NORTH AFRICA: The Ideal of Maghreb

From the time of Mohammed the Prophet, Arabs have had a single, possessive name for the littoral lands that stretch along the African shore of the Mediterranean from Tripoli to Casablanca —"Djezira-el-Maghreb," or "Island of the West." In Cairo last week, where Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser keeps a small shoal of exiles from French North Africa (some fleeing trouble, some fomenting it), Egypt's ambitious Arab nationalists were worried by reports of a plan designed to take Maghreb out from under their noses.

Chief proponent of the plan is Tunisia's Premier Habib Bourguiba. On his recent visit to Washington Bourguiba reportedly urged...

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