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Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:15
US government pledging $60 million to a southern Saharan military force

 

Dear Friends,

Following up on the story from the Sahel belt in Africa, where the 'War on Terror' appears to be ready to be ramped up with the US government pledging $60 million to a southern Saharan military force that has its specific aim to attack extremism. As far as my own reporting goes, the story is more complex. It is not clear, as a former US intelligence officer who had done his turn in the Sahel told me, that ISIS killed the four US soldiers. It is as likely that they were killed by smugglers. Nonetheless, rather than tackle the many real challenges that face the Sahel, the US an

Algiers Diary, Wars of Destruction and Communist Histories

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 04:43
Algiers Diary

 

Dear Friends,

Above, a picture from the Casbah of Algiers, with children running playfully down some steps, chasing each other. They are a long way away from the French colonial period and from the 'Black Decade' of the 1990s, and yet around them linger not only the signs of those periods but also their structural residues.

In Frontline this week I have a diary on my wanderings through Algiers and my wonderings about Algerian history. The key moment that focused my thoughts was a chance encounter with a young boy named Akram. I asked him a benign question, which could not remain at the lev