Freelance open-source investigative journalist
Sudan: Is the new cabinet a step forward or hollow promises?
Uganda, Ethiopia, Egypt… the hidden cost of internet blackouts
Eman El-Sherbiny Freelance open-source investigative journalist Communication technology is a double-edged sword. It can empower people to access and share information globally, or be used as an instrument of political and economic control. While hopes were raised by the Arab Spring a decade ago, the years since have seen multiple […][...]
Kenya / Uganda : Will Biden be as warmly welcomed as Trump?
It is no secret that East Africans showed their support and affection for President Donald Trump during his four-year term.
Kenyans in particular favoured President Trump, who won the backing of 70% support of respondents to a Pew Research survey of 25 countries in 2018. Over half of Kenyans believed he was a positive influence on international relations.[...]
Sudan weakened by US demands on compensation & ties with Israel
Battered by an economy in freefall, Sudan’s transitional government is paying a heavy price to access international finance.
For over a year the Khartoum government has been trying to get removed from the US government’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list (SST) which effectively blocks its access to credits (or even debt relief) from the World Bank, the IMF or any financial institution based in the US.[...]
Sudan: The RSF still using brute force against unarmed civilians
With the Sudan Uprising nearing its two-year anniversary, the country’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) seem to have stuck to their guns by using power to suppress Sudanese citizens.
While the RSF claim they are enforcing the rule of law by cracking down on illegal immigration and trafficking explosives, or protecting borders, a bird’s eye view shows the use of brute force against unarmed civilians and displacing thousands.[...]
Ethiopia’s dam: a lifeline or a show of power?
Two of the world’s and Africa’s oldest kingdoms have long unwittingly vied for dominance and influence on the motherland. And though cultural and economic ties seem to have brought Egypt and Ethiopia together on some level, the two power players are at odds regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). But could it be a show of muscles at a time international businesses are rushing to invest in Africa? Or, is it a conflict over limited water and energy resources?[...]
Living the double life: behind the lies of women’s daily lives in Egypt
As the 20-hour siege of the dusitD2 hotel complex ended on Wednesday morning, security forces were combing the city, and survivors and residents were reeling from the attack.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta says the “terrorists” have been “eliminated” after the atrocity left 14 dead, including one British citizen, a development worker called Luke Potter.[...]