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.
Drive by the Yusuf Mosque in Boston on a Friday afternoon, prayer day, and you'll see men and women from across the Muslim world, from Indonesia to Iraq to North Africa, in a wide variety of dress. And none of them care which Islamic sect anyone is from.
The city of Marseille, France’s second biggest, is home to the country’s largest Muslim population. About one in four of its residents are Muslims. Yet you’d be hard pressed to find a single proper mosque in town.
Early Thursday, the Algerian government forces launched an operation to try and free the hostages, some of whom are Americans. The operation apparently began when Algerian forces fired on a militant convoy that was carrying some of the captives.
Martial Solal has been a leading figure in French jazz for a half century. And before we end the show, we answer today's Geo Quiz. We were looking for a country in central Africa where a national census is under way. The answer in Chad.