Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. Recently, women in the Middle East and North Africa, have been standing up for democratic change and equal rights. What lies ahead for women in these countries?
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.
To help us understand more about self-immolation and those who commit it, we are joined by Michael Biggs, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Oxford, who has been studying this form of protest.
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.
A small group of Algerians who fought on the French side of Algeria's war of independence suffered widespread discrimination after the French military abandoned the country. Those who escaped to France didn't fair much better. Fifty years later, they're still waiting for an apology.
Bani Walid, in western Libya, is the last holdout of deposed and killed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. In the revolution that deposed him, Bani Walid never fell to the rebels, and has since openly continued to profess allegiance to the dead dictator. But now, a conflict has erupted between the Libyan government on one side, and Bani Walid leaders.
Mali is in the throes of an uprising between the country's Islamic fundamentalists and its nomadic, indigenous Tuareg people. The Islamists are on top and have banned all "non-devotional" music. And that's totally upended what was once a vibrant music scene.
The ongoing unrest in northern Mali is raising concerns that the militants could move into neighboring countries. And with the latest jihadist retaliation and taking of hostages, some say it's time for an increased focus on the Maghreb region and the militants who rule it.
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.
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.