honour of the determination of people like Algerian TV producer, Aziz Smati, who was shot exactly twenty years ago today, we must
support all those who wield song against suicide belt, and wage art against
fundamentalism, writes Karima Bennoune
hommage à la détermination de gens comme le producteur Algérien Aziz Smati, qui
était victime d’un attentat il y a exactement 20 ans, il nous faut soutenir
tous ceux qui opposent des chansons aux ceinture d’explosifs et luttent par l’art
contre l’intégrisme, écrit Karima Bennoune
The revolutionary left denounces Russell Brand, but the poor know he is right. His lack of a proper alternative doesn't hurt his analysis of what is wrong. People must realise how many skills are available on the street that should be used to replace the old, corrupt system.
How the two sides can find a workable arrangement that doesn’t look like a climb-down by either party remains to be seen, but as things stand, the ingredients for further escalation are all too present.
and secular voices in Muslim majority countries have too often been sacrificed
by the left in the west in the name of anti-imperialism and identity politics.
The authoritarian movements of the far right, which democrats of the South
oppose, must be recognized for what they are, Karima Bennoune tells Deniz Kandiyoti.
Tunisia’s second high-profile political assassination
highlights the gravest shortcoming of the nascent Islamist
government: the inability to contain the violence that increasingly threatens
Tunisia’s fragile transition - a
violence set to divide loyalties and destroy social cohesion, foreclosing any
prospects of a viable democracy or a stable society.
In the weeks after the 1991 elections, official Algerian
rhetoric too was replete with appeals to the popular will and the promises of a
swift and total return to democracy. Promises that, two decades on, have yet to
For all its problems, Algeria never became an Islamic state. Like Algerian progressives in the 1990s,
Egyptian progressives now have to carve out the space to construct a credible
alternative under the shield of the new transitional process, and
simultaneously challenge the military’s human rights abuses
While there are too many differences between the two
historical contexts for us to panic, the parallels are too numerous to ignore. An excerpt from the longer version of this article – for which, see here.
year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Algerian jihadists war on
culture. Those who waged the
intellectual struggle against fundamentalism in Algeria throughout the 1990s
received little support internationally. Karima Bennoune pays tribute to those
who fell in the culturicide, and warns of the urgent need to remember
Cette année marque le vingtième anniversaire de la guerre menée par des
djihadistes algériens contre la culture. Karima Bennoune rend hommage à ceux qui sont
tombés dans ce culturicide et appelle à l’urgente la nécessité de ne pas les
Fundamentalist mass murder of Algerian people of letters in the
1990s was an intellectocide, in the tradition of totalitarian culture
wars. Today, official limits on expression benefit fundamentalist ideas.
This is the second death of Algerian intellectuals, says Mustapha Benfodil
L'assassinat massif des intellectuels algériens par les intégristes dans
les années 1990 est un veritable intellectocide. Aujourd’hui, des formes
de censure culturel officiel sont à l'œuvre, laissant le champ libre aux idées
les plus rétrogrades. C'est la deuxième mort des intellectuels Algériens
Awareness has not necessarily translated into more investment in good governance or poverty-reduction programmes. Instead, the US has supported training of local special forces units in counter-terrorism.
A career in journalism took Francis Ghilès to the heart of power in the post-independence states of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. He saw at first hand how the oil and natural-gas industries in Algeria fuelled state ambitions, political rivalries and dreams of open frontiers. In a rich personal reflection, he asks whether the legacy of these years - including current threats to security and livelihood, from terrorism to unemployment - can lead the Maghreb and its European neighbour at last to cooperate in their shared interest.
In launching their war of independence in November 1954, Algerians emphatically rejected this divisive bait, presenting instead an unshakeably united front against French hegemony, and rejecting numerous attempts to re-cast them into warring tribes fighting one another.