No, I am not going to speak about Bouteflika’s fourth presidential term nor am I going to analyse Egypt’s Ikhwan. WordPress just sent the notification shown in the picture so I decided to dedicate a post to this “achievement” and share some statistics.
The blog hasn’t been very active this past year and even less as of late. July and September have been blank. So only 36 posts have been published since November 2013 which is less than one post a week.
I was thinking I’d try to explain or analyse it but I cannot be bothered. Perhaps it is the very reason why I posted less. Anyway, I said I’d give you numbers so here you go. Continue reading →
Algeria’s Fennec foxes will face the Burkina tomorrow in a qualification game for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Algeria has lost in the first leg but still holds all its chances to qualify in Blida’s Tchaker stadium.
And it is exactly four years since the 2010 World Cup qualifiers and the game held between Algeria and Egypt in Um Darman. Algeria won that game and qualified for the World Cup.
It is also four years since we started this blog and I am surprised we kept it alive that long. The blog wasn’t the only thing that began with the Algeria/Egypt game. Algerian people suddenly reunited and patriotism took them over, the regime proved it was capable of achieving unusual stuff and some dreamers thought both the government and the population would raise and develop the country. They realised they were wrong soon enough and nothing really changed in the country.
You may have noticed that most of the people in the Noteworthy Algerians section are dead. The ratio so far is 25 dead to 6 alive. Perhaps a whole life is needed before someone can be considered noteworthy. This post about Dr. Nidhal Guessoum is an attempt to balance things.
Nidhal Guessoum is an Algerian astrophysicist. He received his BSc in theoretical physics from the University of Algiers (USTHB), his MSc in physics and theoretical astrophysics PhD in 1988 from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Continue reading →
Amar Saidani, announced a few days ago that Bouteflika’s going to be the FLN’s candidate in the upcoming 2014 presidential elections. The FLN Secretary General talks a lot since he got to his new position and the more people talk the less I listen, although I don’t think I’d listened to Amar Saidani in the first place.
But Bouteflika is not the only one to make noise – I know the man is actually silent, another potential candidate also made the news last week. Rachid Nekkaz, a businessman who failed to gather the 500 endorsements for French presidential elections in 2007, just ditched his French citizenship as a first step to run for office in Algeria. Check out his website.
I realize that, as a potential candidate myself, I need to make the headlines as often as possible. My silence in the past months on this blog didn’t help and I am not as active as I should be on Twitter. This is why I am taking the opportunity of being on the eve of Algeria’s celebration of the 1954/1962 Revolution to announce the founding of my party. Continue reading →
Several Syrians came to Algeria these past years fleeing the war in their country. The few Syrians I used to meet were either teachers who came after Algeria’s independence and stayed or traders selling Syrian textile products. It was therefore unusual to see these men, women and children refugees begging at mosques’ gates. War has very sad and ugly consequences.
I wondered what happened to the Algerian community in Syria. Tourists and businessmen stopped going there but what about those living there, or even those Syrians of Algerian descent? How involved are they in the conflict? Did they take sides?
These are some questions I have and to which I found no answers. The press has reported about Khaldoun Mekki Elhassani, one of the Emir Abdelkader’s great sons, jailed by the Assad regime. And unlike what happened in Iraq, Bosnia or Chechnya, we didn’t hear of many Algerians who would be gone to fight in Syria.
Kamel Bouchama’s book attempts to answer other questions as to who these Syrians of Algerian descent were. Continue reading →
I just read this report made by the CIDDEF about the women situation in Algeria. It shows some interesting data which could be analysed and discussed further by the specialists. As I am not one, I will just comment them and more particularly the figures related to the women role and involvement in politics.
As said in the report, the Algerian constitution revised in 2008 states that “the State shall work for the promotion of political rights of women by increasing their chances of access to representation in elected assemblies.” This led to an increased number of elected women in the last legislative elections: We have now 32% women in the parliament (APN). Sellal’s government is composed of 33 ministers including 4 women and the Senate women members represent 6.9% and all of them were nominated by the president.
The CIDDEF’s report includes the results of a three questions survey as shown in this capture: Continue reading →
Indeed it is: which should come first a constitution or elections? Should the writers of the constitutions be elected? Or nominated? Or should they contain an elected component and a nominated one? What if elections are conducted and then the resulting parliament has a majority which is considered ‘undemocratic’ or not mindful of the rights of some minorities?
The future of Egyptian democracy truly depends on the chances of the truth to surface, in the midst of the current chaos. Personally, I believe that this is a fully orchestrated and illegitimate military coup. There is no other way to describe how Al-Sissi proceeded, no matter how some might want to dress it up. Even if we take into account Continue reading →
When will it ever end hey? Are we (the Arabo-Muslim nation, if I may still call it so) doomed to military coups and pseudo ‘popular democratic republics’ forever? Why? What is wrong with us? When will we learn that power and social control can be safeguarded more effectively by CCTV cameras, sophisticated computers and DNA chips without the need for heavy military artillery and moronic narratives of terrorism and ‘foreign conspiracy’ theories?
I do not consider myself a democrat because I have become disillusioned by the horrible acts of self-claimed democrats, I have no particular sympathy with Islamists because I consider that they have part of the responsibility of what happened in Algeria during the 90s. In fact, I have become what might best be described as Continue reading →
It’s been almost two months now since Bouteflika has left Algeria, two months that the country lives without a president. There are contradictory rumours about his come back before July 5th, Algeria’s independence anniversary, or before the beginning of Ramadhan. Nothing is sure and it looks like the president has deserted the country.
Our friend eljin commented on a previous post here and said, “So what can ordinary people do? Flee the country or die hard.” And I feel this is what most of us did or try to do. I am not speaking of dying hard; it is fleeing – I prefer leaving but fleeing may be more accurate, the country that I am concerned with. Continue reading →