Iraq: Beyond Oil and ISIS

by Austin Bodetti As Iraq continues its lengthy recovery from a ruinous four-year showdown between the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and an American-led coalition, Iraqi officials are determining which aspect of their country’s reconstruction to prioritize. Among the most pressing challenges remains confronting the twin phenomena of climate change and environmental degradation, problems that … Continue reading “Iraq: Beyond Oil and ISIS”

EU inaugurates second largest foreign mission in Nairobi, Kenya

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The European Union (EU) Mission on Tuesday unveiled a new embassy in Kenya’s capital Nairobi making Kenya the seat of its second largest foreign mission in the world after London. After inaugurating the embassy in Nairobi, EU High Representative Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, met Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet … Continue reading “EU inaugurates second largest foreign mission in Nairobi, Kenya”

BREAKING: Situation Worsens In Venezuela, Bolivia, U.S., Japan, Mexico, Iraq, Spain

WASHINGTON—Confirming recent reports of conditions approaching crisis levels, sources across the globe revealed Thursday that the situation continues to worsen in Venezuela, Bolivia, the United States, Japan, Mexico, Iraq, and Spain, in addition to South Sudan, India, Gabon, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia. “What…Read more…

Islam and Environmentalism

by Austin Bodetti Across the Global South, community leaders, politicians, and scientists are wrestling with how to rally their compatriots to combat climate change and prepare their countries for the dangers of environmental degradation. In several corners of the Muslim world, academics and environmentalists have looked for inspiration from a source that has mobilized countless … Continue reading “Islam and Environmentalism”

Six mois critiques pour le Soudan du Sud

Le 3 mai, lors d’un sommet à Addis-Abeba, les partis rivaux du Sud-Soudan ont convenu d’une prolongation du délai de six mois pour former un gouvernement d’union, conformément à l’accord de paix conclu en septembre 2018 entre les alliances du président Salva Kiir et de l’ancien vice-président Riek Machar. . Un retard consensuel était devenu … Continue reading “Six mois critiques pour le Soudan du Sud”

South Africa, South Sudan to sign oil exploration deal

London, May 6, 2019 (AltAfrica)-South Sudan and South Africa will sign a production sharing agreement for an untapped exploration block in the East African country, South Sudan’s petroleum ministry said on Monday. The ministry said in a statement in Jubai that Exploration Production Sharing Agreement (EPSA) for Block B2 would be signed by Ezekiel Lol … Continue reading “South Africa, South Sudan to sign oil exploration deal”

Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S

London, May 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria and 12 other African countries, may suffer American visa denials as US President Donald Trump targets countries with a high percentage of visa overstays. The White House recently shifted its focus from the surge of families crossing the US-Mexico border to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrive in … Continue reading “Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S”

How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback

When Erik Prince arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years … Continue reading “How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback”

Can Recycling Save Lebanon?

by Austin Bodetti Lebanon’s problems with waste collection have become notorious. After Beirut’s primary landfill closed in 2015 without a backup, what Lebanese dubbed “garbage mountains” engulfed the capital. The Lebanese government’s impromptu solutions, such as dumping refuse into the Mediterranean Sea, are no long-term fix. Many Lebanese consider recycling the most viable alternative to … Continue reading “Can Recycling Save Lebanon?”

WHO begins vaccination of health workers against Ebola in South Sudan

London, May 1, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The World Health Organisation has begun vaccinations of health care and frontline workers against the Ebola virus at the Juba Teaching Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. The WHO has carried out similar campaigns in Yei River, Gbudue and Torit State where 1,904 people received the vaccinations as part of Ebola preparedness … Continue reading “WHO begins vaccination of health workers against Ebola in South Sudan”

Nigerians among 325 Libyan migrants moved to safer town by UN as war reaches Tripoli

London, April 26, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The United Nations refugee agency evacuated 325 African refugees on Wednesday from Qasr Ben Gashir detention centre in southern Tripoli because of deteriorating security and escalating violence. The refugees – mainly Eritrean, Sudanese and Nigerian – were taken to a detention centre in Zawiya, a town west of the Libyan capital, … Continue reading “Nigerians among 325 Libyan migrants moved to safer town by UN as war reaches Tripoli”

The Coming Ebola Epidemic

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa from 2013 to 2016  left more than 11,000 dead and panicked the American public when a few isolated cases turned up on U.S. soil. By the time the outbreak was contained, the international community had learned valuable lessons about how to combat the virus. Now, a new outbreak in … Continue reading “The Coming Ebola Epidemic”

Ugandan refugees, host communities get $150 million support from World Bank

London, April 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The World Bank has approved a $150m additional grant to Uganda to boost ongoing efforts to improve access to basic social services, expand economic opportunities, and enhance environmental management for both refugees and host communities. The grant is additional funding to an initial Ush188 billion ($50m) project approved by the World … Continue reading “Ugandan refugees, host communities get $150 million support from World Bank”

The US Military Is Running 36 Code-Named Operations in Africa

Many Americans first became aware of U.S. military operations in Africa in October 2017, after the Islamic State ambushed American troops near Tongo Tongo, Niger, killing four U.S. soldiers and wounding two others. Just after the attack, U.S. Africa Command said U.S. troops were providing “advice and assistance” to local counterparts. Later, it would become … Continue reading “The US Military Is Running 36 Code-Named Operations in Africa”

The Dictator and the Nihilist

by John Feffer Two major public figures lost their protected status last week. British authorities dragged Julian Assange, the co-founder of Wikileaks, out of the Ecuadorian consulate and into custody. Meanwhile, months of public protests finally dislodged Omar al-Bashir, the long-serving authoritarian leader of Sudan. On the face of it, Assange and Bashir couldn’t be … Continue reading “The Dictator and the Nihilist”

Shocking, Bizarre: Nine-year- old boy marries six-year-old girl in Uganda

London, April 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Uganda is in the news again for something strange and extra ordinary. The event is so bizarre that the world is talking about it Village head and residents of Nakapyata, a village in Uganda’s Buyende District, on Monday, presided over the marriage of the two children in what has been described … Continue reading “Shocking, Bizarre: Nine-year- old boy marries six-year-old girl in Uganda”

UN announces $11m to resettle South Sudan families

London, April 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The United Nations has announced $11 million of emergency aid to help displaced families return home. The money from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) targets 268,000 women, men and children who had been internally displaced by conflict. “People who fled their homes with nothing are returning to nothing. They … Continue reading “UN announces $11m to resettle South Sudan families”