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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Libya's Imazighen Since the Revolution

 Tunisia-Live has a new piece on the status of Libya's Amazigh ("Berber") population since the downfall of Qadhafi, particularly focusing on the town of Zuwara.

I'm glad to see that local media (especially in Tunisia, whose minuscule Amazigh population is also seeking to reassert its identity), are paying some attention to the Amazigh identity movement,one of the non-Arab aspects of "Arab Spring." The article embeds a video of a rousing revolutionary poem/song witin Tamazight with subtitles in English and Arabic:

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