THE tomb of David, a king for Christians and Jews and a prophet for Muslims, on Mount Zion, is one of Jerusalem’s architectural gems. But the site has become an example of how some believers in the disputed Holy Land hope that their faith can dominate.
THE second chapter of South Sudan’s civil war began with characteristic brutality on February 18th. The White Army, an ethnic Nuer militia, announced its return to Malakal, the capital of oil-producing Upper Nile state, with the wholesale slaughter of civilians. Shocked aid workers reported marauding gunmen raping and murdering the patients at the town’s only functioning hospital
Misusing the colour pink IF UGANDA’S president, Yoweri Museveni, felt any qualms about signing Africa’s most draconian anti-gay legislation on February 24th, he did not show them. The law introduces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for those convicted of homosexuality and requires Ugandans to report anyone they suspect of being gay. Days earlier he had signed the “miniskirt law” banning “indecent” dress, sparking protests.Pleading and threats from donor countries, who finance more than half of Uganda’s budget, were ignored
Keeping us waiting THE abrupt resignation of Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi’s government on February 24th, after just seven months in office, perplexed not only ordinary citizens. Seasoned analysts scratched their heads. Several outgoing ministers also expressed bafflement about their sudden departure, which comes just months before expected elections for a new president and parliament that will necessitate the naming of yet another new cabinet.Many assumed it was part of an elaborate manoeuvre to pave the way for the widely anticipated announcement by Field-Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt’s minister of defence and the leader of last July’s coup that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood, that he will run for president.
APPEARANCES count for a lot in politics. Except in Algeria, it seems. When President Abdelaziz Bouteflika rebuffed critics on February 22nd by declaring he will run for a fourth five-year term, the announcement came not from the statesman himself, but in an almost offhand comment by his prime minister, Abdelmalek Sellal.The last time the 76-year-old president spoke in public was in May 2012
WHEN President Goodluck Jonathan suspended Lamido Sanusi, the governor of Nigeria’s central bank, on February 20th, he succeeded in removing an opponent. But over the past week it has become clear that this small victory has come at a steep price.
[Daily Trust]Damaturu -Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members has in early hour of today attacked and killed dozens students of Federal Government College Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
[ThinkAfricaPress]The West has had years to criticise Museveni for rights abuses. The fact that condemnation is only coming now, and over gay rights, plays right into the wily old president’s hands.
[ThinkAfricaPress]The Nigerian government’s silence and distraction tactics over recent Boko Haram attacks contributes to its perception of ineptness.
[RFI]French president François Hollande telephoned Morocco’s King Mohammed VI on Tuesday to smooth diplomatic relations following civil lawsuits filed in Paris on Thursday, which accused Morocco’s intelligence chief of “complicity in torture.”