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The Sahara conflict is back

Rabat’s new engagement with sub-Saharan Africa is raising the temperature of its dispute with Polisario

One of Africa's most prominent militant groups gathered thousands of supporters and threatened to storm the Moroccan wall on 10 May. It was not a confrontation between Polisario fo...


Who wants to see a billionaire?

Viewed from the Casablanca commercial courtroom where the bankruptcy and mothballing of his Société Anonyme Marocaine de l'Industrie du Raffinage (Samir) refinery company has been...


Mixed messages

Egypt's main indicators are improving steadily, but this has not translated into better living standards or less repression

In the week after Abdel Fattah el Sisi secured a second term as President in an election without any credible rival candidates, a team from the Ministry of Finance made a series of...


Doubts about unity deal

Elections are planned to fill the power vacuum, but they will have to overcome the poisonous faction-fighting

General Khalifa Haftar's forces control the east, but have not marched on Tripoli and show little sign of doing so. Government of National Accord (GNA) Prime Minister and Presidenc...


Seizing the spoils of war

From people-trafficking to oil theft, crime is the mainstay of all the armed groups. International organisations are finally acting

Local and international authorities are finally moving against Libya's myriad criminal networks, which finance militias and make personal fortunes. Yet criminality remains pervasiv...


Fishing for recognition

The precise legal position of the European Union's fisheries agreement with Morocco may now be clear, but few seem to have noticed. The European Court of Justice ruled on 27 Februa...


Tunis fiddles as revolt grows

While politicians focus on electoral alliances, the economy remains stuck and marginalised communities are angry

After taking office amid high hopes that technocratic ministers could deliver results, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's increasingly beleaguered government is confronted by yet anot...


El Sisi's shrinking circle

The President sacked his spy chief a day before announcing his re-election bid. The narrowing of his inner circle betrays jitters

President Abdel Fattah el Sisi's office announced the departure of Khaled Fawzy as head of the General Intelligence Service (GIS) on 18 January, the day before the President formal...


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