Why is it that the homeland always rejects its most erudite children? Latefa Guemar pays tribute to the feminist writer remembered for her intellectual honesty and unflinching
stance against Algerian patriarchy, even from beyond its borders.
The column Saïd Mekbel published the day before he was assassinatedin 1994remains sadly topical today - recalling murdered
journalists everywhere. Republished in tribute to the people killed today at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
On the 20th anniversary of the fundamentalist
assassination of Algerian educator Salah Chouaki, Karima Bennoune translates
his warning - so relevant today - about the need to be uncompromising in the
battle against the very ideology that motivated his murder.
What is the ideology motivating alleged “warriors of God” to
“trample Islam underfoot in the name of Jihad”? Algerian anthropologist
Mahfoud Bennoune explored this question in 1994, offering an analysis of the
political beliefs motivating “throat-slitting emirs” still much-needed today.
jihadists like “Islamic State” follow in the footsteps of fundamentalists who
have afflicted Muslim majority societies since the 12th
century. Algerian anthropologist Mahfoud Bennoune revisited that history
in order to strategize against jihadists - a task which remains essential.
The match between Algeria and Germany was not solely the sporting equivalent of David and Goliath. The Algerian national team has a political history: from its
creation by the FLN to its current outspoken support for the
Palestinians,the Fennecs have brought revolt, internationalism and solidarity to the
heart of the beautiful game.
Like much of the rest of the Arab Spring, the urge of
the millennial generation across North Africa and the Middle East for a more
multicultural world seems far from realization, but they have put it on a
future Arab agenda. Its moment will return.
the face of a witch-hunt and physical attacks against their members, the Barakat
citizen's movement will not give up the call for peaceful democratic
transition, Karima Bennoune reports on the post-election challenges that lie ahead.
Caught between the dynamic of the Arab Springs and that of the destabilization of the Sahel, the Algerian trajectory remains profoundly uncertain. Since its stability is essential for Europe, the stakes of the April presidential elections are high.
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.
circles of power and their relationship to a complex society and
history are hard to grasp. Francis Ghilès describes his own route to
understanding the country in the post-independence era, when the heavy
legacy of the past mixed with the confident idealism of the present.
In the six weeks since
the citizens Barakat movement for a free and democratic Algeria was founded it
has moved from cyberspace onto the streets. The voices calling for democratic transition
are being heard. Pro-democracy activist Louiza Chennoub spoke to
government did not expect there would be such a vigilant civil society. They thought we were dead, but we were in convalescence". Ahead of next week's elections, Amira Bouraoui co-founder of the Barakat (Enough!) movement, told Karima Bennoune about the new citizens' movement to establish democracy in Algeria
President Bouteflika and his team broke
the people as a whole and Algerians as citizens. Mustapha Benfodil, founding member of the new Barakat ( Enough!)
Movement, spoke to Karima Bennoune about the awakening of the tradition of
activism and the search for consensual politics.
Kouidri Filali is a 35 year old civil servant and blogger who has chosen to campaign
with Barakat to « defend his country ». He estimates
that this time, the Algerian regime, trapped in its own “cocoon”, will not
survive the contestation: an interview.
honour of the determination of people like Algerian TV producer, Aziz Smati, who was shot exactly twenty years ago today, we must
support all those who wield song against suicide belt, and wage art against
fundamentalism, writes Karima Bennoune
hommage à la détermination de gens comme le producteur Algérien Aziz Smati, qui
était victime d’un attentat il y a exactement 20 ans, il nous faut soutenir
tous ceux qui opposent des chansons aux ceinture d’explosifs et luttent par l’art
contre l’intégrisme, écrit Karima Bennoune
The revolutionary left denounces Russell Brand, but the poor know he is right. His lack of a proper alternative doesn't hurt his analysis of what is wrong. People must realise how many skills are available on the street that should be used to replace the old, corrupt system.
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.
Tunisia’s second high-profile political assassination
highlights the gravest shortcoming of the nascent Islamist
government: the inability to contain the violence that increasingly threatens
Tunisia’s fragile transition - a
violence set to divide loyalties and destroy social cohesion, foreclosing any
prospects of a viable democracy or a stable society.