Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Algeria - Rising oil prices, a lack of housing, and record high unemployment sparked another uprising in the city of Birine. Youths and others burned down government buildings, including the city hall and a tax office. Most Algerians live in extreme poverty and suffer under an oppressive government, despite that the country is has vast reserves of energy resources and is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).