Quick, put a strongman in their way MUCH of Syria lies in ruins, but Bashar al-Assad’s bureaucracy of repression hums along.
[FirstTouch] Disappointing Egypt fail to create any momentum at the World Cup
[New Zimbabwe] Russian president Vladimir Putin will help Zimbabwean counterpart President Emmerson Mnangagwa “to stabilise the political situation”.
IF ONLY he knew which way to turn. Last week King Abdullah of Jordan went to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, to discuss how to stabilise Syria under the continued rule of Bashar al-Assad
WHEN members of the Muslim Brotherhood rose up against the Syrian government in 1982, killing hundreds of soldiers in the city of Hama, the regime’s response was swift and brutal. Under orders from President Hafez al-Assad, government warplanes and artillery pounded the city for weeks. By the time the army’s bulldozers had finished flattening entire districts, the regime had killed as many as 25,000 people.
Nothing but bad news IN JANUARY this year Muhammad bin Salman, the young deputy crown prince who in effect runs Saudi Arabia, declared an end to his country’s “comatose” foreign policy and a determination to push back against Iran.
[Deutsche Welle] The discovery was made near Abydos, thought to be one of the earliest capitals of Egypt. Officials hope the find can help Egypt’s suffering tourism industry.
[Fahamu] For more than two decades, Russia has been struggling to regain its Soviet-era economic influence, but such efforts have hit stumbling blocks which policy experts and Russian authorities themselves attribute to inadequate knowledge of investment and economic possibilities in Africa.
[VOA] The United States said Thursday that it would press for a U.N. arms embargo against those responsible for the violence in South Sudan, which has dramatically escalated along ethnic lines.
[Independent (Kampala)] Uganda, Russia reach understanding to harness huge Uranium deposits to produce thousands of mega watts from nuclear energy