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Africa and the drama of immigration

Migration is as old as Africa itself. People have always moved in search of a better life.

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Fight against terrorism in Africa: a mission impossible for Ulemas?

Nouakchott (Mauritania) – “The role of Ulemas, in clarifying religious precepts is important, but almost impossible to fulfill, in states which marginalize religious scholars”, assures Cheikh ould Zeïne ould Limam, member of the High Council of Islam and Secretary General of the Forum for Islamic Thought and intercultural dialogue in Mauritania, in an interview with the Mauritanian weekly newspaper, Le Calame, media partner of Afronline.

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The growth of Islamism in Mauritania: should western allies worry

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania routinely portrays itself as a committed ally in the fight against Islamic extremism in the Sahel. The country participates in the ongoing UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

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Mauritania: Fox News Desperately Searching for Terrorists

“Fair and Balanced”- such is Fox News’ motto. Yet, is it really “Fair and Balanced” to demonise an open and welcoming Mauritian village as “one of Al Qaida’s terrorist training camps”? In this article, Ian Mansour de Grange, an opinion writer for the independent newspaper Le Calame examines Fox News’ shoddy journalistic standers and how the local Muslim community intends to respond to being defamed.

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Abderrahmane Sissako’s film Timbuktu complicates the Jihadist narrative

Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu begins with a scene of a truck of armed jihadists chasing a gazelle. One screams to the other, “Don’t kill it. Tire it out.”  It’s a fitting metaphor for the occupation of northern Mali. For, it represents the gradual, often confounding, regulations and punishments that jihadists enforced in the name ofshari’a. It also represents the physical, economic, and emotional exhaustion that so many Timbuktians experienced under the occupation.

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Mauritania: How much longer can the exclusion of blacks last?

Mauritania’s history is made up of the reshuffling, reassembling and mixing of disparate societies that were initially very separate from one another. Mauritania cannot be governed by someone who is ignorant of this history or apathetic towards it. Instead, it must henceforth be governed harmoniously and according to the basic principle of justice and equality, not just as a principle but in practice too.

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