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About Hicham Yezza

Hicham Yezza is an Algerian writer and human rights activist. He is the editor-in-chief of Ceasefire Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @HichamYezza and @Ceasefire_Mag

Articles by Hicham Yezza

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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Algeria’s presidential elections: a litany of failures by the political class has wasted a golden opportunity for change

Taking place sixty years since the Algerian revolution, today’s presidential elections presented the perfect occasion for the country to turn a new leaf after decades of mismanagement and stagnation. Instead, a litany of political and moral failures by the political class has turned a golden opportunity into a wasted one.

Algerian-Moroccan relations: between tensions and hopes

How the two sides can find a workable arrangement that doesn’t look like a climb-down by either party remains to be seen, but as things stand, the ingredients for further escalation are all too present. 

Algeria: Bouteflika strikes back

As next year’s presidential elections loom larger on the national horizon, the country seems to be heading towards a political non-event.

Edward Said - 10 years on

A decade after his premature departure, Said’s life, in all its “disorganised, scattered, uncentred” richness will continue to radiate moral and intellectual sustenance, as well as untold surprises and delights.

What Algeria 1992 can, and cannot, teach us about Egypt 2013

In the weeks after the 1991 elections, official Algerian rhetoric too was replete with appeals to the popular will and the promises of a swift and total return to democracy. Promises that, two decades on, have yet to be fulfilled. 

Algeria 1992 and Egypt 2013: the moral costs

While there are too many differences between the two historical contexts for us to panic, the parallels are too numerous to ignore. An excerpt from the longer version of this article – for which, see here.

Western Sahara: the inconvenient uprising nobody wants to talk (or hear) about

While many praise the remarkable determination of Sahrawi activists to maintain the peaceful character of their struggle, others signal this as a key factor behind their failure to secure a just resolution.


Algeria: has the post-Bouteflika era already begun?

Might the end of one of the most remarkable, and defining, of political careers in Algeria’s history be upon us?

Beyond Arab vs Berber: the rich complexities of Algerian identity should be celebrated, not feared

In launching their war of independence in November 1954, Algerians emphatically rejected this divisive bait, presenting instead an unshakeably united front against French hegemony, and rejecting numerous attempts to re-cast them into warring tribes fighting one another.

Algerian activism: a new generation draws the line

Away from the traditional circles of power, a new force has been working its way up to the surface of the Algerian political landscape: that of organised youth activism.

Algeria: how the murder of two children shook a nation

The tragic fate of Brahim and Haroun has acted as a powerful conduit for the expression of wider, deeper ills and discontent at the state of the nation.

A toxic dependency: Algeria’s love-hate relationship with its oil

This year's 41st anniversary, celebrated two weeks ago, has been marked in particularly gloomy fashion. Reports have recently emerged floating the prospect of oil reserves drying up and arguing that new discoveries are failing to keep pace with production. This might well turn out to be the best news of all.

Gdeim Izik: the first, forgotten spark of the Arab uprisings

Many commentators, notably in Algeria, have drily noted the familiar dissonance between the west's florid paeans to Arab freedoms and emancipation and its continuing indifference to the plight of Sahrawis next door.

How to be different together: Algerian lessons for the Tunisian crisis

In light of the crisis currently unfolding in Tunisia - particularly the increasingly strident and incendiary rhetoric of the main political poles - the echoes and parallels with Algeria's own democratic moment two decades ago are stark, and could yield crucial lessons.

After In Amenas: an Algerian perspective

The notion that this episode heralds a real shift in Maghreb-western dynamics is increasingly hard to dismiss.


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