I recently met a Algerian activist who lives in London. He has started an association and militates for (more) democracy in Algeria and free elections. He is a great guy who believes in his country. He is interested in all these topics that relate to the common identity and history between Algeria and France.
He has written a great article about the Algerian elections published in opendemocracy.net.
I specially like the way he develops his ideas around stereotyping and democracy. Arab nations are often perceived by the West as being unable, because of their arab-ness, if such a word exist, to access democracy. This contemptuous attitude is very rarely challenged and it is one of the unequivocal virtues of this article that it addresses it and uses it as a background for his description of the Arab Spring.
He speaks of Algeria with fervour and really manages to engage the reader and make him understand the political situation. I specially
like the sentence: “Algeria is fine, we don’t need to go down the route of the Libyan disaster, and we don’t want the France we expelled
in 1962 to come back to our country”.
It puts the problem of democracy within a larger historical context and rightly alludes to the ghost of colonialism, which didn’t promote democracy in the
country when it could. To go back to the beginning of the article, I specially like the expression “walk like an Egyptian”.