When things change but remain the same

ALGIERS – To be in North Africa, especially Algeria on its 50th anniversary of independence from France, is to have an opportunity to see how Frantz Fanon’s “wretched of the earth” have done on their own.

For those who may not know Fanon, he hailed from the French-administered island of Martinique in the Caribbean. He was born in 1925, trained in France as a psychiatrist, and joined the FLN (National Liberation Front) while working in Algeria when the anti-colonial struggle broke out there in 1954.