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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Arab Spring stops at Algeria

Algeria has taken in members of fallen Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi's family. France must do something about this at the international Libya conference taking place on Thursday in Paris, demands the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: "France, with its President Nicolas Sarkozy and distinguished intellectuals like Bernard-Henri Lévy, is casting itself as the guardian of the freedom ideals of the Arab world. It has quickly forgotten its decades of friendship with the dictators of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. It should remember Algeria and make itself heard in a country that after the first signs of the Arab Spring protest once again sealed itself off entirely. The repressive apparatus in Algeria profits from the deep wounds left by the civil war and the fear of Islamist terror, but also from the isolation and silence. ... In the hope that not even France will notice, Algeria is pursuing a strategy of immobility in domestic politics and expanding its influence with its foreign policy."

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