Algeria

Arts, Culture & Media

Algeria's contemporary artists strive to make their own space

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.

Global Scan

Spain may finally get to see a finished version of Gaudí's famous church — in Finland

Barcelona's famed Sagrada Familia church is still being built after more than a century. Now, impatient Finnish students plan to finish their own scaled-down version, imagined in this photo — out of ice. We also spotlight new relevations about Blackwater Security's lawless tactics during the Iraq War and wonder if Scotland's national dish is headed for the US, in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Algeria's contemporary artists strive to make their own space

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.

Low turnout for Algeria's protests

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.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global hit

The World's Marco Werman profiles the latest album by the Algerian-born musician, Cheb i Sabbah. Sabbah's latest CD, "Devotion" is inspired by the rich sounds and rhythms of India.

Global Politics

What Albert Camus can teach us about nation-building

Albert Camus was dashing, brilliant and died young. The French Algerian intellectual, philosopher and writer won the Nobel Prize for Literature at the tender age of 44 but died in a car crash just a few years later. His books like "The Myth of Sisyphus" and "The Plague" are still read by college students and even world leaders. But Camus' standing in France was forever tarnished by his views on the Algerian war.

Low turnout for Algeria's protests

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.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global hit

The World's Marco Werman profiles the latest album by the Algerian-born musician, Cheb i Sabbah. Sabbah's latest CD, "Devotion" is inspired by the rich sounds and rhythms of India.