Africa Libya North Africa World 

Libya: Warring factions sign accord for permanent ceasefire

– Advertisement – The warring factions in Libya have signed an agreement for a permanent ceasefire to end the years of violence. The agreement was reached in Geneva following five days of talks. It was brokered by the United Nations between military leaders from Libya’s government, and those from opposition forces lead by General Khalifa Haftar. The UN envoy to Libya envoy Stephanie Williams has called the agreement “a crucial sign of hope for the Libyan people”. The AFP quotes the envoy saying that the ceasefire will allow displaced people…

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OP-ED Sudan 

OPINION PIECE: A Free and Fair Election is the Solution to South Sudan’s Woes

Written By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth In this election, and in true democratic fashion, the losers must congratulate the winners JUBA, South Sudan, October 21, 2020/ — By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Former Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan The Republic of South Sudan was born – literally out of the ashes – on 9 July 2011 after decades of a debilitating and costly war. The people of South Sudan must be appreciated for their sustained commitment to sovereign independence, and to finally win their freedom, despite the grave costs that we paid…

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Human Rights Sudan 

ICC Statement on Sudan: “There is an urgent need for justice in Sudan”

The victims in Darfur have waited far too long to have justice, Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, at a media briefing in Khartoum, Sudan: “There is an urgent need for justice in Sudan; sustainable peace and reconciliation are built on the stabilizing pillar of justice” THE HAGUE, Netherlands, October 21, 2020/ — Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for being here today at this media briefing. I am grateful for this opportunity to reach out, through you, to the people of Sudan. My name is…

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Human Rights North Africa 

Bringing Poverty to Heel – Yossef Ben-Meir

By Yossef Ben-MeirMarrakech October 17 marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The commemoration of this day suggests that the way to end poverty is not a matter shrouded in mystery. In fact, its celebration denotes that, at a minimum, the manner to end poverty is most likely established knowledge. While it could withstand further evaluation, its people-centered methodology is tested as plain as day, and it is as well understood as the brutality of en masse denial of the potential of our humanity. The process of planning…

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Africa Libya Nigeria North Africa World 

Libya: Nigerian man set on fire at Tripoli factory

– Advertisement – A Nigerian man has been set on fire by three Libyans at a factory in Tripoli, according to officials. Libyan authorities say the three Libyans have been arrested as suspects for killing the Nigerian man. The interior ministry said the three Libyans, all in their 30s, stormed the Tripoli factory where African migrants were working. They then detained one of the workers which happens to be the Nigerian man and then poured petrol on him and set him on fire. The Chief of mission for the International…

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Africa Egypt North Africa Tourism World 

Egypt unveils coffins buried 2,500 years ago

– Advertisement – Archaeologists in Egypt said Saturday they had found 59 well-preserved and sealed wooden coffins over recent weeks that were buried more than 2,500 years ago. Opening one of the ornately decorated sarcophagi before assembled media, the team revealed mummified remains wrapped in burial cloth that bore hieroglyphic inscriptions in bright colours. The dramatic find was unearthed south of Cairo in the sprawling burial ground of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. “We are very happy about this discovery,”…

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Africa East Africa Sudan World 

Sudan’s govt, rebel groups sign landmark peace deal

– Advertisement – Sudan’s government and rebel groups on Saturday inked a landmark peace deal aimed at ending decades of war in which hundreds of thousands died. Ululations and cheers rang out as one by one, representatives from the transitional government and rebel groups signed the deal, a year after the peace talks began, at a ceremony in the South Sudanese capital Juba, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. “Today we have reached a peace agreement. We are happy. We have finished the mission,” Tut Gatluak, head of the South…

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Development North Africa 

An Illuminating Farmer-to-Farmer Story in Morocco

By Yossef Ben-MeirMarrakech Bill Nichols served as a volunteer consultant to the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) through the Farmer-to-Farmer Program (F2F) for two weeks in January 2020. Originally from New Mexico, now residing in Boston, Bill collaborated as an F2F volunteer with four of HAF’s tree nursery cooperatives in southern Morocco. He was tasked with improving their productivity. One immediate benefit of his visits with Moroccan farmers at these sites is that he was able to share not only his technical and business skills but also to find ways for…

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Development North Africa 

A Model to Achieve the Model for Development in Morocco

By Yossef Ben-MeirThere may be irony in Morocco now reconsidering and revamping its development model, which is its national guiding frameworks for social and environmental fulfillment. I have long been and remain a believer in Morocco’s existing frameworks for the people’s development. There is, after all, a lot to like. Municipalities are to create development plans made from the participation of all communities and groups. Environmental management is understood to integrate the local people. Agricultural programs seek to achieve the value-chain with communities of small landholders. Morocco is committed to…

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Libya US 

The Benghazi Attack: The Forgotten History of the 2012 Attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya

If you say “September 11” most people automatically think of the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. What they probably don’t even remember happened on September 11, were the attacks on the United States Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. Once the Libyan Revolution began in February 2011, the CIA began placing assets in the region, attempting to make contacts within the region. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, whose name and image would soon become synonymous with the Benghazi attacks, was the first liaison between the United States and…

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