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Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.
Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.

The World’s Most Remote Film Festival

Deep in the Algerian desert, a Sahrawi-run event puts Western Sahara’s struggle for liberation on the big screen.

Western Sahara's Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali (C) attends the opening session of the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Tunisia's capital Tunis on Aug. 27.
Western Sahara's Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali (C) attends the opening session of the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Tunisia's capital Tunis on Aug. 27.

Is Tunisia Abandoning Morocco for Algeria?

President Kais Saied’s government is turning away from Rabat, warming up to Algiers, and inviting Polisario Front leaders to Tunis.

A worker stands on an offshore natural gas platform about 60 miles west of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Nov. 2, 2009.
A worker stands on an offshore natural gas platform about 60 miles west of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Nov. 2, 2009.

Germany Should Look to Africa for Gas, Not Russia

To stop financing Moscow’s brutal wars, Berlin should help African countries develop their energy sectors.

Algerians take part in a protest rejecting the results of a widely boycotted vote that brought Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former ally of deposed Algerian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to power in Algiers on Dec. 13, 2019.
Algerians take part in a protest rejecting the results of a widely boycotted vote that brought Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former ally of deposed Algerian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to power in Algiers on Dec. 13, 2019.
French troops in Algiers during the Algerian War
French troops in Algiers during the Algerian War

France Still Struggles With the Shadow of the ‘War Without a Name’

The brutal Algerian War killed hundreds of thousands of people—and deeply marks French politics and society to this day.

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) poses with French historian Benjamin Stora for the delivery of a report on the colonization and the Algerian War in Paris on Jan. 20.
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) poses with French historian Benjamin Stora for the delivery of a report on the colonization and the Algerian War in Paris on Jan. 20.

Macron’s Algeria Report Isn’t Progress, It’s a Whitewash.

France lost the Algerian War but is still controlling the narrative about its history—while refusing to apologize or pay reparations. 

A view shows a private beach as a cargo and a container ship sail across the horizon at Venice Lido, Italy, on Sept. 7, 2020.
A view shows a private beach as a cargo and a container ship sail across the horizon at Venice Lido, Italy, on Sept. 7, 2020.

Italy’s Mediterranean Belt and Road

Taking a page from Beijing, Rome is positioning itself as the center of trade, energy, and transportation in Southern Europe and beyond.

U.S. Ambassador in Morocco David T. Fischer after a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker and Morocco's foreign minister in Dakhla, in Morocco-administered Western Sahara, on Jan. 10.
U.S. Ambassador in Morocco David T. Fischer after a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker and Morocco's foreign minister in Dakhla, in Morocco-administered Western Sahara, on Jan. 10.

Morocco Wants Compromise, Not War, in Western Sahara

Pro-Sahrawi U.S. commentators ignore the territory’s history and the international community’s shifting stance toward the conflict.

A tribesman stands in front of a Moroccan flag near the border in Western Sahara near Mauritania on Nov. 26.
A tribesman stands in front of a Moroccan flag near the border in Western Sahara near Mauritania on Nov. 26.

How the Western Sahara Became the Key to North Africa

And why Morocco’s apparent victory there will change regional politics.

A man casts his vote just before polls close in Algeria’s capital Algiers on Nov. 1.
A man casts his vote just before polls close in Algeria’s capital Algiers on Nov. 1.

Election Theater Is Alive and Well in Algeria, Too

A referendum on constitutional changes fools no one but the regime itself.

Algerians protest against former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power, in Algiers on Mar. 1, 2019.
Algerians protest against former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power, in Algiers on Mar. 1, 2019.

Demise of the Petrostates

The oil price crash is an existential threat to petrostates from Nigeria to Iran, where governments rely on oil wealth to stabilize power and pay off competing interests.

An Algerian protester holds up a red card during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers on Dec. 11.
An Algerian protester holds up a red card during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers on Dec. 11.

Algeria’s Election Won’t Save Its Democracy

In the presidential vote this week, citizens looking for change will have few good options to pick from.

An Algerian woman protests during a demonstration in Algiers.
An Algerian woman protests during a demonstration in Algiers.

After 8 Months on the Streets, Protesters in Algeria Aren’t Giving Up

Citizens have been promised new elections. But they are looking for more fundamental change.

A man draped in an Algerian national flag walks along a street as protesters take part in a demonstration against the ruling class in Algeria’s capital, Algiers, on Aug. 23, for the 27th consecutive Friday and marking six months since the movement began.
A man draped in an Algerian national flag walks along a street as protesters take part in a demonstration against the ruling class in Algeria’s capital, Algiers, on Aug. 23, for the 27th consecutive Friday and marking six months since the movement began.

America’s Silence Helps Autocrats Triumph

Without the support of the U.S. government, pro-democracy forces around the world will wither as authoritarianism gains ground.

Handwritten notes are stuck on a boat used by migrants on Los Caños de Meca beach near Barbate, Spain, on Nov. 26, 2018.
Handwritten notes are stuck on a boat used by migrants on Los Caños de Meca beach near Barbate, Spain, on Nov. 26, 2018.

Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in North Africa

The United States should stop treating the region as secondary to the rest of the Middle East.

Members of the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army take part in a ceremony to mark 40 years after the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic was proclaimed by the Polisario Front in the disputed territory of Western Sahara at the Rabouni Sahrawi refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria, on Feb. 26, 2016.
Members of the Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army take part in a ceremony to mark 40 years after the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic was proclaimed by the Polisario Front in the disputed territory of Western Sahara at the Rabouni Sahrawi refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria, on Feb. 26, 2016.

Can John Bolton Thaw Western Sahara’s Long-Frozen Conflict?

The Polisario Front has created an international diplomatic presence on a shoestring budget and sees the Trump administration as its best hope in decades to gain independence from Morocco.

Algerian protesters wave a national flag as they take part in a demonstration in the capital of Algiers on May 3.
Algerian protesters wave a national flag as they take part in a demonstration in the capital of Algiers on May 3.

How Algerians Ousted Bouteflika

On the podcast: Algeria’s Arab Spring has been peaceful so far, but its future remains uncertain.

Algerian protesters gather during a mass demonstration against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers on March 29. (AFP/Getty Images)
Algerian protesters gather during a mass demonstration against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers on March 29. (AFP/Getty Images)

Algeria’s Bouteflika Is on His Way Out. Here’s What’s Next.

The longtime president may depart as soon as this week, but the country’s growing protest movement has not yet united behind one leader or policy platform.

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