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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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

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

Links: Week22’16


algerian_nuthatchA study day dedicated to the Algerian nuthatch (or Sitta ledanti or Sitelle kabyle) was organized a week ago by the AREA-ED. This news gives me the opportunity to mention this association and also to speak of this species which was discovered in October 1975 and is Algeria’s only endemic bird species. The Algerian nuthatch is unfortunately endangered with less than 2000 (1000 according to other sources) pairs. You may want to watch this related communication from the university of Bejaia (part 1, part 2, part 3). Continue reading

Links: Week21’16


In this short article from 2007, former Prime Minister Mouloud Hamrouche tries to explain why the Arab regimes are not democratic.

Algerian journalist and blogger Brahim Senouci reminds us of the skulls of Algerians who resisted the French occupier which are still in French Musée de l’Homme whereas many other groups have requested and recovered their people’s’ skulls. As much as I think that it is stupid and useless to seek a French apology for the colonisation (it’s not Algeria’s business, the French should do it for their own good as a society esp. with French citizens of Algerian descent), I strongly believe that Continue reading

Poll: Kenza or Souhila?


Whose side to choose? I cannot decide. I have thought about it for several weeks now and still couldn’t make my mind and this is why I have decided to share my dilemma with you dear readers and seek your advice. You may not be familiar with them but don’t worry, I’ve done my homework for you.

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Links: Week20’16


You may have read an old post I wrote during the last presidential elections. It was after I watched a video with one of Bouteflika’s supporters comparing him to a prophet. The video has unfortunately been deleted but I just watched a newly posted video from that period. Here, another man invents new verses of Quran and explains that he’d vote for Bouteflika, dead or alive. Continue reading

Wasted


Pretending is something the Algerian authorities like to do and even though they suck at it they keep pretending again and again and again. Perhaps this is a way for them to perfect that art which we fail to understand. So they pretend that a mummy is actually ruling the country, that the country’s doing fine, that the state’s sovereignty is full, that the press is free in the country, that we are a democracy, that we have judicial independence, that our issues are caused by the foreign hand, etc. They even pretend that they actually care.

The list is long but I need to mention another example which will introduce this post’s topic. The authorities pretend that they value science and research along with the Algerian youths. So Continue reading

You are not welcome in Algiers


Today’s visit of the French PM to Algeria gives a new opportunity to the Algerian regime to bring Bouteflika in front of the state TV’s cameras and prove, if need be, that he’s alive and actually ruling the country. And just like every other foreign official who’s visited “us”, Valls will probably back the regime by praising the president’s courage and alacrity.

The context around this visit is somehow tense. There is apparently no mention of Bouteflika in the Panama Papers (only his industry minister Bouchouareb is found to own an offshore company) and yet French newspaper Le Monde suggested otherwise by putting the Algerian president’s picture on its front page. The Algerian side complained officially and denied visas to the newspaper’s journalists who were to come with Valls. Many French journalists decided to stay in Paris to support their colleagues.

I don’t expect this context to prevent what I mentioned in the first paragraph from happening but I doubt the French PM will sip a cup of mint tea in downtown Algiers surrounded by women in haiks. Continue reading

Je Suis Mnarvie


This text is a contribution by an Algerian friend of PoF who kindly agreed to share some of her thoughts around today’s (and yesterday’s) preferred targets when feminism is projected on Muslim women and societies.
Happy reading!

Oui vous avez bien lu, il y a effectivement un E à Mnarvi.

Je vous rassure tout de suite, c’est ponctuel. Le temps d’un post seulement.

Merci à Mnarvi, le vrai, pour l’invitation 🙂

Avec tous ces : Je Suis Ceci, Je Suis Cela, j’avais moi aussi envie d’être quelque chose. Comme tout le monde. De créer un #hashtag. D’être solidaire avec Mnarvi pourquoi pas ? Il y a tellement de choses qui se passent et qui sont causes d’énervement… Et comme je suis une femme : pas question de m’énerver sans un E ! Il parait d’ailleurs que l’une des grandes victoires du féminisme est celle d’avoir obtenu la féminisation du langage. Comme d’avoir ajouté un E à “écrivain” par exemple, ou bien à “auteur”. Dérisoire ? Et pourtant c’est bien une victoire pour certaines. Nous parlons du français, parce qu’en arabe il y a bien longtemps que le problème est résolu. Le Ta Marboutta est là pour ça ة . Oui, j’aurais pu écrire Je Suis Mnarvia et Continue reading