Regarding the current changes in the Middle East, As an Algerian…

…as an Algerian-American I’m confused and disappointed. I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked how I feel on the ‘Algerian revolution’ in these past couple of months and many time’s I’ve been cautious about expressing my opinion as to not offend anyone.

Yes, I did a victory dance for Tunisia and Egypt. Yes, my heart is with Libya, Syria, Yemen and Qatar. If anything, Algeria I’m disappointed. I am not going to sit in a comfortable chair (having done nothing that impacted the revolution directly) and say I am disappointed in the  Algerian people  for not rising higher than everyone else. I’m disappointed there is still no change but I am very proud of every single Algerian who took to the streets to fight for what they want-  But what does el sha3b el Jaza2iri want? The ones I’ve spoken to say that the el sha3b el jaza2iri is divided based on this.

Some want the president to step down, others want things to change and some who have been struggling with the conditions: just don’t care.

Protests in Algeria began in December, some are still continuing to this day. Will anything come to change in Algeria? And what’s stopping this change from coming sooner? Allahu Alim…

Far7 we aman

~Amina

Definitions:

el sha3b el jaza2iri: The Algerian people

Allahu Alim: God is all knowing

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8 Responses to “Regarding the current changes in the Middle East, As an Algerian…”
  1. isma says:

    first of all “sorry amina” i may sound kinda offending…and now here is my comment
    anybody not leaving in algeria cannot really give his point of view, because you just know what the media is portraying and let me tell you that the image you have is totally wrong, things are getting better in algeria, we’re doing just fine,i am not saying that life is rosy out here but a change is happening without going through the so called revolution. and do you knwo what,out of all the arabs i think that algerians got it, i mean we understand how things work down here in arab countries, we know that going through that “revolution” will just make us step back 10 years ago if not more, knowing that we’re already lagging behind because of the dark decade algeria have been through (u noe terrorism). talking about what happened in december do u noe that the minute some “stupid minds” went to the streets the guy behind terrorims in algeria wanted to take advantage of the situation, algerians who have suffered form terrorism, having to stay home all the time sleeping in halls because we were afraid of being touched by a bullet while sleeping, finding dead bodies lying in the streets each morning, parents not letting their children go to school because they weren’t sure that they’ll come back the afternoon; WE DON’T WANT THAT ANYMORE.
    today, things are getting better, salaries are raising, we can speak up our minds, if you are religious then you can practice freely, if you want to leave in the total opposite way than nobody would mind either, and we’re leaving for free we don’t pay to study, we don’t pay to go for the doctor, and recently jobless ppl are getting paid for doing nothing just waiting to get a job….and problems like unemployment are found everywhere even in the USA i mean seriously things are getting better, thanks god the young generation is aware of that and thats why we ain’t going through thise revolutions, thats why unfortunately (for you) you ain’t gonna see us in the TV anytilme soon (sorry abt that again)

    • First off, Congrats on being the first person to leave a comment on Maghrebi Minds and thank you for your insightful response!

      I understand your stance and I feel I should have phrased that last questions as ‘when will a revolution come to Algeria and what is stopping this revolution’. From your post, I take there is an obvious revolution in Algeria- one that is making change behind closed doors and not one that is on the streets protesting. Change comes in many different ways.

      As much as I searched for info on this, I haven’t found much info on this change. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places or maybe Algerians aren’t taking time to write about it because they’re busy out MAKING a change. (Holla!)

      Regarding your first comment, having been born in Algeria and still concerned for the future of Algeria I do have a right to speak on the happenings. The purpose of this article was not to say I have the upper hand in what’s going on, and I don’t, the purpose was to reflect on my opinion and question ‘what is going on?’ thus bringing in people who would help lead a discussion on what really is happening (that would be you).

      Be on the lookout, I might be contacting you in the future on issues regarding Algeria!
      Thanks again,
      ~Amina

      • isma says:

        happy to see that u got it that the right way, that is a revolution is not all about protesting on the streets.
        apart from that I didn’t mean that u don’t have the right to talk it out, it is just that a person living in algeria have more of an insightful understanding of the situation, thats all i meant. and again here we algerians ( you and I and…) have the right to speak up our minds, thats one more wonderful thing about ALGERIA ( I know thats the patriot in me whose talking)
        ,but seriously everybody has got the right to say whatever he wants,
        and by the way congrats, your blog made his way to my favorite websites list 🙂

  2. Imanos says:

    I completely agree with what Isma said. Actually, she said it ALL!! 😀
    The bloody period aside, Algerian people are well aware that overthrowing the regime by removing the president isn’t the best solution and it will only be an opening for worse people to take over the country. So, as you put it, change is being made from “behind closed doors”, starting from bottom and working towards the top inshallah. what is different from the revolutions in the other arab countries is that the uprise isnt popular but groups like doctors, lawers, especially university students, fighting for their own rights and hopefully that will make lBled a better place. what is GREAT about all this is seeing the lever of awareness amongst the young generation and the force at which they hold to their beliefs. I’m proud to be one of them 🙂
    PS: Awesome job putting up this blog. Looking forward to read more articles from the both of you 😉 #Sogonnasubscrib

  3. Woot woot! Glad to see we got some great discussion going on here already . Just wanted to say salam and welcome 🙂
    -Jamila

  4. Amine says:

    I don’t like politics, but this topic is interesting..

    For the current situation, i think that we need self development more than revolution.. coz even if we change the government, where the new one is gonna come from?? certainly from the people.. and honestly i think we still dont have enough persons who are talented enough to take the WHOLE responsability of the country..

    I’m not underestimating the algerian capabilities, the proof is the algerian success all over the world, rather the difficulty lies more in the recipients of the new ideas.. “the algerian montality”.. let’s be honest.. do you think that we can satisfy our people demands while still developing the country??..my answer would be NO, and instead of trying to satisfy the people demands, it would be better to find a way to change their demands to be more reasonable and less selfish.. that’s why i think that the hole in our people is as big as that in our aged government (after some years, we may talk about the revolution of the talented algerian youth..80%)

    thx for the topic.. 🙂

  5. Amine 2 says:

    What Tunisia and Egypt are living nowadays, we lived it in the beginning of the ninetees. We went through horrible times and we paid a very high price for something named “freedom of thought” that turned out to be a nightmare.
    I do adhere to Amine’s comments believing in gradual real change from the inside out that should be based on people self-development and education, is the way to go. This may take relatively a long time but it will have impact at a historical proportion.. it is essential that people have good intellectual capability and high degree of awareness to be able to lead the country the right way. Positive real change does not occur while corruption is widespread at a popular level and while mentalities are still relying on govenment to lower the prices of goods, while hard work is put on a back burner. “Allah does not bring change to people’s situation unless they bring change within themselves”, change should not be centered around the governmental institution, it should start with you and me, then my family and yours, then my neighbors and yours then my town and yours then our nation..the little streams will become a big river, and as history has taught us, it is through the rivers that civilizations are built ..

    • isma says:

      waw glad to see how aware you guys are, and happy to see that you all are supporting the same point of view , see amina told ya out of all arab countries we (bright algerians) we got it
      this makes me even prouder
      (you see you see) thats for imanos :p

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