NARCO CLOSEHOLD: Algerian Equilibrium

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

By Geoff D. Porter

In Algeria, power’s constant contestation causes an uneasy equilibrium. There is a ceaseless push and pull. There is no definitive décideur. Everyone is a would-be contender to the title, a pretender to the throne, but their power is fleeting and their impact even more so. Stakeholders are influential one day, irrelevant the next. Programs are shelved. Initiatives die on the vine. Things change so frequently that nothing changes.

The latest episode involves a cellphone smuggled into solitary confinement, a leaked, dimly lit, selfie video, astounding allegations against Algeria’s highest ranking military officer, and a flurry of questions about what it all means.

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