Africa

Getting Smart on Aid

New York Times May 18, 2011 Getting Smart on Aid By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF One cost of the uproar over Greg Mortenson, and the allegations that he fictionalized his school-building story in the best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea,” is likely to be cynicism about whether aid makes a difference. […]

Egyptian activists plan ‘Third Intifada’ Now that they are free to demonstrate, Egyptians plan a ‘million-man’ march to support the Palestinians on May 15

Following the February ousting of Egypt’s longstanding president Hosni Mubarak, calls have been circulating in Egypt and throughout the region for a ‘Third Intifada’ to begin May 15. “Unlike the first two Palestinian uprisings, the proposed Third Intifada is meant to involve the entire Arab world,” said Egyptian journalist and […]

Raids and rebellion in Benghazi In the fog of war, pro-democracy forces are having a hard time determining friend from foe.

“Get in the car, don’t walk around,” came the order. “There are drive-by shootings here.” Under the cover of darkness, the Benghazi ‘protection squad’ gathered. Speaking in muted, tense tones, clutching loaded guns, the men began the hunt. Across Benghazi city, the capital of the Libyan opposition movement, armed squads […]

Editorial: GCC expansion Admitting new members like Jordan and Morocco raises a plethora of questions

Arab News: This newspaper has in the past predicted that the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council would evolve into an Arab political and economic union in the same way that the six-member European Economic Community developed into today’s 27-member European Union. Nonetheless, Tuesday’s announcement following its summit in Riyadh that the […]

Egypt to open Gaza border crossing on a permanent basis

Egypt has announced that it will open its border crossing with Gaza on a permanent basis, thereby reversing Egypt’s collusion with Israel’s blockade regime. The interim Foreign Minister, Nabil al-Arabi, has described support for the blockade by the previous Egyptian regime as “disgraceful”. While Israeli officials have responded to this […]

“All believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and be mindful of your duty to Allah that you may be shown mercy.” (Sura 49:11)

and: “In case two parties of the believers fight against each other, bring about reconciliation between them. If, however, one of them persists in belligerence and transgresses against the other, bring your collective might to bear upon the one that transgresses to force him until he agrees that his dispute […]

Friendship in time of need

Source/Credit: The Times of Malta:   Every human life is precious and worthy, and the loss of a single human life is a tragedy and great loss, whoever the person is. The recent drowning of dozens of immigrants while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe was one of […]

Vatican envoy in Libya criticizes NATO bombing

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican’s delegate in Tripoli is calling for a halt to NATO air strikes in Libya and for the West to negotiate with Muammar Qaddafi’s government, insisting the Libyan leader doesn’t oppose dialogue. Monsignor Giovanni Martinelli, the Holy See’s longtime apostolic vicar in Tripoli, said in a telephone […]

Difference between Egyptian and Syrian revolts

By Michael Jansen There is a world of difference between Egypt’s people’s power uprising and the ongoing Syrian revolt. In Egypt, there were specific local developments that in combination with the overthrow by popular action of Tunisia’s President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali prompted millions of Egyptians to raise the […]