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  • Terror risk 'high' in Mauritania, 'extreme' in Algeria

    09/09/2011 5:03:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Magharebia ^ | Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | Jemal Oumar
    Mauritania is at "high risk" of terrorist attacks, according to a recently published report from a British risk consultancy. The 2011 Terrorism Risk Index, published August 3rd by Maplecroft, placed Mauritania in the second highest category, grouped together with Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, among others. According to the study, the countries are "less risky but still dangerous". Mauritania was deemed only at "medium risk" of terror attacks in last year's survey. Maplecroft categorised countries according to their vulnerability to terrorist attacks. They examined the extent of terrorism's penetration in terms of planning, threats, fatalities and bombings across 197...
  • Algeria prepares to liberalise broadcast market

    09/09/2011 5:00:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    RapidTVNews ^ | Thursday, September 8, 2011 | Rebecca Hawkes
    Algeria's audiovisual sector is to be opened to private broadcasters with the introduction of a new liberalisation bill to parliament, according to the North African country's Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia. "For the first time, we will have legislation dealing with the opening of broadcast media," Mr Ouyahia is quoted by AFP as telling reporters at the senate's inaugural session on Sunday (4th September). He added "there are no freedom restrictions" in Algeria's draft Information Bill, currently before Parliament. Algeria's public TV network is the state controlled Enterprise Nationale de Television (ENTV). Although liberalisation of the sector has long been called...
  • Algerian government still refuses to recognize 25 protestant churches

    09/09/2011 4:56:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Open Doors with Brother Andrew ^ | Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | unattributed
    In July, it seemed there might be hope for believers in Algeria when the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA) finally gained recognition by the government after years of struggling to obtain it. It quickly became clear, however, that this freedom only extended so far. The government has threatened many times in the past to shut down EPA churches which are not registered -- try as they might to become so -- with the government. When the EPA gained recognition in July, that could've come to an end. But the government chose to withhold recognition from 25 individual EPA churches and...
  • Algeria, revolutionary in name only

    09/09/2011 4:43:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | John P. Entelis
    This "stand pat" perspective exists in the context of fundamental challenges currently confronting the Algerian political system along three different but related axes. The first challenge is an intra-elite struggle for power between the governing class and the all-powerful intelligence services. Secondly, the battle for economic supremacy between resource nationalists and economic reformers has led to a political standstill. This conflict revolves around control over the "goose that lays the golden eggs" -- Sonatrach, the country's gargantuan national oil and gas company. Finally, intergenerational divisions plague state-society relations. Discontented, disillusioned, and desperate youth -- often over-educated but under-employed -- have...
  • Ex-minister demands Algeria hand over pro-Gadhafi suspects

    09/09/2011 2:51:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | September 03, 2011 | unattributed
    Algeria must hand over to Libya's new authorities anyone close to ousted ruler Moammar Gadhafi whose involvement in crimes is proven, Libyan former Foreign Minister and defector Abdel Rahman Shalgam said Friday. "Personally, I understand Algeria's decision" to take in some members of Gadhafi's family, which has been criticized by Libya's National Transitional Council, Shalgam told the daily Echorouk. "But if any of those people are staying in Algeria when they have committed crimes or are guilty of embezzlement, Algeria should turn them over" to the NTC, Shalgam said... Algeria Tuesday gave refuge to three of Gadhafi's children -- Aisha,...
  • Gaddafi wife and three children in Algeria: report (Another reported dead ... again)

    08/29/2011 11:10:28 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2011
    No excerpt since it is only two sentences. Paraphrase: Wife, daughter Aisha, Hannibal and Mohammed in Algeria confirmed by Algerian government. Related: An official says Col Gaddafi's wife and three of his children are in Algeria, AFP reports. by gary.mitchell2 8/29/2011 4:51:50 PM 12:51 PM Sky News Live updates.Also:SkyNewsBreak Sky News Newsdesk Sky Sources: Rebel commanders claim Khamis Gaddafi has been killed 42 minutes ago
  • Gaddafi may have escaped Libya into Algeria early Saturday

    08/26/2011 9:22:27 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies
    Al Jazeera Blog ^ | Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 02:50 GMT+3
    A convoy of six Mercedes cars have crossed from Libya into Algeria, Egypt's state MENA news agency reported on Saturday, quoting a rebel source. It was impossible to verify the report and it was not immediately clear who might have been in any convoy, but MENA quoted the source as speculating that senior Libyan officials or Muammar Gaddafi himself and his sons may have fled the country. "It is believed that these vehicles were carrying senior Libyan officials, and possibly Gaddafi and his sons," MENA quoted the source as saying. Algerian officials were not immediately reachable for comment.
  • "We Muslims can mass-murder each other - But don't dare defend yourself by eliminating some of us!"

    08/26/2011 12:56:03 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    Where's the so-called "angry Arab street?"When will the hypocritic Arab-Muslim world start giving a 'dime' about its own people. Arab-Muslim on Arab-Muslim crimes against humanity - routine. The "moderate" voice of Islamic-Arabs: "We can kill each other by the thousands!"(Syria, Hamah massacre - 1982, Daraa, Jisr al-Shughour and Hama massacres, mass torture of kids - 2011), Black September [Jordanians vs "Palestinians"] 1970 , Iraqis vs Iraqis since 2003, "Palestinians" VS each other (Hamas/Fatah 2007), "Palestinians" & Hezbollah using civilians (routine), Libyans (2011 massacres), Bahrainians [Shiite Apartheid VS Sunni], Algerians (100,000 dead in the 1970s') Yemen (2011), Tunisia (2011), Egypt (2011),...
  • Suicide bomber attacks Algerian police station

    08/15/2011 2:58:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Kuwait Times ^ | Monday, August 15, 2011 | AP
    A suicide bomber crashed a small truck apparently laden with explosives into a police station in the capital of the Kabylie region east of Algiers early yesterday, injuring at least 29 people. The official APS news agency, citing security officials, said 15 officers and 14 civilians were injured when the vehicle crashed into the main entrance of the Tizi Ouzou police station at 4 am.
  • 12 years for Algerian musician's alleged killers

    07/22/2011 2:50:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Google News ^ | July 18, 2011 | AFP
    ...12-year jail terms to two men convicted of killing popular Algerian singer Lounes Matoub, an avid Berber campaigner... gunned down aged 42 near the Kabylie region's capital Tizi Ouzou... June 25, 1998... their lawyers, along with the singer's family, demanded the "real" perpetrators be identified... the artist's sister Malika Matoub... demanded that Hassan Hattab, a leader of the armed extremist Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, who claimed responsibility for the killing, appear in court instead... Matoub's murder caused an uproar in Algeria and came during a civil war between Islamic extremists and the security forces. Matoub's widow Nadia has...
  • Western Sahara: Weapons from Germany to Be Used by Separatists

    07/22/2011 2:44:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Morocco Board News ^ | July 21, 2011 | unattributed
    Algeria has awarded four German companies the largest contract ($10 billion) for arms and military equipment ever signed by Algeria with a Western country. Algeria has been buying armaments and military equipment almost exclusively from Russia or former Soviet bloc countries. Authorities in Algeria are willing to pay up to get either a recognition or a simple statement of support for their Western Sahara Separatist group, Polisario. During a visit to Berlin last December, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has managed to convince German Chancellor Angela Merkel to make a small gesture to the Polisario, when she said, in a joint...
  • Al Qaeda Attacks Algeria Police, 2 Dead

    07/22/2011 2:39:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 20, 2011 | Chana Ya'ar
    The international Al Qaeda terrorist organization has bombed a police headquarters in a town in Algeria. Two died. Two people are dead -- including one police officer -- following a suicide bombing attack on a police headquarters in the Algerian town of Bordj Menaiel. Several other police officers were seriously wounded, according to the Reuters news agency, which quoted a local source who asked not to be identified. The town is located some 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of the capital, Algiers, in the mountainous Kabylie region. It is an area in which the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb...
  • France tells Libya rebels to seek peace with Gaddafi

    07/10/2011 7:51:25 PM PDT · by chuckee · 57 replies
    A French minister said on Sunday it was time for Libya's rebels to negotiate with Muammar Gaddafi's government, but Washington said it stood firm in its belief that the Libyan leader cannot stay in power. The diverging messages from two leading members of the Western coalition opposing Gaddafi hinted at the strain the alliance is under after more than three months of air strikes that have cost billions of dollars and failed to produce the swift outcome its backers had expected. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet signaled growing impatience with the progress of the conflict when he said the rebels...
  • Libyan rebels warn Algeria: 'Stop backing Kadhafi'

    07/10/2011 4:53:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | Sunday 10 July 2011
    BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya's rebel council issued a blunt warning to neighbouring Algeria on Sunday, insisting that it must "stop supporting Kadhafi," as tensions between the North African countries bubbled to the surface. Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice president of Libya's National Transitional Council, accused Algeria of supporting Moamer Kadhafi militarily in the early days of the near five-month-long war, and that it continued to support him politically. "Our only response to Algeria is: stop supporting Kadhafi and stop helping him terrorise and kill innocent civilians and our loved ones," he said. Algeria has not officially recognised the rebel council, nor...
  • Algerian Al-Qaeda leader killed

    07/06/2011 8:38:29 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 7 replies
    AKI ^ | July 06, 14:26 | staff
    An Al-Qaeda leader of Algerian nationality was among 20 militants killed in southern Mauritania during a clash with military forces.Mauritanian forces on Tuesday reportedly responded to an attack on a military base in Bassiknou on the border with Mali by launching a counter-offensive against forces from The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM the terror network's North African branch. The firefight lasted around 45 minutes and afterward Mauritanian forces chased the militants into Mali. Ten insurgents were captured during the standoff.
  • Russia to build two Tiger corvettes for Algerian navy

    06/30/2011 5:41:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | June 30,2011
    Russia to build two Tiger corvettes for Algerian navy ST. PETERSBURG, June 30 (RIA Novosti) Russia's United Shipbuiding Corporation and state arms exporter Rosoboronexport have signed a deal with Algeria to build two new Tiger class corvettes, the corporation said on Thursday. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the ongoing International Maritime Defense Show, IMDS-2011, in St. Petersburg. The biennial naval show offers exhibits from 300 companies, including 30 foreign ones. "We have signed two agreements together with Rosoboronexport to sell two corvettes to Algeria and three light [Molniya missile] corvettes to a former Soviet republic," said Roman...
  • Rosvertol seeks Algeria Mi-28 export deal

    06/06/2011 10:13:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 06/06/2011
    Rosvertol seeks Algeria Mi-28 export deal Russia's Rosvertol attack helicopter producer said on Monday it is in talks with Algeria over exports of its Mi-28NE for delivery from 2012-2017. "A commercial proposal has already been sent [to Algiers] and discussions will begin this year," Rosvertol General Director Boris Slyusar said. "We hope to sign a contract for delivery in 2012-2017." Rosvertol is the attack helicopter arm of the state-owned Russian Helicopters holding company. If successful, the deal will be the second export sale of the night-capable Mi-28NE, which is currently being introduced to the Russian armed forces. Venezuela ordered 10...
  • Algeria calls for peaceful dialogue in Libya

    06/03/2011 7:02:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Xinhua ^ | Thursday, June 2, 2011 | unattributed
    Algeria on Wednesday called for an inclusive dialogue in Libya with the participation of all Libyan parties to reach a peaceful settlement of the crisis. Speaking at a press conference in the capital Algiers, Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Delegate Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, said his country is in contact with all concerned parties in Libya, and aims to help end the crisis in the neighboring country in a peaceful way. Messahel said Algeria supports the African Union (AU) roadmap for solving the conflict, which calls for political dialogue between different parties in Libya, necessary political reforms, and more effective...
  • Regions and territories: Western Sahara

    05/23/2011 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | unattributed
    A mainly desert territory in north-west Africa, Western Sahara is the subject of a decades-long dispute between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front. The territory is phosphate-rich and believed to have offshore oil deposits. Most of it has been under Moroccan control since 1976. Western Sahara fell under Spanish rule in 1884, becoming a Spanish province in 1934. Nationalism emerged in the 1960s, as nomadic Saharans, or Saharawis, settled in the region. Polisario was set up on 10 May 1973 and established itself as the sole representative of the Saharan people. Some 100,000 refugees still live in Polisario's camps in...
  • Algeria: Islamic Terrorists Can't Find Any Love, And That Makes Them Mad

    05/23/2011 8:21:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    StrategyWorld.com ^ | Monday, May 23, 2011 | unattributed
    The demonstrations have diminished greatly over the last two weeks, but the anger remains. The government promises real reforms (which would result in a new government if there were a fair elections), but many Algerians are dubious. The government has mustered its loyal followers and has made life difficult for the opposition (most of the population.) But the opposition is still there and the people are still angry. This is a pause, not a halt, to the pro-reform demonstrations and political activity. Al Qaeda terrorists continue to be more active, but their attacks appear to be spontaneous, not carefully planned...
  • Algeria to host summit on Sahara Islamist militancy

    05/23/2011 8:03:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 20, 2011 | unattributed
    Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is believed to be behind a string of attacks and abductions. Algeria is to host an international summit to discuss ways of tackling crime and Islamist militancy in the Sahara desert region. The moves comes after ministers from Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Algeria met in the Malian capital Bamako... The al-Qaeda branch has been blamed for several high profile kidnappings and attacks in the region in recent years. Al-Qaeda in the Islamist Maghreb is most active in Algeria, but loose border controls and disagreements between the countries mean it has spread right across the Sahara...
  • Two Men To Be Arraigned In Plot To Blow Up [NY] City Synagogue

    05/12/2011 3:00:43 PM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 24 replies
    Two men from East Elmhurst, Queens have been arrested and charged with plotting to blow up a Manhattan synagogue. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was joined by top city law enforcement officials at City Hall earlier today in announcing the arrests of Ahmed Ferhani, 26, and Mohamed Mamdouh, 20. Ferhani, who is from Algeria, and Mamdouh, was is from Morocco, are both charged with engaging in terrorism, weapons possession and hate crimes. An arraignment is expected later today. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the men told undercover officers that they hated Jews and wanted to kill them. He also says they had...
  • Islamophobes Of The World Unite – You Have Nothing To Save But Your Heads!

    05/17/2011 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    GrasstopsUSA.com ^ | May 17, 2011 | Don Feder
    We Islamaphobes are truly a loathsome lot – sowing dissention and hatred wherever we go. But Peter Burr, M.D., recently elected chair of the Williamson County, TN. Democratic Party, is on our case. Last week, Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament and a trenchant critic of Islam, spoke at two events in Nashville. In a commentary in the Tennessean (“Outside Agitators Should Not Define American Values”) Burr excoriated Wilders in language Democrats usually reserve for the Tea Parties and the Boy Scouts of America. Anyway, I thought “outside agitators” became passé with Spiro Agnew’s departure from the national...
  • Two Men Arrested Over Alleged Synagogue Plot in New York

    05/12/2011 9:31:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/12/11 | Associated Press
    Two Americans have been arrested by New York City police for allegedly plotting to attack a synagogue in the New York area, Fox News has learned. One source described the case as the latest example of “homegrown” radicalization. The two men were identified as Mohammad Mamdouh, of Moroccan descent, and Ahmed Serhani, of Algerian descent. Serhani allegedly made a general statement about wanting to attack a synagogue –- though no specific synagogue was mentioned, according to initial information obtained by Fox News. With a history of drug dealing, Serhani was hoping to make enough money to purchase weapons and possibly...
  • Regional armies on alert as Libya crisis deepens [Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Algeria]

    04/30/2011 4:21:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Google News ^ | Saturday, April 30, 2011 | AFP
    Army chiefs from Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Algeria are on alert as the crisis in nearby Libya deteriorates, placing the entire region at risk, a military source said on Saturday. Speaking after a meeting Friday between the four army heads, a Malian officer who attended said: "The situation in Libya is of great concern. There is a risk of destabilising the entire region." The meeting was to reinforce the fight against insecurity in a region threatened by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). "Moreover, because of the Libyan crisis, the security situation in the Sahel has deteriorated, so it is...
  • During Foundation of New Algerian Party, Abu Amad Amer Calls Arabs to March and Liberate Jerusalem

    04/30/2011 12:37:13 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 11 replies · 1+ views
    MEMRI TV ^ | April 2011 | Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar)
    Following are excerpts from a public address delivered by Algerian researcher Abu Ahmad 'Amer , which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on April 5, 2011: Abu Ahmad 'Amer: First, after what has happened in Egypt, and after its liberation from the great Pharaoh, and the downfall of some of his lackey priests, I would like to ask: Who wants to go to Gaza? Who wants to go to Jerusalem? Oh young men and women of the National Front for Change: The borders are now open. Who wants to play an active role in the liberation of Palestine? The winds of change...
  • Algeria's Minority Group Demands Autonomy, Sparking Stability Concerns of Another Arab Ally

    04/19/2011 3:34:22 PM PDT · by Qbert · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2011 | Ben Evansky
    The Obama administration could face potential political upheaval with yet another ally in the Arab world, this time in Algeria. Documents given to members of Congress and obtained by Fox News show that Algeria's largest minority group, the Kabyles, who number up to 10 million, will demand on Wednesday that their government hold a referendum on autonomy. This will be followed by planned demonstrations, which some analysts fear could lead to a brutal conflict and possible uprising -- if the U.S. doesn't act to bring the sides together and work on a mutually acceptable agreement. What makes this dilemma particularly...
  • Trumped Up

    04/01/2011 5:32:07 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2011 | Jennifer Harper
    It’s billed as a “Birther Conference.” Republican presidential hopeful Andy Martin will convene the “Third National Conference on President Barack Obama’s Missing Birth Certificate and College Records” this weekend at the Capital Hilton, just blocks from the White House. Naturally, Mr. Martin has asked Donald Trump — some call him a “birther,” some a “proofer” — to speak at the conference, which begins Friday.
  • Cannes Film Festival grand-prize winner had 'monastic adviser' on set

    02/27/2011 6:43:26 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cns ^ | February 26, 2011 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "Of Gods and Men," the Cannes Film Festival grand prize-winning feature now debuting across the country, had a "monastic adviser" on the set to help faithfully depict the lives of the French monks whose story is at the heart of the movie. Henry Quinson, who lived for six years at a Cistercian monastery in France, knew two of the monks portrayed in the film. The subject matter is not typical for a movie: the lives of seven Trappist monks in turmoil-ridden Algeria in the mid-1990s. All seven were kidnapped in 1996 and ultimately beheaded. "It's very...
  • Algeria's 19-year emergency lifted

    02/23/2011 8:07:35 PM PST · by americanophile · 5 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 23, 2011 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from wire reports
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- In a major concession to Algeria's opposition groups, the government on Tuesday adopted a measure that would lift a 19-year state of emergency that has constrained civil liberties and human rights in the North African oil exporter. A draft law approved by the Cabinet would repeal the emergency law as soon as it is published in the government's official journal, the official Algerie Presse Service reported. An opposition leader last week said he had been assured that the state of emergency would be lifted by the end of February. The emergency measures, long lambasted by...
  • Islamofascism, the Internet, and the liberty contagion‎

    02/22/2011 6:51:09 PM PST · by Righting · 2 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Feb. 20, 2011 | Ross Mackenzie
    Islamofascism, the Internet, and the liberty contagion‎ Richmond Times Dispatch [...] Islamofascism is our century's Soviet communism. It seeks worldwide rule (a global caliphate) achieved and sustained through terror. In Iran, during the Carter administration, the shah fell. Freedom was thick in the air. Then Khomeini took over. Today freedom lies crushed, al-Qaida and the Taliban have sprouted, and Iran has satellized first Gaza (through Hamas) and now Lebanon (through Hezbollah). Syria remains in Iran's orbit, and Turkey nudges seemingly ever closer. Now in Egypt, during an Obama administration boasting a foreign policy no less befuddled, ideological, and incompetent than...
  • Serbia Asks Lawmakers to Approve Algeria Arms Export Guarantees

    02/21/2011 5:54:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Bloomberg | Monday, February 21, 2011 | Gordana Filipovic
    Serbia Asks Lawmakers to Approve Algeria Arms Export Guarantees
  • Soros team wants al-Qaida in government- Told Algerian officials those supporting Islamic

    02/16/2011 4:38:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    wnd ^ | 2/16/11 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – An international "crisis management" group led by billionaire George Soros long has petitioned for the Algerian government to cease "excessive" military activities against al-Qaida-linked groups and to allow organizations seeking to create an Islamic state to participate in the Algerian government. The organization, the International Crisis Group, also is tied strongly to the Egyptian opposition movement whose protests led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
  • Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts

    02/12/2011 12:12:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies
    Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations. By Nabila Ramdani 7:25PM GMT 12 Feb 2011 Plastic bullets and tear gas were used to try and disperse large crowds in major cities and towns, with 30,000 riot police taking to the streets in Algiers alone. There were also reports of journalists being targeted by state-sponsored thugs to stop reports of the disturbances being broadcast to the outside world. But it was the government attack on...
  • Egyptian Democracy or Fanatic Islam taking over the Middle East?

    02/12/2011 11:39:18 AM PST · by Starman417 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-12-11 | Curt
    Victor Davis Hanson reminds us about the last time we saw this kind of "revolutionary" fever...not in Egypt but in Iran: So let us reflect for a moment on the revolutionary era in Iran to remind us that the end of freedom there was not instantaneous, but insidious. Massive demonstrations broke out against the Shah of Iran in January 1978 — similarly characterized by the prominent role of the middle and upper urbanized and Westernized classes. He was forced to flee Iran almost a year later, on January 16, 1979. The Ayatollah Khomeini arrived in Tehran shortly afterward, on...
  • Algerians Rally in Capital, Defying Protest Ban

    02/12/2011 5:57:31 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 35 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2011, 8:39 A.M. ET. | BENOIT FAUCON
    Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the Algerian capital Algiers on Saturday, defying a ban on demonstrations and calling for political reform in the North African country, one of the world's largest oil producers. The protest followed on the heels of Friday's resignation by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Estimates of the size of the crowd, which started filling Algiers' central May 1st Square, also called Concord Square, in the morning, varied. Organizers said as many as 30,000 showed up. Thousands of state security officials and police had fanned out across the capital ahead of the protests, called by a...
  • ‘We Tried to Portray Their Humanity’ [Film about Trappist Monks Murdered in Algeria]

    12/20/2010 3:32:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/20/10 | Anna Arco
    The discovery of the decapitated heads of seven French Trappist monks in Algeria in May 1996 shocked France and provoked a great outpouring of public emotion. Over 10,000 people gathered in Paris’s Place du Trocadéro to show their solidarity with the murdered monks. Earlier that year, in March, the monks had been abducted from the Tibhirine monastery in the Atlas mountains by a group of 20 armed men. For many, their decapitation also marked the climax of Algeria’s civil war between Islamist rebel groups and the Algerian government. The monks’ bodies were never found, which raised questions about who had...
  • Have Bernanke And Ethanol Sunk Egypt? The People Cannot Afford To Buy Bread

    02/01/2011 5:03:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    IDB Editorials ^ | February 1, 2011 | LAWRENCE KUDLOW
    Decades of autocratic government and a lack of free elections are, of course, the main drivers of the political upheaval in Egypt. But did the sinking dollar and skyrocketing food prices trigger the massive unrest now occurring in Egypt — or the greater Arab world for that matter? In addition to Egypt, the people have taken to the streets to varying degrees in Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Yemen. Local food riots have even broken out in rural China and other Asian locales. While the mainstream media focus on the political aspects of this turmoil, they are overlooking the impact...
  • Drudge Report lists other uprisings in Moslem Countries (1/30/2011)

    01/30/2011 6:42:56 AM PST · by spaced · 69 replies
    Check out the Drudge Report. It appears that while our media is focused on Egypt, unrest is breaking out in other Moslem countries. Drudge has articles on three separate countries - Yemen, Albania, and Jordan - where protests are occurring right now.
  • Losing Egypt?

    01/27/2011 5:20:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 36 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 1-27-11 | Stephen Brown
    “An earthquake has shaken the region.” The above headline from an Israeli newspaper describes with unfailing accuracy the pivotal events now taking place in the Middle East. In Egypt, the Arab world’s largest and most populous country of more than 80 million, massive demonstrations involving tens of thousands of people began on Tuesday in what was billed as a “Day of Anger” and are continuing despite a ban by a very rattled government. Smaller protests are likewise occurring in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Algeria. The domino effect so feared by Middle Eastern strongmen after Tunisian protesters chased their president from...
  • Analysis: Israel concerned if Mubarak should fall

    01/27/2011 7:19:32 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    National Post (Canada) ^ | Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 | Acil Tabbara
    DUBAI — From Egypt to Jordan and Algeria to Yemen, Tunisia’s “Jasmine Revolution” has begun to undermine Arab regimes that have for decades maintained their control through fear, analysts say. “The question is who remains,” not which country is next, said Amr Hamzawy, research director at the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut, adding protests could affect most Arab states except for Gulf oil monarchies. ... But the fear of serious strife in Egypt has set alarm bells ringing in Israel. “The Israeli strategic community is praying that this unrest in Egypt will fade away and not escalate into a...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • A Glimpse Behind the Plot Against the American Embassy in Paris

    10/27/2001 5:40:41 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 28 replies · 448+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 10/28/2001 | CHRIS HEDGES
    The chemicals were stored in vats in the basement of an Egyptian restaurant in downtown Brussels. The suicide bomber, a former soccer player who had fallen into drug use and petty crime, had been selected. The target, the American Embassy in Paris, had been scouted. All that remained was the signal from Osama bin Laden's operatives in Afghanistan to strike. The nod was to come from a Frenchman of Algerian origin who was on his way back from training in Afghanistan. But he was arrested in transit, and he talked, spilling to French interrogators details of what could have been ...
  • Algeria receives Kilo-class submarines

    11/08/2010 8:32:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Defence Web, South Africa ^ | 08 November 2010
    Algeria receives Kilo-class submarines Written by defenceWeb, from SAPA Monday, 08 November 2010 12:41 Algeria has reportedly received two Kilo-class (Project 636) diesel-electric submarines from Russia, ordered as part of an arms package signed in mid-2006. The new arrivals take the fleet to four, French media say. The package included 180 T-90 main battle tanks and 28 Sukhoi Su-30MK fighter aircraft. The wikipedia notes the Project 636 “Varshavyanka” class is mainly intended for anti-shipping and anti-submarine operations in relatively shallow waters. GlobalSecurity notes the tear-drop hulled submarine is 72.6m long, 9.9m wide and can dive to 300 meters. The design...
  • Report: Russia hijacked its own ship (Arctic Sea carrying S-300 X-500?)

    09/03/2009 10:59:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 919+ views
    Ynetnews (Israel) ^ | 09/02/09 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    Report: Russia hijacked its own ship Ynet probe reveals Russian intel used secret agents to arrest the Arctic Sea vessel, thought to have been hijacked by Israel, after getting tip it was violating international accord by carrying 'destabilizing' arms to Syria or Iran Ron Ben-Yishai Published: 09.02.09, 19:03 / Israel News A Ynet investigation revealed Wednesday that the hijacking of the Russian vessel 'Arctic Sea' was ordered by the Russian government. News agencies around the world published reports tying Israel to the hijacking, as the vessel was said to have been carrying arms to the Middle East, and possibly Iran....
  • Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo(NK twist)

    08/26/2009 10:35:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 08/26/09 | Tony Halpin
    Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo Tony Halpin in Moscow Russia’s top general hinted today that the ship allegedly hijacked by pirates earlier this month may have been carrying a secret cargo, as it emerged that the country’s Navy tracked the vessel throughout its journey. President Medvedev sent the Russian Navy to find the Arctic Sea after it apparently disappeared while passing through the English Channel en route to Algeria from Finland. However, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow now says that Russian and international agencies had monitored the ship throughout its strange...
  • Hijacking Suspects Arrive in Moscow

    08/20/2009 1:56:12 PM PDT · by Shermy · 7 replies · 1,012+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | August 20, 2009
    The military airlifted the suspected hijackers of the Arctic Sea and most of its Russian crew from Cape Verde to Moscow on Thursday, after the lumber freighter mysteriously vanished and reappeared in the Atlantic. Eleven of the 15 crew members arrived in Moscow, while the captain and three sailors remained on the ship, which was adrift about 200 nautical miles from the West African island nation of Cape Verde. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said the freighter was sailing to the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. The sailors and their suspected captors arrived in two separate Il-76 cargo jets at the...
  • Algerian Jailed for Breaking Ramadan Fast

    10/21/2010 8:02:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010
    An Algerian court sentenced a young man to two years in prison for breaking the fast of the holy month of Ramadan late in August, the daily El-Watan reported Thursday. Bouchouta Fares, 27, who was brought to trial at Oum El Bouaghi, 500 kilometres southeast of Algiers, was also fined to a fine of 100,000 dinars ($1,359 dollars) Monday for "breaching a precept of Islam," the report said. Islam is the state religion in the north African country. Acting on a tip-off, police in the town close to Ain el Beida carried out a raid on an abandoned building in...
  • Some OPEC Members Push for $100 a Barrel Oil (Warns of the consequences of a Dollar devaluation)

    10/15/2010 9:50:01 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 7 replies
    Daily Finance ^ | 10/15/2010 | Hugh Collins
    Some OPEC members want oil prices to rise to $100 a barrel to offset the decline in the dollar. The value of the dollar, which has slipped 13% since June against major world currencies, means that the "real price" of oil is about $20 less than current levels, Venezuela's Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said after Thursday's OPEC meeting in Vienna. OPEC, which accounts for 40% of global crude output, left targets unchanged and called for stronger adherence to production quotas, Bloomberg News said. "They're concerned about the dollar because as the dollar weakens, prices go up," Nordine Ait-Laoussine,...
  • US citizen held in Spain for funding al-Qaida

    09/30/2010 4:07:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | IANS, Sep 30, 2010, 10.57am IST | n/a
    SNIPPET: "BARCELONA: A US citizen was arrested in this Spanish city for sending money to al-Qaida's North African branch, police said. Mohamed Omar Debhi, who is of Algerian descent, is accused of sending more than 60,000 euros to the al-Qaida Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is based in Algeria. Debhi, 43, was arrested in the Esplugues de Llobregat district, where he is a resident. He also faces charges of possessing a false ID and defrauding Spanish social security services. He is alleged to have sent money via a bank transaction to a fugitive Algerian militant named by police...