Images from Algiers of the demonstrations marking the first anniversary of the Hirak, 22 February 2020, before the pandemic brought a halt to such mass gatherings. The cake proclaims that the regime (système) has to move (dégage), a popular slogan of the protests.Photos: Riad Kaced

‘The people want independence!’

The Covid-19 pandemic may have put Algeria’s revolutionary uprising temporarily on hold, but, as Hamza Hamouchene observes, the will to topple the military regime remains strong.

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NI 527 - Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic - September, 2020
In the vicinity of Tamgut, Kabylia, every flat piece of land is used as a football field.Photo: Reza/Getty

The away team

Alessio Perrone reports on Algeria’s marginalized Kabylia region, where the politics of identity has spilled over into football.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018
Clockwise from top right: The Great Mosque of Algiers, which will contain the world’s tallest minaret, is being constructed in Mohammedia, near the capital, while an older mosque looks on; Nabila Ounas and her son in their new, government-supplied apartment in Cite Kourifa, 20 miles from Algiers; a man walks past a mural commemorating the war of independence against France;  satellite dishes cling to the external wall of a tenement building called ‘Les Dunes’, said to be the longest building in Algiers; donkeys transport rubbish from the casbah in Algiers through the narrow streets.Photos by Andrew Testa / Panos Pictures

Country Profile: Algeria

Power rests in the hands of a corrupt military and political oligarchy that denies people the right to self-determination, reports Hamza Hamouchene.

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NI 503 - Homelessness - June, 2017
Yasmina Khadra E Robert-Espalieu

And finally... Yasmina Khadra

Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul tells Graeme Green why he writes under his wife's name of Yasmina Khadra.

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NI 480 - The great green energy grab - March, 2015
The Ivanpah solar concentrating power station in California. Coming soon to the Sahara?Photo: Ashley Cooper pics / Alamy

Desertec: the renewable energy grab?

Desert solar plants planned for North Africa are just another exploitative resource grab, argues Hamza Hamouchene.

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NI 480 - The great green energy grab - March, 2015
Weapons allegedly used by the terrorists and confiscated by the Algerian security forces.AP / Press Association Images

Algerian gas plant terror: the real story

Used to justify Western military in North Africa, we have not been told the truth about the Tiguentourine attack reveals Jeremy Keenan.

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NI 461 - Demolition job - April, 2013

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Article title From magazine Publication date
Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic September, 2020
The right to the city July, 2019
Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
Homelessness June, 2017
The great green energy grab March, 2015
The great green energy grab March, 2015
The politics of language loss June, 2014
Demolition job April, 2013