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The 45-year-old doctor was sentenced for 'offending Islam' and insulting the president.

Comment: The dangerous far-right Islamophobic rhetoric of the so-called Generals' Letter is unfortunately nothing new, writes Malia Bouattia.

<em>Algerian</em> <em>president</em> seeks to calm social anger

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Algerian president seeks to calm social anger

Abdelmadjid Tebboune urged the government to create dialogue to appease Algerian social anger.

Top <em>Algerian</em> opposition figure released on probation

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Top Algerian opposition figure released on probation

Karim Tabbou, a key figure in demonstrations that forced longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in 2019, was released on ...

Leading Algeria opposition figure Karim Tabbou detained: lawyer

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Leading Algeria opposition figure Karim Tabbou detained: lawyer

The 47-year-old will appear before a prosecutor on Thursday, according to his lawyer.

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Islamists expected to win Algeria's elections, breaking military's domination

Experts say Islamist parties will likely win Algeria's elections this June, which will mean breaking from a long history of secular military rule.

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Algeria whistle-blower jailed for a year

Algerian journalist and whistle-blower Noureddine Tounsi was sentenced to a year in prison after being detained since September.

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What's in a flag?

Comment: The Algerian flag stands for freedom against the people's oppressors: colonial and domestic, historic and present. No wonder ...

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Berbers mark 20 years since Algeria's 'Black Spring' protests

Berbers in Algeria are marking the anniversary for a protest movement that inspired the Hirak movement some twenty years later.

<em>Algerian</em> rights groups voice alarm over hunger-striking detainees

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Algerian rights groups voice alarm over hunger-striking detainees

Rights group in Algeria have voiced concern over dozens of detainees that are currently on hunger strike.

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Pro-democracy Hirak protesters launch hunger strike in Algerian prison

A group of detained anti-government protesters in Algeria have launched a mass hunger strike in prison.

Algeria rights group demands justice for French landmine victims

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Algeria rights group demands justice for French landmine victims

The head of the Algerian National Human Rights Council said the 'crime of the French coloniser cannot remain unpunished'.

<em>Algerian</em> government withdraws controversial 'deprivation of nationality' bill

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Algerian government withdraws controversial 'deprivation of nationality' bill

The proposed amendment that would see Algerian nationality withdrawn for dual nationals in case of 'prejudice' against the state has ...

Algeria arrests 5 for planning attacks on Hirak protests

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Algeria arrests 5 for planning attacks on Hirak protests

Five people were arrested in Algeria on suspicion of planning "terrorist" acts against weekly Hirak pro-democracy protests in the country's ...

Algeria targets exiled activists with 'terrorism charges'

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Algeria targets exiled activists with 'terrorism charges'

Exiled activists, target former diplomat Mohamed Larbi Zeitout, blogger Amir Boukhors and journalist Hichem Aboud, are wanted by an ...

Sami Hamdi

In Libya, Washington wades into mess it helped make

Comment: Far from prioritising a democratic transition, US policy in Libya is first and foremost geared towards impressing its own goals and interests on local actors, writes Sami Hamdi.

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Algerian protesters call for free press, judiciary

Journalists were assaulted at last week's Hirak demonstration and authorities have threatened to permanently withdraw France 24's media ...

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Media watchdog urges Algeria to probe violence against journalists

RSF urged Algerian authorities to investigate violence against journalists at an anti-government demonstration.

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Algeria threatens to withdraw 'biased' France 24 press accreditation

Broadcaster France 24 has been threatened by Algerian authorities over alleged bias in its reporting of the pro-democracy Hirak ...

Lebanon heads for blackout as electricity funds dry up

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Lebanon heads for blackout as electricity funds dry up

Crises-hit Lebanon could soon face total darkness if no funds are secured to buy fuel for power, a senior energy official said.

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Algerian president sets election date as protesters flood streets

Elections previously scheduled for 2022 were brought forward after Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune dissolved parliament and ...

Do we really need 'women's empowerment'?

Shaikha Al-Hashem

Do we really need 'women's empowerment'?

Comment: All too often, 'women's empowerment' in the MENA and Gulf represents the neoliberal interests of western institutions and their elite ...

How Algeria's women put sisterhood in service of liberation

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How Algeria's women put sisterhood in service of liberation

Comment: This International Women's Day, Malia Bouattia highlights the Algerian government's abject failure to protect women, and finds ...

Rights group urge probe over new Algeria torture allegations

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Rights group urge probe over new Algeria torture allegations

Allegations that Algerian activists of a pro-democracy protest movement were tortured in detention have prompted rights groups to ...

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