Decolonizing ALGERIA

Decolonized thoughts of an Algerian female blogger



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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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


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, 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.”

لغة “الكريول” الوطنية

تحتفل الأمم المتحدة كل يوم 18 ديسمبر باللّغة العربية. كنت أود أن تحتفل مدونتي بهذه المناسبة. في الحقيقة بدأت أفكر بالموضوع. و تهاطلت على ذهني أبيات شعرية من كنوز اللغة العربية لزهير ابن ابي سلمى والمتنبي و الرصافي و أحمد شوقي و الأمير عبد القدر و ابن باديس و مفدي زكريا و نزار قباني

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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”

Selective empathy of the West

The world is horrified : another terrorist attack hit the West in the heart of Europe. Explosions shook the airport and a subway station in Brussels. As usual, when the victims are westerners, a full coverage of the event is broadcasted on global TV channels. The terrorist attack and the victims would make the headlines for long time to properly display due outrage and empathy from all over the world. As usual, there would be no TV coverage for the victims of terrorism from the Rest of the world : Iraq, Mali, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen…

In our sad world, a victim from the West doesn’t equate a subaltern victim from the Rest… Continue reading “Selective empathy of the West”

Quelle modernité pour l’Algérie?

La dernière émission du CPP du jeudi 10/03/2016  avait pour thème la modernité de la société algérienne. En annonçant la question du jour :  «  La société Algérienne est-elle plus conservatrice à la fin des années Bouteflika qu’au début », l’animatrice du débat, explique d’emblée que le pouls de cette modernité est : “les droits des femmes, le discours politique et religieux, notre rapport avec la religion ou notre religiosité, l’islamisme dans le monde réel de Kamel Daoud.”

En d’autres termes, le statut de la femme et de la religion sont les indicateurs de la modernité d’une société.

Sans prendre la peine de définir la modernité, qui est un concept complexe parce qu’il a un fondement éminemment idéologique et philosophique, les chroniqueurs ont présenté leurs arguments qui  peuvent être synthétisés selon le schéma dialectique : modernité VS tradition.

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Kamel Daoud : the intellectual misery of Algeria

Kamel Daoud is an Algerian writer. Even though we share the same nationality, we definitely don’t belong to the same Algeria. Daoud belongs to a minority of Algerian intellectuals, mainly francophile, who adopt western (not to say french) values: modernity, secularism, individualism, liberalism ; and  who vehemently reject their people’s traditional values inherited from Arab-Muslim civilization. His writings, welcomed and celebrated in France, reflect perfectly his beliefs as they are always filled with his zealous Islamphobe and Arabophobe opinions.

His last New York Times op-ed  “The Sexual Misery of the Arab World”, is a masterpiece of a condescending neo-colonial writing dedicated to demonizing Arabs’ culture and values. Continue reading “Kamel Daoud : the intellectual misery of 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”

Le terrorisme des guerres masquées…

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself…you will succumb in every battle.”  ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

De nouveaux attentats terroristes ont endeuillé Beyrouth, Paris, Bamako, Tunis… La terreur s’est propagée dans le monde réel … et virtuel. L’Occident dénonce et accuse la multinationale terroriste DAESH (qu’il qualifie à tort de groupe Islamique). L’occident déclare la guerre au terrorisme … mais en même temps l’Occident, ou plus précisément l’OTAN, protège DAESH des frappes Russes. Cette situation incompréhensible soulève bien des questions et ne se suffit plus des explications conformistes des médias “mainstream”…Elle nécessite, plus que jamais, une nouvelle grille de lecture qui questionne le terrorisme sous un autre angle.

C’est justement ce que propose le Prof. Daniel Ganser dans sa conférence intitulée la stratégie masquée des guerres. Continue reading “Le terrorisme des guerres masquées…”

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!”

Les langues régionales de France

Voici une vidéo très intéressante. Elle présente les 45 dialectes et langues des différentes régions de France. La vidéo ne dure que 15 mn, écoutez vous allez être surpris:

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…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.”

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