Algeria

Algeria’s fracking deepens divide between population and govt

Since the beginning of the year, protests have been intensifying in In Salah, a town located in the Algerian Sahara where the government launched its first shale extraction – or “fracking” – operation at the end of December. The locals fear the environmental consequences of this controversial form of shale gas extraction and denounce the government’s failure to engage residents in any dialogue. Read more...

Contributors

Cockroaches and blood on the floor: the worrying state of Algerian hospitals


When Kamel Mensari began going regularly to the Pierre and Marie Curie Centre (CPMC) in Algiers to visit a cousin with cancer, he was shocked by the hospital’s unsanitary conditions. Though it is one of the biggest cancer treatment centres in Algeria, Mensari reported that its walls are crumbling and that he saw blood on the floor of the toilets. Read more...

'Way way': Algeria’s subversive new dance


“Way way”, also known as “Ey ey ey”, is a new street dance that has become very popular among Algeria’s youth in the past few months. These choreographies, danced to Raï music, are tinged with caustic humour that isn’t to the taste of many adults. Read more...
Contributors

Behind the scenes with Algeria’s first LGBT magazine


In Algeria, a country where homosexuality is criminalised, a group of young activists took the risk of launching a magazine that talks about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) issues in North Africa. Read more...
Contributors

Algerian cartoonist faces prison for a drawing never published

 
Djamel Ghanem, a cartoonist for “La Voix de l’Oranie, a daily newspaper in the Oran region of Agleria, is being prosecuted for a drawing featuring President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He risks spending 18 months in prison, though his cartoon was never published or otherwise made public. Read more...
Contributors

Southern Algeria riots: Did the police pick sides?

 
Over the past week, young Arab clashed with members of the Berber community known as Mozabites in several neighbourhoods in Ghardaïa, a city 600 kilometres south of Algiers. This conflict was stoked by videos posted online showing youths carrying out attacks as police forces look on. Read more...
Contributors

Video: Illegal dumping spoils Algerian tourist site

 
This video, shot in the province of Béjaïa, shows sanitation workers emptying dumpsters in the Kherrata gorges, one of northern Algeria’s most beautiful tourist sites. According to our Observer, this has been going on for several years now. Read more...
Contributors

Rug festival turns violent in crisis-stricken southern Algeria

 
Every year, the residents of Ghardaïa, in southern Algeria, hold a rug celebration to promote their local craftwork. This year, however, it’s become very controversial. On Tuesday, human rights activists and unemployed individuals picketed the celebration’s opening parade, judging it to be too expensive given the city’s dire economic situation. The police violently dispersed the protest. Read more...
Contributors

Exclusive: Algerian oil worker recounts escaping from terrorists

 
Since the start of the hostage situation at the In Amenas gas complex on January 16, very little information has filtered out of the remote site, located in the Algerian desert. Thanks to our Observers, however, we managed to get in contact with Brahim, a BP employee who was stuck on the site until Thursday afternoon. He managed to flee with about 50 of his Algerian colleagues and three foreigners. Read more...
Contributors
Close