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Escalating Conflict in Kabylie (Part 1 of 2)

**This is the first of a two-part series covering the Kabyle-Algerian conflict. The second part will deal with specific allegations of genocide by the Kabyle government in exile against the Algerian state and the petitions it has filed with two tribunals. ~~~ While wildfires occur almost every year in Algeria …

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Long March for Öcalan’s Freedom – Medya News

Activists from 21 different countries took part in the long march organized to protest against the captivity of Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who is imprisoned in solitary confinement on the island of İmrali, in Turkey, since 1999. The march, which was attended by more …

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Right-wing French candidate Zemmour praises Morocco’s former ban on foreign names

Far-right French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour, who wants to ban Muslim names in France, hailed an outdated Moroccan ban on foreign names as “a great idea”. Zemmour said he changed his Moroccan birth name to Eric for ‘love of France’ [Getty] Right-wing French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour on Thursday applauded …

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Tunisia: in brief | New Internationalist

Analysis December 1, 2021 A decade after the revolution, and after a succession of chaotic governments, democracy is faltering in Tunisia, wonders Francesca Ebel? Outside the Medina of Tunis. CLÉMENT ARBIB Earlier this year, outside a local cafe just off a busy street in one of Tunis’s sprawling neighborhoods, a …

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From rags and scraps to abstract works of self-expression

Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason are authors, designers and founders of New York-based lifestyle and design brand AphroChic. In this column, they delve into the rich history of various objects and design motifs that originate from the African diaspora. Moroccan rag rugs, better known as “Boucherouites”, are unique among the …

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Berber tattoos on the decline in Morocco

These two women are part of a minority who still have Berber tattoos. Fatima Masoudi, 89, and Ighoudane Taguelmane, 86, live in Khemissat, a Berber town in Morocco. Masoudi always wanted to get a tattoo, especially because it was a common thing to do when she was young. “One day …

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Definition and examples of cultural appropriation

The term “cultural appropriation” has been used to describe everything from makeup and hairstyles to tattoos, clothing, and even eating and wellness practices. The phrase originated in the 1980s in academic discussions of colonialism and the treatment of non-white cultures. From there it has worked its way into the modern …

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The best things to do in Marrakech

Marrakech knows how to put on a show. Its intoxicating sights and sounds dazzle, dazzle and enchant, as they have done for nearly a millennium. The hustle and bustle takes on a whole new meaning, especially in the Marrakech medina. Whether you want to spice up your pantry with North …

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Hoofed seductress, anti-colonial assassin. Musician SamiR LanGus summons a childhood legend

SamiR Langus (Arabic: لانگوس, Tamazight: ⵙⴰⵎⵉⵔ ⵍⴰⵏⴳⵓⵙ) plays Gnawa, a genre of North African trance music bearing the same name as the ethnic group that introduced complex 6/8 rhythms to Morocco. LanGus grew up surrounded by music, following the steps of street musicians, getting lost in the neighborhood. Originally from …

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A new dawn for the Amazigh cause

This newcomer formed an alliance at the end of 2020 with two political parties that are members of the government majority, the National Rally of Independents (RNI) and the Popular Movement (deputy). Under the leadership of these two political groups, activists of the Amazigh movement are preparing to participate in …

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Berber New Year in North Africa

In North Africa among the Berbers, January 12e is the 1st New Year’s Day 2971 of the Amazigh (Berber) calendar which begins in 950 BC. Egypt until 715 BC. By Rabah Arkam This Berber king had succeeded in unifying Egypt and then invading the kingdom of Israel. He is said …

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The faded pride of Amazigh tattoos

For the indigenous Amazighs of Africa, body art was more than just pictures. They have been a decisive, almost poetic social marker for centuries. Berber woman wearing ethnic jewelry, Kairouan, Kairouan (Al Qayrawan) governorate, Tunisia. (DeAgostini / Getty Images) For many native North Africans, the nuances of nostalgia take on …

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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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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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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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