Archive for December, 2012

Africa: The Next Twenty Years – Analysis

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By J. Paul Martin

Given the political and economic patterns set over the last 60 years, what can Africa expect over the next 20 years? If not more of the same, what needs to be changed?

Sixty years ago, emboldened by such figures as Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere and Leopold Senghor, Africans were enjoying the fresh air and the expectations of independence. The newly independent states boasted new constitutions, new universities and new social and economic plans for growth supported by strong development aid programs and optimistic populations.

Today the atmosphere is much less optimistic. Rather than planning for tomorrow, most Africans, if not also their governments, are more concerned with getting by today. Overseas aid has degenerated into a network of lotteries where African governments and NGOs scramble to fit into funding priorities set by Washington, Brussels and now China and India. (more…)

Mauritania braces for war next door

Mauritanian authorities prepare to deal with the consequences of a war against al-Qaeda in northern Mali.

By Jemal Oumar and Bakari Gueye for Magharebia in Nouakchott

 [AFP/Abdelhak Senna] Military patrols guard the border area between Mali and Mauritania in light of recent al-Qaeda. manoeuvres.[AFP/Abdelhak Senna] Military patrols guard the border area between Mali and Mauritania in light of recent al-Qaeda. manoeuvres.

Mauritania, like many of its Maghreb neighbours, has decided to reinforce the protection of its borders in light of recent developments in Mali.

Residents of Mauritanian border towns with Mali are growing increasingly apprehensive. (more…)

An Idea Promised the Sky, but India Is Still Waiting

Business Day

Christinne Muschi for The New York Times

A prototype tablet is assembled at a DataWind site in Montreal. The company’s plan to invigorate India’s electronics manufacturing by producing low-cost tablets for students has gone awry. (more…)

Polisario fears new kidnappings

Polisario Confidential

Written by Khalid Ibrahim Khaled

The Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf have never been as cordoned as they are today. According to a dissident close to the Sahrawi rebel singer Najem Allal, persistent rumors have been circulating for months about ongoing scheming to kidnap other Western volunteers operating in the camps.

The dissident, member of the Forum of Support to Tindouf Autonomists, said that the head of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Abdelaziz, has been informed by his security services of the plot and hurried to inform in turn the command of the Algerian Intelligence and Security Services (DRS). The DRS has ordered the Polisario leadership to raise the alert to the maximum level. (more…)

AFTER A CENTURY, US ARABS LOOK FOR PIECES OF PAST

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BY JEFF KAROUB

AP PhotoAP Photo/Carlos Osorio

DETROIT (AP) — Tossing and shivering below deck, Hussien Karoub felt ill. In the cold, crowded conditions, sleep came seldom. When it did, it didn’t last long: The cries of children and the moans of those even sicker than he was made certain of that.

It was approaching midnight somewhere in the North Atlantic, aboard a vessel carrying the 18-year-old Syrian and many fellow immigrants toward, they hoped, a better life. If nothing else, he knew it had to beat this arduous monthlong odyssey in steerage, enduring conditions that were, in every sense, below those in first and second class. (more…)

Morsi downplays economic crisis

AFP

 by Samer al-Atrush – CAIRO (AFP)

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi downplayed on Saturday the country’s teetering economy before a newly empowered senate, and insisted that a new constitution that fuelled protests guaranteed equality.

Since the constitution’s acceptance in a two-stage referendum this month following weeks of often violent protests, the Islamist Morsi’s government has sought to downplay fears of a downturn amid a declining Egyptian pound.  (more…)

China’s unchanged policy on Syrian crisis doomed to fail

Todays Zaman

The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, walks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi prior to a meeting in Beijing on Oct. 31. (PHOTO AP, Takuro Yabe)

OSMAN EROL, BEIJING, (more…)

12-year-old Moroccan girl gives birth

Emirates 24/7

By Rafat Khalaf

A 12-year-old Moroccan girl gave birth to a baby boy after a Caesarean operation at Mohammed V Hospital in El Jadida district of Casablanca town, according to the Al Jarima website.

The news site said the girl was admitted to hospital after complaining of abdominal pain.

Her mother told a doctor at the hospital that her daughter had been duped by a grocery man.

The hospital called in the police which is investigation why the mother did not report to them earlier about the matter.

 

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