IF THE cruise missiles that slammed into Syria on April 14th rattled President Bashar al-Assad, he did his best not to show it. Hours after America, Britain and France struck three facilities connected to Mr Assad’s chemical-weapons programme, his office posted a video of him strolling confidently into work. Russian politicians who met him later in the day said he was in a good mood.
Mr Assad may have feared a bigger response from the West. Donald Trump, America’s president, had vowed to make his regime pay a “big price” for gassing to death more than 40 people in the town of Douma on April 7th. But the missiles destroyed only a handful of buildings and probably failed to wipe out all of Mr Assad’s poisonous arsenal. Nor did they dent his ability to rout, with conventional weapons, what
FOR the second time in as many months, Iran’s “dollar patrol” is on the streets. The country’s currency, the rial, has lost a third of its value on the black market since September. On April 9th it sank to a record low of 61,000 to the dollar (when the official rate was 37,850). The next day the government imposed a rate of 42,000 and vowed to arrest anyone who bought or sold rials for what they are actually worth—as it did during the previous currency crisis, which was only in February.
Some are nonetheless flouting the rules, demanding 56,000 rials or so for a dollar. There were long lines and, surprise, surprise, dollar shortages at the handful of exchanges using the official rate. A lack of confidence in the rial reflects a lack of confidence in the economy. The housing market is st
AN HOUR east of Johannesburg, on the rolling highveld plains, six massive cooling towers sit around two belching smokestacks. The Kendal power station (pictured) is among the world’s largest, producing 4.1 gigawatts (GW) from burning coal. A few kilometres down the road there is another coal-fired plant, Duvha, which is only slightly smaller. An even bigger one, Kusile, is under construction next door.
When sub-Saharan Africa comes up in discussions of climate change, it is almost invariably in the context of adapting to the consequences, such as worsening droughts. That makes sense. The region is responsible for just 7.1% of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions, despite being home to 14% of its people. Most African countries do not emit much carbon dioxide. Yet there are some notable e
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IN THE West, when celebrities post revealing videos on Instagram, they may find themselves mocked by tabloids and gossip websites. In Tanzania they can be arrested. On April 16th Diamond Platnumz, a Swahili rapper (pictured), known for such ditties as “Bum Bum”, was arrested after posting a clip of himself kissing a woman. According to Tanzania’s information minister, Harrison Mwakyembe, Mr Platnumz’s “indecency” fell foul of a new law intended to regulate social media. It is part of a growing trend of African governments trying to control what is said online.
Tanzania’s vaguely worded law, which came into effect last month, seems to require almost anyone who publishes content online in the country to buy a licence for 2.1m Tanzanian shillings (around
An Ijebu-Ode born Pastor and founder of the Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations, Sunday Adelaja, defined equity as ldquo;the quality of citizens of a given society to relate to each other in fairness and impartiality. rdquo; Hi ...Powered by WPeMatico
The Federal Government on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the invasion of the National Assembly and theft of the mace from the Senate. Several individuals suspected to be thugs had entered the Senate chamber during plenary around 11:30 am, ...Powered by WPeMatico
The Nigerian Police has recovered the Senate 39;s stolen Mace at a flyover before the Abuja City Gate, where according to ASP Aremu Adeniran, Deputy Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters, a patriotic passer-by saw it and alerted the Poli ...Powered by WPeMatico
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the invasion of the Senate and the theft of the mace is an attack on Nigeria 39;s democracy. The party 39;s comment comes after unidentified hoodlum on Wednesday invaded the Senate Chamber ...Powered by WPeMatico
Falae meets Obasanjo to discuss possible collaboration between SDP, CNM Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, has joined the number of high profile voices that have adjudged President Muhammadu Buhari rsquo; ...Powered by WPeMatico
The National Chairman of the People 39;s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus along with members of the PDP National Working Committee met with former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida in Minna on Monday. The team arrived at t ...Powered by WPeMatico