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An Inquiry Into The Algerian Massacres Hardcover – 1999
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This sombre study indulges in little speculation. It keeps to careful documentation of the ‘economic geography of the mass killings’, the choice of victims, the locations relative to military and police installations, the timing relative to ‘interfactional hostilities within the mili- tary’ and events of political significance (elections, ‘statements and positions of France and the US’), and similar factors, providing a comprehensive record that others may evaluate to draw their own conclusions. At the very least, this impressive and deeply sobering study underscores the importance of the call for a high-level independent inquiry, which has been issued repeatedly by the leading human rights organisations, and always rejected. Professor Noam Chomsky Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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The volume is most useful for its overwhelming documentation of Algerian civil war violence. The topic is greatly under-covered and somewhat suppressed. This is because it falls square in the middle of "war on terror" and "Islamist v. secularist" debates in the US and Western Europe. This is unfortunate, because the available evidence offers pretty straightforward picture of a dirty war, wherein state forces, directed largely out of top military intelligence circles, staged numerous incidents that were blamed on the opposition party (FIS) and its allies. The military then appears to have used these false-flag incidents as a pretext for wholesale repression.
This work, which dates from 1999, offers close scrutiny to claims made by all sides, and supplies ample evidence. It is at times tendentious in its criticism of state actors and their use of violence, but the analysis is generally dispassionate, well-sourced, and closely argued.
The whole of the work is an accumulated body of evidence and analysis supporting the thesis of a state-waged terror campaign against all forms of opposition and dissidence, focused especially on grassroots activists operating within an Islamist framework to generate a civilian government accountable to the people of Algeria.
At over 1000 pages, there is much to learn and discover here. The articles are well presented and summarized at the outset of each chapter.
This tome is also reviewed in the Middle East Journal. It is available for free online, as PDF, through the Hoggar Institute website.
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