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Haddad Brings Beijing Olympic Medal Home

Since the Sydney Olympics held in 2000, Algeria has been attending the Olympic Games, without being able to take home an Olympic medal. But on 10 August 2008, that all changed as a courageous judoka from Algeria, fought her way to the semi-finals, to win a bronze medal not only for herself but for her country. It was a massive moment for everyone in the Algerian Olympic delegation, as it was also the first medal to be won at the Beijing Olympics for the Arab world.

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Two Medals So Far for Algeria in the Beijing Olympics

Algeria has been quite successful in the recent years when attending the Olympic Games and it seems that they are once again on track to securing a few medals this year. The first ever gold Olympic Games medal that Algeria received was won by Hassiba Boulmerka in 1996, in the 1500m for women at the Atlanta Games. They have had many terrific athletes, such as Noureddine Morceli and Nouria Merah-Benida who both won gold medals for their country, and with two medals already in the bag, Algeria will be looking towards their remaining athletes to perform their best.

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Social and Business Etiquette in Algeria

Many tourists who visit countries that are totally different from their own are often keen to learn as much as they can about the country they are visiting, as well as the people who call it home. The North African country of Algeria is a fascinating place to visit and is a popular tourist destination. The people are warm and hospitable and there is plenty to see that is of historical and cultural significance. To make the most of a visit to Algeria it is of benefit to have some understanding of the social etiquette and customs of the Algerian people.

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Volunteer in Algeria and Make a Difference

When looking for a rewarding and challenging way to discover a country and get to know its people, there is no better way than to sign up for volunteer work. There are many agencies and establishments that offer volunteer work and experiences in various different fields. Those who are interested in volunteering in Algeria should contact these agencies and find a position that would suit them best. Indeed, volunteers are not only able to experience Algeria, but also make a difference.

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Renowned Musician Rachid Taha

Born in 1958 in Oran, Algeria, with his unique blend of techno, rock, punk and rai, Algerian-French musician Rachid Taha has attracted quite a following of fans, and has earned the respect of fellow musicians. Singing primarily in Arabic, Taha’s political and social awareness is evident in his unwavering support of democracy and tolerance, and his condemnation of racism, discrimination and fundamentalism.

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Barakat! – A Film Well Worth Your Time

December 1991 marked the beginning of the Algerian Civil War, as conflict broke out between Isalmist rebels and the government of Algeria. It was a war that raged violently until the Islamic Salvation Army surrendered in 2002, but as with all wars many innocent people died. Approximately a hundred and fifty to two hundred thousand people lost their lives, family members went missing and an estimated seventy journalists were assassinated before the end of the war. It is in this confusion, pain and time of fear that the story of Amel starts, and sets the scene for the movieBarakat!

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Takfarinas Captivates Audiences

Born in 1958 in Tixerane, Algeria, Hassen Zermani grew up in family that supported his early love for music and encouraged him to develop his talent. Taking on the name Takfarinas as a musician, he has become one of the most popular artists from Algeria and has touched lives of a far reaching. With his “Yal” music, double necked mandole and deep voice, Takfarinas has captivated fans throughout Europe and North Africa.

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The History of the Pied-Noirs

Pied-Noir, literally meaning “Black-Foot”, was originally a term coined to refer to any white settler born in Africa, later evolving into a slang name for French settlers in Algeria. After the Algerian War of Independence in 1962, which led to Algeria’s independence from France, more than a million French Pied-Noir settlers returned to France.

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