The ChatNoir @GnChNr Compass


MycompassSome Algerian tweeples took the political compass test to find out where they would be on a (left/right, authoritarian/libertarian) plane. I did take that test several years ago and took it again some days ago with fellow tweeples. To my surprise (or not), my position didn’t change much in all these years. No conclusion implied but note how Gandhi is the closest to me.

This is a way for me to introduce a new compass which I named “The ChatNoir Compass”. I hope fellow Algeria blogger ChatNoir won’t mind and won’t sue me for intellectual property. Continue reading

Yonamare!


Yonamare 1

More than a year ago, a movement called Barakat was created to protest against Bouteflika’s fourth term. Here I have to say that I hadn’t believed in this movement which failed to gather the people around it. Anyway, the movement’s members demonstrated a few times in Algiers and the police was always there to stop/arrest them. At that time, Ennahar newspaper and TV campaigned for the sick man who’s become the country’s president for the fourth time and had therefore been very harsh on Barakat. As can be expected from media which lack professionalism and deontology (let’s be clear, this is not specific to Ennahar), Ennahar used all means to discredit the movement (cf. this video on Amira Bouraoui) and, as an information outlet, never protested against the fact this movement and other Algerian opponents were denied their right to demonstrate and were faced with violent police forces. Continue reading

When is the right time to say things?


Yet again Algeria has been hit by another violent episode with nine soldiers (according to the Algerian military) ambushed by AQIM in Ain Defla province. It happened during Eid-ul-Fitr days and about 10 days after 22 citizens had been killed by God knows who and for God knows what reasons in Ghardaia. These two deadly events have raised many reactions and comments on social networks.

I will build this post by going through some of the comments I read today. Continue reading

Book Review: The Dead Ass


Mise en page 1My previous book review was dedicated to the now International Star Kamel Daoud. It was almost a year ago and, back then, Daoud was a LQO newspaper chronicler known by a few Algerians. Eleven months later and after some TV appearances in France, a lost Goncourt, a threat by a Salafi clown and a Goncourt First Novel Prize, Daoud has become Algeria’s best author and specialist in all social, Islamic and political questions… abroad.

I still believe that Daoud wouldn’t have been acclaimed that much (in France) and certainly not awarded a penny had he not written something related to Albert Camus and had his political opinions been different. For his novel is boring most of the time just like his chronicles (you can disagree) which are also sad and depressing (you must agree). Today Daoud Continue reading

PoF Leak: Even a king loves presents


Yesterday was Bouteflika’s birthday. He is 78. The president threw a party to celebrate it and invited many guests. PoF source, who was among them, contacted us earlier this morning to share the below information. They made little sense and I cannot tell if it was because they were drunk (they sounded both drunk and tired) but they’ve always proven reliable. According to our source, the initial plan was to hold a bigger party. All Tlemcen was to be invited and the whole thing was supposed to last seven days and seven nights non-stop. But as crude oil price remained low, the party’s been reduced to a single night and only Nedroma people were invited. Even the huge fireworks had been cancelled. Continue reading

Time will come


One of my friends sent me a link to a Kabyle song they liked and asked me to translate the lyrics so they could understand their meaning. I did find the lyrics online (Google spares us a lot of efforts) and as I like the song myself I thought why not share it on the blog. Not only this; I admit that I lack the energy/motivation to write a proper post and wouldn’t like to see this blog vanish.

So here you go. Continue reading

Who is Charlie ?


Last month, Europe and the Western world in general were ‘shocked’ by the terrorist attacks on journalists from the comic magazine Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket. As usual following such events, we were graced by numerous ‘peaceful’ demonstrations and such like ‘democratic’ paraphernalia to mark the contrast between the civilized West and the barbarian Muslim world. Not to mention the huge mediatisation of the events. Many Western leaders gathered in Paris and participated in the demonstration. The slogan of the demonstration was ‘Je suis Charlie’ (I am Charlie). In the aftermath, Continue reading

Learn English and Sing Oh I love America


Al Huffington Post published yesterday an article about the Algerians living in the USA. I didn’t find the article particularly interesting (I don’t seem to find anything really interesting in the Huff Post) and I believed this article should have been in the online aggregator’s French version rather than in the Algerian (yet in French) one. But at least this article pushed me to write this post which I wanted to start a few weeks ago after I’d watched the interview given by Joan A. Polaschik, US ambassador to Algeria, to APS.

In the video above, Mrs. Polaschik says that her focus will be on three areas: promoting security and stability in our region, strengthening economic and commercial ties between the two countries, and strengthening the bonds between our two peoples. APS journalists were more interested in the former two and this is why I am dedicating this post to the latter item. Continue reading

We don’t live in Sweden!


I know this is not breaking news to you, but I felt it may be useful to say it again and as often as necessary especially when others, such as our PM Sellal, shamelessly compare us to countries of the likes of Germany.

The video in the above link takes us back to earlier this year when Sellal justifies Bouteflika’s fourth term candidacy by the fact Angela Merkel was at her third term as chancellor and says Germany is not better than us. Sellal’s humour is famous (his latest being this one in Egypt) but the man was serious about the elections which led to Bouteflika’s “victory” despite his physical condition. Continue reading

The Ticket Revolution


A majority of Algerians is glad that the country didn’t experience anything remotely close to the so-called Arab Revolution, despite some attempts here and there. Many, under the influence of the Wantoutrism effect, even take pride in having escaped countered the global conspiration against us.

But saying so means the country is in deep stagnation, or stability as the Algerian rulers would call it. You’d say stagnation – sorry, repeat after me, stability, stability, stability is better than violence and unrest and you wouldn’t be wrong but I still hate to think that we’re stuck and nothing is moving forward in Algeria. Also, I felt a bit jealous of all these countries that had their colour revolutions, tulips revolution, Jasmin revolution, umbrella revolution, etc. with symbolic places such as Tahrir or Maidan. So I looked again and guess what? Algeria has had its revolution too, the Ticket Revolution. Continue reading