The second issue of this Mediterranean literary review is a special one on the Amazigh icon Lounes Matoub. It includes articles on Lounes Matoub's life, his work, including poems translated to French. The issue also includes interviews of his sister Malika and his wife Nadia. This publication could not come at a better time. This month the Amazigh people will be commemorating the tenth anniversary of Lounes's assassination. Matoub's family and the entire Amazigh community in North Africa and around the world is still grieving for the loss of one of their dearest. His assassins have not yet been brought to justice and the contemptuous neglect shown by the Algerian authorities when it comes to serving justice in cases involving Amazigh people only makes the Amazigh angrier and more determined.
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Taous Khazem is headed to Kabylia (Algeria) where she will work on the ACAA sponsored project "Kabyl Folktale Theater." You can follow her progress on this project on her blog at:
Tamazgha Association (Paris) Presents a Report to the UN's CESCR on Amazigh Cultural Rights in France
In conformance with the International Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, France presented its periodic report on April 29 & 30, 2008 during the 40th session of the United Nations' Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) that was being held from April 28 to May 16, 2008 in Geneva. To this effect, many organizations dealing with regional or minority languages and cultures made the trip to Geneva in order to present alternative report to that of France. Among them is Tamazgha of Paris who presented a report on the linguistic and cultiral rights of the Amazighs in France.
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Member of ACAA Amor Nouri wanted to give an homage to two important entities that affected him deeply and did it the American way. In the United States, many people express gratititude, thanks or donate to projects of interest to the public while being recognized through a message or an inscription on a marble plaque, on a public bench, or even on a paver. This is the way Amor Nouri has chosen to remember forever:
Here is a picture of the Peninsula, Delaware, where the brick pavers have been installed. You can visit their website at: http://www.peninsuladelaware.com/
Amyaru Racid Ɛellic immut!
The Tamazight Teachers Association of Tizi-Uzzu issued the following press release on February 28th to announce that it will be holding a full day protest on March 3, 2008 in front of the Tizi-Uzzu Board of Education offices. The Tamazight Teachers association states that it is tired of the practices of the Board that consisted so far of ignoring all of the problems that the Tamazight teachers are confronted with. Even the directives of the Ministry of education are arbitrarily ignored. Back in January it was the Tamazight teachers association of Bgayet that organized a protest to call for the reintegration of Education Inspector Yahia Belli.
Depuis sa création, l’Association des enseignants de Tamazight de la wilaya de Tizi-Ouzou a toujours privilégié le dialogue et la concertation avec la tutelle. Dans ce cadre, après différentes réunions de travail au niveau du Ministère de l’Education Nationale plusieurs acquis ont été arrachés, notamment :
Once more in a part of Morocco that may be labeled as worthless, freedom of expression and demonstration are paid at the price of fallacious charges and unacceptable sentences. Ten Amazigh activists were arrested and sentenced Thursday February 21, 2008 by the court of Morocco to a total of 34 years in prison. These ruthless sentences were handed down following the widespread protest that became known as “Tagrest Taberrkant” (the “Black Winter") of Bumal-n-Dades and of the demonstrations of Warzazat. Here is the verdict rendered by the Makhzenian justice!
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