Click on the link here for Audio player: Algeria Aflame – Oct. 20, 1957
The drama, violence and overthrows that have plagued the entire continent of Africa and the region of The Middle East have gone on for decades. First, by way of Independence movements from Colonial rule. And later, by way of the overthrow of corrupt and authoritarian regimes in those former colonies. Every nation now in the grips of some level of upheaval was, at one time, the subject of colonial rule. Only after World War 1 did the map begin to change and only after World War 2 did the influence of Colonial powers start to subside. That’s not to say the influence stopped – just the overt presence.
One of those hotspots in the 1950’s was Algeria; a siege of independence that went on the better part of two decades.
In 1957 violence erupted, and it would set in place a series of events that would eventually lead to French release of Colonial rule of that North African nation, but not without a long and protracted struggle, both in Algiers and in Paris, over what the outcome should be.
Here, broadcast on October 20, 1957 is a documentary produced by CBS Radio entitled Algeria Aflame. It outlines the background and events leading up to the then-current crisis.
Fifty-five years later, the violence and struggle are the same – the figures and rulers are different, but there is still that thing of democracy that never quite seems to take hold.
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