CRITICALLY ill in a hospital in Nairobi, Tundu Lissu, the chief whip of Tanzania’s main opposition party, Chadema, is a lesson to those who would criticise the Tanzanian president, John Magufuli (pictured). On September 7th Mr Lissu was gunned down in broad daylight near his house in the sleepy administrative capital, Dodoma, after returning from a session in parliament. The attempted assassination came just two weeks after he was arrested—for the sixth time—for such things as insulting the president. It is not clear who was behind the attack. A month later, the government has yet to make any arrests. Mr Lissu had previously complained about being followed, and said he worried he might be killed. “This cowardly attack on one of Tanzania’s most fearless and prominent politicians raises c
Doh! The embargo isn’t working
THE largest insurer in the Gulf should have taken out a policy on itself. Last year Qatar Insurance collected about 110m rials ($30m) in premiums from its Abu Dhabi office. But in September it announced that, because of a diplomatic dispute, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)would not renew its business licence, forcing it to close its branch in the Emirati capital. Its stock price has fallen by 30% since the beginning of the summer.
It has been more than four months since Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt closed their borders and cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. The so-called quartet wants the little gas-rich emirate to stop supporting Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, and to shut down Al Jazeera, the Arab world’s most popular broadcast
The wreckage of Raqqa
THE bodies of the dead would hang for days from the railings in the main square of Raqqa. It was a macabre reminder to residents that Islamic State (IS) had declared the capital of its so-called caliphate in the Syrian city. Signs around the victims’ necks revealed their crimes. Dozens were executed for spying; others for smoking or listening to music.
This week that reign of terror ended. On October 17th, after four months of heavy fighting, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an army of Kurds and Arabs, took the square. Tying yellow and green flags to the railings where the bodies once hung, they stomped and shouted to celebrate.
The capture of Raqqa highlights how over the past few years the SDF has become the most effective American-backed force in the fight a
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The Chairman of Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, Otunba Segun Oladitan today disclosed that Local Government elections would hold in the state on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Addressing a press conference at OSIEC office in Osogbo ...Powered by WPeMatico
The President of the Senate has disclosed that overheating discuss on the devolution of power might stall another attempt to get it passed in the Constitution Amendment process. Saraki disclosed this to newsmen during the 137th Inter-Parliamentary ...Powered by WPeMatico
Ex- President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must win the 2019 presidential election if they make the right choice of candidates for the party's national working committee (NWC) at the December convention newsm ...Powered by WPeMatico