Do you speak African? Well, neither do the 1 billion people on the continent.Africa is home to 54 different nations, more than 2,000 languages and four of the world's 10 fastest growing economies, but is often painted with a sweeping stroke of doom and gloom. In this week's Reality Check, Mehdi Hasan exposes popular misconceptions about the African continent.
This short video is full of with examples and statistics that show that many of the 'doom and gloom' perspectives and ways of thinking about Africa are outdated (at best). Here are some good facts to update how we talk about Africa.
Burundi has rejected the decision by the African Union (AU) to send in troops to the east African country saying the presence of such a force in the country will be perceived as an "invasion and occupation force." "We will not allow foreign troops in Burundi. We don't need them,"
"A 21st-century gold rush in Sudan. The conflict-torn country is pinning its economic hopes on an explosion in artisanal gold mining. Peter Schwartzstein and Leyland Cecco traveled to northern Sudan to document, in words and pictures, the lives of the men who immerse themselves in pools of mercury- and cyanide-tainted water to sift out the yellow metal."
En 20 ans (1993-2015), plus de 30 000 migrants sont morts ou portés disparus en essayant de rejoindre l’Union européenne. Comment la carte, en proposant une représentation schématique de l’espace, peut-elle déployer des arguments pour jouer un rôle non négligeable dans le débat public ?
Beneficiaries of international protection enjoy, as a general rule, the same rights as nationals of the host Member States as regards access to employment and social benefits, although some Member States apply certain labour market restrictions or free movement restrictions to those who rely on social benefits.
In the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, a lot of information has been published and shared on both traditional and social media about the movement and acceptance of refugees. Much of the information shared has not been based on facts or credible data. The purpose of this article is to answer 13 contentious and commonly posed questions about refugees in America, using data from credible sources such as the US Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and the US Department of State.
"The total population in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a faster pace than in any other region in the decades ahead, more than doubling from 823 million in 2010 to 1.9 billion in 2050. As a result, the two dominant religions in the region – Christianity and Islam – both are expected to have more than twice as many adherents in 2050 as in 2010."
Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.
"Sometimes when a conflict involves Muslims, Islam may not be the best category for understanding it. Omid Safi with a reflection on the current crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and why framing it as religion is not the most helpful framework."
In the last few days, virtually every news outlet has featured a series of stories on the rising tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The conflict by now is well-known: Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, including Shi‘i cleric Nimr al-Nimr. While both Iran and Saudi Arabia are among the worst global executioners of dissidents, the sheer size of these executions was rare even by their gruesome standards. Iran retaliated through bombastic rhetoric, stating, “God’s hand of retaliation will grip the neck of Saudi politicians.” The two countries have broken off diplomatic relations, a tension that has rippled across the region.
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Hesitant steps toward peace in Mali have been helped by the recent pacts signed in Anefis by pro-government armed groups and by rebel representatives. While not sufficient or without risks, they are rooted in local initiatives and tackle issues left out of June’s Bamako accord. This offers a serious opportunity to put the peace process back on track.
The eastern Congo has been ravaged by foreign invasions and homegrown rebellions that have killed and displaced millions. A fragile peace process seeks to bring stability to central Africa, but its hard-won gains remain at risk.
The devastating consequences of unregistered marriages for Iraqi women and children are leaving many Iraqis without basic state protection. The potential security implications reach far beyond Iraq’s borders.
The 2009 financial crisis demonstrated how closely local government finances and housing policies are intertwined with the financial systems and the economy as a whole. The ramping up of efforts to combat global warming and the prospects created by the COP 21 preliminary discussions have once again thrust local governments into the spotlight, with their growing responsibilities in the areas of adaptation and mitigation.
Parliament's Press Service is holding a seminar to discuss the Commission's proposals on migration and asylum rules. The debates are set to focus on the role of the United Nations and the European institutions, Parliament's views on asylum and migration policies, and the next steps in dealing with the increase in migration. This thematic digest provides selected policy department publications prepared to support the committees in their work related to these issues.
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