30 migrants drown after boat sinks off Yemen: UN

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At least 30 African migrants drowned when their boat capsized off war-torn Yemen this week with reports of gunfire being used against those on board, the United Nations said Jan. 26. ADEN – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel which left Aden in southern Yemen on Jan. 23, the U.N. refugee and migration agencies said in a joint statement. The vessel is believed to have been operated by unscrupulous smugglers who were ... Read More »

How to Avoid Making ‘the Afghanistan Mistake’ in Africa

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Drones and special forces are no more likely to “end” terrorism in Africa than they have in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East. Lyle J. Goldstein The National Interest Africa policy is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. The president’s dreadful remark during the immigration discussion has not improved his standing among diplomats and does indeed threaten to cast Washington’s Africa policies under a new pall. However, this most recent blunder seems quite trivial in comparison to the four ... Read More »

Regional Report: Eastern Mediterranean

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Eastern Mediterranean region are beginning to increase E&P activity and were able to bring several key projects on stream in 2017 Emily Querubin World Oil Eastern Mediterranean region are beginning to increase E&P activity and were able to bring several key projects on stream in 2017. Despite a substantial amount of progress, the region still faces a few hurdles as it enters the new year. EGYPT Egypt is home to several mega-projects—including Nooros and Zohr fields—which reportedly will double the ... Read More »

Britain and Italy to bolster troop presence in Africa’s Sahel

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Britain is set to send helicopters to bolster a key French counter-terrorism operation in Mali in a package of measures which are set to be agreed at a summit near London. LONDON – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The commitment will come as Prime Minister Theresa May meets French President Emmanuel Macron at an army base near the British capital, with immigration and global aid also on their agenda. In a separate move, Italy’s parliament on Jan. 17 also approved a ramped ... Read More »

Seven Priorities for the African Union in 2018

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In 2018, the African Union (AU) and its new Assembly Chairperson President Paul Kagame of Rwanda have the chance to push ahead with much-needed institutional reforms ICG But the AU must not lose focus on dire conflicts and defusing potential electoral violence. What’s the issue? African Union leaders meet at the end of January for their bi-annual summit. Vital institutional and financial reform will likely be at the top of the AU’s 2018 agenda, but the organisation must ensure that ... Read More »

African states demand Trump apologise for racist remark

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The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations has demanded an apology from Donald Trump, after the US president reportedly aimed a racist remark at some Caribbean nations and Africa. AlJazeera Trump criticised immigration to his country from El Salvador, Haiti and the African continent, by calling the group “shithole countries” at a meeting with Congress members at the White House on Thursday, according to US media. “The African Union mission to the UN is extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist ... Read More »

Far right group threatens to take a stand over ‘African gangs’

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Members of the nationalist True Blue Crew are planning to “take a stand on the streets” in response to Melbourne’s so-called ‘African gang crisis’ Liam Mannix The Age Posts on their public Facebook page say the Crew will meet Sunday afternoon in the south-eastern suburbs to discuss possible action. Police are on high alert and will monitor the meeting. The Crew is attempting to frustrate those efforts, keeping the details of the exact location under wraps. Participants will be sent location details Sunday morning, ... Read More »

Meet the theologian who helped MLK see the value of nonviolence

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After this last tumultuous year of political rancor and racial animus, many people could well be asking what can sustain them over the next coming days: How do they make the space for self-care alongside a constant call to activism? Paul Harvey The Conversation Or, how do they turn off their phones, when there are more calls to be made and focus instead on inward cultivation? As a historian of American race and religion, I have studied how figures in ... Read More »

Global warming will expose millions more to floods

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Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers have said. MIAMI – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The study in the journal Science Advances calculates how much more flood protection will be needed to keep the risks of high-end floods constant in the next 25 years. Unless actions are taken – such as enhancing dykes, boosting building standards, relocating settlements and ... Read More »

Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis: A Tale of 3 Myths

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The refugee problem is universal and growing; it needs to be addressed clearly. Arie Kruglanski The National Interest According to UN sources, we are witnessing these days the largest refugee crisis since World War II, as approximately 65 million refugees roam the planet in search of a safe haven and a respite from bedlam. Their massive relocation sends tremors across continents fomenting a “refugee crisis,” and fueling the politics of fear across the globe. I recently returned from a visit to Uganda where I ... Read More »

Tunisian opposition leader calls for continued protests

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Tunisia’s main opposition party has called for continued protests against “unjust” government austerity measures, a day after widespread demonstrations left one person dead and several others injured, according to reports. AlJazeera and News Agencies Protests took place in a number of towns across Tunisia on Monday following the government’s decision to raise taxes under its 2018 Finance Act. The budget, which took effect on January 1, hiked fuel prices and introduced new tax measures related to the… Hamma Hammami, leader ... Read More »

Somaliland passes first law against rape

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For the first time in its history, the self-declared republic of Somaliland has passed a law against rape. BBC In the past, a victim’s family could force them to marry their rapist to avoid being shamed. Rapists now stand to face at least 30 years in prison. Somaliland declared itself independent from Somalia in 1991 but is not internationally recognised as a country. There is still no law against rape in Somalia. Somaliland’s speaker of parliament, Bashe Mohamed Farah, told ... Read More »

‘We’re not a gang’: the unfair stereotyping of African-Australians

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Media reports about crimes committed by ‘African gangs’ have led to increased scrutiny of Melbourne’s Sudanese community by Calla Wahlquist The Guardian It’s just after 6.30pm at the Ross Reserve in Noble Park in Melbourne’s outer south-eastern suburbs, and players from the Sandown Lions Football Club are arriving for training. They train three times a week, even during the off season. Each arrival is greeted with a round of handshakes and a wary glance at our camera. During a week in… ... Read More »

Migrant slavery in Libya: Nigerians tell of being used as slaves

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The European Union is working with Libyan coastguards to reduce the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea BBC But many of those intercepted end up in detention centres in Libya, where some migrants say they are used as slaves, as the BBC’s Stephanie Hegarty found when she spoke to some Nigerians who have just returned home. As evening falls on Benin City, outside the mildewed 1960s block of one of the city’s many hotels, a group of men and ... Read More »

Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment

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The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment BBC The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days. They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries. If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April. The UN refugee agency said the controversial plan violated international and ... Read More »

UN chief calls for restraint, urges Kabila to step down

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The UN chief has called on Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to peacefully leave office in accordance with an agreement in late 2016. AlJazeera The comments by Antonio Guterres late on Sunday came after security forces killed at least seven people and arrested more than 120 during protests against Kabila’s rule. Catholic protesters rallied in the capital, Kinshasa, and other cities after Sunday mass to demand Kabila, whose second term as president ended in December 2016, step… UN chief calls… Read More »