Algeria

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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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...
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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...
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Water shortages in northern Algeria: “Washing and cooking have become luxuries”

 
The mountainous district of Bouzeguène, situated in northern Algeria’s Kabylie region, has been suffering from recurring water shortages, much to the anger of local residents. Our Observer points the finger at an obsolete pipe system and poor management by the state company in charge of water distribution. Read more...
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Video shows fraud during Algerian local elections

 
This video, filmed in a voting booth in Algeria, shows people repeatedly stamping their fingerprints on a register. It is visual proof of the voting violations that marred Thursday’s local elections. Read more...
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'I have three grown sons who are all unemployed and live at home'

 
The FRANCE 24 Observers Team has launched a new series of articles, “Our Observers balance their books”, which takes a look at how people from all over the world budget their monthly income and how their finances affect daily life. In our first feature, we meet Kamel Kaci, a retired French teacher in Algeria. Read more…
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