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Radio interview with Natalya Vince, discussing the roles of Algerian women after independence.

In the 11 March 2017 episode of the history programme Fach’hadou on Chaine 3 (link below courtesy of www.radioalgerie.dz), Natalya Vince explores the participation of women in Algerian society after independence in 1962. She discusses the drivers of the early successes included a level of participation of women in Algerian politics ahead of its time. A backlash followed their efforts at mobilisation in the 1960s and despite educational advances, marginalisation set in during the 1970s and 1980s. For other weekly episodes exploring Algerian history, go to http://www.radioalgerie.dz/chaine3/fachhadou

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Genocide-mongering does nothing to help us understand the messy dynamics of conflict in the CAR

Following the recent events in the Central African Republic, we republish an article from 2014 recounting the political situation and explaining the historical roots of the conflict.   After Michel Djotodia’s removal from the presidency of the Central African Republic (CAR) on the 10th January [2014], speculation and rumours about his successor were rife. Would it be Josué Binua, who had been a minister under Djotodia but was previously a confidant of the ousted Jean-François Bozizé? No, it soon became clear — members of the newly-resigned government were excluded from consideration. This was fortunate. The choice of Binua, an evangelical preacher, at a time when religion has become politicized in new ways in the CAR, would not augur well for building trust after the past year’s violence. The strictness and extensiveness of the presidential criteria left some joking that they would exclude almost everyone. Almost, but not quite. On Sunday night, members of the National Assembly elected Catherine Samba-Panza, Mayor of Bangui and a businesswoman and lawyer. Diplomats and aid workers knew Samba-Panza as a founder of the Association des Femmes Juristes Centrafricains (AFJC), an organization they tripped over each other in a race to fund. Unlike many other civil […]

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