Nedjib Sidi Moussa
is a contributor to the Brooklyn Rail.
| Field Notes
The popular uprising in Algiers on Friday, February 22 surprised most observers, starting with those who had rhapsodized over the regimes stability since the emergence of the Arab Spring, or who had emphasized the passivity of a people traumatized by colonial violence, by authoritarian rule, by the civil war in the 1990s. But Algerian society was not cut off from international capitalism or from its regional environment.