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The Political Significance of the Maghreb Opinion 

The Political Significance of the Maghreb

In Algiers, North African Islamist parties held a meeting on Thursday 21st April with the hope of launching an initiative to revive the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU). Whilst conflicts in Israel, Palestine, Iraq, the Levant and the Gulf are generally regularly reported on, and debated in Western media outlets, the Maghreb region is covered sparingly. Until recently, this was due to the region’s static political climate. The five countries; Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania, hadn’t shown the political will to utilise their collective power and reactivate the AMU, seeking…

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The “other” ethnic groups in Libya and their respective positions in the Libyan conflict Opinion 

The “other” ethnic groups in Libya and their respective positions in the Libyan conflict

In February 2011, after popular uprisings, a civil revolution broke out between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those seeking to oust his government. What had begun as a sequence of peaceful demonstrations turned into confrontations which were met with military force. Some reports say that Libyan military and security forces fired live ammunition on protesters, but it is unclear whether these are official representatives of the army or mercenaries who are loosely associated with individual members of the army. On 18th February, security forces withdrew from Benghazi after…

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Sarraj and Postcolonialism in Libya Opinion 

Sarraj and Postcolonialism in Libya

Fayez al-Sarraj and his new UN backed Government of National Accord (GNA) sailed into Tripoli at the end of last month faced with the daunting task of uniting a fractured country. Despite warnings from rival factions that the new administration was not welcome in the Libyan capital, and the closing down of the city’s airport in an attempt to stop him flying in, Sarraj returned from self-imposed exile in Tunisia with the immediate task of asserting his new government’s authority on a country divided since the last years of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. The new national…

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Western Governments Must Crack-Down on Anti-Arab Racism Opinion 

Western Governments Must Crack-Down on Anti-Arab Racism

In “the West”, racist slurs targeted at Arab communities are often passed off as free speech or critical enquiry, and not enough is being done to value all ethnic groups and to protect them from prejudice. People often say that Islam must be open to criticism. I agree with this, because Islam is an idea that can be subject to change. Arabs, however, can find themselves ethnically bound by their identities. Criticising and smearing people based on their ethnicity is no longer a free inquiry into ideas but a racist…

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Here’s How Sarraj can Address Women’s Issues in Libya Opinion 

Here’s How Sarraj can Address Women’s Issues in Libya

With Sarraj’s arrival in Tripoli, it is important to bear in mind that the rate of any nation’s advancement is partly reflected by how women and children are treated, in terms of achievement, equality, welfare and status. Women constitute roughly 50% of Libya, and therefore represent a huge potential chunk of wealth and investment for the Libyan economy. All this can only be achieved by education, training and empowerment. As is the case in Europe and other parts of the world, women in North Africa are not yet reaching their…

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