Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist, documentary filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.
Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist, documentary filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles. She has reported from the Middle-East, Africa and Europe on international affairs, art and technology. Her work has appeared on Aljazeera, NPR, BBC and CNN among other outlets. She worked as a producer on the HBO film MANHUNT, which was awarded the 2013 Emmy for best documentary. She is currently directing her first feature length documentary on surveillance in America today. Assia has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University and a B.A. in Political Science and Islamic World Studies from DePaul University.
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.
The Friends of Syria group met this weekend in Turkey. The members steered clear of backing opposition appeals for arms. They did agree to pay salaries of rebel fighters seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
The Nobel Peace Prize will be formally presented Saturday to the three women awarded the honor this year. One of them is Tawakul Karman, a Yemeni journalist and a key figure in her country's protests.
The UN estimates that nearly 3,500 people have been killed in Syria since the revolution began there eight months ago. Unlike in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, the Syrian revolution is not being televised — but it is on YouTube.
Occupy Wall Street reminds some observers of the protests in Tahrir Square -- especially people with roots in Egypt and the Middle East. Reporter Assia Boundaoui gets the view from a few of them on the periphery of New York's Zucchotti Park.
The repression in Syria continues and so do the protests. Syrian-Americans are pressing Congress and the State Department to step up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad. But they do not want the US to intervene militarily. Assia Boundaoui reports.
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.