Tunisia Faces Turmoil Threatening Its Young Democracy

Tunisia ignited the “Arab Spring” a decade ago when public outcries against its government erupted and ended the regime of its autocratic leader. The world applauded the bold effort to give birth to a new democratic government. However, the result has been disappointing. Recent actions by President Kais Saied [...]

Mali’s Interim President Survives an Attempted Assassination

Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita was the target of an attempted stabbing on Tuesday, 20 July. The attack occurred at the Grand Mosque in the capital, Bamako, marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The attacker was quickly subdued by authorities. He posed as an usher at the mosque. [...]

Assaults Against Christianity Intensify In Sudan

On 5 July, a car with darkened windows blocked a vehicle carrying Mr. Boutros Badawi, an advisor to Sudan’s Minister of Guidance and Religious Endowments, as he was traveling home. An assailant pointed a gun at Mr. Badawi’s head and threatened to kill him if he continued to issue [...]

Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates into all out war

“There is nothing new under the sun.” The old adage certainly describes the current escalation of conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians in Israel and the adjoining Gaza Strip, currently managed by the militant Islamic group, Hamas. This past week has seen the most current flareup of hostilities. [...]

COVID-19 Virus Surges Once again in India

Like an ugly beast that just won’t die, the Covid-19 virus is surging once again in India. Statistics from India have not been that reliable in reporting the accuracy of the rate of infections in the country, but apparently the new variant is highly transmissible. It is doing what [...]

Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch Pleads for Help in Tigray Region of Ethiopia

News from the war-torn Tigray region of Ethiopia is hard to come by. Abune Mathias, an ethnic Tigrayan who leads 36 million Orthodox Christian believers said that he tried to get word out last month about the atrocities being committed by Eritrean forces and Amhara militia men who are [...]

The Future for Women in Afghanistan Remains Uncertain

US President Joe Biden on 14 April announced plans to remove the remaining 2,500 US troops from Afghanistan after more than two decades in the war-torn country. Under the Taliban’s rule from 1996-2001, the rights of women were severely curtailed. Women were barred from education and work and could [...]

Negligence and Corruption are Root Causes of Baghdad Fire

Endemic corruption and gross mismanagement are at the heart of Iraq’s health system. At least 82 people were killed and at least 110 were wounded in a horrible fire at Ibn al-Khatib hospital in Baghdad late Saturday night. Preliminary reports believe the fire started from haphazardly stored oxygen cylinders. [...]

India Faces Rampant Resurgence of Covid Cases in the Country

What happened? India seemed to be dealing with the COVID outbreak in the country successfully, even relaxing some of the most stringent guidelines. Suddenly, the ugly monster reared its head with a headlong rush into overdrive. Pictures of mass cremations in India’s busiest city streets are appalling the world. [...]

42 Migrants Drown Off the Coast of Djibouti, East Africa

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced that in a desperate attempt to get home, 42 migrants drowned in an unsafe vessel as they attempted to travel from Yemen to Djibouti. At least 16 children, 8 boys and 8 girls were among the dead. This is the second similar [...]

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