Algeria cancels Merkel’s state visit due to President’s ill health

The Algerian government has cancelled a scheduled state visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel due to the failing health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. A two-day state visit had earlier been scheduled for February 21st to 22nd between the two governments, which will see Angela Merkel meet the president. However, the Prime Minister had been scheduled to be the main government interlocutor for the North African state. The war-torn North African state has been unstable since long-term leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed in the Arab spring of 2011. While there have been reports of improvement of late, the cancellation of the proposed state visit of Merkel has further shown the president health might have deteriorated in recent times.

February 22, 2017 09:58 UTC

Angola Cables to peer at NAPAfrica

Angola Cables to peer at NAPAfricaTelecoms operator Angola Cables has announced its choice of NAPAfrica as a peering point to give impetus to its objective of becoming a major IP transit and MPLS player in sub-Saharan Africa. Darwin Costa, IP Product Manager, Angola Cables, says the operator, together with the Angolan government, is working to build the Southern African country into a major telecommunications hub. We believe that by combining strengths, Angola Cables, a growing telecommunications hub, will be able to provide links to and from South Africa from Angola, as well as to Brazil and the USA, once the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is in operation." Michele McCann, business development manager, Teraco says NAPAfrica is a suitable partner for Angola Cables and will increase interconnection between Angola and the rest of the world. McCann believes NAPAfrica is committed to assisting Angola Cables in becoming a main hub on the West-Coast of Africa.

February 22, 2017 06:45 UTC

Director Marta Shaw on witnessing the 'horrific' situation in North Africa

“What was really horrific is that [the migrants] were so shocked by the situation that they found themselves in,” Shaw explains. “The people that are leaving their countries are the ones that have the get-up and go and want to better their lives,” Shaw explains. Migrants are rescued from a boat“Until you sort out the problem in Libya itself and the political situation,” Shaw says, “there’s always going to be this turmoil. And it’s heartbreaking that I’m not going back there.”That wasn’t the only time Shaw and her team felt compelled to get involved. “‘Both of their mothers died last night.’“The four year old was still asking for his mother,” Shaw continues.

February 22, 2017 01:00 UTC

Nigerian Emir Proposes Law To Ban Polygamy

FOLLOW USTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramSanusi II of Kano made the statement on Sunday while delivering a speech at a Muslim gathering. The Emir said the law would effectively ban poor men from marrying more than one wife, reports the Vanguard, adding that there appears to be a connection among polygamy, poverty, and terrorism. Those children, he maintained, end up growing up as vagrants and unproductive members of society. “It is a big law, which covers a whole range of issues from consent to marriage to maintenance to divorce to maintenance of children and inheritance. It will be the first time in northern Nigeria that a Muslim law on personal status will be codified.”The emir said the new law, which is proposed as a family law, is expected to be passed in the coming months by the Kano state government.

February 21, 2017 21:06 UTC

Hundreds of African Migrants Break Through Border Fence To Enter Spain

At least 859 African migrants have broken through the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta to enter Spain since Friday, reports Reuters. FOLLOW USTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramThe first batch of 500 migrants breached the fence on Friday, while the second group of 359 African migrants crossed on Monday. So far, thousands of African refugees and migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to enter Europe illegally. Spain’s two North African territories, Ceuta in Northern Morocco and Melilla in eastern Morocco near the Algerian border, have been cited as the main crossing points by illegal African migrants. While a significant number of these migrants want to enter Europe in search of greener pastures, the majority of them are desperate refugees fleeing war, persecution, and famine.

February 21, 2017 19:00 UTC



Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East, edited by Anthony Downey

Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East, edited by Anthony DowneyUncommon Grounds is a stimulating exploration into art practices in North Africa and the Middle East, and also a thought-provoking look at the fluid relationship between art and society more generally, writes Arek Dakessian. Chapters cover media activism, social media and contemporary art, and critical analyses of aesthetics and politics in the digital age. Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in North Africa and the Middle East is the first book in a series that aims to make sense of visual culture in relation to the so-called Arab Spring.Indeed, since the start of the Tunisian revolution in January 2011, middle-class English-speaking activists and artists alike have been relied upon in varying degrees to narrativise and make familiar the strange events unfolding in the Middle East, as Philip Rizk observes in the opening chapter “2011 is not 1968 – An Open Letter to an Onlooker” (pp. Continue to read the review here.

February 21, 2017 17:19 UTC

Morocco Shows the Way towards Economic Integration in Africa

Morocco seems poised to build on its recent diplomatic and economic success in Africa in order to champion an African model of economic integration based on south-south cooperation, solidarity and win-win partnerships. Led by the Monarch himself, Morocco’s African foreign policy has been given priority. Since his ascending to the throne, King Mohammed VI paid 46 visits to 25 African countries and chaired the signing of nearly a thousand bilateral and multilateral agreements. The actions led by the Kingdom in Africa are also meant to pool efforts and favor regional integration. These factories will help achieve food security in two of the most populous African countries as well as their neighbors.

February 21, 2017 16:30 UTC

Red Cross: Hundreds of Migrants Cross Fence into Spain

MADRID (AP) — The Red Cross says 350 migrants crossed the fence into a Spanish territory in North Africa early Monday, three days after 500 more managed to break the gates. A spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Ceuta, the Spanish enclave on the Moroccan coast, said that 11 of the Sub-Saharan African migrants were sent to a hospital to be treated for cuts, bone fractures and other injuries. Fleeing poverty, violence or both, hundreds of sub-Saharan African migrants attempt to cross from Morocco into Ceuta and Melilla, the other Spanish enclave in North Africa. More than 1,300 people are now crammed into the CETI center for temporary accommodation of immigrants, designed to house 512 people. Migrants are usually sent from Ceuta to different centers run by NGOs across Spain, where they receive accommodation and food.

February 21, 2017 14:26 UTC

Zuma’s R6 Million Statue: Mr President Thinks It’s A Cool Way To Record History

South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) party is pissed with the justification of Jacob Zuma’s R6 million statue as a means to record history. According to the party, Mr President has defended the building of the multi-million rand six-metre statue of himself, in the North West. To McGluwa, that’s the only history Zuma’s R6 million statue will record for South Africa. Yesterday, COPE’s (Congress of the People) Dennis Bloem proclaimed the Zuma statue project an insult to poor South Africans from North West. It must come to an end.”See Also: Jacob Zuma Statue – North West Wants To Spend R6 MillionResponding to Bloem’s remarks, Brian Setswambung the spokesperson of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo offered that COPE’s opinion of the Zuma statue project is misguided.

February 21, 2017 11:06 UTC

Morocco, Zambia Seal 19 Accords, Signaling New Era in Relationship

Morocco and Zambia on Monday gave a strong signal that their relationship has entered a new era as King Mohammed VI and President Edgar Chagwa Lungu co-chaired over the signing ceremony of 19 agreements, including 11 between the two countries’ private sectors. In a statement to the media after the talks, President Lungu expressed his country’s delight to see Morocco back within its African family. And the King’s visit to Zambia is part of this momentum to extend Morocco’s cooperation model to English-speaking African countries. Zambia’s Zesco Limited and the Moroccan energy giant Masen agreed to cooperate to develop renewable energy Projects in Zambia. After Zambia, King Mohammed VI is expected to pay visits to other African countries, including Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali.

February 21, 2017 10:30 UTC

Africa's most connected Internet Exchange

Angola Cables to peer at NAPAfrica - Africa's most connected Internet ExchangeAngola Cables, a leading telecoms operator is expanding its network reach and peering capabilities across the globe. With an aim to become a major IP transit and MPLS player in sub-Saharan Africa, Angola Cables has chosen NAPAfrica as its peering point. NAPAfrica is Africa's largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP), with over 240 unique connected networks and 140Gbps peering traffic. NAPAfrica, which is colocated within all Teraco data centre facilities, provides peering across sub-Saharan Africa from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. By providing customers with stable Internet connectivity, Angola Cables is able to directly impact the growth of the digital Angolan economy, as well as other countries where it is an operator.

February 21, 2017 10:18 UTC

Oracle looks to tighten bond with Egypt's government

Oracle looks to tighten bond with Egypt's governmentSenior executives from Oracle met with Egypt's ICT Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) Yasser ElKady in Cairo in an effort to maintain a direct line of communication between the government leader and the computer software company in the North African country. This process would be facilitated by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), an arm of the ICT ministry set up to support the development of Egypt's ICT sector. Investing in MEAThe meeting with Egypt's ICT Minister builds on last month's commitment by Oracle to establish an Oracle Digital Hub in Dubai which the company says will employ 400 cloud sales professionals. Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, senior vice president, Middle East and Africa, Oracle believes the Oracle Digital Hub is solid evidence of the company's commitment to the region. "Cloud adoption is on the rise, and with an unmatched portfolio of solutions and support infrastructure, Oracle is poised to lead the region's' digital transformation movement."

February 21, 2017 10:04 UTC

Algeria: Merkel's Algeria Visit Called Off As Bouteflika Falls Ill

Chancellor Merkel's visit to Algeria has been called off because President Bouteflika is too sick to meet. The two-day trip was part of an effort to stem migration from North Africa in an election year in Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's two-day trip to Algeria was postponed at the last minute on Monday owing to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's severe case of bronchitis. German and Algerian authorities agreed to reschedule the visit due to Bouteflika's "temporary unavailability," the APS state news agency reported, citing a presidential statement. Steffen Seibert, Merkel's government spokesman, wrote on Twitter that the Algerian government requested the postponement and that "the chancellor complied with the request."

February 21, 2017 09:59 UTC

DMT in quest for North African phosphate properties

AFRICA 14/02/2017While the United States still lies at the heart of the Texas-based group’s business Africa is emerging as the future cash cow.

February 21, 2017 04:32 UTC

Regional opportunities in North Africa

Perhaps the starting point here is to recognise that there is manifestly no political coherence, no unifying political entity, which covers Morocco – Algeria – Tunisia – Libya – Egypt. Nevertheless Algeria, Libya and Egypt are major petroleum-producing countries, and Morocco has surprised industry insiders with a recent, reportedly significant, gas discovery. What seems clear that any North African portfolio would be thin if it did not include assets in Egypt, acquired if necessary via the active A&D market which exists there. Egyptian production could then ‘anchor' a regional entity seeking North African development and/or appraisal projects, possibly even (shock horror!) There are a number of smaller E&Ps with some presence already in North Africa that might contemplate such Egyptian-led growth.

February 20, 2017 21:29 UTC



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