9th Ave: Elaine Mokhtefi

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.

 

 

Elaine Mokhtefi discusses her new book, Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers.

 

Praise for Algiers, Third World Capital

 

“Algiers, Third World Capital is a return to a time when Algiers was Mecca and the Vatican for revolutionaries. Indeed, at the time Amilcar Cabral said: 'Muslims go on pilgrimage to Mecca, Christians in the Vatican and national liberation movements in Algiers.'”– Kader Bakou, Le Soir d'Algerie (French)

 

“Elaine Mokhtefi has written a fascinating insider’s account of the Black Panthers’ exile in Algiers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Legendary figures take to the stage in the world capital of the national liberation movements: Ahmed Ben Bella, Frantz Fanon, Eldridge Cleaver. Mokhtefi was a key intermediary between the Panthers and the FLN during her own time in Algiers, and a militant anti-imperialist. This is a clear-eyed, first-hand recollection of the way things fall apart.”– Jeremy Harding, author of Border Vigils

 

About Algiers, Third World Capital

 

A fascinating portrait of life with the Black Panthers in Algiers: a story of liberation and radical politics

 

Following the Algerian war for independence and the defeat of France in 1962, Algiers became the liberation capital of the Third World. Here, Elaine Mokhtefi, who as a young American woman had become involved in the struggle and worked with leaders of the Algerian Revolution, including Frantz Fanon, found a home. As a journalist and translator, she lived among guerrillas, revolutionaries, exiles and visionaries and was even present in the making of the groundbreaking film The Battle of Algiers.


Mokhtefi crossed paths with some of the era’s brightest stars: Stokely Carmichael, Timothy Leary, Ahmed Ben Bella, Jomo Kenyatta and Eldridge Cleaver. She was instrumental in the establishment of the International Section of the Black Panther Party in Algiers and was close at hand as the group became involved in intrigue, murder and international hijackings. She traveled for and with the Panthers and organised Cleaver’s clandestine departure for France.

 

 

Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781788730006
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Verso - August 7th, 2018

A fascinating portrait of life with the Black Panthers in Algiers: a story of liberation and radical politics


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