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Linguistic MĂ©lange bi Lubnan
Jenny Gustafson   

Linguistic MĂ©lange bi Lubnan  | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThere is a trio of widely used languages in Lebanon: Arabic, French and English. Many use them: simultaneously and interchangeably, switching mid-sentence. Mashallah News spoke to LAU professor Rula Diab about one of her specialities: the Lebanese language mix.

 
Ramadan 2012: The Month of Excess
Ghania Khelifi   
Ramadan 2012: The Month of Excess  | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanFrom intolerance to food waste, Ramadan has lost its original meaning and serves as a pretext for national paralysis.
 
The kafala, an adoption that is not an adoption (1)
Marianne Roux-Bouzidi   
The kafala, an adoption that is not an adoption (1) | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanEven today, in almost all Muslim countries (except Turkey, Indonesia and Tunisia - but in Tunisia, the Islamists want the government to open debate in order to change the law) it is the kafala that allows adults to take care of abandoned minors in accordance with Islamic law.
 
Jordan: The inevitability of change
Dana Mar’ie   

Jordan: The inevitability of change | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThe Arab Spring was more than a revolution; it declared the rise of a new generation that claimed its right to its country and its entitlement to make part of the political formula.

 
Tempted by the Moroccan Dream
Marianne Roux-Bouzidi   
Tempted by the Moroccan Dream | babelmed | women - migration - mediterranean"Morocco, land of contrasts". The famous tourism slogan also applies to the kingdom’s labour market. The country ranks third place in the world with regards to brain drain. The World Bank is quite concerned by Moroccan youth unemployment that has reached record levels. Yet every year, the country attracts many French people who come to try their luck.
 
What has changed in Syria?
Angela Gissi   
What has changed in Syria? | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanThe events that have been characterizing Syria in the last few weeks revived the interest of many people in what is an over-a-year-and-half battlefront in the Middle East.
 
The kafala, an adoption that is not an adoption (2)
Marianne Roux-Bouzidi   
The kafala, an adoption that is not an adoption (2) | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanIf according to Bukhari’s hadith, the Prophet promised paradise to the one who takes an orphan under his wing, the path before obtaining a kafala is rather difficult.
 
Algeria: Independent Unions Against Government Repression
Ghania Khelifi   
Algeria: Independent Unions Against Government Repression | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanSince the Arab Spring, the Algerian government’s fear of seeing the emerging movement of revolt by people belonging to no group reaching all social categories by capillary action is increasingly manifested through the ferocity of repression.
 
The Power of Individuals: Grass-root social initiatives in Jordan
Dana Marie   

The Power of Individuals: Grass-root social initiatives in Jordan | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanOne hour and fifteen minutes away from his residence, Rabee Zureikat drives more than 100 Km’s south-west of Amman, Jordan’s capital, to get to his work place. Ghor Al Mazra’a is one of the marginalized rural communities in Jordan and Zureikat has been working there for the past 5 years.

 
Unwanted African Immigrants in New Libya
Ben Boubakar Youssef   

Unwanted African Immigrants in New Libya | babelmed | women - migration - mediterraneanBoth a host country and a place of transit for immigrants, Libya is by its geographical position located on an important migration route from Africa to Europe. However, since the conflict that rocked the country in 2011, the situation has completely changed and the presence of African immigrants is no longer tolerated in this North African country.

 

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