1953 – Silvana Gallardo, American actress and producer (died 2012)

    1955 – Anne Pringle, English diplomat, British Ambassador to Russia

    1957 – Claudia Emerson, American poet and scholar (died 2014)

    1957 – Mary Glindon, English lawyer and politician

    1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress, comedian and producer

    1964 – Penelope Ann Miller, American actress

    1970 – Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (died 2004)

    1970 – Shonda Rhimes, American actress, director, producer and screenwriter

    1975 – Andrew Yang, American entrepreneur, founder of Venture for America and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate

    1977 – Orlando Bloom, English actor

    1981 – Reggie Brown, American football player

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    Will Libya adopt a federal or non-centralized constitution? https://libyamazigh.org/will-libya-adopt-a-federal-or-non-centralized-constitution/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 16:29:56 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/will-libya-adopt-a-federal-or-non-centralized-constitution/

    Episode 36 of the Al-Ad Al-Aksi program series (The Countdown) addressed the most appropriate constitutional dossier for the Libyan status quo, Libyan wealth and the way it is managed in all Libyan regions. , in addition to the issue of which groups boycotted the drafting of the constitution when it was drafted with the guests of the episode, members of the Constitution Drafting Assembly, Mustafa Dallaf and Mohammed Al-Jilani.

    Dallaf said the constitution-drafting assembly has held 74 sessions to date, stressing that it has many experts and includes a number of legal experts.

    Dallaf added that the flag and the anthem are two topics that have yet to be discussed with members of the assembly, and stressed that the draft constitution states that local government is based on expanded decentralization, calling this term of “coward”.

    He noted that the Tebu formally boycotted the assembly, unlike the Amazighs, and stressed that the quorum required to approve any article is an approval vote by 41 members. He stressed that the distinction between the members of the assembly on the basis of the regions is not a positive issue, and that the form of the state in the constitution is not clear because this point was not discussed so far.

    Al-Jilani said the assembly communicated with all parties and regions except Derna and Benghazi due to the security conditions, stressing that the draft constitution is the only way out for Libya from its crisis, and that constitutional amendment is currently difficult in light of the current circumstances.

    Al-Jilani added that the House of Representatives has the power to change the flag and the anthem by a two-thirds majority, noting that the Tuaregs have their representation in the assembly with a total of 5 members, and that the language Amazigh is constitutionally protected and considered a national language, claiming that it is difficult to adopt four or five languages ​​as an official language in the country.

    Al-Jilani concluded by saying that there are points which cannot be constitutionally resolved and must be referred to other parties, stressing that the members of the assembly represent the Libyan people and are democratically elected.

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    Two exhilarating weeks in Morocco https://libyamazigh.org/two-exhilarating-weeks-in-morocco/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 00:45:53 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/two-exhilarating-weeks-in-morocco/

    Dreams of the Sahara Desert, cities that are labyrinths of blue, palaces filled from floor to ceiling with majestic mosaics, enchanting music filling the air and puffs of spices delighting your senses … welcome to Morocco!

    In October 2021, I spent two exhilarating weeks in Morocco with friends and other travel counselors. I always knew that Morocco looked magical, but I had no idea how much the country would fascinate me and absolutely captivate me. As they say “Morocco is a feeling”. Between the architecture, the food, the history and above all the people, Morocco is truly a country that I believe everyone should travel to experience the best of what “travel” has to offer. You can’t help but fall in love with all aspects of this beautiful land and its many faces. Morocco, which is slightly smaller than the size of Spain or France, has so many different landscapes. You can visit the ocean, mountains, oasis and desert in just one day!

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    We started our trip in Marrakech, where I have never seen such grandeur in hotels in my life. I have never experienced anything like the true luxury that I have experienced in several 5 star properties in Marrakech. I felt like a queen in my private two bedroom ryad, with a private courtyard and fountains, and staff who use secret lanes to clean up so as not to disturb guests. Yes, I’m talking about the famous Royal Mansour, which absolutely lived up to the hype. This spectacular masterpiece of a “hotel” reflects the true essence of Moroccan tradition while exceeding all expectations of today’s luxury traveler. The craftsmanship of the tiles on the walls and the cedar wood artwork on the ceilings down to the smallest detail literally took my breath away.

    During our full week in Marrakech, we toured the medina and made friends with local artisans, went shopping, took fashion tours and met designers, took a cooking class, rode camels in the desert from Agafay, visited the palaces and learned about history, did some more shopping, visited the Majorelle Garden, took a day trip to Essaouira and played with goats in the trees. Yes, goats in the trees! We also went to the Atlas Mountains for one night and stayed at Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot which is pure beauty to see. From there we walked to a local Berber village and were invited to a family’s house to drink tea with them. (Our guides translated.) All the school children were delighted to see us, as we were the first visitors since COVID. Apparently, no Berber has ever fallen ill with COVID, and we have taken every precaution to make sure it stays that way.

    Take tea in Morocco
    Take tea in Morocco. (photo via Cali Hersh)

    At the time we went to Morocco, it was one of the only countries that had never closed its borders to American tourists. While we were there we met many Americans who were so happy that they made the decision to visit, as they may not have done in “normal” times. I had a colleague who visited Morocco in March 2020 and she took photos of a practically empty medina. Yet in October it was crowded and full of action! As of this writing, Morocco closed its borders in December and will not open until January 31.

    After Marrakech, we left the city and returned to the Atlas Mountains to see the most spectacular landscapes and learn about Arab and Berber culture. We stopped at Ksar Ait Ben Haddou which is the backdrop for many movies and TV shows such as Game of Thrones. The next day we drove to the Sahara Desert, my personal gem of the trip. We mountain biked, rode camels again and watched the sun go down and then rise over the sand dunes. It was a spectacle unlike anything I had ever seen before. I always feel lucky to be a travel consultant, but here I have been overwhelmed by the gratitude that I am for being able to experience a world like this. In fact, I cried with joy at the beauty I was able to experience firsthand.

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    Mountain biking in Morocco. (photo via Cali Hersh)

    After leaving the Sahara, we drove north to Fez. We fed monkeys by the side of the road, explored the tanneries and medina of Fez, bought ceramics and wore the famous silly red hats, discovered ancient Roman ruins in Meknes, took a million photos in the blue city of Chefchaouen and eaten at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca. Several times along the way we saw large groups of locals along the road and wondered if they were lining up to be tested for COVID. It turns out they were all waiting to get vaccinated.

    No amount of articles or pictures can do this country justice. If you love to travel, Morocco should definitely be on your bucket list for the near future. Morocco has the perfect amount of culture shock, with its food, art, and culture, but also has the familiarities of home that make it a safe and clean destination. The people are so warm and welcoming and are very open to talking honestly about the best and the worst aspects of their current political and cultural climate. To see more photos from my trip, follow me on Instagram @ cali.hersh.travel and feel free to contact me for more details. I urge all travel counselors to ensure that their clients use a DMC, and I would be happy to share information on the wonderful vendors who assisted us on our trip.

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    Best Vegan Cafes in Devon to Help You Crush Veganuary https://libyamazigh.org/best-vegan-cafes-in-devon-to-help-you-crush-veganuary/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 07:30:00 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/best-vegan-cafes-in-devon-to-help-you-crush-veganuary/

    It’s that time of year when millions of people across the UK are getting down to New Year’s resolutions.

    It’s no secret that for many of us our will to drink less and exercise more will weaken before the month (or maybe even the Christmas tree) is over.

    But one resolution that has grown stronger in recent years is Veganuary.

    Read more: Exeter’s famous pie shop abandons all meat for Veganuary

    The movement was created in 2014 to encourage people to give up animal products during the first month of the year – and beyond.

    Last year 582,000 participated and this year organizers expect even more people to register.

    If you are thinking of joining them, but don’t feel like being confined to home for a month, fear not, Devon is full of restaurants serving great vegan food.

    Here is our selection of the group.

    Banana Cafe, Tiverton



    It’s hard to believe that Banana Cafe is actually in Devon

    Cafe Banana isn’t just plant-based, it’s surrounded by plants too. Relax in this miniature paradise set against a backdrop of tropical foliage, with a slice of handmade vegan carrot cake.

    Based at Tiverton’s Withleigh Nurseries, customer favorites include the plant-based brownies and the New York-style bagel that includes homemade seitan, arugula, pickles, mayonnaise and American mustard.

    You will also find sandwiches, soup, daily specials as well as delicious tea and coffee.

    Collective Café, Bideford



    The legendary gingerbread of Cafe Collective
    The legendary gingerbread of Cafe Collective

    Voted ‘Best Coffee in Bideford’, Cafe Collective on Grenville Street also offers a legendary vegan Sticky Ginger Cake, made from its own recipe.

    There’s also a full vegan breakfast, along with lighter breakfast options like sliced ​​tomatoes and black pepper, or toast with fresh mushrooms. Then there are vegan pizzas, a garden burger, homemade vegan sausages, and a plethora of gluten-free options.

    Everything is made on site and there is a range of beers, ciders, wines and prosecco (unless of course you do Dry January).

    Wild thyme coffee, Braunton



    So many treats to choose from at Wild Thyme Cafe
    So many treats to choose from at Wild Thyme Cafe

    Eat breakfast all day or come for a leisurely lunch or dinner. At Wild Thyme Cafe, there are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to suit all appetites.

    Vegan specialties include spicy Mexican rice and beans with roasted sweet potato, humous, tortillas, salsa, avocado, salad and roasted seeds; roasted parsnip and carrot soup with fennel and cumin seeds; and Ethiopian Stew, a lentil dish spiced with Berber spices, served with rice, Asian coleslaw, and mango chutney.

    This popular café also has its own roast on site. Its Rainforest Alliance beans are imported green from Colombia and carefully roasted by hand by Greg of Kope Coffee Roasters, in small batches of no more than 1 kg at a time.

    The cafe is located in the Caen Field shopping center and you can view the menus here.

    Willow’s Tea Room, Landkey



    Afternoon tea at Willow's tearoom
    Afternoon tea at Willow’s tearoom

    You would never guess that the cakes at Willow’s Tearoom are vegan, but that’s exactly what they are.

    This charming cafe near Barnstaple reopened in 2021 as a plant-only venue. Since then, the coffee nut cake has sold like vegan hotcakes.

    There are plenty of other animal-free goodies out there as well, including meatless breakfasts and lunches and dairy-free cream teas.

    Willow’s accepts dogs and the CEO (meaning the Meal Chef) is a Dalmatian called Oreo.

    Cake or Death, Exeter



    Cake or Death in Exeter – open for brownies

    Who doesn’t love a brownie? And Cake or Death Bakery in Exeter creates some of the best you’ve ever tasted. They are also vegans (but don’t tell non-vegans that.)

    It’s run by Katie Cross who was inspired to start her own business after being interviewed to appear on Bake Off. While she didn’t quite put on the show, her designs experienced a storm in Exeter and beyond.

    The café is open on Bartholomew Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. But if you can’t come, don’t worry, you can order them online as well, to have hassle-free delivery to your mailbox.

    The hairy barista, Totnes



    Bright green cake with red apples and kale Cavalo Nero
    Bright green cake with red apples and kale Cavalo Nero

    For a cake that counts towards your five a day, look no further than The Hairy Barista on High Street in Totnes.

    The beautifully presented herbal treats are all freshly made and handmade.

    Choose from heavenly squares of chai latte cheesecake, peanut and caramel bars, chocolate, date and banana cakes, or a range of breakfast muffins.

    Most of the products on offer are organic, refined sugar and gluten free, proving that you can really have your cake and eat it.

    the Edgy Veggie, Totnes



    Avant-garde vegetarian cuisine
    Avant-garde vegetarian cuisine

    While not strictly a cafe (they bring you the food), The Edgy Veggie is a vegetarian takeout that took off during lockdown.

    It was started by Ruth Rae and her partner John, after Ruth was put on leave from her job as a conductor at Schumacher College.

    Vegetarian and vegan meals are made from healthy, local ingredients. Enticing options include Thai curries, homemade pie, tomato and bean stew, cashew and apricot tagine, and smoked chili which can all be ordered online.

    Cafe Daisy, Torquay



    Complete English without meat at Daisy's
    A healthier approach to full English at Daisy’s

    Vegan black pudding – who would have thought! But at Daisy’s, you’ll find that and many more animal-free alternatives to some traditional favorites.

    Along with the vegan breakfast (including vacon, not bacon), there is also an attic VLT with vegan mayonnaise as well as a range of animal-free burgers.

    Fancy something sweet? Then discover the range of vegan waffles, ice creams and cakes. Or how about a slice of apple pie with vegan custard, or maybe a Lotus Biscoff freakshake topped with vegan “cream”?

    Babbacombe Rd’s licensed cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday evening from 6:30 pm.

    The Green Man Café & Cakes, Chagford



    The Green Man Cafe & Cakes
    Deliciously vegan: a cupcake from The Green Man Cafe & Cakes

    Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or indecisive, you’ll love homemade cakes at this cozy cafe in Chagford. And dogs and muddy boots are also welcome.

    Located on the High Street, there are also local, seasonal vegetarian options to eat in or take out.

    The Oasis herbal restaurant, Paignton



    Nikki Jordan-Watts and her family at Li’l Mamas Vegan Kitchen – from the left group, Malcolm, Asher, Siobhain, Kal, L’il Mama Nikki, Phoenix and Ocean.

    The Oasis is a 100% vegan cafe in Paignton.

    It’s run by former singer Nikki Jordan-Watts who became a chef because she couldn’t find the kind of tasty Caribbean vegan food she loves.

    Highlights include Caribbean rotis and Gallo Pinto – a flavorful Costa Rican rice dish that can be served for breakfast or lunch.

    There’s also a fully vegan breakfast, pancakes, and a selection of cakes.

    In addition to Oasis, Nikki runs the famous vegan takeout delivery service L’il Mamas next to Palace Avenue.

    Nourishing herbal coffee, Teignmouth



    The inviting Nourish café in Teignmouth
    The inviting Nourish café in Teignmouth

    The people of Nourish not only do pretty much everything on their own, but they even cultivate some of it.

    The menu includes soup bowls, tofu mixed vegetables and coconut curry served with brown rice and fresh flatbread, date and nut bread, and a whole host of vitamin goodies.

    You’ll find it on Regents Street in Teignmouth.

    Café Rio, Maidencombe beach



    Cafe Rio, Maidencombe
    Cafe Rio, Maidencombe

    Nestled in the cliffs, this hidden gem offers a wide range of vegan and non-vegan snacks, including soup, paninis and cakes, made with local ingredients.

    It’s also the perfect place for a dip or paddleboarding – and you can rent some, as well as kayaks.

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    The battle of an Arab-British woman for media representation https://libyamazigh.org/the-battle-of-an-arab-british-woman-for-media-representation/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 11:01:39 +0000 https://libyamazigh.org/the-battle-of-an-arab-british-woman-for-media-representation/ Arabs in British Series: The UK media industry still suffers from a lack of diversity and representation. Arab-British, Nada Issa, describes her experience in an industry dominated by middle-class men and the challenges many ethnic women face.

    Nada Issa, Anglo-Arab filmmaker and journalist, has worked in the media for over a decade. In this article, she shares her poignant experience navigating the British media industry as an Arab woman and the challenges she encountered along the way. Amid a colorful career behind her, Nada talks about the lack of representation and diversity in the male-dominated, middle-class industry, as well as the importance for those at the top to hear all voices. She shares her experience with The New Arabic:

    I always wanted to be a journalist. But until the media industry is confronted with its lack of diversity, people like me will continue to be invisible or undermined.

    I am an Anglo-Arab filmmaker and journalist. Over the past fourteen years, I have learned to navigate in a sometimes toxic or unfair environment. Yet even at this point in my career, I still wonder if there is a place for those like me in this industry – and if there is, if it is worth it.

    “On the surface, we could claim to have more gender, social and ethnic diversity than ever before. But dig deeper and it all looks shallow.”

    Diversity in the media has not always existed. In previous decades, the industry was dominated by educated, middle-class white men in Oxbridge.

    There is no doubt that there has been progress since the 1980s / 90s, but we still belong to an industry that continues to harbor toxic and intimidating behavior. I have worked in media for over a decade now. During this time, I have met some incredibly talented and inspiring people from whom I have learned a lot. I love my job and have always had a real passion for journalism. But sometimes the very profession I live to work for has caused me, and many like me, a lot of grief and depression.

    On the surface, we could claim to have more gender, social and ethnic diversity than ever before. But dig deeper and it all looks shallow. The IT and engineering departments of each network present their diversity but roam the creative and editorial rooms and it remains predominantly bourgeois, white and male. In fact, I have often been the only member of the ethnic team.

    This isn’t due to a lack of BAME talent or self-driving – rather, it’s because if you’re an outsider you have to work ten times harder than anyone else to be seen. People hire those who are familiar to them. This creates a lack of opportunities for the “other” and an uneven playing field. Those of us who are different continue to struggle on a steep uphill path.

    Over the years, I have reached out to many like me. And they shared similar stories. It is in our shared experiences that I have found comfort.

    “If you have a foreign sounding name, you are probably going to be labeled. And even then, when it comes to big-budget prime-time gigs, despite your experience, you’ll still be invisible, ”a colleague warned. I didn’t believe her but with regret I came to appreciate her warning.

    I started my career with an interest in reporting stories across Africa and Asia. I also wanted to write about Westminster politics, in which I have a masters degree. The first one, I managed to do it only for international networks, but I was overwhelmingly placed to cover topics on the Middle East – something that I was not too familiar with at the time. This is what leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. An “Emily” can easily browse all genres. A “Nada” is somewhat limited to the color of her skin and, even inside that locker, treated with suspicion.

    “It’s easy to believe you’re color blind if you’ve never been judged on your ethnicity or categorized. When you sit at the top of the food chain, you can’t see below you. You assume that your accomplishments are based on talent and not on opportunities not available to your BAME counterparts “

    I was once invited to an interview for a show about British Muslims. The talent executive felt it appropriate to ask if I was confident that I could maintain fairness even before I declared my track record. A white colleague would not receive the same scrutiny. It is these double standards that dehumanize and discourage.

    To add salt to the wound, my white colleagues with little Middle Eastern knowledge would always qualify above someone with roots in the region. Perhaps because an exotic university trip to Israel-Palestine made them experts in the region far beyond those who are part of the political and social fabric of this complicated and nuanced terrain.

    Needless to say, my fellow journalists are not at fault – the problem is the deeply ingrained institutional racism within our society, of which we are in total denial.

    Nada Issa filming on location, Israeli-Lebanese borders, 2018

    We must also endure allegations of “use of the race card”. A white filmmaker, whom I had admired for many years, recently told me that “you are more likely to get hired these days if you are BAME”. Even among journalists, it seems, systemic racism goes unnoticed.

    Let me arm you with a few examples.

    What follows is a story far too many people have experienced. On my first day in a top UK network, excited, impatient and hungry, the director asked me, ‘where are you from? I replied “London”. It was indeed insufficient. “But where are you from, where?” my answer “West London”. It didn’t work. He asked, “Where did you grow up? I obeyed, “South West London – or more precisely Pimlico”. His skin now turning red, he finally turned to me and said “your name is not Anglo-Saxon – where does it come from?” “

    Now I understood the question asked and its purpose from the start. To many this may be a perfectly curious and harmless question, but it felt like an attack on my chosen identity, implying that I can’t just be British from London, demanding to put myself in a box that helps me better. to understand. And yet, this same professional undoubtedly believes “not to see the color”.

    It’s easy to believe you’re color blind if you’ve never been judged on your ethnicity or labeled. When you sit at the top of the food chain, you don’t see below you. You assume that your accomplishments are based on talent and not on opportunities not available to your BAME counterparts.

    “Over the years, I’ve learned that challenging the status quo often puts you in the crosshairs.”

    Some might even consider it a joke when a member of her team tells a producer of Amazigh descent working on a popular British show and in view that “you are a long way from riding a camel in the desert here. You can surely use your navigation application to find the shooting location ”.

    Others question the testimony of an Anglo-black Sudanese editor-in-chief who learns that he is the lowest paid person on his team despite his experience and being responsible for training his colleagues. Unfortunately, despite his skills, he changed careers to preserve his sanity. I see it as a great loss for the industry.

    Or an Arab-British filmmaker who has devoted her life to her career discovers that her integrity is often called into question: “Have you slept with the executive of the commission? Business, adventures and even friendships are common in the workplace. But it certainly seems like you’re more likely to be accused of “sleeping” to get to work if you’re a woman, and more so, a woman of color.

    Unfortunately, such comments are often led by our privileged counterparts. Of course, sometimes patriarchy can pit us against each other, but it reduces the workplace to a toxic playground.

    To avoid that, I found myself downgrading my wardrobe – hoping that the simpler, uglier you are, the less effort you put in, the less you will be accused of offering your brown or black body in exchange for concerts.

    “Always speak up because the right to have your voice heard should not be based on your privileges, your ethnicity, your gender or your seniority”

    Over the years, I’ve learned that challenging the status quo often puts you in the crosshairs. Early in my career, I found the courage to speak out about a lack of opportunity in a service meeting. What followed was a senior management figure berating me. I was told to “know my station”. Did I have a station because I was a junior? Or maybe it was my strange and unknown character? I believe it was because I am an outsider in a territorial workplace and my race and cultural identity made me even more different. Whatever the reason, the reaction has been brutal and unfair.

    The media industry, like others, is to a large extent based on who you know, not what you know. What someone says about you can either improve your career or cause lasting damage. People in positions of power therefore bear a responsibility. Rather than fueling a toxic environment, they shouldn’t play favoritism and check their unconscious biases.

    Today, I want to remind every researcher or junior producer that there are no “stations”. Always speak out because the right to have your voice heard should not be based on privileges, ethnicity, gender or seniority.

    I believe our industry is big enough to embrace, celebrate and include all of us, and would benefit from that. But until we collectively recognize the disease that has plagued us for so long and are prepared to face it, nothing will change.

    Nada Issa is a freelance filmmaker and senior journalist. She has covered stories across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, making films for various UK and international media including the BBC, Channel Four and Aljazeera English.

    Follow her on Twitter: @ Nada-Mai-Issa

    This article is part of a special series titled Arabs in the UK: An Exciting New Project which shines a light on the Arab population in the UK and aims to showcase their continued contributions to communities. Follow here to read more articles in this series:


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