… 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

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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

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