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Zidane: I am still proud to be who I am, a Kabyle from La Castellane

Zidane: I am still proud to be who I am, a Kabyle from La Castellane
Zidane The blank, dusty streets and high-rise tower blocks of La Castellane, a council estate in the northern suburbs of Marseille, are what is officially known in French as a quartier difficile, a sensitive zone. Most of the population here are first-and second-generation immigrants. The first wave came originally from Algeria and Morocco, in the Fifties and Sixties, but the inhabitants of La Castellane now come from all other points in the French-speaking... 

Why Zidane Will Win the World Cup

Why Zidane Will Win the World Cup
Zinedine Zidane The title of this article started out as “Why Brazil will win the World Cup,” but after the result of the first game against Croatia, I was very worried and decided to wait a bit more. I waited for Australia, Japan, and Ghana. Still unsure. When Brazil lost the game to France, I was devastated. My 12-year-old kid could not understand: “Mom, it’s just a game!” To my feminine heart, it is not... 

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 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,... 

Libya – The Amazigh Architecture

Libya – The Amazigh Architecture
Libya Imazighen are one of three main groups inhabiting modern Libya, and one of the most ancient. Their agricultural villages were centred around reliable water sources in the desert regions, and constructed from mud brick, stone and date palm timber, adhered with gypsum mortar, until a few decades ago. Now several small Berber communities are preserving their Medinas (old cities) for cultural heritage and tourism purposes. The most famous of these... 

The Future of Kabylia

The Future of Kabylia
Kabylia - Algeria There are countries which after interior tearings (political, linguistic, cultural and social) quickly understood that the solution to live in peace and harmony, was regional autonomy. And so its application posed any problem, neither with the authorities, nor with the areas concerned, which besides go only better and live their statute peacefully. If, at home in Kabylia and Algeria, this concept of regional autonomy is badly perceived... 

The human rights status of the Tamazight Speaking in Libya

The human rights status of the Tamazight Speaking in Libya
Libya This report is released to the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council sub-commission in order to present an important missing part of Human Rights violation issues and clarify the valuable aspiration of Imazighen (Berber) people of Libya. The human rights status of the Tamazight Speaking in Libya was submitted by The Libyan Working Group to the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights-Geneva in May... 

Tunisia: Disappearance of Imazighen

Tunisia: Disappearance of Imazighen
Tunisia The World Amazigh Congress(CMA) alerts intergovernmental organizations, NGO, friends of the amazigh people and the public opinion in general on the serious infringements with freedoms and the basic rights of the amazigh of Tunisia.In this country where the amazighophones account for approximately 10% of the total population, the amazighe identity is completely denied and police terror dissuades any attempt to live and claim it collectively. The... 

The origins of Amazigh spring

The origins of Amazigh spring
Amazigh Flag Amazigh Spring, as we call it today, was originally referred to in the official press as “the events of Tizi Ouzou,” just as the French press called the war of national liberation (1954-1962) “the events of Algiers.” We have chosen this term of Spring as an analogy of the “Spring of Prague” in 1968, when the Czechoslovakians rebelled against the dictatorship of the USSR over their country, fighting... 
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