… 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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It is so hard to look South!


Click to visit his Twitter account

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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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: 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

PoF Leak: Kamel Daoud, contre-enquête

Faisant suite à une demande pas si massive de pas grand monde, je vous propose une traduction en langue française du billet PoF Leak: The Kamel Daoud Investigation. Vous pourrez ensuite consulter les commentaires déjà publiés sur les deux billets précédents.
J’ai cherché un traducteur en vain et je dois donc le faire moi-même. J’essaie de faire attention mais je vous prierais de pardonner les éventuelles absences d’accent et les mauvaises concordances des temps. J’ai depuis longtemps perdu l’habitude d’écrire la France à moins que je ne sois un précurseur de la nouvelle langue française. Voici donc l’article.

Vous avez été nombreux à avoir entendu parler des articles écrits par le journaliste et écrivain algérien Kamel Daoud et ayant lien avec ce qui est désormais appelé “les agressions de Cologne”. Les habitués du blog devinent mon désaccord avec le chroniqueur. Je me suis en effet satisfait de quelques commentaires sur Twitter et je n’ai pas senti la nécessité de leur dédier un billet. Beaucoup de monde l’a fait avec des articles plus ou moins intelligents. Celui-ci fait partie des meilleurs, à mon avis, et le reste peut aisément être trouvé grâce à Google. Continue reading

PoF Leak: The Kamel Daoud Investigation

Version française ici

Many among you have probably heard of or read the articles written by Algerian journalist and writer Kamel Daoud as a comment/analysis of last year’s “Cologne attacks”. The regular readers of Patriots on Fire probably know that I disagree with Daoud. I made some short comments on Twitter but didn’t have enough will to blog about the whole issue. Add that many have reacted with more or less sensible articles. This one being among the best I’ve read and Google will help you find many more.
The story could have ended with the letters exchanged between Daoud and Adam Shatz and Daoud’s announcement that he would quit journalism to dedicate himself to literature. But it didn’t. Other letters are indeed being sent and Daoud’s supporters are writing to defend him, etc. Have fun people!

Then you probably wonder why I am writing. Continue reading

Learn English and Sing Oh I love America

Al Huffington Post published yesterday an article about the Algerians living in the USA. I didn’t find the article particularly interesting (I don’t seem to find anything really interesting in the Huff Post) and I believed this article should have been in the online aggregator’s French version rather than in the Algerian (yet in French) one. But at least this article pushed me to write this post which I wanted to start a few weeks ago after I’d watched the interview given by Joan A. Polaschik, US ambassador to Algeria, to APS.

In the video above, Mrs. Polaschik says that her focus will be on three areas: promoting security and stability in our region, strengthening economic and commercial ties between the two countries, and strengthening the bonds between our two peoples. APS journalists were more interested in the former two and this is why I am dedicating this post to the latter item. Continue reading

The most influential Algerians in 2014

The last time I posted about influential Algerians was in 2010. Back then I thought I’d make a special post every year but I… simply forgot about it. So here I am back with the 2014 list.

So I checked the 2014/2015 report from the same organization and here are the important only stuff which are related to Algeria: Continue reading

PoF Leak: Mubarak’s memoirs

Algeria’s Fennec foxes will face the Burkina tomorrow in a qualification game for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Algeria has lost in the first leg but still holds all its chances to qualify in Blida’s Tchaker stadium.

And it is exactly four years since the 2010 World Cup qualifiers and the game held between Algeria and Egypt in Um Darman. Algeria won that game and qualified for the World Cup.
It is also four years since we started this blog and I am surprised we kept it alive that long. The blog wasn’t the only thing that began with the Algeria/Egypt game. Algerian people suddenly reunited and patriotism took them over, the regime proved it was capable of achieving unusual stuff and some dreamers thought both the government and the population would raise and develop the country. They realised they were wrong soon enough and nothing really changed in the country.

But things did change.. in  Egypt. Continue reading