Tag Archives: Egypt

Sudan’s Sinking Oil Revenues and Middle Class

The prosperity of Sudan’s boom years ended when South Sudan seceded in 2011 and delivered a serious blow to its economy. The end of the oil years has reversed the great expansion of the middle class. Presidential and legislative elections are scheduled for 2015. Whether the hitherto quiescent Khartoum bourgeoisie will make apparent its dissatisfaction at its bowed circumstances is one of Sudan’s pressing political questions.

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Why Ethiopia and Egypt Aren’t Fighting a Water War

There were times last year, when the rhetoric in Cairo reached fever pitch, that some kind of conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt over the waters of the Nile seemed inevitable. It hasn’t come to that, and nor will it, if history is anything to go by.

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The Trouble With Statistics About Africa

Bad and incomplete data bedevils African statistics. Seventeen African countries have not conducted a census in the past decade and five have not done so in 20 years.

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Gaza Blockade — No Signs of Loosening

Despite Israel and Hamas entering a ceasefire, aid groups are reporting no relaxation in Gaza’s crippling blockade by Israel. Some analysts are warning that the threat of the deal collapsing is real, especially as there appear to be few enforcing mechanisms.

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How Will Gaza Conflict End?

There are a number of ways in which the crisis could be ended, ranging from a short-term ceasefire to a more complete truce. The general consensus from analysts is that neither side was currently willing to make a long-term pact and the most likely outcome is a ceasing of violence without tackling the underlying causes of the conflict.

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Why Elections in Egypt, Syria And Algeria Are Undemocratic

The repression in Egypt, the war in Syria and the political suffocation in Algeria make conditions for an election impossible, with even nominal campaigning by challengers inconceivable. Besides, the scale of the victory comes with a whiff of the ridiculous. The point was not to secure a victory in these elections — which was inevitable — but to secure a mandate with a high turnout.

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Diverting Blue Nile’s Course Could Take Africa to War

Water wars, many warn, could be around the corner. After the removal of former President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has inherited a huge problem: Addis Ababa decided to divert the course of the Blue Nile late May, as part of its project to generate electricity through the construction of the Renaissance Dam. Ethiopia took the decision — which will have a …

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Egypt’s Opposition Persists

In what has become routine, every week Egyptian police forces kill and detain protesters opposed to the current military regime, led by Defense Minister General Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi. Seventeen people were killed by the police after the weekly Friday marches against military rule on January 3 — a toll that no longer elicits surprised responses from many Egyptians. Among the ever-growing …

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A Battle for the Soul of Islam

One does not have to be a revolutionary poet like Faiz Ahmad Faiz to look at events in the Muslim world and lament at being deceived by the promise of a false dawn — as he memorably did at the time of Indian independence, “Yeh woh sehar to nahin jiski arzoo le kar, chale the yaar ke mil jayegee kabhi …

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Gazans say Egypt is Now Turning The Screw

GAZA: The shift of power in Egypt over the past few months has led not just to border closures for those wanting to cross into the country from Gaza, but also to a sharp reduction in the transport of basic goods, as well as fishing rights, further isolating residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). The Egyptian Army says that since …

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