Below are a few links to blog posts and new blogs readers should be aware of and take look at:
- “Mauritania’s Protest Movements” by @lissanup provides a fine overview of the protest movements that have developed in Mauritania over the last year or so and a link to a great list for monitoring Mauritanian internet and social media activity. Her summary also reiterates the many reasons readers should “care” about what is going on in Mauritania. The events there over the last several months reveal the depths to which the country has been shaken by regional trends — environmental, political, economic, military and one sui generis to Mauritania itself — and that there can be no firm separation between events in the “Arab” Maghreb and the Sahel and so-called sub-Saharan or “black” Africa conceptually or practically (Mali shows this in a more jarring and overt way). Clashes between demonstrators and authorities have become more and more common, and the regime’s long questionable legitimacy is increasingly contested.
- The Historical Origins of the Algerian Dialect is a new blog by Lameen Souag, who also runs the Jabal al-Lughat linguistics blog.
- Journalist Eileen Byrne, who has guest blogged here before, has started her own blog, covering Tunisia and the Maghreb. Many great pictures and notes there.
- “Mali: What is really happening,” by Oualid Khelifi at Ceasefire provides excellent insight into the political situation in northern Mali, as well as ethnic and economic dynamics that will help shape the region’s immediate future.