The Mali Blowback: More to Come?

The Mali Blowback: More to Come?

The French-led military offensive in its former colony of Mali has pushed back radical Islamists and allied militias from some of the country’s northern cities, freeing the local population from repressive Taliban-style totalitarian rule. The United States has...
Elections and Instability in Algeria

Elections and Instability in Algeria

Algeria’s instability claimed another self-immolation victim, Rechak Hamza, on April 29. Hamza set himself on fire in Jijel, in eastern Algeria, suffering third-degree burns. He was airlifted to a hospital in Constantine before succumbing to his injuries. His...
Powder in the Eyes in Algeria

Powder in the Eyes in Algeria

The endgame unfolding in Libya is having profound effects throughout North Africa and the Middle East. The revolution still rages on as Gaddafi’s relatives pour into Algeria, where the implications of the last battle in Sirte have profoundly impacted the...
U.S.-Algeria Counterterrorism Partnership a Marriage of Convenience

U.S.-Algeria Counterterrorism Partnership a Marriage of Convenience

Daniel Benjamin in Algiers At about the time that the United States, the European Union and NATO were putting the final touches on their not-so ‘humanitarian’ interventionalism in Libya, U.S. Middle East policy was developing along quite different lines in...
Gaddafi’s Ace In The Hole? Algeria (Part 2)

Gaddafi’s Ace In The Hole? Algeria (Part 2)

Cross-posted from Counterpunch. Algeria, Part 1: Where the Demonstrators Wave Black Flags At this moment when it appears that Muammar Gaddafi’s days in power are numbered, the Libyan leader has made it clear repeatedly that he will stay and fight. So far he has....
Is Algeria Next?

Is Algeria Next?

Protesters in Martyr’s Square chanted “yesterday Egypt, today Algeria” during demonstrations in the Algerian capital Algiers on February 12. The Algerian government’s response to the protesters was reminiscent of Egypt’s ex-President...
Where the Demonstrators Wave Black Flags: Algeria, Part 1

Where the Demonstrators Wave Black Flags: Algeria, Part 1

(Pictured: Missing from the Algerian civil war.) While they showed the same kind of courage as those who brought down Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt, the demonstrators on the streets of Algiers on Saturday, February 12 really never had much of a chance. The...

Arab Democracy Now!

The campaign against dictatorship in the Arab world has brought together some strange bedfellows. The Bush administration’s neoconservatives darkly dreamed of democracy promotion in the Middle East before the Iraq and Afghanistan quagmires became the stuff of...

The Future of Western Sahara

Morocco’s ongoing refusal to allow for the long-planned UN-sponsored referendum on the fate of Western Sahara to move forward, combined with a growing nonviolent resistance campaign in the occupied territory against Moroccan occupation authorities, has led...

The Collapse of the Second Front

It started in 2002 with a few hesitant probes that were low on intelligence, high on imagination, and short a couple of helicopters reportedly lost in the desert wastelands of northern Mali. Then, in 2003, the U.S. launch of a second front in its “war on...