Algeria – new theatre for IS? Summary: video of beheading of a French captive by an Algerian group aligned with IS – a game changer, or old Saharan brigandage in new colours?
Morocco An article by the Saudi commentator Jamal Khashoggi published in the London-based Al Hayat and in translation on the Al Monitor website on 7 September argues that news of reform in Jordan and Morocco has been drowned out by bad news elsewhere, and that both were able to ride the “still ongoing wave of …
Algeria As usual, the Anglophone and international media are ignoring Algeria, apart from football, a small earthquake and the fatal Air Algerie crash last month. President Bouteflika has made the headlines only through various hoax reports according to which he is dead, he is soon to be a father, or he has been named “Sexiest …
Algeria: new government, old faces Following the re-election last month of the ailing President Abd al-Aziz Bouteflika for a fourth term a new government (including for the first time seven women ministers) has been formed under Abdelmalek Sellal who led his election campaign and is reappointed prime minister.
Algeria: zombie wins The Algerian election on 17 April produced the expected result, the re-election for a fourth term of Abd al-Aziz Bouteflika, aged 77 or 78, who did not campaign but was photographed in a rare public appearance in a wheelchair voting for himself.
Algeria: elections on 17 April The Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal resigned on 13 March to run the re-election campaign of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has still not spoken in public since his stroke last year except to register his candidacy for the presidential election on 17 April.
Algeria: Bouteflika again The Algerian Prime Minister announced on 22 February that Abd al-Aziz Bouteflika will be a candidate for a fourth term as president in the April election.
Algeria: April election a turning point? Presidential elections are due on 17 April. It is not yet clear whether President Abd al-Aziz Bouteflika will stand for re-election, or even whether he will be fit to stand; he is 76 and had a stroke last year.
Insecurity in the Sahara As we have commented in the past, insecurity in the Sahara is nothing new.
Morocco: not a problem country? News from Morocco tends to be dominated on the one hand by the decades-old feud with Algeria over the Western Sahara