Blog archive: Algeria

  • 5th September 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A public relations firm which became notorious for assisting dodgy regimes – including several in the Middle East – has finally got its comeuppance. London-based Bell Pottinger has been expelled from the PRCA (the trade body for "respectable" PR firms) for bringing the industry into...
  • 11th December 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The death was reported today of Mohamed Tamalt who had been serving a two-year jail sentence in Algeria for insulting President Bouteflika on Facebook. Tamalt, 42, who had dual British and Algerian nationality and had been living in Britain before his imprisonment, was arrested on June...
  • 2nd September 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Mohamed Tamalt, a journalist with British and Algerian citizenship is reported to be critically ill after going on hunger strike in an Algerian jail. Tamalt, 42, who has dual nationality and had been living in Britain before his imprisonment, is serving a two-year sentence for insulting...
  • 24th March 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The picture above advertises a popular Turkish soap opera – Harim Soltan (the Sultan's harem).  But there is also a satirical version (below) in which the Sultan's face has been replaced with that of Algeria's president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Besides "Sultan" Bouteflika...
  • 10th November 2015
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Female recruits welcome, up to a point In 2009, Fatima Zohra Ardjoune became the Algerian army's first female general, and since then four more women have risen to the same rank. These appointments followed a presidential decree in 2006 which, as part of a modernisation plan, established...
  • 25th September 2014
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    By Anna Jacobs and George Bajalia
    By Anna Jacobs and George Bajalia This article is re-posted from the Muftah website    The militarisation of border crossings throughout North Africa and the Sahel has intensified recently, as a result of security concerns over weapons smuggling, terrorist...
  • 30th July 2014
    By
    Alex Russell
    Algeria is one of the most under-reported of the Arab countries, at least where English-language media are concerned. In the article below, Alex Russell discusses a little-noticed conflict which has been rumbling on for several months in the city of Ghardaïa. The article was first published by...
  • 4th July 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    With the ailing and largely invisible President Bouteflika newly re-elected for a fourth five-year term, there are signs that the Algerian opposition is finally getting its act together. In the article below, Anna Jacobs, a researcher specialising in the politics of the Maghreb, takes a...
  • 20th May 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Amid growing political uncertainty in Algeria, copies of two newspapers were seized from the printers on Saturday night over reports claiming that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was in a coma. The 76-year-old president has not been seen in public since April 17, when he attended the...
  • 11th May 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Abdelkader Kherba An Algerian campaigner who distributed leaflets about unemployment has been convicted under a new law designed to restrict civil society activities in the country. Abdelkader Kherba, a member of the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LADDH) and...
  • 13th May 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last week's parliamentary elections in Algeria, which saw the regime strengthen its hold on power, have been broadly welcomed by western governments. Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said the elections were "a welcome step in Algeria's progress toward democratic reform", and...
  • 3rd April 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    With the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt gone, and continuing turmoil in Libya, the two North African regimes still largely undamaged by protests are those of Morocco and Algeria. Early in January, at the height of the Tunisian uprising, it looked as if Algeria might be heading in the same...

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