The Economist : Middle East and Africa
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Why the United Nations cannot end wars in the Arab world  15h56 13 février
EVEN AFTER nearly a decade of carnage, Syria’s civil war still manages to shock. More than 700,000 people have fled a regime offensive in Idlib, the country’s last rebel-held pocket. Shelter is scarce; with temperatures near zero, families sleep rough on the roadside. Desperate to keep millions of...
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One law for the mighty in Kenya  15h56 13 février
NAIROBI’S B-CLUB is popular with Kenya’s gilded classes. Those unfortunate to live within earshot are less keen, and last October won a court ruling revoking its licence. But legal orders matter little to politically connected nightclub owners. Few Kenyans were surprised when CCTV footage emerged...
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Qatar, the Gulf emirate famed for openness, is silencing critics  15h56 13 février
FOR DECADES Qatar has promoted itself as a beacon of openness in a repressive region. It hosts Al Jazeera, a popular Arab satellite station that broadcasts opinions suppressed elsewhere in the Middle East. And it is a haven to those fleeing Arab despots. But its emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is...
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Secular Israelis on buses strike a blow for religious freedom  15h56 13 février
AT THE Clock-Tower Square in Jaffa, dozens of Israelis wait in the winter sun for a bus home after a Saturday afternoon in nearby restaurants and bars. Any other day of the week this would be normal, but for today’s passengers there is a subversive thrill. For over 70 years buses and trains have...
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Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s ex-dictator, could at last face justice  18h52 12 février
FOR MORE than a decade, Omar al-Bashir gaily thumbed his nose at the International Criminal Court (ICC). After he was indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the country’s western region of Darfur, his defiance badly damaged the young court’s credibility. On February 11th,...
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A historic day for Malawi’s democracy  15h51 06 février
THERE ARE many ways to rig an election. Voters can be beaten or bribed. Ballot boxes can be stuffed. Computers tallying results can be hacked. But few methods are more rudimentary than that used last year in Malawi’s general election. In the southern African country of 18m people the dastardly tool...
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The Houthi model of government  15h51 06 février
THE WAR in Yemen escalated last month when a missile hit a mosque at a military training camp near Marib, killing over 100 soldiers. The government blamed the Houthi rebels, who control much of the country (see map). Fierce fighting broke out in the days that followed, with the Saudi-led coalition...
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More Africans are marrying spouses of different ethnicities  15h51 06 février
IN 2018 A dating app was launched targeting African diasporas in America. CultureCrush was described by its founder as an inclusive ecosystem . And if that were not romantic enough, the app promised to be the first to allow users looking for love to search mates by nationality, ethnicity and...
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Félix Tshisekedi has accomplished little in Congo  15h51 06 février
THERE WAS supposed to be a big party on January 24th. It was going to cost 6m and celebrate the first anniversary of Félix Tshisekedi’s inauguration as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The government presents this as Congo’s first ever peaceful handover of power. But the idea of the...
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The legacy of Daniel arap Moi still haunts Kenya  14h52 05 février
DANIEL ARAP MOI was in many ways an accidental president. Though he had been number two to Jomo Kenyatta, independent Kenya’s first leader, the Kikuyu elite looked down on him. They saw the former teacher from the Kalenjin group as a modest man with much to be modest about. But when Kenyatta’s...
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A historic day for Malawi’s democracy  10h34 04 février
THERE ARE many ways to rig an election. Voters can be beaten or bribed. Ballot boxes can be stuffed. Computers tallying results can be hacked. But few methods are more rudimentary than that used last year in Malawi’s general election. In the southern African country of 18m people the dastardly tool...
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East Africa is reeling from an invasion of locusts  16h29 30 janvier
LET MY PEOPLE go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. So said God, rather vengefully, according to Moses and Aaron. But although the locust infestation wreaking havoc on east Africa is of biblical proportions, it is not a...
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How a Ugandan hospital delivers health insurance through burial groups  16h29 30 janvier
A SICK PERSON would once have to sell land or cows to pay hospital bills, says Owen Orishaba, a teacher in the Kigezi highlands of Uganda. But now a goat can solve your problem. Four years ago he joined a community health-insurance scheme managed by Kisiizi Hospital, a church-run institution....
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Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq’s most volatile cleric, stakes his claim to power  16h29 30 janvier
THE HENCHMEN of Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq’s most capricious and perhaps most powerful cleric, not only participated in the anti-government protests that have rocked Baghdad and other cities for months, they defended them. Others who joined the demonstrations stood a good chance of being frisked by Mr...
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Donald Trump gives Israel the green light to annex occupied lands  22h08 28 janvier
FOR MONTHS they said the timing was simply wrong. Members of the Trump administration, led by the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, worked for two years on a plan to solve the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, finishing last year. Then they waited for an opportune...