As the government cracks down on the right to protest, we should remind ourselves of similarities between new legislation and older legacies of imperialism.
In the ten years since the Arab Spring, the countries affected have transformed completely. Here’s how.
Digital media shutdowns in Africa will lead to higher economic costs and greater public outrage.
The Suez Canal’s history has been forged over a century by multiple entities and people. Its past has been marked by colossal stumbling blocks.
South Africa frequently invokes its celebrated constitution that is based on human rights, but has often failed to live up to its ideals.
Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt and their neighbours could deploy large-scale solar and wind farms, connected by a regionally integrated power grid.
Her 1975 novel demonstrated a far more radical feminism than was common in Africa and the Arab world – a precursor of the #MenAreTrash anger of today.
Prior to the mid-19th century, the Isthmus of Suez – the 125km strip of land that lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea – was a quiet spot.
She believed that writing is an act of speaking the truth, an act of courage, that must serve the people and not those in power.
Britain’s preoccupation with the canal was as much about controlling Egypt as it was about global trade.
To understand her contribution to public debate, it’s important to see her in the context of the historical moment that made her work possible, necessary and provocative.
A firebrand activist for women’s rights, her novels espoused truths that made her hugely unpopular with the government.
The Suez Canal is the ideal target for causing maximum disruption to global trade.
Given the ever increasing importance of coordinated management Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt should manage all dams through the Nile Basin Commission.
Nile communities carefully monitored and recorded the river’s flow. Centuries later these records are still being used by water resource managers around the world to analyse unpredictable river flows.
It’s a confluence of local, regional, national and, possibly, foreign interests.
It won’t be easy to get the 11 countries in the basin to agree to a plan that avoids chronic water shortages in the future. Good information sharing and technical cooperation are critical.
The underlying issues of inequality, corruption and poverty are still dogging the region, ten years after the protests.
Emerging ‘mixed reality’ technology promises to bring history back to life.
In 2020, the #MeToo movement caused ripples in Turkey and Iran, renewing attention to gender-based violence and sexual assault.