French-Moroccan filmmaker Meryem Benm’Barek’s debut film, Sofia, paints a critical portrait of Moroccan society, challenging laws, throwing and taboos to the wind, and highlighting the contradictory values of Morocco’s various social classes.
Libya’s rival factions held a summit in Paris on March 29, 2018, in an effort to end the seven years of instability and strife that have followed former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s overthrow in 2011.
The leading political factions in Libya represented by Fayez al-Sarraj, President of the Presidency Council of Libya, Aguila Saleh, President of the House of Representatives (HoR), Khaled Meshri, President of the High State Council (HSC), and, General Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the LNA, agreed on May 29th in Paris to a UN supervised process for new elections by December 10th for president and parliament.
Moroccan authorities spent the first week of Ramadan dismantling migrant camps in the north of the country.
The first free municipal elections since former President Zin El Abidine Ben Ali’s ouster in 2011 were held in Tunisia on May 6, 2018.
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Fatima Tabaamrant, born Fatima Chahou, is a Moroccan poet, singer, activist, and parliamentarian. A member of Morocco’s indigenous Aït Boubker tribe, Tabaamrant has dedicated her life to asserting her Amazigh identity through her music and her political engagements.
After the fall of Gaddafi and the collapse of Ben Ali’s regime, a new era was ushered in to the region. However, the calm that has followed the uprising does not necessarily imply smooth sailing for the nations of North Africa.