Arab Winter

Print edition : January 20, 2017

The Serkadji prison at the mouth of the Casbah. Photo: Vijay Prashad

Abdelhakim Bettache (right), Mayor of Algiers Centre (right), who thinks the problem of unemployment is a non-issue. Photo: Vijay Prashad

Samia Zennadi, publisher of APIC Editions, who fondly remembers Hugo Chavez's visit to Algiers. Photo: Vijay Prashad

Khaled Mahiout, the carpenter, holding a picture of Abderrahmane Taleb, a student who was the main bomb-maker for the FLN in the 1950s. Photo: Vijay Prashad

Children playing in the Casbah. Photo: Vijay Prashad

The Arab Spring did not come full-throated into Algeria largely because of the experience with civic disorder in the 1990s. What has happened to Libya and to Syria further discourages any kind of rebellion.
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