North Africa

Understanding the Attitudes and Behaviours of Internet Users in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Compared to their global counterparts, online users in the Middle East are among the most enthusiastic about the positive impact that the Internet is having on their lives.

The Best North African Dishes

Adam Bown | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

North African cuisine is a fragrant mix of exotic flavours, colourful spices and tantalising tastes. From slow-cooked tagines to fluffy couscous, here are 10 must-eat North African dishes.

19 Migrants Suffocate Trying To Reach A Better Life

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK

A total of 19 migrants have reportedly suffocated while making a desperate attempt to cross the Mediterranean for a better life in Europe. The migr...

Morocco: Lucky Number Five

Noelle Reno | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Noelle Reno

As part of my Eat, Pray, Love adventure, Morocco was the fifth phase of my twelve countries in twelve months journey that I couldn't wait to escape my busy city life to. The number five carries huge significance in their culture and everywhere I went this number seemed to appear.

The Algerian Presidential Elections: The Burlesque, the Tragicomic and the Farcical

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Algeria's next Presidential elections will be held on 17th April 2014 and for the last few months; this important electoral rendezvous showed all the hallmarks of a masquerade, consistent with almost all the elections in the history of the Algerian state since independence in 1962.

Britain Is Getting Cosy With Another Authoritarian Regime in North Africa

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Lord Risby, David Cameron's Special Trade Envoy to Algeria will be leading an important trade delegation to the country next week. UK foreign policy aims to lock North African natural gas into the European and British grid and is heavily influenced by arms and fossil fuel corporate interests.

Eastern Promise

Naila Missous | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Naila Missous

One could write a novel about ethnocentrism and the way it has infected society. It is saddening to think that the colonialist mentality is still alive in the hearts of the mass media.

Lebanon Says: Being Gay Is Not a Disease and Needs No Treatment

Dan Littauer | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK
Dan Littauer

Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and does not need to be treated, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society (LPS) stated on Thursday. LPS made it clear that the statement was in response to allegations of arrest and mistreatment of LGBT people in Lebanon.

Review: Mawazine Festival - Rabat, Morocco

Zahra Razavi | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Zahra Razavi

Visit Rabat in May, and you'll find gig posters everywhere. The whole city erupts in pure excitement for its annual 9-day Mawazine Festival. Featuring...

Middle Eastern and North African Women Need to Challenge Prevailing Restrictive and Legal Practices Not from the West, But From the Islamic Tradition Itself

Naila Missous | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

Muslim women, just as women off all religious affiliations and backgrounds, struggle against various forms of gender discrimination. What is important, is to distinguish between constraints imposed by Islam as a religion and the Patriarchal cultural norms that predate Islam. Legal restrictions on women's autonomy are often an amalgamation of the two.

British Troops To Train Mali Forces, Philip Hammond Confirms

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Politics

British military advisers are to carry out infantry and artillery training for the Malian armed forces fighting Islamist extremists in the west Africa...

No Echoes of the Arab Spring in Tunisian Protests Over Death of Chokri Belaid

Felix Tusa | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Felix Tusa

These protests have not been like the events of two years ago. What has been occurring in Tunisia can be split into two separate groups: honest protesters calling for the removal of a government that they believe encouraged the murder of Chokri Belaid, and rioters attempting to benefit from the state of crisis.

Mind the AQIM Hype: Facts and Public Fears Are at Odds Over a Changing Al Qaeda

Joel Faulkner Rogers | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joel Faulkner Rogers

The Al Qaeda movement doubtless remains lethal, virulent and wholly requiring of the coordinated international response that just prevented Mali from collapse and subjugation. But it is also being incrementally pushed into an age more like the 1990s...

Britain Is Slipping Deeper Into the Sands of Mali

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Inch by inch and day by day, Britain seems to be sliding ever deeper into the shifting sands of the Malian desert. It is, in my view, a military adventure that's unnecessary, ill-advised and fraught with danger.

Trust Me, I Know What I'm Doing...

Alessandro Fiorotto | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK
Alessandro Fiorotto

Trust has always been highly valued by society, but as just evidenced, its deficiency has become especially salient in recent years.

Two Algerias

Adrian Millar | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Politics
Adrian Millar

When the heat dies down over the siege in In Amenas, it will be back to business for the West, propping up the Algerian authorities in defence of Western interests.

Catching Some Sumptuous Zzzs in Morocco

Black Tomato | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

From long stretches of stunning coastline to rolling dunes of the Sahara desert and snow-capped Atlas Mountains - there's something for everyone on a ...

Flight Diverted After Drunk Passengers Try To Force Their Way Into Cockpit

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A British Airways plane had to divert on a flight to North Africa following alleged drunken behaviour by two women passengers. The pair, believed t...

Planet Appetite: Sahara International Festival in Douz, Tunisia

Rupert Parker | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The oasis of Douz in Tunisia stages its 45th International Festival on the edge of the Sahara and, after the austerity imposed by the velvet revolution, it's even better than ever.

Will Algeria and France Finally Turn the Page?

Imad Mesdoua | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK Politics
Imad Mesdoua

The relationship between France and its former north African Colony Algeria is one tainted by a difficult and bitter colonial past. The two countries' shared history is often the backdrop to fierce debates at the official and societal levels.

Tunisia is a Cat Lover's Paradise

Zahra Razavi | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

When I decided to visit Tunisia, I imagined vast desert landscapes, beautiful monuments and delicious culinary infusions. My week spent exploring the country provided all of these features, and a rather unexpected but fantastic surprise...Tunisian cats!

Oil Prices Will Not Act as Relief Valve for Global Economy

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

A truce between Israel and Hamas holds for now, but the recent carnage could herald further geopolitical instability in the MENA. As a result, oil price will stay high and damage the global economy, which is already "at sea".

Instead of Camus Remember Fanon: Here's to the Wretched of the Earth

Tam Hussein | Posted 07.01.2013 | Home
Tam Hussein

When France was moralizing over the Armenian genocide the Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan accused them of hypocrisy.

Islamists and Democracy

Tam Hussein | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

The biggest mistake would be to treat all Islamists as one monolithic whole.

The Footage

Tim Cumming | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home
Tim Cumming

With the imminent release of The Dictator, Baron Cohen's despot comedy this new blog post is a new poem, begun on a flight to Khartoum last October, t...