Category: Articles

Out of the dark, into the courts

Out of the dark, into the courts The Dirty War 1992-2000 Index on Censorship, 27.07.2002 http://www.indexonline.org/en/news/articles/2002/3/out-of-the-dark-into-the-courts.shtml The Algerian establishment usually ignores widespread allegations of human rights abuses by...

A Damning Indictment of Torture

A Damning Indictment of Torture Algeria Interface, June 28, 2002 « Dans les geôles de Nezzar » (In the Gaols of Nezzar) is a student’s account of his own experience...

Middle classes in hock

Middle classes in hock Algeria Interface, September 27, 2001 Rampant poverty has now spread to the middle classes. Nowhere is their plight more graphically illustrated than at the...

How Britain betrayed me

How Britain betrayed me Jason Burke, chief reporter, The Observer – Sunday February 18, 2001 British security services ordered illegal burglaries in Muslim places of worship to gather...

Rank Defence

Rank Defence Powerful former general, Khaled Nezzar, gave an orthodox defence of the army at a public conference in Paris. www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=236&lng=e.htm Paris, 26/04/01 – The visit to Paris...

Letter alleges muder by militia mayor

Letter alleges muder by militia mayor A letter to an independent human rights’ group has raised hopes of bringing before the courts a militia leader and local politician...

Mission improbable

Mission improbable www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=224&lng=e.htm Algeria’s Minister for Religious Affairs believes proselytising Protestants pose a threat to regional unity. Algiers, 05/04/01 – In an interview to the weekly supplement of...

« Hogra » is the lot of all youg Algerians

« Hogra » is the lot of all youg Algerians www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=203&offset=0&lng=e.htm The authorities’ attempt to single out rioting as peculiar to Kabylia have backfired. Official contempt and brutality have fuel...

The plot thickens over planned curbs on press freedom

The plot thickens over planned curbs on press freedom Algeria Interface, 02.02.2001, www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=126&lng=e.htm A document leaked to the press has revealed the authorities have worrying plans to curtail...

Flooding and Muddied State-Society Relations

Algeria Flooding and Muddied State-Society Relations Azzedine Layachi*, Middle East Report online, December 11, 2001 http://www.merip.org/mero/mero121101.html On November 10, 2001, heavy rains flooded many parts of Algeria, causing...

Former officer testifies to army atrocities

Former officer testifies to army atrocities Algeria Interface, 09.02.2001, www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=130&lng=e.htm A newly published book written by a former Algerian army officer supplies chilling evidence of security forces’ implication...

The Matoub affair as murky as ever

The Matoub affair as murky as ever Algeria Interface, 08.02.2001, www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=127&lng=e.htm Two-and-a-half years after folk singer Matoub Lounès was killed in an ambush, a murk of claim and...

Only questions, o answers over first press killing

Only questions, o answers over first press killing 07.03.01. www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=137&lng=e.htm The murder of journalist Tahar Djaout in May 1993 was the first of many in the 90s. Like...

Alleged torturers get warning

Alleged torturers get warning www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=237&lng=e.htm Three criminal actions filed against hardline former Defence Minister, Khaled Nezzar, are a warning to Algeria’s senior security officials. Paris, 27/04/01 – An...

Algeria’s phantom thousands

Algeria’s phantom thousands www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=228&offset=0&lng=e.htm Investigations and eyewitness accounts show security forces are behind many « enforced disappearances ». Algiers, 06/04/01 — Among the atrocities he describes in a recently published...

Citizens’ groups under threat

Citizens’ groups under threat Algeria Interface, 09.02.2001, www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=128&lng=e.htm Citizens’ groups and charities in Algeria face increasingly repressive Kafkaesque bureaucracy and police intimidation. Algiers, 09/02/01 – Citizens’ groups and...

Benhadjar sets record straight on internecine GIA

Benhadjar sets record straight on internecine GIA www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=25&lng=e.htm Amnestied Islamist guerrilla, Ali Benhadjar, blames now-dead GIA commander Djamel Zitouni for mid-90s killings. Medea, 27/12/01 – Former Islamist guerrilla...

Terrorist fears serve anti-immigration ends

Terrorist fears serve anti-immigration ends 17.10.01, www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=158&lng=e.htm The US terrorist attacks has prompted a further tightening of an already repressive immigration policy in France and a closing of...

The Algerian Connection

The Algerian Connection by Jacob A. Mundy, Eat the State, November, 21, 2001 http://eatthestate.org/06-07/AlgerianConnection.htm In a broadcast dating October 25, PBS’s Frontline told the tale of a terrorist...

Barristers beholden to public prosecutors

Barristers beholden to public prosecutors Proposals for legal reform that would make public prosecutors all-powerful have angered barristers. www.algeria-interface.com/new/article.php-article_id=180&lng=e.htm Algiers, 27/07/01 – « After journalists, the regime’s now sorting...

A change of French tone?

Algeria A change of French tone? The Economist, october 11th 1997 THE Algerian authorities have spent the past two weeks slapping down United Nations officials and foreign governments...

Algerian junta caught in web of contradictions

Algerian junta caught in web of contradictions By Sid Ahmed, Crescent, September 16-30, 1997 The footprints of the Algerian junta are visible all over the gruesome massacres that...

INESG, a subterranean Think Tank

INESG, a subterranean Think Tank Algeria Interface, 25 February 2000 Ostensibly, Algeria’s Institute of Global Strategic Studies (INESG) studies political, economic and social trends and makes strategic reform...

The blowtorch election that shames Britain

The blowtorch election that shames Britain John Sweeney, Algiers, The Observer, 25 May 1997 In Algeria , the country with the world’s worst human rigts record: 1. Eight...

Press Interview overlooked despite grave Allegations

Press Interview overlooked despite grave Allegations Algeria Interface, 27 July 2000 In an interview to an Arabic weekly that has gone oddly unnoticed, former Islamic guerrilla turned anti-Islamic...

Surviving Algeria

‘They burnt my genitals, arms and legs with a soldering iron and a blowtorch. But worse was to come ..’ Surviving Algeria John Sweeney, The Observer, 29 June...

Algeria ‘s Blowtorch Election

Algeria ‘s Blowtorch Election ‘Only kiss the hand you cannot cut off’: The military is torturing and killing its way to victory over Islamists in the June poll....

Algeria acts on massacre of Italians

Algeria acts on massacre of Italians John Sweeney, Trapani, Sicily, The Observer, 23 November 1997 ALGERIA has reopened its investigation into the massacre of seven Italian seamen and...

‘We bombed Paris for Algeria ‘

‘We bombed Paris for Algeria ‘ Islamic cells are infiltrated, ‘terrorist’ attacks orchestrated, French MPs bribed. A secret service defector seeking asylum in Britain reveals the regime’s manipulation...

Messy end for AIS

Messy end for AIS Algeria Interface, 18 January 2000 The amnesty President Bouteflika has granted fighters from the former Islamic Salvation Army (AIS) is the culmination of two...

You want a desert war? Try this one

You want a desert war? Try this one JOHN SWEENEY,The Observer, 08 February 1998 THE planes have taken off, the war is on and they’re bombing the enemy...