Algiers

Arts

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

Hip-hop for revolution

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.

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