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Egyptian Prisoners: From political to criminal detainees

Egyptian Prisoners: From political to criminal detainees

CAIRO, June 20, 2014 — The prison situation in Egypt is intolerable, both in terms of the prison conditions and the increase in the number of political prisoners held by the government Egyptian prisons lack the appropriate sanitary, livable and humane conditions that are necessary for basic survival. The situation has been exacerbated by the

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Boko Haram and the dangers of hashtag diplomacy

While Nigeria burned, and Boko Haram was killing school boys, and massacring villages, where was hashtag diplomacy? Where were the masses then? The failure of the United States and the West to recognize and deal with Boko Haram, and groups all across Africa, and the Middle-East, is what lead to this point. The West has let Africa fall into the grips of those who would see the rise of those individuals responsible for the events of September 11, 2001.

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Muslims express outrage over Boko Haram kidnappings

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 — Numerous Muslim individuals and organizations have expressed outrage at the Boko Haram kidnapping of young girls. The anger at Boko Haram, a recognized terrorist organization, reflects a genuine sentiment of antipathy towards the group and its actions for a variety of reasons. Many would be surprised, for example, to learn that


Where do South Africa and the ANC go from here?

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 — South Africa has gone through a major transformation in the 20 years since Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of that country. President Jacob Zuma has just led the ruling ANC to a convincing win in recent elections, elections that have seen the rise of the Economic Freedom Fighters

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Elections in South Africa: On the way to normality

AMSTERDAM, May 8, 2014 —  South Africa voted the yesterday, the fifth time since the end of the apartheid regime. After 71.4% of votes counted, the African National Congress (ANC) of President Jacob Zuma leads as expected with 62.6%, down from the 66% at the last elections. Second is the Democratic Alliance of Helen Zille