Archive for June, 2006

How Africa Became a Roman Province

How Africa Became a Roman Province
Africa By the third century BC, Carthage had become such a large economic forcethat Rome was both jealous and fearful of it. In 264 BC, the first of a series of wars between Rome and Carthage began; the Punic Wars. In 146 BC, the third Punic War was over and Rome was the undisputed owner of all of known Africa. Rome formed its first African colony in the most fertile part, soon to be known as Africa Vetus. The rest of the continental territory was... 

Mali: Tuareg revolt back on?

Mali: Tuareg revolt back on?
Tinariwen Group Reuters reported May 29 that Malian armed forces are hunting down Tuareg rebels who have taken up arms again, demanding more autonomy for the desert north. According to the report, the rebels used pickup trucks mounted with machine guns to attack army camps in the desert town of Kidal, some 1,000 kilometers northeast of Bamako, before withdrawing to surrounding mountains with looted weapons. Speaking to Reuters from a hideout in the... 

The War with Jugurtha

The War with Jugurtha
The War with Jugurtha After the destruction of Carthage, the most important kingdom in Africa was Numidia. It contained a number of flourishing towns which were centers of a considerable commerce. Masinissa, the loyal Roman ally from the Punic Wars, left this kingdom to his son Micipsa. The latter had two sons and a nephew, Jugurtha. Jugurtha was a brilliant and ambitious young man, who had served under Scipio in the Spanish Numantine war, and returned... 

Discrimination of Amazigh Music in Studio 2M

Discrimination of Amazigh Music in Studio 2M
Discrimination of Amazigh Music in Studio 2M 2M, a Moroccan channel, remains a racist channel. Even if the decision makers always say that Tamazight will have its full rights in the media, the facts are proving the opposite. Abdellah BOUZANDAG, the singer of Tafsut Band was recently a victim of this discrimination by 2M channel. In a competition program called Studio 2M, the participation of Bouzandag was not accepted in the 3 stage of the competition... 

The Tuareg nomads of Africa

The Tuareg nomads of Africa
Tuareg The Tuareg belong to the large Berber (Imazighen) community, which stretches from the Canary Islands to Egypt and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Niger River. They are the only Berber speaking community, to have preserved and used the Tifinagh writing. Nomads of vast arid lands, the common denominator of the dispersed Tuareg are the language, Tamasheq. They identify themselves variously such as: Kel Tamasheq (people of Tamasheq), Imouhar,... 

Syphax: king of the Masaeisylians in Numidia

Syphax: king of the Masaeisylians in Numidia
Syphax When Syphax was born, Numidia (the north of modern Algeria) was a country on the edge of the urbanized world of the Mediterranean. Although many people were living in large villages that would eventually develop into cities, another part of the Numidian population was still roaming over the plains. Our word “nomad” is derived from “Numidia”. There were two rival tribal federations, both in the process of becoming full-blown... 
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