by Hervé Pugi. The 2014 presidential election in Algeria is still fresh. Yet, the question of Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s succession is already present in many minds. Lobbying activities of potential candidates are underway. among the names that are constantly coming up is that of Mouloud Hamrouche, « son of the system »… What exactly is Mouloud Hamrouche’s merit? That of having been the head of the government of … Continuer de lire Algeria: what if it was Hamrouche?
by Hervé Pugi. Wished for by President al-Bashir, Sudanese national dialogue perhaps does not yet include unanimity among all the protagonists. However, the openings are very real. It is this in particular that led Popular Congress to join the negotiating table. Meeting with the political affairs officer of this opposition party, Kamal O.A. Abd Elsalam. Faced with the media, the Sudanese – regardless of their … Continuer de lire Kamal Abd Elsalam: “The opportunity to reach a reconciliation”
by Hervé Pugi. More than simple conquerors, the Arabs forging ahead through Africa, through the Maghreb from the 7th century, appeared as bearers of a revolutionary message: progress. This fledgling and soon triumphant Islam was going to find in this region of the world a sufficiently rich breeding ground in which to plant its religious seed that has blossomed, despite the trials and tribulations of … Continuer de lire Islam: Conquering lands & hearts
by Hervé Pugi. One needs only to pull out of Khartoum and drive about 40 kilometers to arrive at a cluster of buildings, like so many in Sudan. And here, several shimmering, aquamarine green mausoleums stand around a simple mosque surrounded by open space. Their facades stand out against a deep blue sky. Under a relentless sun, haunting chants can be heard in sequences of … Continuer de lire Umm Dawban, a close-knit community
by Hervé Pugi. Professor Hassan Makki has been head of the research center of African studies at the International University of Africa in Khartoum for several decades. This is where we went to meet him to talk about Islam in Africa and Sudan. Scribouille: Islam and Africa share a long history. Would you say that Islam is a part of African identity? Hassan Makki (H. … Continuer de lire Hassan Makki: “we are facing a crisis because we are under siege!”
by Hervé Pugi. Too often considered as the strong arm of the Security Council, the International Criminal Court (ICC) actually works without a special mandate from the United Nations (UN). This state of affairs was established by an agreement made on October 4th, 2004 regulating institutional relations between these two entities. In reality the court seems to be a kind of hostage (or willing victim) … Continuer de lire The UN and the ICC must speak with one voice