In this week's Critical State, a weekly foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, Kelsey D. Atherton takes a deep dive into insurgency and counterinsurgency in urban warfare.
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.
Canadian police have officially identified two Canadians among the militants who attacked a desert gas plant in Algeria in January.
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.
We're looking for the home of the world's newest metro for the Geo Quiz. This rapid transit system has been in the works for 30 years.
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.
The poetic tradition in North Africa has also woven its way into more modern forms of expression. One group of Libyan exiles has assembled some of the best tracks into a compilation. The World's Clark Boyd reports.
Our Geo Quiz takes us to North Africa: We're looking for the largest country on the shores of the Mediterranean. This country is also the second largest in Africa. A cathedral in the capital is seen as a symbol of religious tolerance in Algeria.