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Decolonizing ALGERIA

Decolonized thoughts of an Algerian female blogger

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Why Algeria stands with Palestine

Through Algerian eyes, Palestine in 2021 is a vision of Algeria before 1962, before independence from French colonial occupation.

Palestinians’ fate of mass killing and ethnical cleansing, lands’ confiscation and forced exile, imprisonment and torture, racism and apartheid has a familiar feeling of déjà vu for Algerians.

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المسلسلات التاريخية وبرمجة العقول

أصبحت المسلسلات التاريخية تنتج مؤخرا بكثرة في الدول العربية والإسلامية وخاصة في تركيا. فترى الشباب الذي يهجرمطالعة كتب التاريخ يواظب على مشاهدة هذه المسلسلات التاريخية بكثير من الاهتمام. فتراه ينتظر بشغف كل أسبوع بث الحلقة الجديدة من مسلسله التاريخي المفضل.

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Can the Algerian speak?

This thread on Twitter is a good example of the paternalistic eurocentrism frequently expressed by some European scholars who specialises in African issues. The Scholar judged, in his tweet, a post made by an Algerian citizen comparing French colonialists, who massacred civilians in the 8th of May 1945, to Nazis.

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Transition, now and then. Why I did vote in the presidential elections …

Transition … In my memory, this word is still wrapped in a tale of trauma, fear and pain.

I was born in Algiers in the seventies. Algeria then, was a peaceful place to live in. My Algeria was a sovereign country still proud of its revolution against colonial france… We used to respect the memory of our martyrs, our leader and our army…

But everything changed in 1988 when spontaneous demonstrations rocked the mundane life of Algiers. Protests calling for regime change soon turned into violent riots. The president called the army to restore peace. And the army of General Nezzar came in. Heavy tanks invaded the white city of Algiers. On every plaza, rifles were aiming at protesters … ready to shoot. Hundreds of young Algerians were killed; others were arrested and tortured. Peace was finally restored.

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What lies behind european parliament resolution on freedoms in Algeria?

The European parliament adopted a resolution on the situation of freedoms in Algeria. The French MP Raphaël Glucksman “BHL junior” announced the resolution in his tweet account boasting his support for the hirak against the government of Algeria.

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Le Hirak, Nabni et la déconstruction du système Algérie…

J’ai toujours été étonnée par l’utilisation, abusive et hors de son sens exact, du concept “système” par le politique en Algérie. Nombreux sont les politiciens, journalistes et autres intellectuels qui usent et abusent de ce terme sans savoir vraiement ce qu’est un système complexe. Si dans une discussion banale, cet abus est toléré, il devient, toutefois, problématique, lorsque des chercheurs l’utilisent dans le contexte actuel du Hirak pour développer des scénarios politiques engageant l’avenir d’une nation. Là, il devient important de préciser le sens éxacte du concept pour mieux comprendre et délimiter la portée des propos de chacun.

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The fall of a general …

Finally the nightmare is over.

The monster, the general who reigned over algerian secret services for 25 years has finally been arrested. God! Such a relief to see him jailed, finally jailed behind walls and bars, like a dangerous animal locked away from us and from our life… so he can’t harm anybody… anymore…


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Algeria and the Hash tag Revolutionaries

Drums of war are beating in North Africa, echoing endlessly in the ever expanding social media virtual world. They won’t stop, heralding the coming Arab spring to the land of Algeria. Facebooked, shared, retweeted…again and again. Change is coming, change is possible. Just pin the hash tag on your country’s name and join the revolution game. Every Friday, a new challenge to attain. Every Friday, new funny selfies to share. Join the crowd gathered spontaneously and shout the loudest you can “we- want- the- end- of- the- regime” and it will happen!…Your country’s regime will fall like a… domino …instantly and spontaneously.

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Les handicapés de la raison et du cœur

Comme tous les Algériens, j’ai été éduquée dans le respect de la morale et des valeurs chères à la société algérienne. On m’a appris à respecter les personnes âgées, à respecter leur âge, leur expérience, leur savoir et leur sagesse. On m’a aussi appris à respecter les handicapés et infirmes dont les capacités physiques sont réduites suite à la maladie. On m’a appris à respecter leur dignité, à ne jamais attaquer leur infirmité, ni à se moquer de leur handicap. On m’a appris à me mettre toujours du côté de ces personnes pour leur venir en aide, les protéger et préserver leur dignité.

Je croyais que je partageais ces valeurs avec tous mes compatriotes Algériens. Malheureusement, ce n’est pas le cas.

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Benghabrit et la dissonance cognitive


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Encore une fois, et sans surprise, la Ministre Benghabrit provoque une vive polémique par une nouvelle décision “anti-islamique” : interdire la prière à l’école. Cette décision n’est pas surprenante et s’accorde parfaitement avec la position idéologique de la Minsitre en faveur de la laïcité et que nous avons déjà analysé sur ce blog. Benghabrit qui a survécu à plusieurs remaniements ministériels n’est pas un quelconque ministre chargé d’appliquer docilement le programme de son gouvernement. Cet ancien directeur du CRASC, chercheur diplômée en sciences humaines, sociales et anthropologiques, est chargée d’une mission précise.

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Revue du livre “Les contrebandiers de l’Histoire” de Boudjedra

En ces temps confus où s’élèvent, dans notre Algérie post-coloniale, des voies appelant à la trahison de l’idéal de la révolution de Novembre. En ces temps tristes marqués par la félonie et la lâcheté de nos « intellectuels », Rachid Boudjedra brise le silence pour dénoncer les contrebandiers de notre Histoire.

Après Ahmed Bensaada qui a dévoilé le rôle d’informateur indigène joué par Kamel Daoud dans son livre « Kamel Daoud : Cologne, contre-enquête » c’est au tour de Rachid Boudjedra de dévoiler avec courage  « l’idéologie de Harki » de certains intellectuels algériens qui dénigrent l’Algérie dans leurs « œuvres destructrices » au profit d’un néocolonialisme francophile. Continue reading “Revue du livre “Les contrebandiers de l’Histoire” de Boudjedra”

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.

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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…

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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.

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The smile of a martyr

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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?

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La France des lumières’ trophy heads…of shame.

In Paris, in 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.

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Photo credits Ali Farid Belkadi
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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!”

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