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Held for eight weeks: ex-marines accused of spying by Eritrea

By Daniel Howden and Kim Sengupta Thursday, 10 February 2011 Two retired marines have been held captive for more than eight weeks in the Horn of Africa after a gun battle while they were escorting a merchant ship through waters threatened by pirates. The Independent has learnt that they are accused of spying after being […]

Sudan should learn the emerging lessons of Egypt

Africa’s largest country is about to be split into two, and there is much that needs to be done politically, economically – and, above all, democratically The events in Cairo are going to provide an uneasy backdrop to President Omar al-Bashir‘s attempts to maintain his monopoly on power in Egypt’s neighbour, Sudan. One lesson that […]

Robert Fisk: Mubarak is going. He is on the cusp of final departure

Protesters in Tahrir Square are right to be sceptical despite the apparent shake-up in Egypt’s ruling party Sunday, 6 February 2011 The old man is going. The resignation last night of the leadership of the ruling Egyptian National Democratic Party – including Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal – will not appease those who want to claw […]

Eritrea: a haven for Religious harmony

Monday, 24 January 2011 12:55 Written by Ibrahim Hajj Melbourne, Australia In a world far too often marred by conflicts resulting from religious intolerance and fanaticism, I thought it might serve a great purpose to highlight the case of my own country, Eritrea, as a model for religious harmony and peaceful coexistence. In a world […]

The brutal truth about Tunisia

Bloodshed, tears, but no democracy. Bloody turmoil won’t necessarily presage the dawn of democracy By Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent Monday, 17 January 2011 The end of the age of dictators in the Arab world? Certainly they are shaking in their boots across the Middle East, the well-heeled sheiks and emirs, and the kings, including […]

South Sudan capital votes 97.5% to break away

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 21:09 (AFP) JUBA, Sudan — The once sleepy south Sudan town of Juba that hopes to become the world’s newest national capital opted 97.5 percent for independence, preliminary results from a landmark vote showed Wednesday. There were 211,018 votes cast for independence for the mainly Christian, African region against just 3,650 […]

Eritrea Reopens African Union Mission

Peter Heinlein 19 January 2011 Eritrea has reopened its mission to the African Union, ending years of self-imposed exile from the continental organization. But diplomats say the move does not signal a thaw in relations between Eritrea and its archrival, the African Union host Ethiopia. Eritrea’s ambassador to the African Union Girma Asmerom Tesfay presented […]

Will revolt in Tunisia inspire others?

The ouster of Tunisian President Zine el Abidine ben Ali emboldens protesters in other Arab countries, but — lacking a galvanizing event — there is doubt that Internet-fueled movements can seriously challenge entrenched regimes in the Middle East. By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times January 15, 2011, 12:06 p.m. Reporting from Cairo […]

Journalists in 2010 targets and bargaining chips

Published on 30 December 2010 Figures in 2010 57 journalists killed (25% fewer than in 2009) 51 journalists kidnapped 535 journalists arrested 1374 physically attacked or threatened 504 media censored 127 journalists fled their country 152 bloggers and netizens arrested 52 physically attacked 62 countries affected by Internet censorship Fewer killed in war zones Fifty-seven […]

Canada’s Nevsun gets its Eritrean gold mine under way with first gold pour

Junior miner Nevsun Resources has announced its first gold pour at its Bisha gold/silver/copper/zinc mine in Eritrea as it builds up to full commercial production. Author: Lawrence Williams Posted:  Wednesday , 05 Jan 2011 LONDON – Canada’s Nevsun Resources has now achieved its first major milestone with its initial gold pour at its new Bisha gold, silver […]

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