Dependency is at the heart of African insecurity

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Although the African Union has something of collective ‘force’, African security has been inexorably bound to external intervention that in many cases has left a state of greater instability and insecurity among states which even after such interventions, continue to struggle with the very internal conflicts it sought to contain.

Bono Celebrates Largest Multilateral Investment in Global Health in History

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Pledges to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria are expected to save 8 million more lives MONTREAL — World leaders came together this weekend to make the largest multilateral commitment to a global health project in history, raising nearly US$13 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund is a public-private partnership …

Africa’s Soaring Demand for Energy Creates Oil Storage Opportunities for Investors

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Africa’s annual appetite for gasoil and gasoline is expected to climb by as much as 8%, while demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has hit double digits. The continent’s growing home-grown energy supply will help satisfy some of the burgeoning demand. Africa produced 8.2m b/d of crude last year – 76% came from Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Angola, according to …

Yes, ‘migrants’ are human- why are media outlets only discussing this now?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

In April already 1, 700 men, women and children had died crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a better life. The death toll has now reached 2, 500. Why is it then that only the mainstream media outlets are discussing the human angle of being one of those desperate enough to undertake this perilous journey?

London Film Festival Review: Timbuktu

Pritam Anada Middle East/North Africa

  This review may contain spoilers. Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu follows his 2006 cinematic offering ‘Bamako’, and surely sets him as one of the most important directors in African cinema. The film begins in the desert following a rag-tag group of soldiers huddled onto the back of a pick-up truck in their attempts to shoot down a gazelle. This scene is immediately …