Africa

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers

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As the last phase of negotiations resumes on 20 November, the Algeria-led talks between the Malian government and the armed groups in the north should not be rushed as they offer a unique opportunity for a sustainable peace agreement. As northern Mali experiences renewed violence, with influential radical groups absent from the negotiations trying to spoil the process, the Malian ... Read More »

Iranians and multinationals hungry for nuclear deal that will end sanctions

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Rouhani’s moderate faction is relying on an agreement but even Iran’s conservative factions want to end the nuclear stalemate Jump to comments Outside the former US embassy’s compound in Tehran – now a museum called “den of spies” – hundreds of Iranians gathered last week to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the hostage crisis, when 52 American diplomats were held ... Read More »

Art Collective Sues German Politician for Libel: “It Is About Freedom of Art”

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The German art collective known as the Center for Political Beauty (CPB) doesn’t mess around. In a strange twist, the group has sued Berlin’s interior minister for defamation after he publicly criticized them for moving a Berlin Wall memorial without authorization, RBB has reported. The 1971 memorial consists of seven white crosses bearing the names of people killed attempting to escape across the Berlin Wall ... Read More »

Tunisia prepares for Libya influx despite hardened attitudes

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MEDENINE – Government authorities and aid agencies in Tunisia say they are prepared for a sudden additional flood of refugees from Libya despite growing public hostility to the influx ahead of presidential elections. A crisis plan drafted by a working group of Tunisian regional and central authorities, local civil society organizations, UN agencies and international NGOs aims to ensure space ... Read More »

Greece, Cyprus and Egypt Issue Joint Communiqué

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A trilateral meeting in Cairo between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt concluded on November 8, with the three sides issuing ajoint communiqué to address the delineation of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and establish cooperation. They agreed to step up energy cooperation in their first ever tripartite talks. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras joined Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah ... Read More »

CAR: The Fate of Refugees in Southern Chad

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Since the March 2013 coup, the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis has driven approximately 240,000 people from their homes to Cameroon and Chad. This is, of course, not the first time the region has witnessed a refugee crisis. In the last two decades, many Central Africans have sought refuge in Southern Chad from violence perpetrated either by CAR’s infamous presidential ... Read More »

Inside the Notorious Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre

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Susan wrings her hands and twitches as she speaks, jerking her head from side to side. She is clearly not well. “I ate washing powder to try and kill myself,” says the nervous woman in her fifties. Her eyes flash wild. “It was all I could find. I wanted to die. I would rather die than go back.” Susan, whose ... Read More »

Violent clashes in Burkina Faso over plans to extend president’s rule

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At least three people reported dead in fighting, while Blaise Compaoré backtracks and says he will stand down Jump to comments Burkina Faso’s revolution 2.0 The iron grip of one of Africa’s longest serving rulers was weakening on Thursday as tens of thousands of protesters clashed with security forces outside the presidential palace in Burkina Faso, demanding that Blaise Compaoré ... Read More »

Is math discovered or invented? – Jeff Dekofsky

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Published on 27 Oct 2014 View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/is-math-dis… Would mathematics exist if people didn’t? Did we create mathematical concepts to help us understand the world around us, or is math the native language of the universe itself? Jeff Dekofsky traces some famous arguments in this ancient and hotly debated question. Lesson by Jeff Dekofsky, animation by The Tremendousness Collective. Read More »

The Pistorius Trial Is a Parable About Celebrity, Not South Africa

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ven as the world’s media began to converge on Pretoria’s High Court for the final act in the Oscar Pistorius drama, officials of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority were considering their options in a hauntingly similar case. Pistorius, as we know, was charged with murder after discharging four bullets into a locked toilet cubicle. He believed an intruder was lurking ... Read More »