‘I am an artist, why have I turned into a grave digger?’ Rachid Koraïchi on art and resistance

As his personal exhibition, ‘Tears that taste of the sea’ opens at the October Gallery in London, Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi tells Almaas Yahye and Julie Henri about his project in Zarsis, Tunisia, a memorial garden commemorating the lives of people who drowned trying to cross the sea to Europe and how his work reflects…

Clampdown on dissent in Algeria continues

by Shelagh Smith During 2020 and the start of the coronavirus pandemic, repression of Hirak activists, human rights activists and especially journalists has increased. Over 90 people are currently in prison in Algeria for acts related to the Hirak. On 15 September an appeal court in Algiers sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to a two-year prison…

Resistance is still fertile in the ‘New Algeria’

The Algerian regime hoped that a referendum on constitutional changes would draw a line under two years of mass mobilisations from below, writes Shelagh Smith, but the low turnout and continuing strikes tells a different story. November 1 is the celebration of the start of the Algerian war for independence from the French in 1954.…

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni sentenced to three years in prison

By Shelagh Smith An Algerian court on August 10 sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to three years in jail. Drareni was charged with “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity” based on his Facebook posts. He had been detained since March awaiting trial. This harsh verdict is being widely condemned by Algerian and international human…

Algeria: a year in the streets

For the past year, a massive popular movement has repeatedly shaken Algeria. Shelagh Smith draws up a balance sheet.  This is an article from the current issue of Middle East Solidarity magazine – help us continue our work by donating £2 for a digital copy online On 12 December 2019 a new president was declared…