Yearly Archives: 2012

The world’s enduring dictators: Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria Length of rule: 12 years. After having term limits abolished, Bouteflika won a third five-year term as president in 2009, having won that and the 2004 election with an absurd margin of victory. He first won the presidency in 1999 with the backing of the military, in part by promising to end the violence that rocked the country after the cancellation of parliamentary elections in 1992, which an Islamic party was allegedly set to win.

Letter to Obama from an American-Amazigh about the Azawad situation

They lived on this territory for millennia and have every right to live freely on it and benefit from it as they see fit. They have every right for auto determination as guaranteed by international laws.

Protests spread to several villages in Morocco’s Rif mountains, police report serious injuries

Morocco’s Rif mountains, which parallel the Mediterranean coast, are one of the poorest parts of the country and have been historically marginalized with little government investment.
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