The Algerian government has recently been issuing new legal protections to protect endangered species in Algeria. The action is a response to months-long national press campaign, denouncing the authorisation given to emirs in the Gulf to hunt wild bustard and gazelle. The animals are threatened with extinction and are supposed to be protected by law. Other species, such as the goldfinch, a songbird native to Algeria, are also being hunted excessively without much protest.
As a young man growing up in Toronto in the 1980s, I considered Third World Books on Bathurst St. a shrine to which I made weekly pilgrimages.
In these formative years, I, like so many other young men and women who frequented the store, was exposed to writers and thinkers - Audre Lourde, Claude McKay, bell hooks, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Cheikh Anta Diop, C.L.R. James - and a range of ideas such as Pan- Africanism, socialism, Third Worldism, and anti- imperialism. Third World Books was the site of lively, and, at times, heated debate. We were imagining and crafting the world anew, and our tools were the books that graced the store's shelves.
WFP is facing increasing difficulties in providing food assistance to Sahrawi refugees living in remote camps near Tindouf in southwest Algeria – a concern also shared by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
“Thousands of refugees depend on external humanitarian assistance to survive. With no donor support, we are simply running out of food to give them,” warned Marius de Gaay Fortman, WFP Country Director for Algeria.
Algiers- "Diary of Algeria, poetic meetings and wanderings of both Mediterranean banks" is a collection of Italian poetry, which first issue will be that of Poetess Daniela Attanasio, invited recently in Algiers. Initiated by Algiers' Italian Cultural Institute, "diary of Algeria" provides a "space for freedom set to host the Italian poets," the Institute's director Mario Paolini wrote in its foreword, adding that this collection "may be a kind of anthology of the Italian contemporary poetry in Algiers."
Investors from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt are stealing a march on most of the rest of the world by providing between them around half of Algeria's entire foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2005.
The achievements - and profits - racked up by the companies of these three countries are significant. The Egyptian conglomerate Orascom in telecommunications (Djezzy), construction and building materials (Orascom Construction), as well as their subsidiary Algerian Cement Company for cement, have foreign investors eyeing up the country's potential. The other notable foreign success stories include Kuwaiti firm Watanya, which owns local telecommunications player Nedjma, and Saudi Arabian company Sidar, which is involved in construction and real estate.