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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...