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Worldview: Reports of some hostages in Algeria hostages freed, Israeli elections and Global Activism
The Algerian Press Service reports some of the foreign hostages held at an Algerian gas plant have been freed but the operation resulted in a number of “victims.” Israelis will vote in presidential elections next week.
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Who are Algeria’s Islamists?
Algeria’s news agency reports that up to 45 hostages, including Americans, have escaped a energy complex, a day after Islamic terrorists seized the area. Time
magazine and other news outlets say that several hostages may have be dead. Anouar Boukhars
with a theCarnegie Endowment’s Middle East explains the North African nation’s complicated history of Islamic movements.
BREAKING: Militants: Algerian copter attack kills 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers in Sahara standoffThe Associated Press
Arab Israeli voter participation flagging
Voter turnout among Arab Israelis is projected to be at an all-time low. Participation among Arab Israelis has been declining—it was just 53 percent in the last election—but it could fall below half that, according to some predictions. Worldview looks at the Arab retreat from national politics with As’ad Ghanem, a professor of political science at the University of Haifa, who just oversaw a survey of Arab Israeli voter intentions.
Global Activism: Local couple sends books to villages in Africa
Wauconda couple Steve and Paulie Kutschat have a deep love for books. After a trip to Africa, the Kutschats founded Bookfriends International, a nonprofit providing educational resources to secondary school-age children in Africa. Their donations include text books, library books and reference materials.
Bookfriends International, NFPBookfriends International is a nonprofit organization focused on providing school books to secondary (middle / high) schools in Africa…