Tag: egypt

Sudanese refugees shot by Egyptians as anti-migrant fever takes hold

Sudanese refugees shot by Egyptians as anti-migrant fever takes hold

| November 17, 2015

(GIN)—Egyptian border police shot and killed 15 Sudanese asylum seekers and wounded eight in an uptick in the use of force against migrants fleeing political violence in their home countries. The refugees were attempting to enter Israel on Sunday when they were gunned down by the Egyptian guards. Published reports said the victims were traveling […]

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U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—A Saudi company which owns close to 10,000 acres of Arizona farmland is beginning to drain irreplaceable groundwater for its alfalfa cultivation. Media reports of the development stunned some Americans more used to hearing that news from Africa. Almarai, the Saudi dairy giant, purchased the land in Vicksburg last year for $47.5 million after the […]

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Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—To the ordinary eye, it looks like an empty desert but from this spit of endless sand is rising the largest photovoltaic solar project in the Middle East. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located 30 miles south of Dubai, was launched with 13 megawatts of capacity. It could be producing 3,000 megawatts […]

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Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

| September 15, 2015

(GIN)—One of the world’s largest arms bazaars opened at London’s Docklands this week and invitees to this “gala” affair included some of the most disgraced authoritarian regimes worldwide. War makers and human rights violators Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Angola and Algeria are among 61 countries coming to the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) biennial event. […]

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Suez Canal reopens to fanfare but not shared by all

Suez Canal reopens to fanfare but not shared by all

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—Ships at sea around the world will blast their horns on Aug. 6 to mark the reopening of the world-famous centenarian waterway in Egypt, local officials there say. “Food will arrive faster. Medicine will arrive faster. Petroleum products will arrive faster,” proclaimed Suez Canal Authority head Admiral Mohab Mohamed Hussein Mameesh. “Egypt is serving the […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

| April 28, 2015

(GIN)–Nigeria’s president-elect is already making waves with his pledge to attack corruption, starting with the missing $20 billion allegedly swiped from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during the previous administration. Muhammadu Buhari pledged to pursue the claim of former Central Bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, who was suspended last year by former president Goodluck Jonathan after […]

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In one terrible weekend, ISIL beheads Christians, hundreds drown in ‘a mass grave’

In one terrible weekend, ISIL beheads Christians, hundreds drown in ‘a mass grave’

| April 21, 2015

(GIN)–As Europeans debated their policies towards the leaky flotillas steaming out of Libya, carrying most to a certain death at sea, members of ISIL were streaming a video of captured Ethiopian Christians on a beach. One group of Christians is on their knees and shot to death. Another group is beheaded. The video bore the […]

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‘Doctor Ben’ legendary scholar of Egypt, was dean of Harlem Street University

‘Doctor Ben’ legendary scholar of Egypt, was dean of Harlem Street University

| March 24, 2015

Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan joins ancestors at 96 By Todd Steven Burroughs Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, known to the African world as “Dr. Ben,” believed that education belonged to any member of his race who wanted it. Perhaps that was because of the 20th century tradition of ad-hoc “street universities,” with step-ladder orators as varied as Malcolm […]

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Does America need a dose of Sharia law?

| July 3, 2013

Okay. I’m no expert, so please ignore some of my oversimplifications when it comes to analysis, but here goes: Apparently (I like that word—it suits my non-committal way of looking at the world), the West and the East, once again, are involved in some huge religious war. (Those of you who are of a spiritual as opposed to a legalistic, religious bent may well not even worry about this.) The Christian and Muslim world views have collided on the highway of extremism.

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