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Algeria: Blind repression and worsening freedoms in Algeria

Algeria: Blind repression and worsening freedoms in Algeria

Algiers, May 20, 2020 - Algeria has sentenced three opposition activists to jail over Facebook posts, in what rights groups said Wednesday was the latest sign of increased repression after the coronavirus lockdown stifled a popular protest movement. Soheib Debaghi was...

Egypt: Regime of General Sisi arrests Mada Masr Editor

Egyptian security services on Sunday detained the editor-in-chief of prominent independent news outlet Mada Masr, its lawyer said, the latest in a crackdown against journalists.  Lina Attallah was arrested outside Cairo's Tora prison as she was interviewing rights...

Egypt: Ethiopia Nile dam crisis intensifies

Addis Ababa, May 18, 2020 - Ethiopia sees no reason to delay filling its controversial mega-dam despite warnings from Egypt that such a move could destabilise the region, according to a letter from Ethiopia's foreign minister to the UN Security Council. The Grand...

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Libya: Haftar’s troops abandon airbase south of Aljmail

Libya: Haftar’s troops abandon airbase south of Aljmail

Warlord Khalifa Haftar and his patrons of the United Arab Emirates, France, Russia and many others don't seem to be able to take control of the situation in Libya. Billions of dollars already spent and months of a disorganized offensive against Tripoli that brought a...

Sahel: Niger sinking into chaos

Sahel: Niger sinking into chaos

By Boureima Hama - Amid clucking chickens and bleating sheep, the women of Gadbo, a small village in western Niger, gather around Zalika Issa and offer their condolences. Her nephew, shot dead in front of a crowd near the village well, was one of 20 people massacred...

Libya: Warlord Haftar’s favorite target: unprotected civilians ($)

Libya: Warlord Haftar’s favorite target: unprotected civilians ($)

Tripoli, May 15, 2020 - Seventeen attacks have been recorded since January against health facilities in Tripoli and its suburbs, the scene of deadly fighting for over a year, the UN mission in Libya said Friday. There have been "17 attacks/shelling on health...

Algeria and Morocco bickering again

Algeria and Morocco bickering again

Algiers, May 14, 2020 - Algeria said Thursday it had summoned Morocco's ambassador after a video circulating on social media appeared to show a Moroccan diplomat calling Algeria an "enemy" country. Relations between the North African countries have long been tense,...

Algeria: Regime launches frontal assault on pro-democracy movement

Algeria: Regime launches frontal assault on pro-democracy movement

By Philippe Agret - The Algerian regime is exploiting coronavirus to defeat a protest movement that has shaken it to its core over the past year, analysts say. Despite protesters deciding to suspend their weekly gatherings since the start of the public health crisis,...

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