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
I was told beforehand my arrival was unscheduled, but on the way here I passed a local cinema and it turns out you were expecting me after all. The billboard read The Mummy Returns.
Not all politicians have a good sense of humor, least of all unpopular ones. Of course, popular poticians do not need humor. In fact, they can afford to do away with the use of words alltogether. If you are popular, you let your popularity speak for you. No persuading to do, none of that hard work unpopular politicians, like Lady Thatcher, have to do. Innit.
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?
It is a headache. On a related note, I was surprized to discover today Continue reading
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
Following the horrid murder of two children in Constantine earlier this month, there have been protests calling for the application of the death penalty in cases of proven murder. Many people felt very angry about the current situation wherein most criminals are released during the Presidential Grace period which occurs every year. Many Algerians now understand human rights as meaning criminal rights or the right of criminals to kill, assault and steal and get 5 star treatment, or indeed get away with it! This is because the human rights cabal always comes out in force whenever a monstrous crime like the one mentioned above shakes the public opinion and brings the application of the death penalty back onto the discussion table.
For information, Continue reading
Many of you who read the national press regularly will know that since what has come to be known as the “Arab Spring“, many professional sectors in Algeria have experienced intense instability in the form of long and paralysing strikes. The recurring reason for all these strikes is the ‘low’ salaries. Many would say that financial incentives are usually the main motivation behind any strike anywhere. I agree but the point I will attempt to make here is concerned with our cultural outlook with regards to labour and the value of it.
There are many observations which are worth mentioning here: Continue reading
Au FLN, nous accomplissons ce que nous promettons.
Seuls les imbéciles peuvent croire que
nous ne lutterons pas contre la corruption.
Parce que, il y a quelque chose de certain pour nous :
L’honnêteté et la transparence sont fondamentales pour atteindre nos idéaux.
Nous démontrons que c’est une grande stupidité de croire que
les mafias feront partie du gouvernement.
Nous assurons, sans l’ombre d’un doute, que
la justice sociale sera le but principal de notre mandat.
Malgré cela, il y a encore des gens stupides qui s’imaginent que
l’on puisse gouverner
avec les ruses de la vieille politique.
Quand nous assumerons le pouvoir, nous ferons tout pour que
soit mis fin aux situations privilégiées et au trafic d’influences
nous ne permettrons d’aucune façon que
nos enfants meurent de faim
nous accomplirons nos desseins même si
les réserves économiques se vident complètement
nous exercerons le pouvoir jusqu’à ce que
vous aurez compris qu’à partir de maintenant
nous sommes avec A. Bouteflika, l’homme qui réinvente le rêve
Lire maintenant de bas en hau en commençant par la dernière ligne et en remontant jusqu’ au début…
I wondered whether I ashould assign this post to the category ‘Noteworthy Algerians‘, but decided not to because, even though obtaining a Gold medal at the Olympics is certainly a noteworthy achievement, most Algerian athletes and sportspeople are not noteworthy in that they do not have a sustained output. Take Hassiba Boulmerqa or Noureddine Morceli for example. What have they achieved since winning a Gold medal in the 1500 m in 1992 (Barcelona Olympics) and 1996 (Atlanta Olympics) respectively?
Going back to the topic of this post, Continue reading