Several factors may explain the low profile of Algerian's regime today.
We believe that it is only a matter of time before Algerians, like Tunisians, Libyans and Egyptians, rise up to confront the 50-year dictatorial arabo-islamist regime , a far more repressive regime than Ben Ali ones. Amazigh-speaking Algerians have had “enough” of a leader known to the people as a “silent killer” due to his ability to charm outsiders, block information from the ground from getting out of the country and silence outsiders by making himself useful to the highest bidders; thereby maintaining a low-profile dictatorship; despite his brutality.
To amazigh-speaking Algerians , Bouteflika is a terrorist—a serial perpetrator of genocide, crimes against humanity, who has used oil revenues to fund a repressive one-party apartheid government that has closed off all political space; resulting in a claimed electoral victory of 90%. He has severely restricted the activities of civic organizations; controls all the media, criminalizes dissent and represses the civil rights of the people; creating a culture of fear that has enabled him and his cronies to rob the people of Algeria of their land, natural resources and national assets
The people of Algeria will not be satisfied until this tyrannical regime steps down and is replaced with a government that gives the people genuine freedom and democracy.
The already precarious situation is made all the more dangerous by the deep-seeded ethnic divisions within the country; carefully cultivated by this regime. In Algeria, the regime has used divide and conquer tactics to fragment the opposition, to create racism between Arabic-speaking and Amazigh-speaking algerians and prolong his own power. He has garnered some degree of religion/ethnic-based support by exploiting those within his own arabo-islamist group.
In light of this, President Obama and other western leaders are urgently invited to re-examine foreign policies that choose dictators over the people. How sustainable is stability or national interest when it comes at the cost of the suffering, misery and abuse of our global neighbors? Only when the rhetoric of freedom, justice, truth, the rule of law, respect of differences and respect for human rights is empowered by policy, will we better ensure the security of our homeland, our global society and all humankind.