North Africa Archive

Blog, Middle East, North Africa, Politics

Elections in Algeria

Andrew Ma is an HIR Staff Writer

An ailing president for an ailing country – no better words describe Algeria’s latest of presidential elections,...

Blog, Human Rights, Middle East, North Africa, Western Europe

Post Arab-Spring Migrations

Although widely admired and supported for their liberationist and pro-democratic nature, the Arab Spring uprisings came with much blood, persecution, and panic, and disturbed...

Blog, Human Rights, North Africa, Western Europe

Tackling Human Trafficking in Europe

100 miles off the coast of Sicily lies the island of Lampedusa, where a month ago, 360 African migrants on their way to Europe...

Africa, Middle East, North Africa, Politics, Reviews

Politics as Usual?

In the western world Islamic conservatism and radicalization had not been on the public radar much until the 1990s and especially the 2000s when...

Africa, Blog, Middle East, North Africa, Politics, Security

Orwell and the Perils of Egyptian Politics

I first read George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four when I was eleven, and it had a dramatic and lasting impact on me.

Africa, Blog, North Africa

America’s Jefferson Mistake

Perhaps we refrain from clichés too much. After all, how does something become a cliché? It must, if it is to attain that oft...

Africa, Asia, Blog, Central Asia, East Asia, North Africa

Don’t Abandon the Egyptian Military

It would be a waste of time to outline how bad things are in Egypt. By now the reader is most likely familiar with...

Africa, Blog, Middle East, North Africa

The Failure of the Arab Spring, and the Need for Security

There has been much debate in America about its security apparatus: the public debate following the revelations about PRISM and other NSA programs, the...

Africa, Blog, Middle East, North Africa

Versions of Democracy and Manifestations of Division

Walking with a friend across town yesterday toward my apartment on the West Side of Manhattan, two moments caught me off guard. Between 5th...

Africa, Blog, North Africa

Why I Stand With Morsi

I do not think it an overstatement to say that much of the progress of the Arab Spring was reversed on Wednesday in Egypt,...