Mauritania - : Africa and Maghreb's news - The panafrican daily newspaper, Africa's portal offers a daily online newspaper with information on what is going on in the world, culture, economics, sport, societies of 56 african countries. en : Africa news, Maghreb news - The african daily newspaper African coalition to fight Al-Qaeda in Sahel formed Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:05:31 +0200 A meeting in Algeria on Sunday saw the Chiefs of Defence Staff from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreeing to join forces to fight against Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The coalition will benefit from Algerian military assistance and could also be open to other states that are exposed to threats from the extremist group within the Sahel region. René Dassié Call for Action to Thwart Bid by Libya, and other notorious human rights abusers, to join UN Human Rights Council Thu, 06 May 2010 01:27:29 +0200 Two UN watchdog organizations today urged the United Nations General Assembly to reject five candidates for the United Nations Human Rights Council- Libya, as well as Angola, Malaysia, Mauritania, and Qatar. Mauritania: An African state where Blacks are "second class citizens" Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:37:48 +0200 Students have been up in arms, since March 25, against the Arabization of Mauritania, as expressed by members of the government on March 1, a day set aside to commemorate the Arabic language. Despite the authorities' denial, the malaise within the Black Mauritanian community remains palpable. This comes in the backdrop of recent steps taken by the Mauritanian government for the return of Black-Mauritanians who fell victim to a 1989 mass deportation, especially those exiled in France and the United States. But Human Rights organizations and those concerned have denounced the selective and discriminatory nature of the policy. Abda Wone, a journalist and political activist, believes that the "thorny question" remains to be answered. Interview. Falila Gbadamassi Arabization and a history of Black-African marginalization in Mauritania Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:07:38 +0200 Overtaken by an overpowering sense of relentless cultural oppression and marginalization, Black-Mauritanians continue to express their resentment after two recent speeches, by the Prime Minister and Minister of Culture on March 1, called for a total Arabization of the Western African country. Mauritania's historical background serves as a beacon of understanding to recent events that have pricked old sores dating back to the birth of the country. Alicia Koch Mauritania: "Arabization has nothing to do with Islam" Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:48:20 +0200 The Mauritanian government, Sunday, spoke out on the burning issue of Arabization, which was raised by the Prime Minister and Minister of Youth and Culture on March 1. Arabization in Mauritania has whipped up a massive hue and cry among Negro-Mauritanians, who have expressed concerns over cultural, political, economic and social oppression from the ruling Arabo-Berbers. Alicia Koch Mauritania: Arabization hateful of African culture? Mon, 12 Apr 2010 04:09:33 +0200 Tensions have been at a fever pitch on the campus of the University of Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, since the month of March. Arabization of the educational system has angered Black Mauritanian students and awakened historical tensions. Alicia Koch Mauritania: Marginalised Black populations fight against Arabisation Thu, 08 Apr 2010 02:05:12 +0200 Hundreds of Black Mauritanian students gathered at the University of Nouakchott Tuesday to express their outrage against what they call a "comprehensive Arabization" of Mauritania. The sit-in follows several demonstrations triggered by speeches, delivered by the Prime Minister and Minister of Culture. The students condemn a move to promote Arabic as a national language. Patrick K. Johnsson, Alicia Koch Terrorism in Africa: Best way forward is economic development Mon, 22 Mar 2010 14:11:59 +0100 Representatives from seven African countries met, Tuesday, March 16, in Algiers to assess the security situation in the Sahel-Saharan region. Participants at the conference stressed the urgent need to address economic development in the region. Djamel Belayachi Italian Minister Frattini in Africa: food security agreement in Mauritania Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:14:54 +0100 More food and more access to food for the hungry in East-Central Mauritania, the country's most vulnerable region. This is the goal of the food security agreement signed in Nouakchott by Minister Franco Frattini and his Mauritanian colleague Naha Mint Mouknass. Al Quaeda in the Islamic Maghreb gaining ground Tue, 08 Dec 2009 19:51:44 +0100 The Al Qaeda terrorist group in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Tuesday claimed responsibility for the abduction of a French and three Spanish nationals, respectively kidnapped in Mali and Mauritania late November, in an audio message sent to the Al Jazeera television network. This claim confirms the suspicions of many observers and embellishes the idea that AQIM is gaining ground in the Sahel. Lola Simonet Mauritania: Why the United States and France validated Abdel Aziz's election Fri, 07 Aug 2009 01:15:17 +0200 According to Paris, the locally criticised election that sought to legitimise Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz's presidency took place under internationally acceptable conditions. In other words, France pledges its support to the putschist General. Washington also looks forward to working with the newly elected president. But according to analysts, the legitimisation of the questionable Mauritanian elections is symbolic of the growing security concerns of the two governments. René Dassié Mauritania: Opposition cries foul over Military Junta's electoral victory Mon, 20 Jul 2009 09:47:39 +0200 Gen Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, who led a military coup in 2008 and ousted Mauritania's only democratically elected leader, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, has conducted and won Mauritania's presidential elections, it has emerged. Despite cries of fraud by the opposition, Gen. Abdelaziz insist he won cleanly. Konye Obaji Ori U.S. Welcomes African Union's Call to Action on Mauritania Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:41:45 +0100 The coup d'etat in Mauritania has proven to be a dangerous and destabilizing precedent for the continent and ... the African Union in its ... of unconstitutional changes in ... Mauritania junta: A year of empty european condemnation Mon, 24 Nov 2008 17:00:56 +0100 The question bothering observers is whether after the one-month ultimatum, Mauritania, with its new oil finds, will be sanctioned to maintain the credibility of the EU or be spared for reasons yet to be known. Libyan leader backs much criticized Mauritanian junta Sun, 16 Nov 2008 17:07:31 +0100 Some other countries had given as a condition for meeting the junta's delegation the release from detention of the deposed president.