Decolonizing ALGERIA

Decolonized thoughts of an Algerian female blogger



The independence of the colonisés

Today we celebrate the 56th anniversary of the independence of Algeria from French colonization that lasted 132 years from 1830 to 1962.

Yes the achievement and sacrifice are worthy of a celebration and we have to be proud of. Algerian flags are unfurled on our highest landmarks. French colons and pieds-noirs have been booted out from our lands. We enjoy living in the colonial European cities they built on our lands…and that used to be forbidden to our people. Yes, it is worthy celebrating.

But … are we still independent? Continue reading “The independence of the colonisés”


The racist cartoon and the old Kabyl myth in post-colonial Algeria

They say : “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but …

Capture Racism Ainouche

This cartoon, published by the Algerian cartoonist Ghilas Ainouche from TSA (Tout sur l’Algérie, online francophone newspaper), shamefully depicts racist stereotypes and revives the old colonial Kabyl myth in postcolonial Algeria… Astonishingly, this cartoon did not draw any criticism in Algeria ; neither officials nor intellectuals reacted to this racist caricature.

Continue reading “The racist cartoon and the old Kabyl myth in post-colonial Algeria”

Political bankruptcy – Why Algerians don’t vote…anymore

Legislative elections held last 4th of May in Algeria were supposed to be important and crucial according to the prevailing troubled geopolitical and national context. These elections came after Algeria has witnessed major institutional changes, such as the disbanding of the DRS in 2013 and the amendment of the new constitution lately this year ; as they also precedes the presidential elections planned for 2019. Yet, these elections brought nothing new and turned out to be the same old political carnival…

Continue reading “Political bankruptcy – Why Algerians don’t vote…anymore”

Kaplan’s “Algeria’s new imprint”…an old colonial vision of Algeria

My response to the Nation article.

Alice Kaplan’s “Algeria’s new imprint” article published in the Nation, and sadly celebrated and shared by the Francophile Algerians, exemplify the old colonial tale which value the subalterns’ ideas only when they fit the so called universal western norms of thoughts.

Continue reading “Kaplan’s “Algeria’s new imprint”…an old colonial vision of Algeria”

The smile of a martyr


This photo of the freedom fighter and martyr Larbi Benmhidi has always fascinated me. How a 34 years old man arrested and handcuffed, can be that calm showing a proud and peaceful smile in front of his enemies?

What was the secret of this radiant serenity…of this aura glowing from within?

Continue reading “The smile of a martyr”

La France des lumières’ trophy heads…of shame.

In Paris, the city of light, nearby the Great mosque…in the prestigious Muséum National d’Histoire Naturel…in the darkness of the basement, are held in captivity, the tormented remains of Algerian heroes. Their skulls, hidden in old boxes tagged and stored like mere objects, are waiting for more than a century to be freed and repatriated to Algeria.

Photo credits Ali Farid Belkadi

Continue reading “La France des lumières’ trophy heads…of shame.”

The language dilemma in postcolonial Algeria

A live streaming video published by a primary school teacher on facebook sparked a big controversy in Algeria, lately. The video showed a young teacher of arabic in her classroom surrounded by her pupils asking them questions on moral values. The teacher praised arabic language, and reminded the children to speak only in arabic. Continue reading “The language dilemma in postcolonial Algeria”

Horace Vernet’s paintings through Algerian eyes

I live in Dzair, the city known as Algiers, capital of Algeria. My city is a mosaic of districts and streets dating back to medieval as well as to french colonization era; exposing different architecture styles. Through its straight, narrow or winding streets, and through its closed or opened old facades, the city keeps telling the tormented story of its inhabitants – past and present.

Downtown Algiers belongs to what used to be called the European city. The colonial city built during French colonisation of Algeria ; built by the french colons, for the, now-gone, “pieds noirs”. Back then, streets were named after renowned Frenchmen. I never paid attention to the original names of those streets before, since, after independence, they have been replaced by Algerian names. But sometimes, the old names reappear on old maps or in unforgotten memories of old pied-noir. Horace Vernet is one of those streets. Continue reading “Horace Vernet’s paintings through Algerian eyes”

Remember, remember the fifth of October!

Remember remember the fifth of October …the Algerian proto-arabspring plot…I know of no reason why the October treason …should ever be forgot!

We are living strange times in Algeria these days…where tables are turned…and hopes are rising from the ashes and dusts of the past. Continue reading “Remember, remember the fifth of October!”

Understanding the 1990s collective trauma!

“Only a CRISIS actual or perceived produces real CHANGE” M. Friedman

Every Algerian citizen should watch this video…especially those of my generation who survived collective trauma… the sacrified generation of the 90s.

“This is the secret history of the free market. It was not born in freedom and democracy it was born in shock.” N. Klein Continue reading “Understanding the 1990s collective trauma!”

…fulfill it, or betray it!

What is the mission of my generation…in postcolonial Algeria?

Are we fulfilling it? Or are we betraying it?

In the relative obscurity of postcolonial Algeria, answering this question for my generation is of the utmost importance …especially in those times when the world is experiencing geographical reshaping …casting neocolonial threats on the future of Algeria. Continue reading “…fulfill it, or betray it!”

The Derja neocolonial project …and the useful francophone idiots.

In Algeria, the Minister of national education doesn’t speak Arabic :  the national and official language of Algeria. Yes,  it is unbelievable. Mrs Benghabrit, is a francophone who cannot speak correctly arabic, and who admits on TV that she would not make any effort to learn it because… she has no time. This unbelievable and grotesque situation speaks volume and reflects perfectly the power of the francophone lobby who hijacked the education board in Algeria.
Continue reading “The Derja neocolonial project …and the useful francophone idiots.”

Colonization à la française…

Firstly, in order not to repay your debts to Algerians, find any pretext, as ludicrous as a fan’s stroke, to attack and invade Algeria, and make sure to vanquish militarily to set your own rules. Sign treaties for a fake short military occupation that will respect indigenous life, assets, religion and traditions. Then apply your own hidden plans with barbaric force to steal treasures and take over the land to finally… colonize it.  But, before you bring starving colons from the land of France and Europe to the wealthy lands of Algeria, you have to cleanse it from its legitimate Algerian owners; erase every little trace of their presence, of their existence. Continue reading “Colonization à la française…”

Book review : Larbi BenMhidi l’homme des grands rendez-vous

“Larbi Ben Mhidi l’homme des grands rendez-vous” is a book, dedicated to the national hero and  martyr Mohamed Larbi BenMhidi (1923–1957). Written by his friend El Hachemi Trodi, the book is more a testimony by one of his friends than a historical one. It narrates the life of the man behind the legend. How, all his being – mind, body and soul-  was dedicated to one goal : the independence of Algeria. Continue reading “Book review : Larbi BenMhidi l’homme des grands rendez-vous”

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