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Op-Ed: Do Algerian government crackdowns make fair elections impossible?

To the group of 100 anti-government protestors gathered in the mid-March sun, the sight of police is nothing new. They have taken the name “Barakat,” which means “enough,” and the message is that change is coming.
In the Media by Nicole Weddington

Algeria army hunts Islamists behind deadly attack

Algiers - Algeria's army was hunting on Monday for an armed Islamist group linked to an attack in the rugged Kabylie region in which 11 soldiers were killed, a security official said.
In the Media by AFP

Gunmen kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

Algiers - Gunmen killed 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush overnight, the defence ministry said on Sunday, in the first attack of its kind since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term.
In the Media by AFP

Algeria's Bouteflika wins 4th term, rival rejects result

Algiers - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud.
In the Media by Amer Ouali (AFP)

Algeria's ailing president Bouteflika votes in wheelchair

Algiers - Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, running for re-election on Thursday, cast his ballot from a wheelchair at a polling station in Algiers.
In the Media by AFP

Algeria presidential campaign winds up with recriminations

Algiers - Final campaign rallies have been held for Algeria's presidential election after the incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his only real rival Ali Benflis waged a war of words.
In the Media by Amer Ouali (AFP)

Reign of Algeria's Bouteflika marred by graft scandals

Algiers - Corruption, a recurring scourge for Algeria, has risen to the forefront of public life during President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's rule, fuelled by soaring oil prices and an the explosion in imports.
In the Media by Abdellah Cheballah (AFP)

Op-Ed: Is the Algerian Government trying to shut out the opposition?

In 2008, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika passed a constitutional amendment that removed presidential term limits. This allowed Bouteflika to seek a third term as president, a move that has drawn sharp criticism from even those within the regime.
In the Media by Nicole Weddington

Kerry throws down gauntlet to Israelis, Palestinians

Algiers - US Secretary of State John Kerry threw down a challenge to recalcitrant Israeli and Palestinian leaders Thursday, saying now was the time when they had to choose whether to make peace.
In the Media by AFP

Algeria's Bouteflika offers 'democracy' if re-elected

Algiers - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's campaign chief promised on Sunday that constitutional changes would create a "broad democracy" if the ailing incumbent wins re-election next month.Former prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal gave scant details of t...
In the Media by AFP

Campaign kicks off in Algeria's contested presidential vote

Algiers - Campaigning for Algeria's April 17 presidential election begins Sunday as criticism mounts of a bid by incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika to clinch a fourth term despite concerns over his health.
In the Media by Abdellah Cheballah (AFP)

Bouteflika supporters, opponents rally in Algeria

Algiers - Supporters and opponents of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to seek a fourth term in April elections staged rival demonstrations in the capital Algiers on Saturday.The 77-year-old's decision to seek re-election had been expected desp...
In the Media by AFP

Ten candidates sign up for Algeria president vote

Algiers - Ten candidates have registered to run in Algeria's April 17 presidential election, public radio said Wednesday, with 77-year-old incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely expected to win a fourth term.
In the Media by AFP

Algeria's ailing Bouteflika to seek reelection

Algiers - Ailing 76-year-old Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will seek reelection to a fourth term in April, his office said in comments carried by national television Saturday.Bouteflika, who has been in power for 15 years, suffered a mini-stroke last y...
In the Media by AFP

Fallout from France's 1960 atomic bomb tests hit southern Europe

Way back on February 13, 1960, France tested its first atomic bomb, "Gerboise Bleue" (Blue Jerboa). Declassified documents released recently show that radiation from the test in the Algerian Sahara desert reached much further than they said at the time.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

Lone survivor found as Algeria plane crash kills 77

Oum El Bouaghi - A military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in Algeria's mountainous northeast, leaving just one survivor in one of the country's deadliest air disasters, the defence ministry said.President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced three days of national mour...
In the Media by Amal Belalloufi (AFP)

Algerian army plane crash leaves 103 dead

Algiers - An Algerian military aircraft crashed in the east of the country on Tuesday killing all 103 people on board, an Algerian security source said.The C-130 Hercules aircraft, which was flying to the eastern city of Constantine crashed "in poor weather cond...
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Hiroo Onoda — The last Samurai

Tokyo - The Second World War was and will remain one of the darkest periods of our history, but it produced some astounding heroes; one of the last of whom died yesterday.
In the Media by Alexander Baron

Op-Ed: Assessing the World Cup 2014 Draw

The World Cup draw earlier turned up some shockers, with some of the best teams in the world pitted against each other so early in the tournament.
In the Media by Daryl Hammond - 1 comment

World Cup 2014 group stage draw

The draw for the group stages of the World Cup have churned out a number of tricky groups with several top teams set to face off in the group stages of the competition.
In the Media by Daryl Hammond - 2 comments
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