Gabon: Leaderless Opposition?

Posted on | februari 17, 2011 | No Comments

Student wounded at the University Omar Bongo in Gabonese capital Libreville. Image by Camarade on Le Post.

Gabon is entering its third week of political tension, as its two governments – official and unofficial – both claim the presidency. But as developments continue in this small West African nation, critics denounce a lack of leadership in the burgeoning opposition movement.
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Mixed reactions to choice of Egyptian constitutional panel

Posted on | februari 16, 2011 | No Comments

Tareq al-Bishri (AlMasry Al-Youm)

The Egyptian opposition has given a mixed reaction to the appointment by the military Supreme Council of a commission that is charged with making amendments to the constitution. The eight man commission held its first meeting on Tuesday. Particularly the Copts in Egypt were not pleased that the chairman of the commission is Tareq Al-Bishri, a former judge and noted historian, but also a moderate islamist who has ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. They were even more worried that one of the other members of the commission is Sobhi Saleh, a well known member of the Brotherhood from Alexandria, who was a member of parliament from 2005 till 2010.
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Jordan, Algeria, Yemen, ….Bahrain, Iran

Posted on | februari 16, 2011 | No Comments

Tehran (AP)

The Tunisia/Egypt effect is also felt in the kingdom of Bahrain where particularly the Shia majority, which is ruled by the family of Al-Khalifa and the Sunni minority, has long been campaigning for more rights and democracy.
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Gender and Climate Change in Viet Nam

Posted on | februari 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

Addressing gender-specific impacts of climate change in Viet Nam has been identified as a cross-sectoral issue in the UN‟s work with the Government of Viet Nam.

This study aims to raise awareness and trigger discussion that would feed into ongoing policy work on climate change at the national and global levels, and also into programming.

The study was commissioned by the UN Viet Nam Programme Coordination Group (PCG) on Gender, in the context of development of the action plans of the National Target Programme on Responding to Climate Change (NTP).
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China’s Investments in Greece are Creating Economic Opportunities for both Nations

Posted on | februari 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

When it comes to international trade developments, Greece rarely gets any coverage. Greece does not have a significant manufacturing or agricultural sectors to be considered a significant exporting nation. Overall, Greece is an importing nation, running a perennial merchandise trade deficit, which in 2009 was $43 billion (imports totaled $64 billion against exports of $21 billion), down from trade deficit of $52 billion in 2007, before the global financial crisis. More recently, everybody got to hear about Greece because of the massive government debt which almost caused the financial default of the country, undermined the legitimacy of the EU and the Euro currency, and send shockwaves to financial markets around Europe threatening similar collapses in Ireland, Spain, and Portugal.
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