In her last post, algerianna asked the question “what would Algeria need to focus on in order to attain global presence?“. She perhaps aimed at starting a sort of brainstorming around this question, and I hope our usual commentators and others will share their ideas and thoughts, and create an interesting discussion here.
algerianna’s question reminded me of another initiative which has been launched last month. The initiative, which probably borrows its name from the French tradition of adding an increment to the republic every time its constitution is changed, is called “Res Publica II, towards a second republic” and has been started by Mr. Fodil Boumala.
As far as I know, Mr. Boumala’s first experience on TV was with the UFC programs in the late 80s or early 90s (can’t remember), and then he presented his own interview show (El djaliss) in the 90s. And I remember he gave the impression of a smart man who had ideas which he expressed quite well. He used to give talks in Algerian universities and had a relatively big success with the audience.
Boumala decided to run “Res Publica II” as a virtual space (on Facebook) because, he says, all the other communication means in Algeria are simply closed. And he wants the Facebook group he created to be a place for debate and discussion where everybody (nobody’s excluded, with the exception may be of the ruling system’s people) can ask their questions, share their analyses and suggest solutions. The goal behind this initiative would be to build alternative projects for Algeria which would create a real disconnection with the current system and mentalities. The exact form of the initiative’s mission and rules can be found on its Facebook page.
I joined the group very recently and I didn’t have the time to go through all the posted videos, articles and comments. I will probably post again about it once I have a clearer idea on what it is and how it’s evolving. Nevertheless, I can already say that the group is growing (983 members as I write) and that it looks really open and diverse (with regard to the people Boumala interviewed and the comments I could read so far). I could also tell that Boumala’s experience in communication is an asset, and he still deals with things with the scientific thinking method I noticed when I saw him on TV in the early 90s.
Within Res Publica II, Fodila Boumala continues to give talks in the Algerian universities (last was on In Bejaia, and next one will be in Tizi-Ouzou). He also interviewed Algerian personalities as diverse as Karim Tabou (FFS national secretary), Maissa Bey (writer), Noureddine Ait-Hamouda (RCD) or Ahmed Benbitour who has his own project and whom I mentioned here. His discourse reminded me of Amr Khaled‘s renovation/innovation motto which I talked about in a previous post. And as usual, there are already people on internet forums accusing him of being a DRS agent.
Anyway, until I come back to this topic, I leave you with the Res Publica II presentation video and text.
اسمحوا لي أن أعرض عليكم هذا الفضاء الجديد الذي يتخذ من “الجمهورية الثانية” عنوانا له.. يهتم في عمومه بالجزائر و يعنى أساسا بواقعها و يستشرف مستقبلها..يطرح بصراحة و صدق الأسئلة الكبرى المرتبطة بنظام الحكم والمجتمع و ما يرتبط بهما من مخاوف و مخاطر من شأنها هدم البناء الكلي لكياننا الجمعي.هو فضاؤكم الحر للتفكير الجاد و السجال السياسي و العلمي بهدف بناء مشاريع بديلة لجزائر أنهكها الارتجال و اللاكفاءة و الفساد من جهة السلطة الحاكمة و أزلامها و الصمت و الخوف والخنوع من جهة من لهم القدرة على قول “لا” في المجتمع.”الجمهورية الثانية” تهدف لقطيعة حقيقية و نهائية مع الذهنيات الميتة القاتلة و نظام الاستبداد و قمع الحريات و خرق الدستور و القانون و الأعراف.فضاء “الجمهورية الثانية” مفتوح لتعدد الرأي بدون أي إقصاء بدعوى العقيدة أو الثقافة أو اللغة شريطة أن تكون رسالتنا جميعا خدمة الجزائر