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Andrea Khalil


On Algerian Civil Society and the Prohibition of Assembly

[Members of SOS disparus march in Algiers. Image by Hassan Ferhati.]

Despite the fact that its laws allow the assembly of people on the streets and squares of Algeria, the public space remains firmly blocked by the Algerian state. This closure is assured in two ways: firstly, through the restrictions placed by law on civil associations, and secondly, by the ways in which the police control crowds.  The most recent amendment to Algerian law on public assembly details the administrative process required to form a legal public protest. In ...

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Libyan Eastern Tribal Chiefs, Population, and Government (Part 1 of 2)

[Image from the 15 September meeting in Benghazi. Image by Andrea Khalil.]

On 15 September 2012, the tribal chiefs of Libya’s eastern region held a meeting to announce their solutions to the recent spate of violence, which culminated in the attack on the US consulate on 11 September. Although invitations were extended to government officials at this meeting, the tribes announced a clearly critical stance vis-a-vis the government’s weak politics, at times condemning its performance and thus affirming a new capacity to criticize the Libyan state. At ...

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Andrea Khalil is associate professor at CUNY and a Fulbright Scholar Tunisia 2012-2013.