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.
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 →
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 →
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.
More than a year ago, a movement called Barakat was created to protest against Bouteflika’s fourth term. Here I have to say that I hadn’t believed in this movement which failed to gather the people around it. Anyway, the movement’s members demonstrated a few times in Algiers and the police was always there to stop/arrest them. At that time, Ennahar newspaper and TV campaigned for the sick man who’s become the country’s president for the fourth time and had therefore been very harsh on Barakat. As can be expected from media which lack professionalism and deontology (let’s be clear, this is not specific to Ennahar), Ennahar used all means to discredit the movement (cf. this video on Amira Bouraoui) and, as an information outlet, never protested against the fact this movement and other Algerian opponents were denied their right to demonstrate and were faced with violent police forces. Continue reading →
Yesterday was Bouteflika’s birthday. He is 78. The president threw a party to celebrate it and invited many guests. PoF source, who was among them, contacted us earlier this morning to share the below information. They made little sense and I cannot tell if it was because they were drunk (they sounded both drunk and tired) but they’ve always proven reliable. According to our source, the initial plan was to hold a bigger party. All Tlemcen was to be invited and the whole thing was supposed to last seven days and seven nights non-stop. But as crude oil price remained low, the party’s been reduced to a single night and only Nedroma people were invited. Even the huge fireworks had been cancelled. Continue reading →
The video in the above link takes us back to earlier this year when Sellal justifies Bouteflika’s fourth term candidacy by the fact Angela Merkel was at her third term as chancellor and says Germany is not better than us. Sellal’s humour is famous (his latest being this one in Egypt) but the man was serious about the elections which led to Bouteflika’s “victory” despite his physical condition. Continue reading →
I know I should be writing about the tragic mess in Ghardaia and how the state has simply abandoned the citizens but I admit that I don’t know more than what’s reported by the press, which means I have little to add. Well, I actually do have my two cents. I said in a previous comment on this blog that the state (whatever this means in Algeria) seems to do all it could to stir things up. So not only do I think it cannot solve the issues in Ghardaia but I am not convinced it wants them solved. At least not before they reach some very serious level.
Whatever the real reasons behind the riots and the confrontations between the Mzabis and the Arabs (Chaanba), Continue reading →