The Scramble for Africa Lives on in the 21st Century

The Scramble for Africa Lives on in the 21st Century

‘Land grabs’ stands tall as a major development challenge in Africa. Millions of agriculture dependent families are forced to leave their fertile lands for multinational companies who occupy the lands for business purposes. According to a 2008, report by Thomson Reuters Foundation  100,000 hectares(ha) of Mali’s fertile land, was handed to Libyan investors in a […]

Libya crisis: Head of Islamist Tripoli government fired

Libya crisis: Head of Islamist Tripoli government fired

The leader of one of Libya’s rival governments – backed by Islamists and based in Tripoli – has been sacked by its parliament, officials say. Omar al-Hassi was appointed in August to lead an alternative government after Islamist militia seized the capital. MPs voted to oust him on Tuesday following allegations he misled parliament about […]

Latest Round of UN-Mediated Peace Talks Kick-Off in Geneva

Latest Round of UN-Mediated Peace Talks Kick-Off in Geneva

Libyan parties have gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, today for a new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving the North African nation’s political crisis. The latest gathering, hosted by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), is a follow-up to a meeting held in the Swiss city last week, when stakeholders expressed commitment to […]

Libya’s government holed up in a 1970s hotel

Libya’s government holed up in a 1970s hotel

Three years after Western military intervention helped topple Col Muammar Gaddafi, many believe Libya is rapidly turning into a failed state. There are two rival governments, and the parliament elected in June has been forced to flee from hostile militias – to a grey concrete 1970s hotel near the Egyptian border. They’ve been chosen to […]

Libya: Violence and Low Turnout Mar Libya Parliamentary Election

Libya: Violence and Low Turnout Mar Libya Parliamentary Election

Voters in Libya have been to the polls to elect a new parliament that, it is hoped, might bring more political stability to the country. Turnout was low and there were some instances of violence, in one case deadly. Low turnout and a deadly attack on troops providing security provided the backdrop to the Libyan […]

South Sudan President Salva Kiir hits out at UN

South Sudan President Salva Kiir hits out at UN

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has accused the UN peacekeeping mission of acting like a “parallel government” in his country. His comments come after his government accused the UN of hiding rebels and guns at their camps – which it denies. More than 70,000 civilians are seeking shelter at UN bases across South Sudan after […]

Egypt footballer suspended over Morsi sign

Egypt footballer suspended over Morsi sign

One of Egypt’s top football clubs has excluded its striker from a competition for publicly showing support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Al Ahly said Ahmed Abdul Zaher would not go to next month’s Fifa Club World Cup in Morocco after he gave a four-fingered salute on Sunday. The striker was celebrating his goal in […]

Sinai kidnapping: Egyptian soldiers and police seized

Sinai kidnapping: Egyptian soldiers and police seized

Seven members of the Egyptian security forces have been seized by unidentified kidnappers in the Sinai peninsula, Egyptian officials say. The three policemen and four soldiers were captured while travelling in minibuses in northern Sinai, east of the city of El Arish. The kidnappers are said to be demanding the release from prison of jailed […]

Algeria: France Defends Algeria as Hostage Crisis Ends in Bloodshed

Algeria: France Defends Algeria as Hostage Crisis Ends in Bloodshed

The French President and Foreign Minister have defended Algeria’s handling of the hostage crisis at a gas field which ended with at least 23 workers and 32 Islamic militants killed. Algerian special forces launched a “final assault” on the facility at the In Amenas site on Saturday. Al Qaeda-linked militants calling themselves the “Signatories in […]

Tunisia’s Moncef Marzouki faces Sidi Bouzid protest

Tunisia’s Moncef Marzouki faces Sidi Bouzid protest

Protesters have thrown tomatoes and stones at Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki in Sidi Bouzid, where the Arab Spring started exactly two years ago. Mr Marzouki was swiftly evacuated by security officers, disrupting his rally to mark the anniversary. Vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in Sidi Bouzid, starting the uprising that ousted the former regime. […]