Latest blog posts

  • By: Brian Whitaker
    Algerians who have been demonstrating on the streets for more than a month appear to have achieved their primary goal of toppling President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. On Monday the official news agency reported that the 82-year-old president will resign "before 28 April" – the date when his...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    At least five members of Britain's special forces have reportedly been injured in gun battles in Yemen. If true, the story has serious implications because the British government has long insisted that it is not a party to the conflict. According to the Mail on Sunday, commandos from Britain...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    A recent report by the chemical weapons watchdog, OPCW, has caused a flurry of activity among defenders of the Assad regime who claim chemical attacks in Syria have been faked or staged by rebels. The obvious conclusion to be drawn from the OPCW report was that two cylinders of chlorine gas...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
      Protesters returned to the streets of Algeria with renewed anger on Tuesday, accusing President Bouteflika of trickery. For a brief moment on Monday night it seemed that their key demand had been granted, and that the 82-year-old president, who is in poor health, would not after...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    The strikes and street protests seen in Algeria over the last couple of weeks bore fruit on Monday with the announcement that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is 82 and in poor health, will not be seeking a fifth term in office after all. At first sight, this is a significant victory for the...

Click here for more blog posts.

  • To receive blog posts by email register below (your email address will not be used for other purposes).
  • al-bab is happy to consider publishing blog posts submitted by readers. Click for details.

News updates


News background

Special features

Book serialisation

Tweets by @Brian_Whit