Category Archives: Algeria

Algeria Islamists cause upset with “faceless” election posters

Two Islamist opposition parties in Algeria have posted faceless portraits of female candidates for May’s legislative election, upsetting state authorities which have ordered them to show the faces or be barred from the ballot.

The dispute reflects fear among many Algerians of any revival of political Islam in a country that balances religious conservatism with searing memories of its 1990s war against armed Islamist groups that killed 200,000 people.

The ultra-conservative Salafi strain of Islam, with its roots in Saudi Arabia, preaches religious purity and argues that their faith bans the faces of women being portrayed in public.

Election monitoring officials told Islamist opposition parties on Tuesday they had 48 hours to display the female candidates’ visages on campaign posters or their lists would be disqualified from the May 4 ballot.

Police blow up suicide bomber in Algeria

A policeman managed to foil an attempted suicide attack in eastern Algeria on Sunday, opening fire on the bomber and triggering the explosives belt he was wearing, officials said.

The national police force said the attacker had been approaching a police station in the city of Constantine when he was shot by the officer.

“An officer who was in front of the police headquarters, underneath a building that is home to a dozen families, responded energetically and heroically after several warnings, targeting with precision the explosive belt worn by a terrorist,” police said in a statement cited by APS news agency.

Fundamentalists gain ground in Algeria as war memory fades

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Mosques are going up, women are covering up, and shops selling alcoholic beverages are shutting down in a changing Algeria where, slowly but surely, Muslim fundamentalists are gaining ground.

The North African country won its civil war with extremists who brought Algeria to its knees in the name of Islam during the 1990s. Yet authorities show little overt concern about the growing grip of Salafis, who apply a strict brand of the Muslim faith.

Algerians favoring the trend see it as a benediction, while critics worry that the rise of Salafism, a form of Islam that interprets the Quran literally, may seep deeper into social mores and diminish the chances for a modern Algeria that values freedom of choice.

Algeria: Christian sentenced to five years in jail for “blaspheming” Islamic death cult

A Christian man charged with blasphemy has been sentenced to prison for five years after posting online about Jesus.

The man, who has not been identified, was arrested on July 31 and accused of blasphemy against Islam.

According to Middle East Concern, he had posted on social media “about the light of Jesus overcoming the lie of Islam and its Prophet”.

Despite not having a lawyer, the man was interrogated by a prosecutor on the day of his arrest and was given a hearing on Sunday, 7 August.

Judges rule UK can’t deport 6 Muslim terrorists back to Algeria

Six Algerian terror suspects with links to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda are to be allowed to stay in Britain after the Home Secretary admitted defeat in a ten-year legal battle to deport them.

The move follows a challenge under the Human Rights Act which found that the men were at risk of torture if they were deported to Algeria.

Black in Algeria? Then You’d Better Be Muslim

ORAN, Algeria — For a few years now, families of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have been gathering at major street crossings in the large cities of northern Algeria. They come to beg for alms, wearing grotesque outfits: oversize veils for the women, even little girls; cotton djellabas for the men; prayer beads ostentatiously displayed. They say “Allah” too readily and misquote verses from the Koran.

Many black migrants, including those who are not Muslim, are deploying symbols of Islam to appeal to Algerians’ sense of charity. Why? Because poverty helps decode culture better than reflection does, and migrants, lacking shelter and food, are quick to realize that in Algeria there often is no empathy between human beings, only empathy between people of the same religion.

Another example: In October a Cameroonian woman was gang-raped in Oran by a group of men that threatened her with a dog. When she tried to file a complaint with the authorities, she was rejected on two main grounds: She had no papers, and she wasn’t a Muslim.

Shocking Video! Migrants Attacked… In Algeria

Police watch as locals attack migrants in Algeria

Dozens of migrants were injured last Friday when they were attacked by locals in the town of Béchar, some 1,000 kilometres south of the Algerian capital, Algiers. Our Observer says that despite the presence of police officers, it was several hours before they did anything to stop the violence.

Towards midday on Friday, March 25, dozens of people from Béchar began throwing rocks at an abandoned shopping centre where a group of migrants were living. The violence kicked off after a local resident accused one of the migrants of trying to rape a little girl. But no crime was ever reported to police officers, and according to a local journalist covering the story, no one has pressed charges for attempted rape in any of the town’s police stations.

Posted by Vidal Ekwe on Friday, March 25, 2016

Beauty and pain of Algeria’s tattooed old ladies: Women were forced to have their FACES inked as children ‘to look pretty’ – but are now wracked with guilt after being told markings are a crime against Islam

Among the Chaouia people of the Aures mountains, a woman’s beauty used to be judged by her tattoos.

The women are now old, their wrinkles and fading tattoos telling of a lifetime of experience, but they talk as if they’re still 20 inside.

‘It was the rule, it was fashionable too,’ said Fatma Tarnouni, 106. ‘To be beautiful, you had to be tattooed, so I did it.’

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Terror suspect UK wants deported to Algeria asks Muslim clerics for permission to kill himself, court told

A terror suspect fighting deportation by the Home Secretary has asked Muslim clerics to issue a fatwa giving him permission to commit suicide to avoid being returned to his native Algeria where he fears torture, a court has heard.

The man, known only as Y for legal reasons, has told legal and medical experts that he is terrified of the Algerian security services, the DRS, and that he has already made three attempts on his own life since first being arrested by UK authorities in 2003.

He is one of six Algerians who appeared at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission last week in the latest stage of their fight against deportation from Britain on the grounds they are a threat to national security. The legal battle has now lasted 10 years for some of the men.


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Ghardaia clashes: At least 22 dead in Algerian oasis city as Arabs & Berbers Clash

At least 22 people have died in clashes between Arab and Berber communities around the Algerian oasis city of Ghardaia, the state news agency says.

The city has seen clashes for the last two years, with rivalry among communities for jobs, housing and land.

But the two days of clashes in Ghardaia and two nearby cities – Guerrara and Berianne – are the most violent yet.

U.S. Airstrikes Target Al-Qaida Operative Linked to Gas Plant Attack

The U.S military launched airstrikes Saturday targeting and likely killing an al-Qaida leader in eastern Libya who has been charged with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed at least 35 hostages, including three Americans.

The Libyan government said warplanes targeted and killed Mokhtar BelMokhtar and several others in the eastern city of Ajdabiya. A U.S. official said two F-15 fighter jets launched multiple 500-pound bombs in the attack. The official was not authorized to discuss the details of the attack publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Algerians bare their legs to support girl snubbed for short skirt

First there was the scandal of the skirt that was ‘too long’ for France. Now there’s a skirt that’s ‘too short’ for Algeria. On May 9, an Algerian law student was refused entry to an exam because her skirt stopped above the knees. But social media users have rallied behind her, posting photos of their bare legs as a sign of resistance.

The decision taken by a supervisor to prevent the student from entering meant she was unable to sit an exam at Algiers’ faculty of law. According to the website TSA Algerie, the university’s vice-chancellor supported the supervisor’s decision on the grounds that internal codes of conduct required students to “dress decently”. He added that it was little more than a trivial incident.

In response, web users showed off their legs. Whether male or female, showing skin or wearing jeans, they all uploaded photos to a Facebook page entitled ‘My dignity isn’t in the length of my skirt’.

Oh why not…