ARE the tables turning in Gaza? Whenever Egypt wanted to stop Israel and the Palestinian enclave fighting in the past, they would call the Islamist movement, Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007. In the last round of mutual shelling that began on March 12th, the most serious bout of violence for more than a year, it got in touch with another even more extreme Islamist group, Islamic Jihad.
Will Sisi heed a mother’s prayer for mercy?
BARACK OBAMA may recall a tricky moment when he first met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia five years ago. Bending to shake hands with the octogenarian monarch, the taller American appeared to bow deeply.
LONE joggers have become a common sight on the cobbled streets of Bujumbura, Burundi’s charming capital on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Running in groups used to be a popular weekend pastime, but the government has become increasingly allergic to public gatherings, so it is wiser to trot along alone. An attempt on March 8th by the opposition Movement for Solidarity and Democracy to stage a rally in the capital led to violent clashes with the police; 21 of the party’s activists arrested that day have since been jailed for life for “insurrection”
A TATTERED poster tacked to a wall in a stuffy courtroom in Freetown, the Sierra Leonean capital, reads, “Rape is a Crime: Destroys Your Future”.
[Balancing Act]London -In terms of widening Internet use, Africa faces several challenges including lowering the cost of both data use and device costs. The Alliance for Affordable Internet has sunk its teeth into getting developing country Internet prices down, Russell Southwood spoke to its Executive Director Sonia Jorge about the challenges and how she will tackle them.
[African Arguments]Last week saw the closing plenary of the ‘Talking Eritrea’ seminar series organised by Justice Africa and SOAS, entitled ‘Limits on Research and Reporting in Eritrea: The Implications for Peace and Rights’.
[Aswat Masriya]Cairo -Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) on Wednesday to submit his resignation as defense minister, Al-Ahram said.
[Egypt Online]Commenting on reactions by foreign quarters regarding a Meniya criminal court decision referring death sentences against 529 defendants, implicated in acts of sabotage, to the Mufti of the Republic for his opinion, head of the press office of the Ministry of Justice Counselor Abdel Azim el-Ashry explained the following facts:
[SciDev.Net]There seems to be a growing recognition that migration is not only a vital topic in development, but one that is also difficult to understand because of the many factors that drive people’s movements.