Africa

Bridging past and present, the African American Museum opening is a dynamic celebration

In a dim, quiet backroom in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a gray-haired man paused in front of a bronze casket, and he stood to pay his last respects to Emmett Till. By Monica Hesse and Krissah Thompson “Jesus,” whispered the man, a retired college administrator named Samuel L. Wright. He leaned forward. He saw that behind the glass, inside the coffin, lay a picture of the… Source: Bridging past and present, the African American Museum ... Read More »

A special gift from UK to Nigeria: promoting human rights or secrecy?

At Lagos Airport, Nigerians deported from Britain are processed out of sight in a ‘reception centre’ given by Britain. LOTTE LEWIS SMITH and ‘MARK UMUNNA’ One July day the British High Commissioner to Nigeria met with the country’s minister of interior to express “delight” at a special gift from one friendly country to another. The gift, hidden away behind a locked fence in the cargo section of Lagos’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport, is a… Source: A special gift from UK to ... Read More »

Trump met his favorite Middle East strongman. What happened next will not surprise you.

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Although Donald Trump doesn’t have too many nice things to say about people in the Middle East, he has spent the past year and a half lionizing one man in particular: Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. By Ishaan Tharoor The Egyptian leader and former army officer came to power in a military coup in 2013 and has since set about consolidating his grip through a… Source: Trump met his favorite Middle East strongman. What happened next will not surprise you. – The Washington ... Read More »

Kenya or Somalia: Who owns the sea?

For years, Kenya and Somalia have argued over where their maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean runs. The International Court of Justice in The Hague could now decide who owns the sea, a decision that will only suit one. A narrow triangle off the coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, about 100,000 square kilometers (62,000 square miles), is the… Source: Kenya or Somalia: Who owns the sea? | Africa | DW.COM | 16.09.2016 Read More »

What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis?

A record 65 million people have been displaced from their homes, mostly by war. Half are children. Crisis Group looks at the UN’s list of the top ten countries driving the exodus to explain what’s happened… Source: What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis? | International Crisis Group Read More »

After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports

The seizure of Libya’s main pre-2013 oil terminals by an opposition force is a blow to the authority of Libya’s fledgling UN-backed Presidency Council. Claudia Gazzini But smart compromises might help restart the flow of oil, as Crisis Group’s Senior Libya analyst Claudia Gazzini explains in this Q… Source: After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports | International Crisis Group Read More »

Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean

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Shaul Chorev, Mary Landrieu, Ami Ayalon, Seth Cropsey, Charles D. Davidson, Douglas J. Feith, Arthur Herman, Ron Prosor, Gary Roughead & Eytan Sheshinski Authoritarian politics, energy and computer technology and war are rapidly transforming the Eastern Mediterranean.Political instability — triggered by the Arab Spring — has made the region extraordinarily violent. Syria is disintegrating; millions of refugees from the conflict have spread across the… Source: Report of the Commission on the Eastern Mediterranean – by Shaul Chorev Mary Landrieu Ami ... Read More »

Burkina Faso: Preserving the Religious Balance

In a troubled region, Burkina Faso is a rare example of religious​ diversity and​ tolerance​.​ But a perceived discrepancy between a significant number of Muslims and their low level of public representation has created tensions. To safeguard Burkina’s model of peaceful coexistence, the… Source: Burkina Faso: Preserving the Religious Balance | International Crisis Group Read More »

British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers

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Deployment of HMS Diamond part of EU crackdown as number of migrants trying to cross Mediterranean reaches record level Chris Stephen A British warship will arrive off the Libyan coast in the next few days in a dramatic attempt to intercept and arrest people smugglers as the flow of migrants trying to cross the… Source: British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Cyprus-Egypt pipe deal opens door for East Med gas

Cyprus has signed a deal to build a pipeline to supply Egypt with natural gas once production starts from the Aphrodite field located offshore the Mediterranean island. The agreement sets the political framework for additional commercial agreements, Cyprus’ Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Tarek el-… Source: Cyprus-Egypt pipe deal opens door for East Med gas Read More »

14,000 migrants saved in Med in 5 days, says Italian coast guard

The Italian Coast Guard said that 1,725 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast on Sept. 1, bringing the total number saved since Aug. 27 to at least 14,000. Those plucked from the Mediterranean on Sept. 1 were on 16 small boats, mostly dangerous inflatables, and were rescued by Italian naval vessels, ships from the EU’s “Sophia” anti-trafficking mission, NGO boats and two passing merchant ships, the… Source: 14,000 migrants saved in Med in 5 days, says Italian coast guard ... Read More »

In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon

Two years ago, the Cameroonian government declared war on Boko Haram. Despite some progress, the group’s violent impact is still seen and felt deeply in the remote north of the country… Source: In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon | International Crisis Group Read More »

Gabon election: Protests as Ali Bongo beats Jean Ping

Protests in capital Libreville turn violent as supporters of opposition leader Jean Ping say the vote was “stolen”. Supporters of Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping have clashed with security forces in the capital Libreville, after incumbent President Ali Bongo was named the winner of a… Source: Gabon election: Protests as Ali Bongo beats Jean Ping – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

New elephant study shows catastrophic decline in Africa

‘Our living dinosaurs’ There are far fewer African elephants than we thought, study shows By David McKenzie and Ingrid Formanek, CNN Linyanti Swamp, Botswana (CNN)Scanning Botswana’s remote Linyanti swamp from the low flying chopper, elephant ecologist Mike Chase can’t hide the… Source: New elephant study shows catastrophic decline in Africa – CNN.com Read More »

S Africa: Black students protest ‘racist’ hair rules

Teachers at South African high school accused of racism for forcing black girls to follow a discriminatory hair code. By Anealla Safdar High school students in South Africa have protested against black girls being forced by teachers to arrange their hair differently, alleging that they are being made to follow strict style rules that are  racist and… Source: S Africa: Black students protest ‘racist’ hair rules – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Militiaman who became Libya’s oil kingpin

Eastern militiaman’s support for the central government could end the conflict. By ADAM NATHAN  RA’S LANUF, Libya — Ibrahim Jadhran has gone from an alleged car thief imprisoned in Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s most notorious prison to a warlord in charge of a powerful militia sitting on billions of dollars of oil money. Now he’s one of the… Source: Militiaman who became Libya’s oil kingpin – POLITICO Read More »