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Tag Archives: Maghreb

Niger’s democratic transition is good news, but the threat of insurgency remains high

Following an inconclusive election in December 2020, Niger’s Independent National Electoral Commission is set for a runoff in February. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images Olayinka Ajala, Leeds Beckett University Despite the twin problems – poverty and insecurity – that have faced Niger in the past few decades, President Mahamadou Issoufou successfully completed his two-term tenure. In December 2020, …

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The poetic power of Idir, the artist who took Algerian music to the world

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Salvatore di Nolfiepa/EFE/EPA Hugo Hadji, SOAS, University of London The death of Algerian icon Idir has brought an important chapter of Algerian music to a close. Through his brilliant career, Idir modernised and promoted the richness of Kabyle melodies and poetry, popularised North African culture, and advocated for unity and tolerance both in Algeria and in France. Looking at Idir’s …

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