Friday, July 06, 2007

Happy Independence Day, Algeria

Yesterday was Algerian Independence Day. Hurray for a good people who deserve a better government. I'm often grateful for Algeria's support for Sahrawi self-determination, and I know the Sahrawis are too.

Here's a silly picture of Algeria's president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, taking a break from supporting Polisario and suppressing criticism with a game of foosball. The picture comes from Or Does It Explode?, the king of Middle East-North Africa human rights blog.

Abdelaziz might've needed the break after the Benchicou Prize, a press freedom award named after Algerian opposition writer Mohamed Benchicou, was awarded to a murdered Algerian journalist. Here's Western Sahara Info's take.

Those informative posts left me wondering, though: "Is Bouteflika tacky enough to slam the foosball poles?"

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