Libya: A campaign built on sand

With Gaddafi as determined as ever to cling to power in Libya, tensions between Nato’s member states are becoming increasingly exposed. Four months ago, when David Cameron led the international call for military intervention in Libya, the general assumption within government circles was that Col Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator, […]

Dadaab, the world’s biggest refugee camp

Desperation reigns amid the 380,000 refugees in Dadaab, a sprawling “tent city” in northeastern Kenya. Africa’s biggest refugee camp is home to more than 250,000 people who have fled the ongoing conflict in Somalia I am tying my shoelaces when the early morning call to prayer begins to sound over […]

How a Swiss scientist saved 20 million people

by Isobel Leybold in Zurich, Insect expert Hans Rudolf Herren’s work in tackling the devastating cassava mealybug crop pest in Africa saved millions of lives and won him the 1995 World Food Prize. Herren, the subject of a new biography, tells how he managed to naturally control the bug […]

DC protesters say no to Libya war

Dozens of anti-war activists have held a demonstration in front of the White House to condemn the US role in the Libya war. The protesters cite reports by the Libyan health minister, who says that over 700 people have been killed and more than 4,000 wounded in the NATO attacks, […]

Khartoum recognizes South Sudan

By REUTERS Published: Jul 8, 2011 20:47 Updated: Jul 8, 2011 20:47 KHARTOUM/JUBA: Sudan became the first state to recognize the independence of its oil-producing south on Friday, smoothing the way for the division on Saturday of Africa’s largest country into two. Underdeveloped South Sudan secedes Saturday — a hard-won […]

Justice only for Arabs?

By AIJAZ ZAKA SYED | ARAB NEWS Justice for the Libyans is welcome. What about the victims of war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan though? Serves him right. That was my instant reaction to the International Criminal Court’s warrant for Muammar Qaddafi. The whole country has been on fire […]

Egypt protesters demand ‘civil marriage’

CAIRO (AFP) – Dozens of Egyptians protested on Thursday to demand the introduction of civil marriages, in order to be able to divorce or remarry. Protesters – Coptic Christians as well as Muslims – want the next parliament elected in September to adopt a law to allow civil marriages. Currently, Egyptians follow […]

AFRICA: Mapping science, technology and innovation

To help African countries formulate policies for science development and promote knowledge-based socio-economic development, the first document mapping activities in science, technology and innovation in African countries has been launched. Published as the first in a series, the 136-page document, African Innovation Outlook 2010, was prepared by the African Science, […]

Discordant approaches to Islamic movements

As the US edges towards dialogue with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, neo-con rhetoric dominates British politics A discordant trend is tearing apart the Western alliance and its Middle East policies. The armed intervention in Libya has highlighted this graphically, with the US giving only token assistance to the […]

Standard Bank unit wins Nigerian sharia licence

By Maram Mazen Khartoum Stanbic IBTC Bank, a unit of JSE-listed Standard Bank, has won approval from Nigeria’s central bank to provide Islamic banking services in Africa’s most populous nation. A preliminary licence was awarded to Stanbic last week for a sharia-compliant banking window, the first one given to a commercial bank in the country, Central Bank […]