My piece on Tortoise Media:
February 22 I wake up in Tunis, turn on the TV and stare in disbelief. Millions of Algerians have hit the streets to say no to a humiliating fifth term for Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Algerians haven’t heard from their president for years. He has been ill, absent, supposedly abroad most of the time after a stroke six years ago. There have been strict laws against public gatherings in Algiers for as long as I can remember. Suddenly no one seems to care. Read more here …
As Algerians wait with baited breath to see if Bouteflika steps down, I take a look at the role social media is playing in the current wave of social and political unrest. Already influencing the countryʹs political trajectory, will this cyberspace discourse ultimately challenge the legitimacy of the state?
My area of expertise includes North Africa and all issues related to human rights, culture and governance in the countries of the region. I write in English, French, and Arabic: