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Are the Winds of the Peoples Revolution Likely to Blow to Sub-Saharan Africa?

By Njoki Wamai

When 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze on 17 December 2010 in Sidi Bouzid, never would he have imagined the repercussions this single act could have. 

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Will Democracy Finally Arrive in Egypt?

By Tamer Aziz Hassan

For all its rich history, Egypt has never had an elected leader, let alone a fair election. Many argue that King Farouk I was the last King of Egypt, but the reality is that there has always been a monarchy. 

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Will the Mideast Unrest Reach Latin America?

By Antonio Corrales

Looking at the Latin America’s current position in the Human Development Index (HDI), which was created by the UN to measure life expectancy at birth, the adult literacy rate and a decent standard of living based on GDP, the general situation looks promising. Most of the countries rank between high and medium on the HDI. Apart from Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru, most of the region’s countries have leftist governments. Some countries have created their own independent groups, such as the Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America and the Caribbean (ALBA), which is a proposed alternative to the US-sponsored Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

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Tough Challenges Loom for Liberia’s Leader

By Lauren Meryl Williamson

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is no stranger to political challenges, but the 72 year old is about to have her leadership tested even further in this final year of her term. 

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Arab Democracy: Too Early to Celebrate!

By Manar Rachwani

“It is the fourth wave of democracy”, writes an Arab sociologist after the success of the Egyptian uprising (or revolution) in forcing former President Hosni Mubarak to step down last month. Just weeks after the unexpected Jasmine Revolution that toppled the brutal Tunisian dictator, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. 

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US Veto on UN Settlement Resolution Shows Obama Is Not Ready for Change

By Andrea Dessi

On 18 February, the US vetoed a UN Resolution describing Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories as “illegal” and “constituting a major obstacle” for peace. First submitted by Lebanon in late December 2010 on behalf of the Arab Group and the Palestinians, the resolution was co-sponsored by over 120 nations and received the endorsement of all other veto-wielding members on the Security Council. In the hope of attracting a unanimous pledge of support the resolution was specifically drafted to include wording contained in past UN resolutions as well as US and EU statements on the topic of Israeli settlements.

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São Paulo: The City of Contrasts

By Njoki Wamai

Meu nome é Njoki. Como você está? Obrigada. I thank my seatmate for a quick Portuguese language lesson and memorize the introductory lines one last time as our plane from Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg lands at Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo.