Crumbling of the Casbah

The Crumbling of the Casbah

by Craig S. Smith in the New York Times (July 23, 2006)

“UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage site, and the Algerian government has designated it a protected landmark, to no avail. Closed in on itself, symbolizing the local population’s long isolation from French colonial rulers — and more recently, radical Islam’s retreat from modernity — this seemingly impenetrable agglomeration of houses is falling down.”

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