Belgian-Algerian Soumeya Sammoudi: Dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Oppressed, conservative, submissive in front of their husbands, circumscribed at home, uneducated…Often these are the qualifiers that are predominantly used to describe Muslim and Arab women in Western Europe.Despite the prejudices they are facing, a lot of those women born and raised in Europe are standing up against these clichés.Take the example of Soumeya Sammoudi, a 27-year-old Belgian professional Thai boxing champion of Algerian origin. She is fully conscious that her ...

1970, the year an Algerian film won the Arabs’ only Oscar award

Monday, 5 March 2018

48 years have passed since the Algerian film "Z,” the only Arab film, received an Oscar award for best foreign film and best montage. In 1970, American actor Clint Eastwood and Claudia Cardinal, the famous Italian actress, announced Algeria’s win. It was received by Ahmed Rashdi, on behalf of the production department of the National Organization for Algerian Cinema, which produced the film. The film "Z", one of the most prominent political films in the history of ...

Algeria attacks false Qatari media reports of conflict with Saudi Arabia, UAE

Monday, 5 March 2018

Algeria’s Foreign Ministry has criticized false press reports published by Qatari media outlets’ claims of conflict in relations between Algiers and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.  Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Abdulaziz ben Ali Shareef said that “Algeria's position on the Gulf crisis is clear, it stands at a distance from all its parties,” stressing that the information published by international and Gulf media on the existence of differences ...

Wheel on Algerian plane separates during take-off, crew unaware

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The wheel on an Algerian plane fell off as it departed France’s Toulouse airport and headed to the city of Oran in Algeria earlier this week.“An Air Algerie Boeing 737-600, registration 7T-VJR performing flight AH-1077 from Toulouse (France) to Oran (Algeria), departed Toulouse's runway 32R and climbed to cruise level,” the Aviation Herald reported, adding that the incident occurred on February 8.“Enroute near Barcelona, Spanish air traffic control (ATC) informed the crew ...

Could a plate of couscous warm up ties between North Africa nations?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Could a plate of couscous warm up relations between wary North African nations? A drive to win coveted UNESCO status for the dish could at least get them talking around the same table. The hearty meal itself however is a bone of contention between countries that haven’t always got along. Who makes it the best? And given that the fluffy semolina can be topped with everything from fish in Tunisia to camel meat in Libya, what truly makes a couscous a couscous? As with the “hummus ...

Deadline day transfer fail for Algerian Mahrez while his compatriot Slimani secures loan

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Leicester City’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani joined Newcastle United on deadline day on loan until the end of the season while his compatriot and team mate Riyad Mahrez failed to join Manchester City after the move broke down29-year- Slimani, signed with Newcastle after striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed to join Fulham on loan until the end of the season. Slimani joined Leicester in 2016, scoring 13 goals in 46 appearances.Meanwhile prized midfielder Riyad Mahrez’s ...

Algerians outraged after Iranian official criticizes late president’s wife

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Iran's cultural attaché to Algeria Amir Mousavi provoked Algerians after he criticized Anissa Boumediene, the widow of president Houari Boumediene, because of her support of the Iranian opposition. “If Houari Boumediene were alive, what would he tell his wife who stood (with the opposition)?” Mousavi said on his Facebook page. His remarks come after Anissa said during an Iranian gathering held in Paris that she wishes the Iranian regime collapses. “I hope that the ...

In absentia: Algerians debate honoring Bouteflika through his portrait

Friday, 19 January 2018

The manner in which Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was honored last week has sparked wide debate on social media after a mayors decided to celebrate him using just his photo at a ceremony. On Thursday, video and photos were posted on Facebook and Twitter from the Palais des Congrès in Algiers, where officials were shown honoring a photo of Bouteflika while the president himself was nowhere to be seen. Algerians expressed dissatisfaction with the event, with some saying the event ...

Blue Whale game kills teenager in Morocco, five in Algeria

Friday, 5 January 2018

A teenager committed suicide by throwing himself off of a building rooftop in Aghadir, south of Morocco, to complete the final challenge of a game called Blue Whale which has caused five other child suicides in Algeria by means of hanging. The young man was an undergraduate student who was known to be an introvert, local media reported on Thursday. He was addicted to video games, and quickly got into the Blue Whale game which gives players orders that they need to execute, the last of which is ...

VIDEO: Algerian Salafist vandalizes historical statue of naked woman

Monday, 18 December 2017

Residents of Setif city in Algeria were shocked by an act of vandalism on the statue of their famous city and its main monument, the Ain el-Fouara fountain. The Salafist Algerian who vandalized the statue saw it as a disgrace, and just a “fetish” for a woman stripped of her clothes. The video was widely shared on social media sites in Algeria on Monday, showing the Salafist climbing the statue, and destroying it using a hammer and an iron bar, specifically focusing on the marble face ...

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