Algeria

Algerians bare their legs to support girl snubbed for short skirt


First there was the scandal of the skirt that was ‘too long’ for France. Now there’s a skirt that’s ‘too short’ for Algeria. On May 9, an Algerian law student was refused entry to an exam because her skirt stopped above the knees. But social media users have rallied behind her, posting photos of their bare legs as a sign of resistance. Read more...
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Algerian women take to streets to bring back traditional veil


Women across Algeria are organising events to defend an iconic garment worn by their ancestors but now almost completely forgotten. Some of them prefer this traditional veil, the haik, to the hijab that they view as imported from the Middle East. Read more...
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New life breathed into Algeria's French colonial heritage


Algeria's thorny relationship with its French colonial heritage is starting to change. In Oran, residents have founded a non-profit organisation to renovate a former military hospital that they say is part and parcel of the country's history and identity. Half of the hospital has already been renovated. Read more...

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...

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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