The Hirak From East Boston

A group of Algerian men turn their heads once to each side, sending salutations to the unseen angels on their shoulders. It’s Friday, the weekly Muslim jumuah prayer.  After performing their duty to Allah, they gather around a folded table on a chilly February afternoon for hot lentil soup prepared by the informal cook of... Continue Reading →

Film Review: The Opium and the Stick

While Winds of the Aures (Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, 1966) focuses on Wilaya I (Province I, the Aures region of Algeria), The Opium and The Stick (Ahmed Rachedi, 1971) takes place in Wilaya III (Province 3, the Kabylia region of Algeria). Rachedi’s film also attends to the independence war much more directly, showcasing guerrilla war techniques. What... Continue Reading →

Film Review: The Winds of the Aures

The Winds of the Aures / ريح الاوراس (Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, 1966) works as a great prequel to the famous production Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966). It takes place in the Aures, a region in north-eastern Algeria where the first gunshot of the independence war was sounded. Because of its strategic geography bordering Tunisia, guerrilla... Continue Reading →

Decentralization in Algeria

Decentralization and federalism are terms usually described as twin concepts but the semantic lining is important to consider (evidently the first can come without the latter and the latter supposes the former) albeit the blending that does occur in the real world. Democracy and accountability are ‘promised’ when empowering regional and local levels of government.... Continue Reading →

Blida’s Silent Cry

In Blida, a province that rubs shoulders with the Algerian capital Algiers, residents under mandatory quarantine cry from their apartment balconies, protest semolina shortages, and wait impatiently for help to arrive. Nadia Sahli moved to Meftah, Blida from Tizi Ouzou four months ago. The last thing she expected was being confined to her house, not... Continue Reading →

The Abandoned Plateaus of Algeria: Economic Destitution in the northern Sahara

Following protests in Ouargla and Laghouat, Algerian authorities aimed to promote the economic integration of unemployed youth living in the Southern region (defined by the European Training Foundation as covering 10 provinces: Adrar, Laghouat, Tamanrasset, Biskra, Bechar, Ouargla, Illizi, Tindouf, Oued Souf, and Ghardaia). In common parlance, the idea of “north” and “south” in Algeria... Continue Reading →

Between the Henna Lines with Kenza

Kenza B. was born in France, but her family is from Tizi Ghenif, Tizi Wezzu, Algeria, who moved in 1997. Kenza was born in 1998 and grew up in the suburbs of southern Paris. She studies computer science, and has transformed her side henna hobby into an admirable business. "I've always loved drawing and painting,... Continue Reading →

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