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A Friendly Game of International Border Subversion

Activists in Morocco and Algeria hope to play a volleyball game using the countries’ mutual border as a net

Of all the things to ever be lobbed across borders of rival countries, volleyballs may be the most benign. Activists in Morocco and Algeria are hoping a friendly volleyball game across their countries’ mutual border, closed since 1994, will foster goodwill between the two nations. A Facebook event created for the historic match, scheduled for November 29th, has garnered more than 3,600 RSVPs from people all over the world. Loubna Karroum, one of the match’s organizers, said they were inspired by a similar event that took place over another famous, heavily militarized border in the United States.

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Round Two: Pro-Democracy Algerians Plan to Take to the Streets Tomorrow

Algeria is bracing itself for a day of Egypt-like protests tomorrow. Are the dominos are falling in the Arab states?


The dominos are falling in the Arab states.

No doubt spurred on by the success of their comrades in Egypt today, pro-democracy groups in Algeria are planning a day of protest in the capital city of Algiers. Algeria, an oil-rich African nation under the militaristic rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, put down a series of demonstrations in January, leaving five dead and hundreds more injured. But tomorrow, despite a ban on protests in the capital, "a hastily formed umbrella group of civil associations, independent trade unionists and small political parties has called for a national day of protest ... under the slogan 'Changing the system'."

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