IF ANYONE understands the frustration of being a crown prince, it is Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. For two decades he played second fiddle to his own father.
IT IS an odd thing when a nation of 84m people lumbers towards a precise appointment with a wholly unknown destiny. But such is the case with Egypt
Sadly sectarian Sidon THESE are unhappy times in the Middle East for relations between Islam’s two main branches, the majority Sunnis and minority Shias. The ugly sectarian undertones of the civil war in Syria, where the death toll may now have passed 100,000, are echoing far more widely than during Iraq’s similar tragedy a few years ago. Yet the bitter old schism may also provoke a quieter resurgence of common sense.Bullet casings litter the empty tree-lined streets of Sidon, a Lebanese port city, after three days of fighting that left perhaps 35 dead
Baba Jukwa’s avatar AS POLITICIANS wrangle over the precise date of Zimbabwe’s imminent presidential and parliamentary elections, the clarion call of “Baba Jukwa” has cut through the din. Claiming to be a disgruntled insider from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party, the gossipy Facebook page belonging to this mysterious character, whose name echoes that of a spirit medium, has drawn more than 185,000 “likes” in just three months, with hundreds of responses to every post.Some think Baba Jukwa is a sort of Zimbabwean Robin Hood, stealing secrets from the ruling party and sharing them with the disfranchised masses.
AS THE government struggles to assert its authority over a plethora of ethnic, tribal and party militias, some of them Islamist, others secular, a growing number of Libyans may be starting to regret the revolution. Rigorous opinion polls are few and patchy, but the best clue to people’s allegiances may be the colour of shopkeepers’ doors and windows
THE ruling African National Congress (ANC), like many old revolutionary outfits, is fond of anniversaries. Reminding voters of past struggles and victories, with images of heroic Nelson Mandela prominent in its publicity, still helps win elections in a landslide. Last time round, in 2009, it won two-thirds of the vote against a mere 17% for the runner-up, the white-led Democratic Alliance (DA).
[The Star]NYERI teachers yesterday joined the national strike. More than 300 teachers held peaceful demonstrations after meeting at the Knut offices.
[The Star]Four people including two administration police officers have been questioned by police in connection with the break-in at former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s private office in which $95,000 (Sh8.5 million) in cash was stolen.
[The Star]Senator and MP now demand government to honour teachers pay deal
[The Star]Public secondary and primary schools in Taita Taveta county were yesterday closed following the eachers strike that entered its second day.