[Marxism] Algeria Riots Pose Risk Of Wider Unrest

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jun 1 19:36:51 MDT 2008


Greg D. wrote:
>The Islamists in Algeria won an election, decisively.  The 
>government didn't like that so it canceled the election, arrested 
>the leaders it could find and drove the rest underground.
>
>Both sides were vicious -- I don't have a source, other than the 
>Algerian I no longer have contact with -- but in one neighborhood 
>of  Algiers, women were killed because they wore veils by one side 
>and the women who did not wear veils were killed by the other side.
>
>Whenever I think of Algeria I recall the war they waged against 
>their French colonial masters, the war of a million martyrs.
>
>Two books in English I particularly liked on Algeria:
>
>Benjamin Stora, "Algeria: 1830-2000, a short history"
>
>James Ciment, "Algeria: The Fundamentalist Challenge"

Ciment is *first-rate*. I used his book on the Kurds for a Swans 
article a while back. Very, very well-researched and politically astute. 





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