In 1980 when the then-town of El Asnam (Chlef today) was devastated by an earthquake, famed geologist Haroun Tazieff warned of the big one that was yet to come. His televised expert opinion scared many and millions of Algerians did not like what they heard.
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Nasima Alli is The North Africa Journal's News Editor. She has been an observer of the North African scene over the past several years. Based in New York, her interest in the region spans from cultural and gender issues to human rights and politics.