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Is a Late ‘Arab Spring’ Knocking on Algeria’s Doors from the Desert?

by Adam al-Sabiri, Al-Akhbar English

The sands of the desert in southern Algeria are moving to the beat of popular protests, and the ruling party has warned that the protests might evolve into an “Arab Spring.” Fears have particularly heightened after the dismantling of a terrorist cell of 12 members in sensitive areas in the south of the country. According to the Algerian army, the cell was planning attacks on oil sites in collaboration with foreign parties.

Algeria — Algeria has so far been able to evade the winds of the “Arab Spring.” However, Algerian officials have recently warned of its belated arrival, in light of the protests that are expanding across the areas of southern Algeria. The statements made by Amar Saadani, secretary-general of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN), confirm the concerns of the officials in Algeria. Continue reading Is a Late ‘Arab Spring’ Knocking on Algeria’s Doors from the Desert?

Burkina Faso vows to identify remains of folk hero Sankara

Burkina Faso’s new transitional president has promised to open an investigation to identify remains believed to be those of the West African nation’s revolutionary hero Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated more than 27 years ago.

President Michel Kafando, who received power from the country’s military on Friday, said investigations would go forward “in the name of national reconciliation”.

Sankara, sometimes described as the “African Che Guevara”, was just 33 when he seized power in a coup in 1983.

He left a lasting mark during his short presidency, even changing the former French colony’s name from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, which translates as “land of honest people”. Continue reading Burkina Faso vows to identify remains of folk hero Sankara