Tag Archives: Algeria

The Battle of Algiers: an iconic film whose message of hope still resonates today

Yacef Saadi (R), military leader of the FLN National Liberation Front networks of the autonomous zone of Algiers, poses after being captured at the end of the “Battle of Algiers”. Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images Maria Flood, University of Liverpool Saadi Yacef, the Algerian revolutionary leader who fought for his country’s liberation from French colonial rule, died on 10 …

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How African Union members came to share power despite themselves

The establishment of the African Union shows how social context is important in international organisations. Getty Images John J. Hogan, University of Groningen The African Union (AU) held its first summit in 2002, establishing itself as a new international organisation. It also launched a new vision for African security cooperation. Nearly two decades later, it is worth reflecting on the …

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Why, after one year, protests continue to rock Algeria

Algerian protesters wave the national flag during a demonstration in the capital Algiers. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty Images

Algerian protesters wave the national flag during a demonstration in the capital Algiers. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty Images Yahia H. Zoubir, Kedge Business School There have been weekly peaceful protests in Algeria for the past year. Early last year protests demanding political transformation, led to the removal by the military of veteran leader, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Elections were held, …

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The poetic power of Idir, the artist who took Algerian music to the world

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Salvatore di Nolfiepa/EFE/EPA Hugo Hadji, SOAS, University of London The death of Algerian icon Idir has brought an important chapter of Algerian music to a close. Through his brilliant career, Idir modernised and promoted the richness of Kabyle melodies and poetry, popularised North African culture, and advocated for unity and tolerance both in Algeria and in France. Looking at Idir’s …

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Idir: how a song from the village took Algerian music to the world

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David Wolff-Patrick/WireImage/Getty Images Jane E. Goodman, Indiana University In the 1990s I had the good fortune to meet with the late Algerian singing star Idir (Hamid Cheriet 1949-2020). We chatted for several hours in a café outside the Berber Cultural Association in Paris. I was doing research on what by then was called New Kabyle Song (la nouvelle chanson Kabyle). …

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