Conversion efforts by Protestant
Evangelical groups are putting the fear of change into Moslem clerics and
government officials. Six converts were recently prosecuted for "unauthorized
practice of religion", but only received suspended sentences. Police, however,
frequently harass converts. The Evangelicals preach responsibility and
self-improvement (among other things), and have been very successful in other
poor countries. In the Americas, it's the Roman Catholic church, and many more
traditional Protestant denominations, that feel the heat. In Asia, it's a
variety of religions. But in Algeria, this "Protestant Reformation" is more
ferociously opposed by the political and religious establishment. The new
message is that Islam is a failure, and the religion of losers. The
Evangelicals don't put it that bluntly, but more Algerians are getting the
operations are less important as anger over unemployment and corruption grows.
Al Qaeda is seen as a bunch of murderous maniacs, although many Berbers are
inclined to shelter the terrorists, as long as the attacks do not kill Berbers.
No way of telling how long that arrangement will last. The Berbers want
autonomy, as well as some economic relief. In general, Algerians are more
inclined to riot and attack the government for practical, economic, reasons.
This has nothing to do with religion.
2008: In the capital, two bombs went off
in a train station, killing thirteen. The target appeared to be a French
construction firm, that was working on rail facilities and a tunnel.
an army offensive near the Algerian border left at least twenty Tuareg rebels
2008: East of the capital, police
ambushed Islamic terrorists, killing one and wounding two.
2008: East of the capital, a roadside
bomb killed six soldiers and wounded four more.
neighboring Mali, the government replaced the senior military leadership, and
installed a new crew, with orders to be more successful against Tuareg rebels.
The Tuareg and Berbers are remnants of the pre-Moslem people who continue to
resist the imposition of Arab culture on region.
2008: Outside the capital, a suicide
bomber killed himself, and wounded several other people, near an army base
entrance. Another bomb went off in a nearby café, wounding several more people.