Blog archive: Algeria

  • 23rd January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There were more anti-government protests in Algeria and Yemen yesterday. In Yemen, about 2,500 students and opposition activists demonstrated at Sana'a University, calling for President Salih to go. Although recent demonstrations have increasingly focused on Salih's...
  • 9th January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two protesters have died in the Algerian riots, according to the interior minister. As in Tunisia, the disturbances (which started in Algiers) have become widespread. Unrest has been reported in Skikda, Sale, Constantine, Batna, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Tebessa, Guelma and Annaba, the BBC...
  • 9th January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    We now have the unprecedented situation of major civil disturbances in two neighbouring Arab countries, both of them arising for similar reasons. (For the latest developments, see below.) On its own, the trouble in Algeria might not be a particular cause for concern (or celebration, depending on...
  • 4th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An unusual book-signing took place in Beirut at the end of last month. "Memoirs of Randa the Trans" ( مذكرات رندا الترنس) is the life story of an Algerian raised as a boy, who felt trapped in a male body. Mocked and abused at school, and later threatened with death by religious...
  • 1st April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Jordan: Four prominent Jordanians appeared before the state security court on Wednesday at the start of what promises to be the kingdom's biggest-ever corruption trial. Reporters were banned from the courtroom during the two-hour hearing, which was then adjourned until April 5. The case,...
  • 5th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It now appears that no one saw the murder of Ali Tounsi, Algeria's national security chief, in his office last week. The interior minister has promised "full transparency" in the investigation but says: "The crime was without witnesses." This is odd but no doubt convenient...
  • 27th February 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The killing of Ali Tounsi, chief of the Algerian police, has been reported briefly in the international media. He is officially said to have been shot dead in his office by a colleague in a fit of madness. His alleged assailant – named in the Algerian press as Choaïb Oultache – ...
  • 4th January 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following the introduction of internet censorship in Algeria (reported here last weekend), an online petition has been organised to oppose it. The petition, which is in Arabic, French and English, says: We, the undersigned, individuals and organisations, oppose the Algerian...
  • 20th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Algeria is planning to introduce a centralised system for filtering (i.e. censoring) the internet. It is also proposing stiff penalties for anyone who circumvents the government's filtering, according to the Magharebia news website. Algeria is one of the few Arab countries (...
  • 9th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Algerian journalist and rights activist Hafnaoui Ghoul is due in court on Tuesday, accused of criminal defamation over an article that talked about corruption and maladministration in Djelfa province. This is just one of 16 lawsuits against Ghoul – all of them brought by local officials and all...
  • 25th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Three-quarters of web users in Algeria regard the internet as "indispensable", more than 90% of them go online at least once a day and on average they spend one to two hours a day in front of the screen.  These are some of the findings from a survey of almost 6,000 Algerian...
  • 31st July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Violence seems to be on the increase in Algeria again. Reuters reports that at least 14 soldiers were killed in an ambush on Wednesday. (Other reports give a death toll ranging from 11 to 20). "The past two months have seen an upsurge in the violence," Reuters says. "Insurgents killed...

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