Thanks to foreign backing, social impact start-ups led by young entrepreneurs are flourishing in North Africa.
The ICC sentence against Al-Mahdi for destroying ancient artifacts at Timbuktu sends the right message that the international community will not tolerate the destruction of heritage sites.
The "deep state" has been a problem in Algeria for decades, but at last it's being turfed out. Or is it?
Apart from numerous worldwide threats including from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the US is taking more notice of Africa due to the expansion of extremist organisations on the continent.