February 17, 1985 |
This country's leaders have an urgent message for their people: Give up the traditional goal of a large family or face a future of poverty, ignorance and dependence on imported food. Planners fear that the country's annual population growth rate of 3.2%, which would double Algeria's numbers in 22 years, will nullify their attempts to convert oil and gas revenues into a higher standard of living.
October 14, 1988 |
The old man sat stiffly on a stool in front of his fire-gutted storefront, trying to ignore the stranger who wanted to know what he thought about the riots that convulsed Algiers last week. Finally, without saying a word, he raised his right hand and pointed to a slogan scrawled in large letters on a wall across the street. "Chadli assassin," it said. "Give us our rights."
May 17, 1987 |
After a new National Assembly was elected in February, a joke began going around Algiers to the effect that the real winners of the election were butter and coffee. To Algerians, no explanation was needed.