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    Default Overview

    A good overview of Algeria, both the wider context and the byzantine details of those in power or seeking power within:http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/a...cession-crisis

    Interesting to note protests against fracking as locals feared water depletion.
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    Default Algeria's Islamist Revival

    An unusual article on Algerian politics and society via Carnegie:http://carnegie-mec.org/2015/06/26/s...-is-clear/ib67

    It ends with:
    Twenty-three years after the bloodiest chapter in contemporary Algeria, with 150,000 dead and 7,000 missing, victims of a war between the state and armed Islamist groups during which a whole society was held hostage, things do not appear to be very optimistic: here we are again in the same place caught between a patriarchal state and an Islamist revival.
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    Default Deciphering Algeria: the stirrings of reform?

    A rare report on Algeria in English, by Andrew Lebovich and a key point:
    It challenges the widely held perception of Algeria as stable but stagnant, pointing out that the country has gradually begun to open up.
    Link:http://www.ecfr.eu/publications/summ..._of_reform5047

    One must wonder if all the calculations remain valid as the price of oil drops.
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    A good, broad brush article on Algeria, entitled:
    A Dangerous Combinatio; In Algeria, a restive population and a failing strongman.
    Link:http://www.weeklystandard.com/a-dang...rticle/2000700
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    Default Algeria’s transition to uncertainty

    A political-economic overview of Algeria, with some social aspects too and the sub-title:
    Algeria is facing succession scrambles and economic crisis. Why are the country’s leaders handing the country over to the IMF rather than use its political and economic talent?
    Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-a...to-uncertainty
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    Default Jihadist "crimes that surpass all understanding": a letter from 1995 Algeria

    It is rare to find an Algerian writing about what happened in Algeria IMHO. This 1995 letter addressed to the jihadists resonates today. The introduction:
    In this letter written during Algeria’s “dark decade” of fundamentalist violence - sadly relevant today - Mahfoud Bennoune argued that movements purveying “Islamic states” through terror are ultimately “doomed to failure.”

    (At the end and we wish)Your movement, which has mistaken the era, the people and the target, is the negation of reason and democracy, of common sense and of Islamic, humanist and universal values. This is the reason why it can never be the bearer of peace, progress, prosperity, culture, civilization or of understanding and cooperation between peoples. Your movement is doomed to failure.
    Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/mahfoud-bennoune/jihadist-crimes-that-surpass-all-understanding-letter-from-1995-algeria?
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    Default Nothing but doom

    A rather pessimistic commentary on Algeria's future after the long and still awaited death of its strongman ruler:http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/12/h...estroy-the-eu/
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    A rather pessimistic commentary on Algeria's future after the long and still awaited death of its strongman ruler:http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/12/h...estroy-the-eu/
    So no efforts on a succession plan? The Algerian security establishment is unable to survive his death as Egypt's did Mubarak's fall?

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    Default Will the Next Arab Revolt Be in Algeria?

    From the think tank FDD a short update; sub-titled:
    Religion, economics, and demographics are potentially explosive mix
    It ends with:
    Dire warnings have been issued about a pending implosion in Algeria and a flood of migrants to Europe. At least one prominent Algerian expert views this prediction as off the mark. Nonetheless, the dangerous mix of radical Islamism, economic instability, and growing youth unrest could be the recipe for a new Arab revolt in North Africa.
    Link:https://medium.com/@FDD/will-the-nex...7b4#.ko816okax
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    Default Moderator at work

    There are several posts here on the AQIM attack on Amenas gas plant, but others are in other threads - notably on Mali - so search for Amenas and ye shall learn.
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    Meanwhile, elsewhere in the neighborhood -
    At least 100 people were killed when a military plane crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria on Wednesday, officials said. The cause of the crash was unclear, and an investigation has been opened, according to a Defense Ministry statement.
    https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world...ob-fb-enin-396
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