Tunisia’s Borders (II): Terrorism and Regional Polarisation

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The growing link between cartels and armed jihadi militants along Tunisia’s borders with Algeria and Libya, combined with heightened ideological polarisation, could form an explosive mix ahead of Tunisia’s legislative and presidential elections. In its latest briefing, Tunisia’s Borders (II): Terrorism and Regional Polarisation, the International Crisis Group builds on its November 2013 report and analyses the alarming security threats ... Read More »

Ebola Virus Disease: A potential global catastrophe

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Once again the World Health Organization is seriously under-funded as it strives to fight against the worst outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the history of the planet, one which threatens to develop into a nightmare scenario in West Africa before Christmas, and one which could become a global catastrophe. Time to pull together. Once again in a world which ... Read More »

CPS tells George Galloway he faces no charges over ‘Israel-free zone’ speech

Respect MP George Galloway outside Parliament last month. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

George Galloway will not face charges over a speech he made in August declaring Bradford an “Israel-free zone”. The Respect MP for Bradford West was interviewed by police under caution over claims that his statements in Leeds had incited racial hatred. The Crown Prosecution Service said on Wednesday night it had decided not to charge Galloway, who labelled the allegations ... Read More »

Boko Haram: African leaders set to deploy coordinated military forces to fight terrorist group

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The leaders of African nations Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Benin have announced plans to step up the fight against Boko Haram with an additional battalion and a command centre to tackle the militants whose insurgency has spread beyond Nigeria. The four heads of state and a representative of Cameroon’s president said after meeting in Niger’s capital Niamey that a command ... Read More »

As Egyptians Grasp for Stability, Sisi Fortifies His Presidency


CAIRO — With President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi back from his first visit to the United Nations, the Egyptian news media is hailing his performance there as a transformational moment, for the Egyptian president and even for the General Assembly. No longer tainted as a former general who ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mr. Sisi was finally recognized by the ... Read More »

Central African Republic: A Transition at Risk

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Also available in: français On 26 September 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General convened a high-level meeting on the Central African Republic. The meeting aimed to identify the next steps for the restoration of peace and stability in the country, following the signing of the Brazzaville Cessation of Hostilities agreement on 23 July, the appointment of a new transitional government on ... Read More »

11 things you didn’t know about marijuana

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1. Australian use of cannabis is three times the global average. UNODC estimates 10.3% of the Australian population aged 14 and above had used cannabis in the last year. This rate is also comparable to the rate in other former British colonies like New Zealand, Nigeria, US and Canada. Source: The Lancet, The Economist and UNODC 2. According to a small survey undertaken in Australia in ... Read More »

ICC set for landmark Kenyatta appearance at The Hague

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The International Criminal Court in The Hague is set to hold the first of two days of hearings in which Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will be the first head of state to come before it. He is facing charges of crimes against humanity in connection with violence that followed the 2007 elections. More than 1,000 Kenyans were killed. The president’s ... Read More »

Alfano calls for end to Italy’s Mare Nostrum on anniversary


Minister says Frontex Plus must take over Mediterranean rescues Italy’s Mare Nostrum sea search and rescue operation must be shut down and replaced by November with the European Frontex Plus, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Friday. During a visit to Tunis on the first anniversary of one of two Lampedusa boat disasters that took the lives of some 400 ... Read More »