Africa: Will Local Content Policies Help Avert the Oil Curse?

In recent years, major reserves of oil have been discovered at various locations across Africa. If this ‘black gold’ represents an opportunity for economic growth, the fear that the windfall may not benefit the local populations – and maybe even become a curse – is shared by Sub-Saharan African citizens and experts alike. In 2009, Modern [...]

At least 8 prisoners executed in Iran, one day after EU expressed concern about the alarming number of the executions- At least 78 executions in May 2012

At least nine prisoners were executed in two different prisons in Iran today and yesterday, reported unofficial reports from Iran. The 8 executions take place only one day after the EU expressed concern about what they calles “the alarming increase in the use of death penalty” and asked Iran to “introduce a moratorium on executions” [...]

Tanzania: More discussions on the controversial Ngorongoro road

Conflicts of interest between domestic and tourism demands have once resurfaced in the construction of tarmac road linking Arusha and Mara regions. This time it was residents of Ngorongoro who asked the government to construct the said road without hesitation, despite external pressures on account that the construction of this road will disturb wild animals [...]

SCAF lifts Egyptian state of emergency which has been in place since 1981

The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces SCAF has finally abolished the state of emergency that has been in place in Egypt since 1981, the year in which president Anwar al-Sadat was murdered. Over the years thousands of people have been arrested under this law that permitted to keep them in prison, without due [...]

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