Month: May 2018

Serbia, Turkey, And Russia—Alarm Bells for Europe

By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra As the EU seeks to increase its influence in the Balkans, Russia and Turkey have been working hard to strengthen their own ties to the region. The EU’s renewed interest in its southern backyard has been prompted by fears of Moscow’s mounting impact in the Balkans. Although Russia’s closest European ally is Serbia, it is not the only country with a long history in the Balkans. Turkey is another heavyweight, gaining huge support from corrupted officials throughout the Balkans. Like Russia, Turkey is investing in major national projects strategically calculated to have the...

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Burkina Faso prefect killed ‘by jihadists: sources

Oursi prefect, Patrick Kabore Media source: Agence France-Presse A top official in Oursi, a town in Burkina Faso bordering Mali, has been killed by suspected jihadists, sources said Tuesday. “Armed individuals shot the Oursi prefect, Patrick Kabore, at his home, which was also set on fire,” a security source told AFP. The body of the prefect — the government’s highest representative in the area — was found not far from his official residence after the attack which took place at around 11:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday, the source added. “A thorough search is underway to apprehend the individuals” whose...

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Jailed Shiite leader makes rare appearance in Nigeria court

Ibrahim Zakzaky Media Source: Agence France-Presse A pro-Iranian cleric who has been in Nigerian custody since 2015 after clashes between troops and his followers made a rare public appearance in court on Tuesday to face criminal charges. Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife were brought from Nigeria’s capital of Abuja to the Kaduna State High Court to face charges including culpable homicide and unlawful assembly. It is only the second time the leader of the Shiite Muslim Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has been seen in public after being taken into custody. Despite court orders that he should be freed,...

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Israel At Seventy: Time To Celebrate and Time To Lament

At seventy, Israel has every reason to celebrate its remarkable achievements that every Israeli can take pride in, as they witnessed the redemption of the Jews they have been dreaming of, but never though they could realize. Israel’s accomplishments in various walks of life have made the country a global power; it did so with one hand tied behind its back as the country fought wars, battled violent extremism, and struggled economically, while wrestling against all odds to survive. Even with these extraordinary achievements, however, Israel remains marred by the continuing conflicts with the Palestinians, suffers domestically from political...

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Liberia is Bleeding

By Alfred P. B. Kiadii Then come the nouveau riches donning gaudy costumes, acting like the new overlords in the wasteland. Masquerading with high-sounding phrases in a spectacle of empty braggadocio. Not convalescent with the fact that the leadership of the Homeland is a poisoned chalice meant to expose their bankruptcy to the stubborn people who have a bit of trust in them. They are not new elites but Barbarians. They seem to be confused. Statecraft is not their forte, but plunder and arrogance. The pandemic is lethal and fatal. They seem lost in the wilderness. Their action is...

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