Morocco makes French the language of economic success

RABAT (Reuters) – The Moroccan economy is lost in translation. Students wearing mortar hats wait to receive their diplomas following a graduation ceremony for students at the University of Rabat, Morocco on February 2, 2019. Photo taken on February 2, 2019. REUTERS / Youssef Boudlal With so many students dropping …

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The state of Amazigh culture in Algeria and Morocco

Originally from North Africa, the Amazigh people, sometimes known as Berbers, have spent decades fighting for cultural recognition in the predominantly Arab region. For years, Amazigh activists have engaged in a battle against oppressive policies while trying to promote measures that would help preserve Amazigh identity. Despite recent successes, however, …

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Ring in 2969 with the Ottawa Amazighs

Inside a small community center in Gatineau, women in brightly embroidered dresses sing songs of the Amazighs, the indigenous people of North Africa. The women are preparing for a performance this Saturday to celebrate Yennayer, New Years Day for Amazighs, also known as Berbers. January 12 marks the start of …

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OWU Connections | Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU connections Ohio Wesleyan awards seven grants to support students’ academic, research and internship experiences By Cole Hatcher DELAWARE, OHIO – From completing community mapping work in Costa Rica to comparing life expectancies in Italy and the United States, students at Ohio Wesleyan University receive nearly $ 49,000 in new …

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Write Algeria

KAMEL DAOUD IS the author of The Meursault survey, first published in France in 2014 and here in the United States a year later, earning it acclaimed international reviews including the Prix Goncourt and rave reviews and reviews in The New Yorker and The New York Times. The novel, a …

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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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Poverty among Berber families in Morocco

SEATTLE – From 2001 to 2014, Morocco’s per capita consumption increased to 3.3%, leading to a decline in monetary poverty and vulnerability to 4.8 and 12.5%. Despite these improvements, rural areas in Morocco still experience a higher level of subjective poverty. In 2014, the rural poverty rate in Morocco increased …

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Meet the warrior queen who fought the Arabs – OZY

A fearless warrior woman, Dihya briefly prevented Arab invaders from sweeping through North Africa in the 7th century. Tall and powerful, the outnumbered general woman named Dihya performed a final act of stubborn defiance against an Arab army invading her homeland in northwest Africa. Far from the stereotype of a …

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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: the marginalized indigenous peoples of North Africa

Algiers – The Berbers – descendants of pre-Arab populations across North Africa – are currently celebrating their New Year festivities. Friday – for the first time – the Yennayer New Year is marked as a national holiday in Algeria. Berbers, who refer to themselves as Amazigh, have long fought for …

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The Berbers welcome the Amazigh New Year | Berbers

The Berbers of North Africa are heralding the Amazigh New Year, with festivities featuring traditional food, music and dancing planned throughout the region. Friday marks the first day of the year 2968 for the indigenous inhabitants of North Africa, also known as the Amazigh. The Amazigh New Year – or …

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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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Not Arab, and proud of it – Foreign Policy

At first glance, nothing in the 25-year-old Tunisian musician Abdelhak Mahrouk distinguishes him. He has a serious but unkempt demeanor, eyes splayed and downcast, and a messy mop of black hair that reaches the top of a slightly twisted widow. His wispy goatee makes him look young for his age. …

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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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Who are the Amazighs of Egypt? – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

CAIRO – Visitors to the Siwa oasis quickly notice the friendliness of the people who welcome them. With warm smiles, the residents of the oasis take pride in showing visitors their cultural heritage and traditions. Unlike many other parts of Egypt, the Siwa Oasis, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) east …

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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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Morocco: Reforming the Constitution, Fragmenting Identities

Most Moroccans applaud – and rightly so – King Mohamed VI’s bold decision to include in the preamble of the proposed new constitution the official recognition of Tamazight as a state language alongside Arabic, the first official recognition Amazigh (Berber) identity on a constitutional basis. level in a North African …

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