From British daily The Morning Star:
Blood mixed with oil
(Sunday 23 December 2007)
Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed by Martin Evans and John Phillips
(Yale University Press, £19.99)
GORDON PARSONS learns of the turbulent history of a troubled nation.
“ALGERIAN history, like all history, is a palimpsest. Time is layered upon time so that one buried layer of history seeps through to the one above.”
A visit by French President Charles De Gaulle to Algeria this week in 1960 resulted in the killing of some 85 Muslim civilians by French security forces and rightwing settlers. The death toll may actually have been far higher. Strict French censorship made independent analysis of the government estimate impossible: here.
Nowhere in the guidebooks is there any mention about the Parisian massacre of Algerians on October 17 1961: here.
Ahmed Ben Bella: 1918-2012: here.