September 03, 2009
Algeria: No Poor People
A delicious item to note as I work on a follow up on my Algeria Autarky post (and related incoherent economic policy), from Maghreb Politics Review
the fine declaration that there are “No poor people in Algeria” as our friend Alle notes
Here’s a whopper: Algeria’s Religious Affairs Minister Bouabdellah Ghoulamallah has claimed on state radio that “there are no poor people in Algeria”. Referring to how some 1,5 m Algerians vacation in Tunisia every year, and hundreds of thousands of others go to Hajj or Omra in Saudi Arabi, he said that the talk of poverty is just a “media invention”. Needless to say, this will be news to the legions of unemployed and desperately poor Algerians who struggle to make ends meet, and it is an excellent example of the “hogra”, high-handed neglect and spite from the authorities, which the Algerians resent so much.Mind you, this is not a one off delusion. I have had on more than one occasion in the past decade had to listen to Algerian officials ranting on to similar effect, as in their thinking while there are some small things to iron out relative to their fine petro-socialism, the common Algeria has obviously benefited. Except for those haraga wreckers but they deserve it, scum that they are.
For the record, Algeria last year ranked 104th on the UNDP’s Human Development Index, below the Arab average, and just slightly above the Occupied Palestinian Territories — this, after several years of a record-breaking oil bonanza.
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But of course there's no poor people in Algeria, what with all the expat and tourist revenues from all the gay Iranians, who are all clearly living outside of Iran.
Posted by: mch at September 4, 2009 11:56 AM
I noticed that you have a very derogatory language on Algeria. Though, I agree with you, many things are criticisable in this country, I don't understand why you are so harsh. Are you Algerian yourself ? Where are you from ?
Posted by: Ey at September 10, 2009 03:49 PM
Why am I so harsh?
Because the Algerian government is so bloody fucked up, that's why. And doesn't provide any entertainment value like the Libyans do. With its resources, Algeria could be an economic motor for the Maghreb. Instead it is a dead weight, run by droolingly incompetent Generals as a basket-case Oil Socialist Republic.
And no, I am not Algerian, nor Maghrebi. I simply live and do business across the region, Maghreb and Machrek. I do have family here and there in the region, but I have no particular national ties to any MENA country.
Thus I call it as I see it, based on my experience.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at September 11, 2009 05:13 AM