MANY chefs have stirred the cauldron of war consuming Syria and Iraq, but perhaps none so vigorously or with so long and capacious a spoon as the Islamic Republic of Iran. Unlike the American-led international coalition formed to combat Islamic State (IS) following the radical Sunni Islamist group’s summer surge towards Baghdad, which has limited its role to air strikes, and unlike Russia or the Arab countries that have armed opposing sides in Syria, Iran has physically inserted itself in the intertwined conflicts. It has dispatched not just fuel and weapons but hundreds of “advisers” from its elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as well as thousands of fighters from the Shia militias that Iran has fostered, armed, trained and funded in Lebanon and Iraq.Two events in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on December 29th underscored the depth of its commitment
An unlikely icon ON THE face of things, it is surprising that Tunisia’s first president chosen in an open, democratic election is an 88-year-old former minister, Beji Caid Sebsi. Four years ago stone-throwing youths took to the streets, instigating an uprising that overthrew Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the autocrat who had reigned for the previous 23 years. After his fall the first elections were easily won by Islamists who had previously been banned.
THE people of South Africa are learning to live in the dark. Their beleaguered power utility, Eskom, is unable to meet electricity demand and in November reintroduced a tortuous schedule of rolling blackouts known as “load shedding”
WHEN Ebola was at its worst in west Africa a few months ago, many worried that weak governments in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone might be swept away by riots or the collapse of order as the virus took hold.
[The Star]THE government has put up a spirited fight to convince the High Court not to block implementation of the new security laws.
[UN News]The head of the United Nations Ebola emergency response mission is set to open a treatment facility in Liberia near the Sierra Leonean border during a visit to review where the UN can do more to help, as the World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that more 20,000 people have now become infected by the virus.
[UN News]The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) strongly condemned today’s rocket attack on its camp in the northern city of Tessalit.
[SciDev.Net]Liya Dibaba was five months pregnant when she was hit by severe psychosis. Her family chained her outside the house. They took her to traditional healers.
[AIM]Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique’s former rebel movement Renamo, has threatened violence if the Constitutional Council, the country’s highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, validates the results of the 15 October general elections,
[Iwacu]The 1st EAC Youth Conference held in Arusha, Tanzania on 5-6 December 2014, focused on the importance of technology and communication, while stressing leadership and creativity skills.