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Algerocentric.

“Et frappez-les au-dessus de la nuque”


Ce matin, pendant que j’écrivais ce commentaire et après avoir consulté ma TL Twitter de la veille, je me suis dit que si un jour il m’arrivait d’écrire un Zabor ou un Sator, “Et frappez-les au-dessus de la nuque” serait la première phrase que j’y mettrais. Je vais vous raconter une histoire et vous allez comprendre. Continue reading

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… And the Prime Minister Ennahar


The President watches France24 and the Prime Minister Ennahar. This is the sequel of my 2012 post. It was 5 years ago but it feels like a 100 years. The president could speak even though he didn’t speak to the Algerian press, and he could rule even though he was a 3/4 president. Now he neither speaks nor rules and he doesn’t only watch French TV (does he watch TV at all?) but he also goes to French hospitals.

But thank God, whoever are the bosses now have appointed Ahmed Ouyahia as the government’s new Prime Minister and the man watches an Algerian TV channel. Continue reading

De polémiste à psalmiste, ou de la magie des médias


Algerian author Kamel Daoud has released a new book titled “Zabor”. The book, which I tried to read but gave up after a few pages, was released both in Algeria and France, and the author is currently marketing his book on French media after a book signing tour in some Algerian bookshops. And, as one may have anticipated, Daoud and his journalist hosts (whom I should call sparing partners) do not miss this opportunity to come back on those topics which seem to obsess them with a bias that is equally anticipated.

I mentioned Daoud in a few posts (links given above) but I was satisfied this time with my tweets and had no plan to write one this time. One of the blog’s readers decided otherwise so here I publish their post, unedited. I take this opportunity to remind you dear readers that PoF is open to any contribution that’s within the blog’s scope and editorial policy.

 

Kamel Daoud est chroniqueur, ça je le sais depuis une bonne dizaine d’années déjà. Je lisais ses chroniques, de façon irrégulière, sur Le Quotidien d’Oran. Je n’ai pas le souvenir d’une en particulier, mais elles étaient percutantes pour certaines… Quand ou comment est-il devenu cette étoile du Nord qui indique le chemin et guide l’égaré? ça par contre, je l’ignore…

Cette question m’a traversé l’esprit quand avant-hier, et à l’occasion d’un passage sur Europe1, la chaîne de radio française, le chroniqueur, devenu écrivain depuis, a encore une fois créé le buzz sur les réseaux sociaux. Un buzz provoqué par un tweet “orienté” d’un journaliste d’Echorouk. Et pour la énième fois, sur vos écrans tactiles, la polémique s’enflamme…
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Confessions of a former Algerian pupil who’s never cheated


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I am not sure how to introduce this post for it is going to be the first personal one I write on this blog (more may follow if the views number is equivalent to those of my previous posts). I thought of speaking about the Algerian education system and its flaws, the current “basmala” controversy which is but one of the many controversies surrounding the Algerian education department and Nouria Benghabrit, the minister. I also considered commenting this past Baccalaureate scandal with the now traditional cheating episodes and all the useless measures taken by the government to prevent them (including internet nation wide total or partial shut-down). That would be an apt introduction for a post about me not cheating when I was a pupil but that would be a too long introduction. So let’s keep it at this and go right to the main topic 🙂 Continue reading

Sauvons notre école! D’accord, mais de quoi au juste?


Vous me connaissez, je ne plaisante pas avec les faits, et je vais donc commencer par deux faits incontestables:

  • Twitter tue mon blog à petit feu. Je passe beaucoup de temps chez l’oiseau bleu, je réagis en un tweet, je lis d’autres réactions et je passe à autre chose. Il suffit que l’idée de réagir avec un billet me traverse l’esprit pour que l’impression qu’il est déjà trop tard m’envahisse et me pousse à abandonner. Quand ils sont liés à l’actualité, mes billets ici prennent de ce fait, d’une certaine façon, une valeur spéciale.
  • L’école algérienne est dans un état lamentable. Le constat est fait depuis des années et est très largement partagé. C’est devenu l’objet de tellement de débats, d’écrits, de simples discussions; et beaucoup de monde imputent à cette école malade, au choix, notre sous-développement, la décennie noire, la faiblesse de notre société civile, l’intolérance réelle ou supposée de notre société, ou tout ça et plein d’autres choses à la fois. Ici-même nous avons écrit sur le sujet à plusieurs reprises et de diverses manières (voici une liste non exhaustive s’il vous prend l’envie de lire: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

Mais le sujet est complexe et la passion qui l’entoure n’aide guère. Ajoutons à cela Continue reading

It is so hard to look South!


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I mentioned in my previous post the accounts followed by Algeria’s minister of communication on Twitter and noted that they were telling on where his interests lie. This time I am going to dedicate the whole post to this topic using a newcomer on Twitter, our Minister of Maghrebi affairs, the African Union and the Arab League, Mr. Abdelkader Messahel.

The minister joined Twitter three days ago, and as I write this text he tweeted six times and follows 43 accounts. I expect (and hope) the situation to change in the near future but this post will still be valid as the 43 accounts are the first that he followed.

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Algerian newspapers’ mottos


Algerian writer and current minister of communication, Hamid Grine, finally joined Twitter a few weeks ago. His first tweets announced the death of 86 yo Boualem Bessaih who had just been appointed personal representative of 79 yo Bouteflika. Bassaih was also a writer (I liked his “De l’émir Abdelkader à l’imam Chamyl” book) and a former minister of communication (1980 to 1984) hence Grine’s mention.
And exactly like most, not to say all, Algerian politicians (the few who use Twitter), Grine’s twitter account is not very active with so far only 23 tweets and following 21 twitter accounts. These accounts show that his world is restricted to Algeria (not all of it) and France.

dz_newspapersBut this low activity makes it easy to go through his tweets and this is how I found the one where he stated that only 21 Algerian daily newspapers had circulations of more than 10,000 copies per day.

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Pour Nihal


Two weeks ago, Nihal Si Mohand, a little girl from the Ait-Abdelouahab village in Tizi-Ouzou, disappeared and couldn’t be found after several days spent by the population and gendarmerie looking for her. Until yesterday as the the gendarmerie unfortunately confirmed her death after they ran DNA tests on human remains they found earlier. May she rest in peace.

Nihal can now be added to an already long list of child abduction/murder victims, some of whom have been found alive or dead while others’ fate is still unknown. This new episode, followed by many Algerians, stirred up many reactions on social networks and also by so-called journalists in the media, many of which were indecent.

Below is a contribution by our regular anonymous reader who wrote this post a few months ago.

Paix à son âme, et paix aux âmes de tous les autres.

Nihal s’en est allée. Arrachée cruellement à la vie et à ses parents. Si je pouvais les consoler, je leur dirai qu’elle a déjà tout oublié, là où elle est. Qu’elle affiche encore son si beau sourire. Mais ses parents sont inconsolables. Leur douleur Continue reading

Classroom Table Art


I hope this blog hasn’t lost all its English readers after my recent entries in French. Here is a post in PoF’s official language and with more pictures than text because the pictures language (does it even exist?) is universal and a picture is worth a thousand words.

Back in high school my Arabic literature teacher liked to speak of social and psychological repression whenever he caught a classmate writing or drawing on her/his table. I liked this teacher a lot, I had him during three years and, whether he spoke seriously or joked, it was always in Arabic Fus’ha. Three years were enough for most of us, including the lazy ones, to become fluent in Arabic Fus’ha. And it’s thanks to him that I have no doubt about setting a new record in this AJ+ challenge. Continue reading

La méthode algérienne?


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Hier, et suite à la tuerie de Nice en France, un journaliste algérien, rédacteur en chef de l’édition du week-end d’El Watan, a publié le statut ci-contre sur son compte Facebook. Il y fait l’apologie d’une certaine méthode algérienne de lutte contre le terrorisme et dit son soutien à 200% à Athmane Tartag qui a dirigé le CPMI lors de la décennie noire et qui a toujours un rôle important dans l’appareil du pouvoir du quatrième mandat. J’ai réagi à ce message sur Twitter comme l’ont fait d’autres TwittoDZ. Il s’en est trouvé aussi pour le soutenir.

Mais j’ai tendance, du fait de mon impatience, à limiter mes réactions sur Twitter pour ne pas m’étaler sur N tweets (limitation à 140 caractères par tweet). Et c’est pour celà que je fais ce post. Continue reading