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When trying to forecast potential threats to Western civilisation, the late Samuel Huntington envisioned the clash with Islam as the ultimate danger. In spite of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the danger has not materialised, on the contrary. He was right, however, about the threat posed to the stability of Islamic societies by the… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Riots engulf Maghreb

A few weeks ago Mahomed Bouazizi, a 26 year-old unemployed Tunisian graduate, set himself on fire. The Tunisian police had confiscated the fruits and vegetables he was apparently selling on the streets without a proper permit. His subsequent death and burial shocked the Tunisian student community, which raised up in revolt against the lack of… » read more

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If anyone is in doubt as to where today’s global economic clout lies, they should take a look at China’s increased FDI activity in Latin America over the past few years. The energy- and minerals-hungry Chinese economy has determined its state companies to invest in the development and exploitation of oil, copper, iron and other… » read more

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New country in the making ?

At the UN headquarters in New York today, SPLM leader Salva Kiir is scheduled to meet with President Obama, General Secretary Ban Ki-moon and EU representatives, to discuss South Sudan’s strategy for independence. Africa’s biggest country, Sudan (“the land of the blacks” in the original Arabic), is in the process of splitting in two, North… » read more

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The Revival of the EAC

From very large Asian countries to relatively small East African nations, the European economic integration model has followers on every continent. Late last year Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda have signed the birth certificate for the newest – and smallest – trade bloc, the East African Community. Back in 1999, the leaders of Tanzania,… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi