The Middle East and North Africa region runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean and from Turkey to Yemen. View As: One Page SlidesWater and Religion Rule the Area Much of the Middle East is not lived in. Most of the people in the Middle East live in the region’s north rim that runs from Iran through Iraq to Syria and into Turkey. Anatolia only became part of the Middle East due to Ottoman conquest in the early 1500s. Turkic peoples who converted to Islam held the areas north and northeast of the Middle East.
More than 2,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic rescues. An Italian coast guard spokesman said 19 rescue operations by the coast guard or ships operated by non-governmental organisations had saved a total of 2,074 people on 16 overcrowded rubber dinghies and three small wooden boats. The rest of the asylum seekers were picked up by the coast guard, the Phoenix - run by the Maltese Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) - the German NGO Sea Eye and the German Jugend's Iuventa. According to the International Organisation for Migration, nearly 32,000 asylum seekers arrived in Europe by sea so far this year. "How many people would have crossed if we weren't there today, Frontex?
The eighth annual report, “Terrorism in North Africa and the Sahel in 2016,” revealed that, despite this alarming trend, Morocco and Mauritania registered zero terrorist incidents in 2016, and that Morocco has been the country least-affected by terrorism in the region over the past fifteen years. “During 2016, Morocco continued to improve its counterterrorism capabilities, as demonstrated by multiple arrests of suspected terrorists, seizing weapons, and aborting violent plots,” said the report. “Morocco has emerged largely unscathed thanks to the leadership of King Mohammed VI and the vigilance of the country’s security forces. This material is distributed by the Moroccan American Center for Policy on behalf of the Government of Morocco. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.
Egyptian President al-Sisi Thursday pledged that Palm Sunday Church bombers will not go scot-free as he visited Head of Coptic Christians. The Egyptian leader paid a supportive visit to Pope Tawadros II days after Sunday bombings which left 45 people dead. Posted by Kamailoudini Tagba Kamailoudini Tagba Independent Journalist, Freelance Interpreter and Toastmasters International Competent Communicator (CC), speech writer, based in Togo, West Africa Attended Central China Normal University (China), MA in Linguistics and Communication. Kamailoudini Tagba is UNESCO scholarship Alumni, interested in International Relations studies and Security Studies. Kamailoudini Tagba, trained as journalist at Togo state radio, worked for the African Network of Culture Promoters and Entrepreneurs (rapec) as news writer.
The Libyan army commander has become Russia’s mouth-piece in the Libyan crisis. Reports say, the Emiratis arranged the meeting and tried to convince Americans to work with the Libya army commander as a key partner in the fight against terrorism in Libya and in the region. Posted by Kamailoudini Tagba Kamailoudini Tagba Independent Journalist, Freelance Interpreter and Toastmasters International Competent Communicator (CC), speech writer, based in Togo, West Africa Attended Central China Normal University (China), MA in Linguistics and Communication. Kamailoudini Tagba is UNESCO scholarship Alumni, interested in International Relations studies and Security Studies. Kamailoudini Tagba, trained as journalist at Togo state radio, worked for the African Network of Culture Promoters and Entrepreneurs (rapec) as news writer.
Moroccan National Security authorities announced Thursday they were handed over by Turkish authorities the fourth suspect in the assassination of lawmaker Merdas killed in his car early last month. The suspect according Security is the nephew of the main suspect; a municipal authority, lover of Abdellatif Merdas’s wife. Merdas’s wife, her lover and the lover’s sister have been found guilty and regarded as accomplices of the assassination. Kamailoudini Tagba is UNESCO scholarship Alumni, interested in International Relations studies and Security Studies. Kamailoudini Tagba, trained as journalist at Togo state radio, worked for the African Network of Culture Promoters and Entrepreneurs (rapec) as news writer.
Cape Town – A rights group has criticised the recently imposed state of emergency in Egypt, saying it would open more room for human rights violations by authorities. Human rights abusesHe further accused President Abdel Fattah al Sisi's government of general human right abuses. Stork said the north African country was becoming a police state where human rights violations were committed by security agents. “The Sisi regime has previously committed human rights violations as it often deals with dissents in a brutal manner. It is, therefore, worrisome for it to impose a state of emergency as this could worsen human rights violations,” added Stork.
According to the risk consultancy Control Risks, Morocco remains to be the safest country for business and travel in North Africa. Morocco is the region’s only country that has been given a low security risk in the consultancy’s Riskmap, the leading guide to political and business risk and an important reference for policy makers and business leaders. In contrast, the Riskmap showed that security conditions in Algeria and Libya still pose a high security risk with the exception of heavily militarized areas surrounding oil and gas wells in Algeria. Tunisia was labeled as a medium security risk while within the Arab world only Morocco, Jordan, Qatar, the UAE and Oman were labeled as safe. Riskmap evaluates the likelihood of state or non-state actors engaging in actions that harm the financial, physical and human assets of a company.
Corporate News Armyworms hit Kisii maize farms as pest spreadsArmy worm attack: Some of the maize farms affected by Fall Army Warm invasion, at Kinyoro in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County on April 08, 2017. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMGFarmers in Kisii are a worried lot following an invasion of armyworms and stalk borer in most sub-counties. This is when I realised that my maize crops had been attacked as well,” said Mr Marube. He added that they have also deployed another batch field officers to the nine sub counties to monitor the spread armyworms on farms. “The officers will also lay traps for the pests in farms to monitor the spread in the affected areas,” he said.
Control Risks, the specialist risk consultancy, issued its 2017 RiskMap showing that Morocco continues to maintain its standing as the safest country for business and travel in North Africa. Morocco was the only country to be given a low security risk status in Riskmap, the leading guide to political and business risk and an important reference for policy makers and business leaders. The Riskmap showed that security conditions remain compromised in Algeria whose coloring in the map reflects high security risk in most of the country apart from a medium security risk in heavily militarized areas surrounding oil and gas wells. The security risk in Libya has been assessed as extreme, while in western Egypt it was considered high. Tunisia’s risk was ranked “medium” by Control risks.
Rabat – As part of its inauguration in North Africa, international building and construction show, The Big 5, will soon open its doors in Morocco. Designed for architects, engineers, contractors, and Moroccan construction professionals, The Big 5 Construct North Africa 2017 will take place from April 25-27, 2017 at the Parc Des Expositions de l’Office des Changes, in Casablanca. “The Big 5 Construct North Africa in Morocco will promote the long-term growth opportunities, and development of the Moroccan construction industry, along with creating new export partnerships for local Moroccan companies,” Portfolio Exhibitions Director, Andy Pert, said. “Morocco is the gateway to Africa and North Africa, which market is valued at $ 400 billion. Moroccan companies such as Mall Zellij, Chaoui Bois, Vicaima Africa, Le Comptoir and Patmas Afrique have already announced their participation in The Big 5 Construct North Africa 2017.
This was experienced as a historical injustice by many small scale and subsistence farmers in Tunisia, including in Jemna. In this respect, the Jemna experience is one chapter of the revolutionary process in Tunisia and an edifying example (amongst others) of the persistence of the unresolved agrarian question. It is the tip of the iceberg that hides from view a generalised injustice, an outright failure for 70 years of land, agricultural and food policies." Food sovereignty promotes transparent trade that guarantees just income to all peoples and the rights of consumers to control their food and nutrition. Food sovereignty implies new social relations free of oppression and inequality between men and women, peoples, racial groups, social classes and generations."
Boko Haram conflict ruins telecoms infrastructureFrom AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, NigeriaMAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – THE Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) is appealing for a further US$2,81 million to revive communications infrastructure ravaged by conflict in northeast Nigeria. The organisation, a global network of organisations working together to provide shared communications services in humanitarian emergency, said this was over 50 percent of the funds required. The funding would enable ETC deploy security telecommunications and internet connectivity services in identified common operational areasacross Borno and Yobe States, which are the two regions experiencing the most conflict perpetrated by the Boko Haram. ETC is also working on the programming of handheld radios for humanitarians to access security telecommunications services in Maiduguri and Damaturu in Yobe State. With telecommunications infrastructure having been severely damaged by the conflict, provision and restoration of communications services are required to support the response community.
Economy & Politics Kibaki’s first Finance minister Mwiraria succumbs to cancerFormer Finance minister David Mwiraria presenting a past budget at Parliament buildings. FILE PHOTO | NMGFormer Finance minister David Mwiraria died Thursday aged 79, bringing down the curtains on a man who has lived an illustrious but reclusive life of public service and politics stretching back five decades. Mwiraria, a two-term Imenti North MP and career public servant, succumbed to cancer at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi. He was re-elected again to serve a second term in 1997, a period when he was also the Opposition’s shadow Finance Minister. As Finance minister, one of the longstanding changes that the father of five implemented was to introduce laws in 2005 which banned the sale of alcohol in sachets.
One of the cities earmarked to drive the federal government’s Made in Nigeria campaign is Aba, the commercial capital city of Abia state. Remarkably, the Abia state government has also been running a Made in Aba campaign to boost the use of locally made goods. Earlier in2016, it was revealed that the Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola, had brokered a deal between Enugu Electricity Distribution Company and Geometric Power, the two power companies seeking to supply power to the city. The promise of having at least 13 hours of constant supply once Geometric takes over is now a mirage. Just like the people who took to the streets in Enugu and Ebonyi states recently to protest against EEDC, Aba residents have started to protest poor electricity supply and exorbitant bills.