How does the modern history of Algeria help explain the In Amenas hostage crisis? Most commentators in the British media haven’t the slightest idea, but that hasn’t stopped them blathering on about it. Natalya Vince, a historian at Portsmouth, points out a few problems with the gormless view of Algerian history on Textures du temps. (The site is trilingual—this post is in English.)
Update: there’s also some informed comment on this subject from James McDougall, an Algeria specialist at Oxford, here. Hugh Roberts, a former North Africa programme director for the International Crisis Group who now teaches at Tufts University in Boston, asks some questions about the stand-off here.