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“Reciprocity between unequals can’t work.” As the US and Europe rethink business with Africa, they are increasingly looking to negotiate two-way agreements which open up African markets but have the potential to put the continent’s own integration at risk.economist.com/middle-east-an…
Climate change is a double disaster for the Middle East. The region is more vulnerable to its impacts while governments are unprepared to address and cooperate on the technical, political and economic long-term costs and short-term consequences. haaretz.com/science-and-he…
“The international community faces...challenges and obstacles before it can achieve in #internationalrelations what de Coubertin achieved for the #Olympics," writes @DeanNabilFahmy. The Games teach vital lessons in collective and comprehensive engagement.thecairoreview.com/global-forum/t…
“International tourism is completely gone...We’re living by chance, not choice.” The human cost of the global tourism freeze is vast, affecting millions in tourism communities globally with a forecasted loss of $4tn to global GDP by the end of 2021. theguardian.com/global-develop…
The East African crude oil pipeline will be one of the first tests of the UN’s climate crisis warning. Running from Ugandan oil fields to Tanzanian ports, it will transport 210,000 barrels a day which produces more than 34m metric tonnes of carbon annually.theguardian.com/global-develop…
The Economic Community of West African States committed to establishing a currency union by 2020—it has yet to. The pandemic, variations in economic development and structure, and economic disparities present an uphill battle for the new 2027 goal. foreignaffairs.com/articles/west-…
EU leaders have made promises to secure the safety of Afghan staff but expressed concern about the possibility of large numbers of refugees entering Europe. However, after 2015, Europe fortified its borders, meaning large flows of refugees are unlikely. aje.io/heyg2c
The Taliban now controls all key border crossings with neighboring countries and have captured all major cities. Departure of President Ghani ends the government’s resistance and begins a governmental transition expected to be led by Taliban leaders. arab.news/cpqxn
Zambian President Edgar Lungu officially conceded to opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema Monday, marking Zambia’s third electoral transfer of power. Despite unequal campaign restrictions favoring the incumbent, Hichilema gained more than 2.8 million votes.wsj.com/articles/zambi…
The conflict in #Syria did not just happen —it was waiting to happen. Internal problems & regional dynamics converged to bring about this tragic fate to the Syrian people, and the #ArabSpring was the straw that broke the camel’s back. #SyrianConflict bit.ly/3AHwh4I
“The reality is that Africa’s Covid crisis is yet to come.” African countries have been disproportionately hit by the economic shock from Covid-19 with some observers describing a historic divergence between Africa and the developed world. theguardian.com/world/2021/aug…
The Taliban continues its rapid advance in Afghanistan, capturing 18 provincial capitals in the past week. @AJEnglish visualizes the mountainous country, with a population of 38 million, in 10 maps. aje.io/u64f9w
"Global multilateralism has never been about human cooperation, but raw power," writes @KarenAttiah. Africa is stuck between its deadliest wave yet and a lack of access to vaccines while global apathy for Black lives remains abundant. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
The Iraqi government has invited several Middle East countries to a regional security summit in August. Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi has come to believe that to begin resolving the problems inside Iraq, he must help settle the problems around it. foreignpolicy.com/2021/08/11/ira…
The Taliban, who now control 65% of Afghanistan, could isolate the country's capital in 30 days and possibly take it over in 90, according to U.S. intelligence Wednesday. With the fall of Faizabad, the whole of the northeast has come under Taliban control.reuters.com/world/asia-pac…
Iran's fifth wave is causing mounting anger. Bringing on some of its vaccination problems itself by refusing to accept vaccine donations from Western countries, only 4% of Iranians are fully vaccinated and health measures are being abandoned. apnews.com/article/middle…
Shelling by pro-government forces on the Syrian city of Daraa undermines Russia’s credibility as a political arbiter in Syria and the Middle East. Renewed fighting and a rising death toll threaten to unravel the Russian-backed truce negotiated in 2018. wsj.com/articles/russi…
The 2011 U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan are becoming increasingly comparable. The size, speed, and scale of U.S. involvement leaves Afghans "to deal alone with messes created, in part, by American policies." nytimes.com/2021/08/10/wor…
Regional and global affairs dictate that Turkey reconcile with its rivals, and better relations with Egypt is the utmost priority, writes @salimcevikk. Limited rapprochement with Egypt will be shaped by Erdogan's domestic calculations and regional dynamics.thecairoreview.com/global-forum/e…
The UN IPCC report, published Monday, concluded humans are the overwhelming cause of global warming. Some environmental changes are irreversible due to greenhouse gases already released, but major tipping points, such as ice sheet collapses, are unlikely. apnews.com/article/climat…
“Climatising extremes can be a gift to most decision-makers who don’t want to accept liability for their bad decisions,” writes @KavehMadani Climate change can be a catalyst, but decades of mismanagement has left Iran’s Khuzestan province water-bankrupt. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
In a symbolically significant move, Zaranj, a provincial capital in western Afghanistan, was captured by the Taliban Friday—the first provincial capital to be captured since the Biden administration announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. nytimes.com/2021/08/06/wor…
Outbreaks linked to the Delta variant are adding to pressure on hospitals, life-saving equipment, and mortuaries in the Middle East. Yet due to high vaccination rates, compliance with safety measures, and travel restrictions, GCC countries have coped well. arabnews.com/node/1905681#.…
COVID-19 deaths in Africa surged by 80% over the past month, the WHO said Monday. Southern and North Africa account for 88% of reported deaths in the last month, while in West Africa, the spike in cases is overwhelming already strained healthcare systems. cnn.com/2021/08/03/afr…
In Nigeria, where COVID-19 infections have been rising since mid-July, salary shortfalls, failure to pay some doctors COVID-19 allowances, and staffing shortages pushed resident doctors to strike indefinitely, starting Monday. reuters.com/world/africa/n…
At least 30 bodies were recovered on the Sudanese banks of the Setit River, which forms the current de facto borderline between territory controlled by Tigrayan forces and those controlled by Amhara forces allied with Ethiopia's federal government. nbcnews.com/news/world/lea…
Israel's Supreme Court proposed a compromise preventing the eviction of 4 Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, where threatened evictions helped spark war in May. This agreement, however, leaves the question of legal ownership unanswered. npr.org/2021/08/02/102…
North Africa is battling a devastating third wave of infections, however, success across the region is not uniform. Africa recently recorded a 43% week-on-week rise in COVID-19 deaths, and only 1.5% of the continent’s population is fully vaccinated. arabnews.com/node/1903311#.…
On Monday, Iran recorded its highest number of daily COVID cases so far in the pandemic—over 37,000—in a recent surge fueled by the Delta variant. The country's death toll is the highest in the Middle East, while only 4% of the population is vaccinated. apnews.com/article/middle…
After near collapse due to the pandemic, Jordan’s tourism sector has gradually improved after opening up to domestic tourism followed by Gulf and neighboring countries. Tourism officials expect the return of international tourists during the fall months. arabnews.com/node/1902486#.…
Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots Friday to people over 60 who’ve already received both doses of a vaccine. It is the first country to offer a third dose of a Western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale. apnews.com/article/middle…
Three days after President Saied took control of Tunisia by invoking Article 80 of the constitution, “the promised war on corruption against politicians and Tunisia’s business elite is significantly less dramatic than previously imagined.” aje.io/se8unu
In what amounted to a public rebuke of Iran’s departing president, Ayatollah Khamenei increased doubts as to the future of Iran nuclear deal talks, citing distrust of the West. Reviving the JCPOA now falls to Ebrahim Raisi, who takes office in a week. nytimes.com/2021/07/28/wor…
Midnight in Cairo by @RaphaelCormack is "serious scholarship, written with wit and sensitivity” writes historian @PascaleGhazaleh. Accessible and entertaining, it reveals a new history of 'late nights in cabarets, wild music, and women calling for change'. thecairoreview.com/book-reviews/e…
The Saudi Ministry of Health announced Tuesday that pilgrims participating in this year’s Hajj rituals successfully complied with health measures spread across all holy sites, confirming no COVID-19 infections or other illnesses among pilgrims. arabnews.com/node/1897581#.…
With gendered norms of #inequality & #violence deeply entrenched barriers may seem insurmountable, writes contributing editor @sydneyywisee. But @GlobalFundWomen is making inroads securing 349 grants and awarding $9 million to partner organizations in 2020 thecairoreview.com/midan/funding-…
As Tunisia’s health system shows signs of collapse amid a dramatic surge in Covid cases, some Middle Eastern powers are showing off their capabilities with vaccine diplomacy. To date, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have pledged the most doses. washingtonpost.com/world/middle_e…
In the second election since the start of the civil war, President Bashar al-Assad took office for a fourth term after winning 95% of the vote. Assad takes his oath as 80% of the population lives in poverty amid recent increases in food and energy prices. theguardian.com/world/2021/jul…
Serious threats to multilateral international cooperation abound. However, #African states at large have demonstrated exceptional crisis-management ability and #regionalcooperation reflecting a growing role on the global stage, writes @aminabdelhalim_. thecairoreview.com/covid-19-globa…
Worldwide, more than 5 million people die each year due to excessively hot or cold conditions. With global temperatures rising, workers are at risk for developing heat-related illnesses which strain workforces and healthcare systems alike. theguardian.com/global-develop…
With 54 countries, over 17% of the world’s population, and 2,000 languages, #Africa is much more than meets the world’s eye. Its vibrant culture paints a picture independent of its development potential. @ArianaJBennett delves into the richness below. thecairoreview.com/essays/more-th…
Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, resigned Thursday, citing “key differences” with the country’s president. The move comes after nine months of failing to form a government amid one of the worst economic crises in 150 years. apnews.com/article/middle…
Limited access to #water remains a critical impediment to #development across #Africa, writes @DjibyRThiam. Inclusive, decentralized, and transparent water management policies would usher in a paradigm shift toward equitable and sustainable water use. thecairoreview.com/essays/a-new-w…
Heightened tensions between three #Nile riparian states is likely unless #Ethiopia reverses its unilateral launch of the filling of the #GERD reservoir. @DeanNabilFahmy recounts the July 8 #UNSC meeting and prospects for negotiation and compromise. thecairoreview.com/essays/the-ren…
Former U.S. president George W. Bush criticized the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan in an interview released Wednesday, citing fears of “unspeakable harm” to Afghan women and girls. apnews.com/article/joe-bi…
#Vaccinehoarding and intellectual property rights showcase the consequences of unequal power relations, writes political scientist Lauren Paremoer. In the #globalSouth, vaccine access is insufficient with 85% of doses administered in high-income countries. thecairoreview.com/essays/a-pande…
Mangoes in #Malawi are under threat from invasive fruit flies introduced through tourism and trade. However, an #integratedpestmanagement project in eastern and southern #Africa aims for long-term solutions. By science communication specialist @chamkoka. thecairoreview.com/essays/in-mala…
"We saw how a scrappy Tigrayan force overcame one of the largest armies in Africa through force of arms, but also by exploiting a wave of popular rage." @declanwalsh and @finbarroreilly report from behind front lines during a pivotal week. nytimes.com/2021/07/11/wor…
“A shared disdain for Netanyahu was the proximate cause for these alliances of convenience. But deeper divisions remain over the fundamental question of Israel’s identity, and it will be extremely challenging for the new government to heal those rifts.” foreignaffairs.com/articles/israe…
2.37 billion people did not have access to enough food last year. Enough food is being produced—the crisis is a failure of the food system. The pandemic, economic crises, conflict, the climate crisis, and inequality are all drivers of food insecurity. theguardian.com/global-develop…
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