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Maghreb news 2014-12-31

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Religion | 2014-12-31
Maghreb marks Mouled, New Year
From Morocco to Mauritania, many households are celebrating two major events that coincide this year. (more…)

When Internet Addiction Is Actually A Good Thing

The Washington Post
By Dominic Basulto

Two Turkish women try to get connected to Twitter with their laptops at a cafe in Istanbul amidst an Internet crackdown in the country in 2014. Should they be considered Internet addicts? (Tolga Bozoglu/EPA)

Two Turkish women try to get connected to Twitter with their laptops at a cafe in Istanbul amidst an Internet crackdown in the country in 2014. Should they be considered Internet addicts? (Tolga Bozoglu/EPA)

A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong claims that 420 million people are addicted to the Internet, about 6 percent of the world’s population. That 6 percent number may not sound high but it is – it’s actually more than three times the rates of pathological gambling observed in even the most gambling-obsessed nations around the world. Taken at face value, this study supports the notion that the rapid rate of technological adoption around the world is being taken way out of control, and that we’re awash in gadgets, phones and digital devices. (more…)

Why Western Sahara Matters

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Anna Borshchevskaya, Contributor

Western Sahara

This month, US Congress passed the 2015 Appropriations Bill. Among other provisions, the new law strengthens US mandate for assistance to Morocco to be used in Western Sahara. The law says, “Funds appropriated under Title III of this Act shall be made available for assistance for the Western Sahara.”

Western Sahara generally gets little attention. Between nuclear talks with Iran, ISIS advances in Syria and Iraq, and Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea, it is understandable that Morocco and Western Sahara go largely unnoticed. They shouldn’t be. I travelled to Morocco last month, (more…)

Some 70 African Migrants Scale Fence Between Spain And Morocco

Sputnik News

© AP PHOTO/ KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH Number of Migrants Attempting to Illegally Enter UK Quadruples Over Past Three Years

© AP PHOTO/ KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH
Number of Migrants Attempting to Illegally Enter UK Quadruples Over Past Three Years

About 70 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have scaled the fence along the border of Morocco and Spain to enter the Spanish territory of Melilla, EFE news agency reported Tuesday, citing local police.

According to police estimates, a total of 150 to 200 people, who are mostly from Mali, attempted to cross the border of Melilla, Spain’s North African enclave. Those who successfully scaled the 7-meter (23 foot) triple-layer fence and managed to reach Spain were brought to a temporary holding center for migrants. (more…)

Tangier Street Gang Face Terror Charges

By Mohammed Saadouni in Casablanca
for Magharebia

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Moroccan authorities say a Tangier terror cell targeted women without hijab. Five suspects were arraigned on December 29th [AFP File/Abdelhak Senna]

Members of a terror cell arrested in Tangier are accused of beating and robbing women who were not fully covered.

Five criminal suspects picked up last week in Tangier were arraigned on terrorism charges, MAP reported on Monday (December 29th).

The interior ministry on December 23rd reported that police had dismantled an extremist network that attacked citizens with knives and sticks.

The cell used religion to justify their actions, security analyst Mohammed Okdad told Magharebia. (more…)

Maghreb news 2014-12-30

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Security | 2014-12-30
Northern Mali refugees fear reprisals
Refugees from northern Mali say they are worried about returning home, given the lingering threat from armed Islamists. (more…)

Five Arrested In Morocco On ‘Terror’ Charges

Channel News Asia

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Morocco has indicted five people on charges of plotting “terrorist acts” and belonging to an illegal religious group, the official MAP news agency said on Monday (Dec 29). The suspects were referred to the prosecutor who levelled the charges against them ahead of their trial, it said without adding when the first hearing will be held. (more…)

Essebsi Must Now Take Action

Qantara.de

Tunisia's outgoing and incoming presidents respectively: Moncef Marzouki (left) and Beji Caid Essebsi. According to Loay Mudhoon, Tunisia's post-revolutionary politicians saw what exteme polarisation and entrenched ideological fighting led to in Egypt and avoided making the same mistakes

Tunisia’s outgoing and incoming presidents respectively: Moncef Marzouki (left) and Beji Caid Essebsi. According to Loay Mudhoon, Tunisia’s post-revolutionary politicians saw what exteme polarisation and entrenched ideological fighting led to in Egypt and avoided making the same mistakes

The election of veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi as Tunisia’s first ever democratically elected president is a vital milestone on the road to the establishment of a true Arab democracy, says Loay Mudhoon.

There can be no doubt whatsoever: the election of Beji Caid Essebsi as the first democratically elected president in Tunisia’s history is truly historic in a number of ways – not only for the North African country, but also for all Arab nations currently in transition. (more…)

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