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Algeria


Britain sells death

22 February 2011
Bahrain: assault rifles, tear gas, ammunition, aircraft partsEgypt: bombs, missiles, body armourLibya: ammunition, tear gas, crowd control equipmentYemen: body armour, ammunitionAlgeria: combat helicoptersTunisia: gun parts Kuwait: military software, anti-riot shieldsMorocco: bomb partsSyria: ammunitionLebanon: body armour, shotgunsJordan: armoured vehicles, gun parts, gas mask filtersUnited

Iness Mezel interview: singing puts ‘my stone on the path’ as a Berber

08 February 2011
Iness Mezel is a Berber Algerian singer and songwriter. Her songs are inspired by relationships and the struggles in the world around her.

Riots rock North African regimes

11 January 2011
Uprisings are shaking the authoritarian regimes of Tunisia and Algeria in North Africa.

Liberté - Khaled

02 June 2009
This new album has Khaled, the king of Raï music, returning to the source of Algeria’s rebellious music.

Intimate Enemies: a distant portrayal that ultimately fails the test

29 January 2008
Two million French soldiers fought in Algeria between 1954 and 1962 in a vain attempt to stop Algerian independence. An estimated 300,000 to 600,000 Algerians died compared to 27,000 French people. France did not officially recognise that a war had taken place until 1999.

Kader Attia at the Baltic

25 September 2007
Square Dreams, a new exhibition by the French Algerian artist Kader Attia, opened at the Baltic gallery in Gateshead on Friday of last week.

Judges halt deportations

31 July 2007
The deportation of three Algerian men accused of terrorism was halted by appeal court judges on Tuesday who ruled that the government could not be certain that they would be safe from torture after they were sent back.

Rachid Taha - The Definitive Collection | 19 Princelet Street Refugee Week exhibition

29 May 2007
The Definitive CollectionRachid TahaCD out now This new retrospective album shows the range of the Algerian-born and French-based singer Rachid Taha, who mixes rock, rai and breakbeats.

Detainee beats off deportation

15 May 2007
An Algerian asylum seeker who was cleared of involvement in the so called "ricin terror plot" has won a court battle against government attempts to deport him.

Deported to torture?

02 September 2006
A secret British court ruled last week that an acquitted terrorism suspect can be deported to Algeria, despite continuing evidence of torture in that country.

Mutiny by French troops during the Algerian war

23 May 2006
In April 1956 the 22 year old Georges Mattéi received his call up papers to go and fight in Algeria, just like thousands of young men across France. Corsican in origin, and on holiday in Italy, Mattéi agonised about what to do.

Reports round-up

01 April 2006
Free Djillali Campaigners in Norwich are fighting against the deportation of Djillali Salemkour, who has lived in Britain for 13 years. Djillali was born in Paris to Algerian parents. He cared for his wife, Doreen, prior to her death. After her death his right to remain in Britain was challenged. For more information e-mail <a href="mailto:freedjillali@yahoo.co.uk">freedjillali@yahoo.co.uk</a>

Rachid Taha interview: using music to oppose war

12 November 2005
Rachid Taha, the radical French Algerian singer, will join Brian Eno, Nitin Sawhney and others for the most exciting musical event of the year.

Algeria — the war didn’t end in 1945

05 May 2005
Sixty years ago, on 8 May 1945, millions of people celebrated VE (Victory in Europe) Day. There was genuine enthusiasm that the Nazis were gone at last. But in North Africa things looked rather different.

Hawks at each other's throats

20 September 2003
"IRAQ: THE New War". That headline in the prestigious New York Review of Books captures the scale of the fighting that continues in Iraq. The word occupation does not adequately describe what is happening. There is a new phase in this war that we were assured was won when Western television stations took carefully choreographed shots of the fall of statues to Saddam Hussein five months ago. It is like the colonial wars conducted in the 1950s by the British army in Kenya, Malaysia, Aden and Cyprus, and by France in Algeria.

Media have ignored Algeria's suffering

25 January 2003
THE MEDIA have whipped up hysteria against refugees from Algeria after last week's killing of a police officer in Manchester. They paint a picture that those coming here from the North African country are all potential killers, linked to a dangerous network of Islamist terrorists. This is racist nonsense. And the real reasons people are fleeing Algeria are rarely even discussed.

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