The government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on parts of central Nigeria, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, after clashes killed at least 14 in the region. Gunmen shot dead at least 14 villagers and destroyed property in an attack on the Kaura village of Takad in southern Kaduna state on Monday, said Enock Andong, a local community leader. Kaduna - a flashpoint for north-south, Muslim-Christian frictions - has in recent months seen the worst violence since 800 people were killed in riots after elections in 2011. Aruwan said a curfew "became necessary to protect life and property and avoid the further breakdown of law and order". The Kaduna state government said on Monday a garrison commander from the Nigerian Army's First Division had been sent to the southern region to coordinate a response to such attacks.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
Red Crescent: At least 74 bodies of migrants wash ashore in LibyaCairo - Scores of bodies, presumably of African migrants, washed ashore in Libya, in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, Libya's Red Crescent spokesperson said on Tuesday. The bodies washed ashore overnight but there was apparently no sign of a wrecked boat or vessel they had been on. Al-Misrati said the local authorities would take the bodies to a cemetery in the capital of Tripoli that's allocated for unidentified persons. Migrant deaths have risen to record levels along the Libya-Italy smuggling route across the Mediterranean Sea. Rights groups have documented migrants' horror journey which involves torture, rape, and forced labor inside Libya.