These posts ask questions about issues that are relevant to Algeria and/ or the Arab World and invite readers to post their answers to them. It is hoped that such interaction would help shed light on the question asked from many perspectives.
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.
Some Algerian tweeples took the political compass test to find out where they would be on a (left/right, authoritarian/libertarian) plane. I did take that test several years ago and took it again some days ago with fellow tweeples. To my surprise (or not), my position didn’t change much in all these years. No conclusion implied but note how Gandhi is the closest to me.
This is a way for me to introduce a new compass which I named “The ChatNoir Compass”. I hope fellow Algeria blogger ChatNoir won’t mind and won’t sue me for intellectual property. Continue reading →
You cannot have escaped it. If you are Algerian and/or follow Algerian content on Facebook and YouTube then you must have come across pictures and videos made by Algerians and which depict their authors’ idea of what Hitler would have thought of Algeria and its people.
The picture to the right says “Hitlerian like” and I found it posted on Facebook by somebody who probably felt that hitting the Like button was not enough. But this example is not what the other videos and pictures are about. Continue reading →
I just read this report made by the CIDDEF about the women situation in Algeria. It shows some interesting data which could be analysed and discussed further by the specialists. As I am not one, I will just comment them and more particularly the figures related to the women role and involvement in politics.
As said in the report, the Algerian constitution revised in 2008 states that “the State shall work for the promotion of political rights of women by increasing their chances of access to representation in elected assemblies.” This led to an increased number of elected women in the last legislative elections: We have now 32% women in the parliament (APN). Sellal’s government is composed of 33 ministers including 4 women and the Senate women members represent 6.9% and all of them were nominated by the president.
The CIDDEF’s report includes the results of a three questions survey as shown in this capture: Continue reading →
Pfuel was one of those hopelessly and immutably self-confident men, self-confident to the point of martyrdom as only Germans are, because only Germans are self-confident on the basis of an abstract notion- science, that is, the supposed knowledge of absolute truth. A Frenchman is self-assured because he regards himself personally, both in mind and body, as irresistibly attractive to men and women. An Englishman is self-assured, as being a citizen of the best-organized state in the world, and therefore as an Englishman always knows what he should do and knows that all he does as an Englishman is undoubtedly correct. An Italian is self-assured because he is excitable and easily forgets himself and other people. A Russian is self-assured just because he knows nothing and does not want to know anything, since he does not believe that anything can be known. The German’s self-assurance is worst of all, stronger and more repulsive than any other, because he imagines that he knows the truth- science- which he himself has invented but which is for him the absolute truth.
This excerpt is from Leo Tolstoy‘s War and Peace, and I remember that when I read it I immediately thought Tolstoy didn’t know us Algerians for he would’ve mentioned us otherwise. While smiling at my own thought, I questioned it and wondered whether we are self-confident or not. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, during the In Amenas hostages crisis, audiences of foreign TV channels witnessed something very rare. These channels showed images provided by an Algerian TV channel, Ennahar TV. The private Algerian TV was the only to provide images of the gas plant, the Algerian military forces, etc.
The foreign public may not realise it but this is quite new to us Algerians.
Two years ago, the Algerian government agreed to let Algerian private operators create their TV channels. And like with many topics, the minister’s statement hasn’t been followed by the legislation, and the few private TV channels we have still transmit from outside the country. Continue reading →
The spelling is wrong, another illustration of our trilingual illiteracy, but the question remains valid. “Where is our future?” it says. I took the below picture in Bejaia, and next to that wall were sitting five or six young men, in their twenties. They played with their mobile phones and commented on the girls who passed by.
If they’re not the authors of the question, they do not have the answer. I wonder if they’re looking for one. Continue reading →
I have a short story to share with you. Several years ago, at the airport, I was finishing my coffee while the passengers started boarding. A police officer passed by and lit a cigarette. The airport was already a non-smoking place so, without thinking much, I rose up to remind him of the rule. But before reaching the man, I thought a little more and considered the risk of the officer not liking my comment and getting me into some petty trouble. I had an important meeting on the next day and couldn’t afford to miss my flight so I decided to keep silent.
I chose the status quo over change after weighing the pros and cons. The risk, tiny as it was, of missing my flight was big enough to hinder my initial action. Today, there are still a few airport employees and some passengers who smoke in non-smoking areas.
Someone even told me she saw policewomen smoke in Houari Boumediene airport’s bathrooms. Continue reading →
I wrote in the past about the visit of US department of state’s secretary to Algeria, and we all debated on the stance we take or should take as Algerians versus the US and their policies. Today’s post is one of those, rare, with information leaked to Patriots on Fire. We have indeed learnt that some shadowy US “representative”, and it is not Mr. Michael G. Vickers, met with the leader of one of the newly created parties. The meeting took place a few weeks ago and its objective was to decide how the US would help this party, should it win in the upcoming elections, get Algeria back on track and become America’s closest partner. A win-win agreement had been signed and the American side launched its plan as requested by the Algerian leader.