Africa

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns… Associated Press The Guardian The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and… World faces worst… Read More »

New Libyan Militia’s Oil Strike Risks Wider Conflagration

Libyan factions are once again fighting for control of key oil installations in the Gulf of Sirte’s “oil crescent”. Claudia Gazzini ICG The latest offensive risks reducing Libya’s oil production and is undermining efforts to broker a peace deal. In this Q&A Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst for Libya, assesses the fallout. New Libyan Militia’s… Read More »

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th… Reuters in Cairo The Guardian Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled… Look on my… Read More »

Famine-hit South Sudan hikes fees for work permits

Work permit fees increased 100-fold for foreign aid workers to $10,000, officials say, despite ongoing famine. Al Jazeera War-ravaged South Sudan has hiked work permit fees 100-fold for foreign aid workers to $10,000, officials said, despite suffering from famine. The world’s youngest… Famine-hit South… Read More »

Is an ‘Arab NATO’ in the works?

CAIRO — The convergence of views between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump has seemingly led Trump to turn into a facilitator of Sisi’s dreams. These dreams include banning the Muslim Brotherhood and founding a joint Arab force. Ahmed Fouad Al Monitor On Feb. 15, The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed Arab officials as saying that the Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel ... Read More »

Africa’s most misunderstood country?

Benjamin Zand spent a week in Sudan – a country long-ravaged by terrorism and civil war – to uncover the timeless beauty and rich humanity beneath its fraught exterior. Benjamin Zand BBC News For travellers, Sudan’s secret treasures are captivating. From discovering what… Africa’s most misunderstood… Read More »

Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior… Murithi Mutiga ICG Measures taken now can avert the risk of a repeat of electoral violence that killed hundreds of people in… Kenyans go to the polls in August, and fierce contests are likely in the race for the… Kenya: Avoiding Another… Read More »

Xenophobic violence in the ‘Rainbow’ nation

In the post-apartheid South Africa, resurgence of xenophobic violence is a symptom of the deep leadership deficit. Jean Pierre Misago Al Jazeera News For the fourth consecutive week now, South Africa is witnessing what many analysts call a “resurgence” of xenophobic violence in parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the country’s capital city. The reality is… Xenophobic violence in… Read More »

Niger and Boko Haram: Beyond Counter-insurgency

The struggle against Boko Haram in south-eastern Niger is increasingly sharpening local conflicts over access to… ICG There is no military solution to this insurgency, and the authorities should instead put the emphasis on demobilising militants, solving local conflicts, reinvigorating the economy and… Niger and Boko… Read More »