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”

Pour la « défrancisation » de l’Algérie indépendante

Le 5 juillet dernier, l’Algérie a célébré son 55ème anniversaire d’indépendance.

Après cinquante-cinq ans d’indépendance, l’Algérie a toujours du mal à se décoloniser. L’annonce de la décision d’Algérie-télécom, la société nationale de télécommunication, de supprimer la langue française des documents officiels a, semble-t-il, suscité une vive polémique dans les réseaux sociaux entre les « pro » et « anti » arabisation.

Mais s’agit-il de politique d’arabisation ou plutôt de…défrancisation ? Continue reading “Pour la « défrancisation » de l’Algérie indépendante”

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.”

La francophonie en question : sur le rôle et le statut de la langue française en Algérie au XXIème siècle.

Cela fait deux ans que les centres culturels français en Algérie, célèbrent la semaine de la francophonie. Cet évènement culturel, qui a lieu au mois de mars, a, bien sûr, été relayé par la presse francophone et arabophone avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme… mais sans provoquer de débat. Pourtant, un tel évènement aurait due susciter des questionnements sur le sens de la francophonie ainsi que le statut et le rôle de la langue française en Algérie au 21ème siècle. Malheureusement, il n’en fut rien. Continue reading “La francophonie en question : sur le rôle et le statut de la langue française en Algérie au XXIème siècle.”

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”

Décoloniser l’Histoire…

“L’histoire coloniale est presque toujours à sens unique, car c’est le propre d’un peuple colonisé de n’avoir plus d’histoire ou du moins d’historiens, hormis celle et ceux du colonisateur.” Jean Gresh

On dit qu’une image vaut mille mots. Cette timeline retrace l’histoire de l’Algérie. La période Islamique de notre histoire, allant du 7ème au 19ème siècle, a duré 13 siècles sans interruption.
Continue reading “Décoloniser l’Histoire…”

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…”

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