Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 film The Battle of Algiers immortalized Algeria’s fight against French colonial rule. But Saadi Yacef, who died last month at age 93, stood out among the movie’s stars, for he had also been a key leader of the armed struggle in real life.
Malia Bouattia is an activist, writer, and editor at Red Pepper magazine.
Two years since millions-strong protests toppled Algeria’s longtime president, June’s regime-organized elections met with a massive popular boycott. For Algerians to really control their lives, the whole regime must go.
Today, protests in forty towns and cities across the Netherlands are highlighting the role of Dutch-based firms like Shell in fueling climate crisis. Workers are at the forefront of the struggle — offering hope for a mass environmental movement that goes beyond the middle class.