THE Ben Abeba restaurant is a spiral-shaped concrete confection perched on a mountain ridge near Lalibela, an Ethiopian town known for its labyrinth of 12th-century churches hewn out of solid rock. The view is breathtaking: as the sun goes down, a spur of the Great Rift Valley stretches out seemingly miles below in subtly changing hues of green and brown, rolling away, fold after fold, as far as the eye can see. An immense lammergeyer, or bearded vulture, floats past, showing off its russet trousers.
Endangered pleasures IT WAS a disquieting announcement. On November 25th Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi approved a committee tasked with “improving the morals and values” in his country. Efforts to reduce littering or sexual harassment, both plagues in Egypt, might be welcome.
[The Star] Private schools performed better than public ones in the 2015 KCPE exam, whose results were released on Wednesday.
Cryin’ Christmas tears FAR from spreading cheer this holiday season, Pope Francis has been in a Grinch-like mood. “There will be lights, parties, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes,” he said in late November. “It’s all a charade.” As the Vatican unveiled its own giant spruce, he sounded downright depressed: “We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognise the path to peace.” It is easy to see why the pope is so downhearted
[The Hague Trials Kenya] Here’s a look at the surprising quotes and the occasional insults from the interviews that The Hague Trials Kenya conducted in 2015.
[Al Jazeera] Algiers -Dozens of top African police officials met in Algiers this month to ratify legal documents related to the creation of Afripol, the pan-African law enforcement agency expected to begin operations next year.
[Monitor] Kampala -The chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, yesterday warned the belligerent parties in Burundi that they could be subjected to severe sanctions should either party jeopardise the peace talks.
[Business Day] Expansion works on the Tema Port will start next year. The first phase of the $1.5 billion project is expected to be done in about three years.
[SciDev.Net] A new waterless toilet soon to be trialled in Africa may not start a feminist revolution, but it will go a long way to addressing some urgent and practical needs of women and girls – and for all the international conferences and commitments to empowering women, it is nice to hear about something concrete.
[The Conversation Africa] Much has been written about the failings of primary education systems in East Africa.