Since the latter half of the 20th century, the influence of Frantz Fanon has been felt in fields as distinct as psychiatry and postcolonial studies. A new book explores the "revolutionary lives" of the psychiatrist, writer and anti-colonial rebel, whose understanding of identity evolved through his travel and experiences, including confronting colonial hierarchies as a person of color in postwar France, and eventually joining the Algerian War of Independence. Host Marco Werman learned more from Adam Shatz, author of "The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon."
Not too long ago, Algeria fought a traumatizing civil war between the country's military and Islamist militias, now commonly called the "Black Decade." Today, a younger generation of Algerians is trying to reconcile the country's trauma through art, but the government has a policy of overlooking it.
In the white-washed buildings of Algiers, a creative community is flourishing — no thanks to the government. Algerian authorities spend hundreds of millions of dollars to promote culture, but keep a tight rein on what kind of culture is supported. Despite this, the country has seen a slow emergence of an independent contemporary art scene.
Algerians who are interested in their current election — and there aren't many, really — were greeted with a surreal scene of their little seen president being wheeled into a voting booth to cast a ballot for his own re-election. Slowly, Algerians are trying to bring change to a country that's been ruled by the same many for almost 15 years.
The January hostage siege at Algeria's In Amenas gas field has only deepened Algerians fear of militant Islamist, says Time magazine's Vivienne Walt.
Algeria has allowed journalists to visit the gas facility attacked by Islamic militants last month. The BBC's Richard Galpin was among them, and describes the scene to anchor Marco Werman, and brings us up to date on the investigation.
Algeria is holding parliamentary elections. The country's military-backed government describes them as the most open and transparent for decades. But Algerians aren't rushing to the polls, according to Financial Times correspondent Borzou Daragahi.
Algeria was seen as one of the North African countries likely to follow Tunisia on the path to democratization. But as Assia Boundaoui reports, Algerians are tired of fighting, and are willing to settle for minor freedoms rather than full democracy.