Charles de Gaulle - Days that Shook the World TV - Ahmed Ben Bella – Andy Townsend - Adam Curtis TV - Peter Taylor TV - The Devil’s Graveyards: Vile Vortices Revealed TV - Hitler’s Disastrous Desert War TV -
This path no longer leads to rule of Algeria by metropolitan France but to Algerian Algeria. Charles de Gaulle
Disillusioned factions in the French military tried to organise a coup against De Gaulle. They failed. But extremist factions have formed a secret army called the OAS intent on killing De Gaulle and restoring Algeria to French rule. Days that Shook the World s2e5: Conspiracy to Kill, BBC 2004
The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time: 132 years. Ahmed Ben Bella
The liberation movement which I led in Algeria, the organization that I created to fight the French army, was at first a small movement of nothing at all. We were but some tens of people throughout Algeria, a territory that is five times the size of France. Ahmed Ben Bella
England should literally put Algeria to bed. Andy Townsend, football commentary
In Algeria this logic went completely out of control. The Islamist revolutionary groups killed thousands of civilians because they believed all these people had become corrupted. In turn, the Generals running Algeria infiltrated the revolutionary groups. Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares II: The Phantom Victory, BBC 2004
Algeria: 4 Islamist extremists are preparing to hijack an Air France plane. But this will be a hijacking with a terrible difference: no political demands, no negotiations over hostages. The hijackers are about to vent their fury on France. The plan foreshadows Osama bin Laden’s holy war against the West. 7 years before 9/11 the terrorists are planning to fly to Paris and crash the plane with over 200 passengers on board into the heart of the city. Peter Taylor, Age of Terror 3/4: The Paris Plot, BBC 2008
The hijackers were members of an extremist Islamist group called the GIA, a group notorious for its brutality. They were armed with guns, grenades and twenty sticks of dynamite. ibid.
The GIA had fed off decades of poverty, anger and political repression under Algeria’s corrupt military-backed regime. Algeria’s unemployed youth exploded in violent demonstrations. ibid.
This dramatized program is inspired by an actual 1972 document entitled The 12 Devil’s Graveyards Around the World. The Devil’s Graveyards: Vile Vorteces Revealed, caption, History 2020
Dr Joseph Spencer, biologist: As we travelled further, the dog started … The dog went mad. Why? Why this desert. Why are there no animals, no insects, nothing? It’s unheard of in biology. ibid.
This area of the Algerian desert is known locally as La Zona Morta ... It’s a thousand-square-mile area where there’s hardly life as far back as human record exist. Local tribesmen will tell you that animals don’t live here, and the animals that accidentally enter almost always die trying to escape. ibid. commentary
Here in Algeria all around there’s these unusual events: in Adrar swarms of locusts were showing up regularly [80 km inside the Zone of Death]; in Quargla various species of birds were becoming physically unable to fly and died … large flocks of birds falling from the sky, fish are dying in record numbers, insects are showing up in territories where they’ve never been seen before. But there’s a pattern. ibid. Spencer
We checked for radon, CO2, methane: nothing … Magnetism was a possibility … Out here there are wild fluctuations … huge waves of pulsating magnetic energy everywhere, because all animals can sense magnetic fields. ibid.
There’s not only one Vortex, there were more than one: it had already been discovered: Bio-Vortices. ibid.
Ivan T Sanderson: educated at Cambridge University, Sanderson founded the Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained. ibid. commentary
The Indian Ocean vortex … The vessels that went missing were concentrated to twelve places on the globe: there were four vortices in the Pacific, the west-Pacific vortex just off the coast of Japan, the South Pacific vortex off the coast of New Zealand, the Pacific vortex near Hawaii as well as the Easter Island vortex just west of South America. Then perhaps there is the most infamous vortex: the Bermuda Triangle. ibid.
It seemed these vortices not only impacted animals and machinery, but their awesome power impacts the world’s weather patterns as well. ibid.
It has to do with the Earth’s magnetics … It wasn’t until I started researching the vortices at the poles that I realised my suspicions were confirmed. ibid. Spencer
Just beneath the surface he found a blue-coloured substance. Running a geiger-counter over it Dr Spencer found the topsoil had unusually high levels of radiation, just like at the South Pole … What was causing the radiation … The aluminium isotope  they are finding on the Earth’s surface and that is abundance at all the vile vortices is somehow reacting with the metal at the Earth’s core to create these magnetic anomalies. ibid.
It’s a GPS system, a way to achieve global positioning … These vortexes post a serious threat to all life on Earth. ibid.
Each vortex appears to be a thousands square miles. ibid.
Hawaii: the United States government had unknowingly wiped out one of the twelve positions that was putting a drag on the world’s rotation. ibid.
[Experiment] These capacitors are loaded with power; when we drop those switches, the power’s going to hit here – boom – the protons are going to shoot into the ground and zap isotope 26 rendering harmless aluminium oxide. ibid.
November 1942: An armada of 200 British and American ships appears off the coast of north Africa. Operation Torch is about to begin. Right before the eyes of the local people, 100,000 men pour on to the beaches of Morocco and Algeria. It is this singular theatre, north Africa, that between 1940 and 1943 was written a famous chapter of the Second World War, the Desert War. Hitler’s Disastrous Desert War, National Geographic 2022
The Desert War, the war that nobody wanted, was to turn the World War upside down. ibid.
Rommel is waging an overly ambitious war without a care for one decisive element: fuel and supplies. ibid.