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The Week Unwrapped: Algerian English, dark tourism and two-headed beasts

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

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In this week’s episode, we discuss:

English in Algeria

Alegeria, which for more than a century was part of the French empire, is starting to phase out its use of the French language. Last week, when Emmanuel Macron visited the country, he was given a lectern bearing the title Presidency of the Republic, instead of Présidence de la République. This is, in part, a symbolic move – Arabic is more widely spoken – but it also illustrates the complicated status of the English language in post-colonial Africa.

Dark tourism

The launch of guided tours of Ukraine’s invaded cities has triggered fresh debate about so-called dark tourism – visiting sites associated with tragedy. Do trips to macabre tourist spots offer a chance to learn about our world and past mistakes? Or is cashing in on human misery taking us to morally dark places? 

Better than one?

A Swiss tortoise with two heads, named Janus, has celebrated his 25th birthday – a milestone that very few animals born with a similar condition ever reach. In the wild, most such animals succumb to medical complications or predators, but in captivity they become celebrities. What can we learn about them – and ourselves – from this double celebration?

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