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Algiers, Third World Capital
Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers | Elaine Mokhtefi
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A fascinating portrait of life with the Black Panthers in Algiers: a story of liberation and radical politics Following the Algerian war for independence and the defeat of France in 1962, Algiers became the liberation capital of the Third World. Elaine Mokhtefi, a young American woman immersed in the struggle and working with leaders of the Algerian Revolution, found a home here. A journalist and translator, she lived among guerrillas, revolutionaries, exiles, and visionaries, witnessing historical political formations and present at the filming of The Battle of Algiers. Mokhtefi crossed paths with some of the eras brightest stars: Frantz Fanon, Stokely Carmichael, Timothy Leary, Ahmed Ben Bella, Jomo Kenyatta, and Eldridge Cleaver. She was instrumental in the establishment of the International Section of the Black Panther Party in Algiers and close at hand as the group became involved in intrigue, murder, and international hijackings. She traveled with the Panthers and organized Cleavers clandestine departure for France. Algiers, Third World Capital is an unforgettable story of an era of passion and promise.
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Coming to Algiers from the sea is one of the most spine tingling travel experiences in the world. In the early morning light, the view from the water of the wall of white Moorish dwellings, the Casbah, is like gazing at a shimmering desert mirage and as unreal. The entire city sweeps upward and envelops the mountain behind it in a blaze of light from the east.

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Before I started reading this book, I had no idea it was a memoir! A really gripping perspective on Algerian Reconstruction and the International Section of the Black Panther Party by an American interpreter for the Algerian government and the BPP. Because she is a Jewish internationalist, I, of course, feel an affinity towards her and I am grateful to have learned about her small but important role in the anti-colonial struggle.

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ALGIERS, THIRD WORLD CAPITAL

Tallies of the number of people killed vary....On the eve of independence, the 500,000 books in the University of Algiers library went up in flames. The fires were lit by the dean of the university and the head librarian, who fled... to France: they torched the books "so as not to leave them for the FLN." ..... By the time of independence.... 50% of the population was destitute, hungry, and sick.