The political vacuum created by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster has put the Muslim Brotherhood in position to lead Egypt’s government. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are natural Sunni allies against Iran’s regional Shia influence, but there is some doubt to these considerations in a post-Mubarak world, as the May 23 and 24 Egyptian presidential elections draw closer. A possibly secular democratic rule under the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt flies directly in the face of the more obedient Wahhabi conservatism in Saudi Arabia. Any regional threat to Riyadh’s authoritarian rule holds the potential for future destabilization. The uncertainty of the outcome of Egypt’s elections is just one cog in the many moving parts of the North African and Middle Eastern region. Saudi Arabia is keeping a keen eye on what kind of relationship Egypt will look to shape under its new rule. The most recent events show a growing diplomatic rift between the two countries, as Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador in Cairo in response to an outbreak of protests against Saudi Arabia’s arrest of an Egyptian lawyer. Reports say there were attempts to storm the Saudi embassy. Egypt will try to diffuse the geopolitical situation, details here, as just less than two weeks ago Saudi Arabia pledged $2.7 billion to aid Egypt’s wavering finances.
China is the primary country leading the way in exploiting Africa’s resources. More Africans are accusing China of destroying the continent in its quest for natural resources.
Zambia has moved to address these concerns by revoking the mining license granted to a Chinese firm mining coal near the capital city of Lusaka. Zambia’s mining minister blasted the Chinese company as an embarrassment to China.
The Zambian government accused the Chinese of breaking the country’s laws and deviating from contractual agreements. The exploitation of African workers has led to labor riots. In 2010, Chinese Read the rest of this entry »
South Africa may hold the key to the origins of fire, and many scientists are excited at the possibilities for research stemming from this information. Many of the details in regards to the origins of mankind have not yet been uncovered, and the search for new data to help shed light on the subject has continued with much difficulty over the years. The idea that the origin of fire is close to being discovered is quite exciting.
Scientists are still working to find enough information to Read the rest of this entry »
Since the fall of the Libyan government, there has been an increase in smuggling across the border areas between Libya and Tunisia, its neighbor to the west. With jobs hard to find in Libya and fuel supplies high, the temptation to sell this fuel to Tunisia is overwhelming. Gasoline can be sold to Tunisian middle men for distribution while still undercutting the market price in Tunisia.
The problem with smuggling is that there are no legal ways Read the rest of this entry »
Angola’s elections scheduled for September has triggered protests by UNITA (Union for the Total Independence of Angola) a group supported by the U.S. for years. UNITA has called for multiple demonstrations throughout the country today hoping to spur an election that obeys Angola laws.
In April the leader of UNITA, Isaias Samakuva, stated if the government did not make an effort to clean up the election process the demonstrators would be all over the streets of Angola. And they are. A large part of the dissention is because the chairwoman of the National Electoral Commission, Read the rest of this entry »
In 2011 the drought in Ethiopia left a population of close to 4.5 million people in need of emergency food. An estimated 3.2 million people will still need emergency food for the rest of this year, since the rains have not come yet. South and South East Ethiopia were hit the hardest since this is where a lot of the food is grown, especially food used to make cereal. The cereal market had a surplus stock so what little this country’s farmers were able to produce they made less money that normal. Cereal production makes up 85 of the food harvested here.
With little Read the rest of this entry »
The Gay Rights Movement is gaining more attention from across the globe. In every country gays are demanding equality. In today’s society and time no citizen should be treated as a second citizen, and the gay rights movement is gaining momentum. In a country such as Africa where oppression and inequality has been a constant reminder of the unjust civil division of the countries continues to show in rights such as for gays. However, there are many gay activist that are risking their lives in Read the rest of this entry »
Mohamed Merah was buried in France earlier this year after Algeria refused him burial.
Born in France to Algerian parents, Merah had dual citizenship, and his parents – particularly his father – preferred he be buried in his home village in Algeria. But the Algerian government refused to accept the body for “security reasons.”
Merah was responsible for seven murders in France, including the shootings of three soldiers, a rabbi and three small children, in a shooting spree that lasted over a week. Read the rest of this entry »
In a controversial effort to promote Exclusive Breastfeeding and decrease the horrifyingly high infant mortality rate, the Health Department in the provinces of South Africa has started to phase out the free-formula programs. This change will include no longer distributing free formula for infants whose mothers are HIV-positive.
South Africa has one of the highest infant mortality rates (nearly 60,000 children under the age of 5 dying in a year’s time) and lowest Exclusive Breastfeeding rates in the world, which the health department feel are related. It is well-known that there are many health benefits Read the rest of this entry »
On April 26, 2012, a massive military coup took place in Mali, which forced the democratically elected president of the country, Amadou Tomani Toure, out of the presidential palace and into hiding. Elections were planned to take place next month, and it is not clear if they will still take place or not. Countries around the world have condemned the action, from Nigeria to the United States, calling it “an apparent setback to the consolidation of democracy.” But the military group who caused the coup says differently, and Read the rest of this entry »