Al Jazeera

France 24

Reuters News

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
prev
next

North Korea must apologise for American tourist Warmbier’s death

News image

A public apology for death of American tourist Otto Warmbier is the best way for North Korea to show it did not plan this tragedy, keep over-zealous public security officials in line and improve the chances of any dialogue with the outside world, argues Christopher Green, Senior Advisor, Korean Peninsula, Crisis Group The death of an American tourist just days after he was released from North Korean custody and repatriated to his home in Ohio has cast another long shadow over relations between Pyongyang and Washington.22-yearold Otto Warmbier

Features | Crisis Group | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 93

Read more

When is South Africa’s Zuma stepping down?

News image

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is considering stepping down next year, 12 months before the end of his term according to senior sources in his ruling ANC party, writes Franklin Adesegha Zuma was expected to remain the country’s president until elections in 2019, but will now be replaced as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) at a party conference in December having served the allocated two terms in office.Analysts say the president’s offer to leave will allow him a dignified exit as there remains a possibility he could be removed

Features | Franklin Adesegha | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 97

Read more

August election tensions rise in storied Kenyan county

News image

The stakes are high in contests for local power in Kenya’s August 2017 elections. There is still time for the government and international donors to help avert a replay of past electoral violence, notably by renewing support for local peace committees, argues Crisis Group The county of Narok is one of Kenya’s most economically important regions, home to wildlife sanctuaries like the worldfamous Maasai Mara reserve, vast agricultural plantations, and highways linking the East African coast to the interior.Narok is also one of a number of Kenyan

Features | Crisis Group | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 92

Read more

Cholera killing more people than bombs and bullets in Yemen

News image

Cholera is now killing more people than bombs and bullets in Yemen, in a raging outbreak that is out of control thanks to the inability of the country to cope after more than two years of war, writes Annie Slemrod, IRIN Middle East Editor According to the latest (and always growing) numbers, 923 people have died of cholera in Yemen since the end of April, 532 in May alone.For comparison, the UN recorded violent deaths of 98 civilians in May. When IRIN first reported on Yemen’s cholera outbreak in the middle of last month, it was bad: hospitals

Features | NorthSouth | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 94

Read more

Iran unites as Tehran struck by Middle East’s proxy wars

News image

The 7 June attacks in Tehran struck at the symbolic heart of Iran’s revolutionary republic. Ali Vaez, Crisis Group Senior Analyst for Iran, says the outrages show how the region’s proxy wars are now reaching far beyond the battlefield If this indeed was, as it claimed, an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), it would constitute the first time the organisation has been able to strike Iran inside its borders.But terrorist attacks are not new to Iran. In the early years of revolutionary turmoil, the leftist-Islamist Mojahedin Khalq

Features | Crisis Group | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 85

Read more

Sri Lanka’s transition to nowhere

News image

Fragile hopes for lasting peace and cooperation across party and ethnic lines are imperilled. To avoid leaders of the corrupt and violent former regime taking back control of the country, President Sirisena’s two-year-old “unity government” should put aside short-term calculations and return to reform.Two years into President Maithripala Sirisena’s term, Sri Lanka’s fragile hopes for lasting peace and cooperation across party and ethnic lines are imperilled. Despite significant achievements in the coalition government’s first nine months, progress

Features | Crisis Group | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 99

Read more

Nigeria: how to solve a problem like Biafra

News image

Many Igbo feel politically and economically marginalised, and the government’s hardline stance is not helping, writes Nnamdi Obasi 50 years after Nigeria’s then Eastern Region declared itself the Republic of Biafra, sparking a brutal and costly three-year civil war, the country again faces a separatist challenge.Across the Igbo south east, there is resurgent agitation for an independent Biafra state. President Muhammadu Buhari’s forceful response to the agitation has been counter-productive, inflaming passions and boosting separatist sentiments.

Features | NorthSouth | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 97

Read more

Reconciling Iraq’s hard realities

News image

In a Berlin presentation to German and Dutch officers, diplomats and civilians, Crisis Group’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director Joost Hiltermann argues that any attempt to help Iraqis piece their country back together again needs to take into account local realities, the grander geopolitical picture, and especially regional powers Turkey and Iran One of the key challenges in talking about Iraq – or any place, really – is to connect the large with the small, the overall geostrategic picture with the minutiae of daily life, but also

Features | NorthSouth | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 92

Read more

Kashmir earthquake: what happened to 12 years and $6 billion?

News image

In the village of Pehlwan, in the mountains of northern Pakistan, two schools have been under construction for more than a decade since being destroyed by an earthquake. They both still lack roofs, writes Nadia Naviwala “There’s no place for students and teachers to sit. We can teach on warm days, but not when it rains,” said Hussain Shah, a teacher.“By November, we get snow. Until April, even May, it’s freezing.” It’s a familiar scene across this region, which was devastated in 2005 by a magnitude 7.6 quake that killed more than 75,000 people.

Features | NorthSouth | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 85

Read more

Venezuela: A Blueprint for Strife

News image

Two developments are propelling Venezuela faster along a route that has already led to dozens of deaths in the last few weeks: the first is an undemocratic proposal for a new constitution; the second is increasingly isolated Venezuela’s withdrawal from the Organisation of American States, write Phil Gunson and Andes philgunson. Amid the tumult on the streets of Venezuela, which has cost dozens of lives in the past six weeks, two crucially important, and related, events threaten to spur even greater violence and eclipse all possibility of international engagement aimed at redressing the country’s plight.One was the announcement on 23 April by Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez that the country would withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS) in response to what the government of Nicolás Maduro sees as “interference” in Venezuela’s internal affairs.The other

Features | NorthSouth | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 95

Read more

Nagorno-Karabakh’s gathering war clouds

News image

Armenia and Azerbaijan are once again on collision course along increasingly active front lines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. Mediators Russia, France and the U.S., should pressure Yerevan and Baku to tone down inflammatory rhetoric, agree to talks and take steps towards peace.A year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s April 2016 violent flare-up, Armenia and Azerbaijan are closer to war than at any point since the 1994 ceasefire. Political and security conditions that prompted the April 2016 escalation have become more acute and both sides claim a new

Features | Ali Bahaijoub | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 83

Read more

The two-state solution: Will it ever happen under Trump’s watch?

News image

50 years after the war that transformed the Middle East. Monday marks 50 years since the start of the 1967 War between Israel and neighboring Arab states. Impact of that war on the region is immeasurable as it lead to a new regional order, the occupation of Palestinian territory, the reorientation of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy, the emergence of Iran as a serious competitor to the Saudis and the conflicts in Irak, Syria and Yemen as well as the Arab Spring which triggered regime change in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.Much of the contemporary discussion

Features | Ali Bahaijoub | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 76

Read more

Afghan refugees in Greek camp: “If you kept animals in this situation, they would die”

News image

At its peak in the summer of 2016, the former Athens airport terminal at Elliniko was home to more than 3,000 refugees. A makeshift camp set up during Europe’s refugee “crisis” the summer before, it is now home to fewer than 700 people, nearly all of them from Afghanistan.Over the last few weeks, the Greek government has been trying to persuade them to leave by removing vital services. On 20 May, the NGOs providing medical care, clothing, legal advice, translation, and cleaning were withdrawn. In the days that followed, WiFi, electricity, and water

Features | Crisis Group | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 84

Read more

The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

News image

Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. The only problem is that there is no deal. It is fake news, writes Bruce Riedel I have spoken to contacts in the defence business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there is a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defence industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday.So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them “intended sales.” None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

Features | NorthSouth | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 81

Read more

Impact of Trump’s controversial Paris Agreement withdrawal

News image

US President Donald Trump announced that he will withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change. It was adopted in 2015 by 195 nations, with 147 ratifying it—including the United States, which is the world’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter.Analysts argue that this may be another self-inflicted wound as the vast majority of Americans wish to remain in the Paris accord including some of Trump’s supporters. The administration has argued that the Paris Agreement is “unfair” because large polluting countries such

Features | NorthSouth | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 74

Read more

The purpose behind America’s X-37B military space shuttle

News image

In the early morning of May 7, Central Florida residents were jolted awake by a mysterious sonic boom that turned out to be from the unmanned X-37B mini space shuttle. The “secret mission” landed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after it orbited the planet for the last two years.But what is it really supposed to do, and is it worth the buzz or the expensive price tag? The reusable space plan started its mission, the Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 (OT V-4), back on May 20, 2015, after being launched with an Atlas V rocket from the same station.

Features | NorthSouth | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 84

Read more

Reviving NAT0 or EU defence force

News image

Shortly after coming to power the American President Donald Trump announced that the US would not act as the world’s policeman and that Washington would insist that all NATO members should devote 2 per cent of their military expenditure to NATO . It had always been a matter of dispute for most of NATO ’s life time that and on all the subsequent years most of its members did not pay their share of NATO costs.Trump’s stand on NATO sent shockwaves through the military establishment. The growing confrontation with Russia has provided NATO with a new

Features | Guy Arnold | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 79

Read more

A misguided Cuba roll-back

News image

President Trump’s new measures against Cuba preserve diplomatic relations and the right to most U.S. trade and group travel. But aggressive U.S. atmospherics risk hardening Cuba’s domestic politics and making it harder for Havana to play its mediating role in regional crises and conflicts, argues Ivan Briscoe, Crisis Group Programme Director for Latin America and Caribbean. President Donald Trump’s 16 June announcement that his administration will partially reverse efforts to restore diplomatic ties and normalise relations with Cuba represents a throwback to the past that imperils the overall goals of freedom and democracy it professes to promote.With veteran Cuban President Raúl Castro due to retire in one year, and while Cuba’s most important ally, Venezuela, sinks further into political and economic turmoil, the content and timing of this decision show scant sensitivity to how U.S. actions resonate with the Cuban

Features | Crisis Group | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 83

Read more

Qatar in trouble with neighbours

News image

Russia has reacted angrily to claims that it planted a fake news story in Qatar’s state media that led to the gulf state being accused by its neighbours of supporting terrorism. There was a temptation to blame malicious acts on the Russian government before the evidence had been weighed.But Russia had much to gain from divisions among Iran’s rivals in the region, especially if they made it more difficult for the United States to use Qatar as a major military base. Tension rose when Qatar said its news agency was hacked to publish a fake story claiming

Features | Ali Bahaijoub | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 84

Read more

Can Brexit be reversed ?

News image

George Soros, the billionaire who earned fame by betting against the pound in 1992, has said that Britain is approaching a tipping point that would see the economy slow to such an extent that Brexit might even be reversed, writes Franklin Adesegha. Soros used Quantum Fund in 1992 to bet successfully that sterling was over-valued against the Deutsche Mark, forcing then- Prime Minister John Major to pull the pound out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). Born in Hungary, Soros made his way to London as Communists consolidated power in Budapest.

Cover Stories | Franklin Adesegha | 26 June 2017 | Hits: 95

Read more
News Feeds

Stock Info

Microsoft 72.60 ▼0.56 (-0.77%)
Google 926.20 ▲1.51 (0.16%)