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

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When is the right time to say things?


Yet again Algeria has been hit by another violent episode with nine soldiers (according to the Algerian military) ambushed by AQIM in Ain Defla province. It happened during Eid-ul-Fitr days and about 10 days after 22 citizens had been killed by God knows who and for God knows what reasons in Ghardaia. These two deadly events have raised many reactions and comments on social networks.

I will build this post by going through some of the comments I read today. Continue reading

Book Review: A world without Islam


Meeting with a book has sometimes to do with luck. Sometimes it is because you are at the airport with some foreign currency which you couldn’t spend even after you visited the restaurant, the café and the duty-free shops. And then you spot a book with a catchy title and the right price to empty your wallet. So you buy it and read it during the 12 hours-long flight. Then you decide to write a review because you have nothing more interesting to write about.
This is what happened to me and this book.

Well, not exactly. I decided to write this post because the book’s topic is essential in our present days where so many wars are said to be launched against Islam-ist groups and threat.

In “A world without Islam“, Graham Fueller tries to picture a world where Islam wouldn’t have existed and considers the current trends to find out whether they would have been different or not. Would there still be a war on terror, a clash of civilisations, hatred towards the US, etc. Continue reading

Gunman no longer on the loose in Toulouse


The recent shootings in Toulouse, which were perpetrated by French alleged former jihadi fighter Mohamed Merah, have been turned into a national tragedy in France. The Jews as usual have gone nuts over the incident (Merah had shot a rabbi and three Jewish children). The usual anti-Semitism brigade came out in force with the usual mission to persuade the world that Israel can do no wrong. EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, drew criticism in Israel over what Israeli leaders said was an attempt to make the massacre of Palestinian children by Israeli soldiers engaged in Continue reading

Poll: Disappointing WikiLeaks on Algeria


The title says it all; despite the many daily articles we read on the Algerian newspapers and those some specialist (or not) bloggers dedicated to the topic, I think the Algeria-related cables we got to know so far didn’t bring any additional information to what everyone already knew. I didn’t really follow the international news recently and I am therefore not aware of all the cables’ contents but even those related to the Middle-East and the probable war on Iran had little interest if at all.

I would like first to say that I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of WikiLeaks sharing these cables first with some mainstream newspapers which “analyse” (and filter) them for us. Continue reading

Repatriation of Algerian detainees in Guantanamo: an american perspective


One of our American readers has sent me this piece which he wrote on the subject of the repatriation of Abdul Aziz Naji to Algeria after his detention in Guantanamo by the US under suspiscion of terrorism-linked activities. El Khabar has today published an article about Naji, where the latter recounts the horrors he has seen in Guantanamo and denounces it as a violation of human rights from the comfort of his home in Batna (click here for an English summary). Only last week, he was denouncing Algeria for its human rights abuses but this time from the discomfort of Guantanamo,  still, he stated that he’d rather stay in Guantanamo than be sent back to Algeria for fear of torture.

Below, I am reproducing Jake’s article as was sent to me and it would be interesting to have a discussion around this issue and in particular, from an Algerian perspective:

On July 24, the New York Times posted an editorial about the forced repatriation of Abdul Aziz Naji that condemns both the United States and Algeria in the handling of former detainees, but from my point of view, as a young American interested in Algerian society and in international human rights, the Times didn’t go far enough in criticizing both nations.

The decision to send Naji back to Algeria represents a fundamental change in Continue reading

Terrorists and serial killers


Nowadays, terrorism and violence is routinely linked with Islam and Muslim culture. Whether in the media, the cinema or literature, the stereotypical terrorist is a Muslim or at least an Arab or Persian character (and this also applies to Arab media and arts). It is true that this is largely a reflection of what has been a trend of events in recent years and especially ever since 9/11, however, what is interesting is the linkage between violence and Islam in particular (or violence and Arab culture). Christianity for example has seized this opportunity to rebrand itself as the religion of peace to regain some of its lost control over Western culture, it is evident that Western culture today is struggling to get rid of what it perceives as the Islamic threat and many political entities are playing their cards accordingly. This has always been the case however, in the sense that Islam and Arabs have always been perceived as barbarous by the West and to a large extent, Western ‘civilization’ has always constructed itself by contrasting itself with Islam or what is generally termed as the ‘Orient’.

But if we were to compare Western culture and Muslim/ Arab culture, not only in the past but today also, I think the Western culture will come out as the more violent of the two. A violence Continue reading