Today the vast Sahel region, lying between North and sub-Saharan Africa, is characterised by general poverty, lawlessness and the presence of terrorist groups. But it once formed one of the world’s busiest and wealthiest trading routes. Can the fortunes of this region be revived and restored to their long-lost glory? Report by Tom Collins.
2018/08/06- Across much of West Africa a trend has developed. As the Atlantic Ocean feeds the economic powerhouses on the coast, the Sahara has given way to instability, contraband and disrepair. This wasn’t always the case. In fact the very opposite was true.
Transit routes criss-crossing the desert connected once-powerful cities like Timbuktu, Gao, Djenné, and Kano with North Africa and the Middle East. Goods like gold, salt, cotton, leather and ostrich feathers were transported and traded in large caravans and it was the interior that flourished. Continuer à lire … « Can the Sahel recapture its lost glory? #Mali »
2018/08/05 – Although Morocco has no official diplomatic ties with Israel, the North African country traded $37 million worth of goods with Israel in 2017 according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs published data through its Arabic Facebook page revealing data about its trade with some Arab and Islamic countries, based on CBS statistics. Continuer à lire … « Morocco’s Trade with Israel Totaled $37 Million in 2017 »
2018/05/29 – Thirteen councils and armed groups based in western Libya have voiced their rejection of a French initiative ostensibly aimed at achieving reconciliation between Libya’s rival political camps. Continuer à lire … « Groups, councils in western Libya reject Paris summit »
2018/05/28 – This is probably part of the intention of the European Commission… not only to outsource migration control to other countries but to put its obvious consequences for human lives out of sight. Continuer à lire … « Military and security companies profit from European policies exporting border control overseas #Libya #NorthAfrica »
2018/05/22 – Migration control is now “high politics” in Europe and a priority for the EU. For example, on May 2, 2018, the European Commission proposed that the budget for the management of external borders, migration and asylum – set at 13 billion euros for the period 2014-2020 – be raised to 34.9 billion euros. Continuer à lire … « How far can Europe push back its borders? The case of France in Niger »
2018/03/31 – Chinese oil and gas enterprises show great interest in investing in Algeria at the just-concluded North Africa Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (NAPEC).As many as 40 Chinese companies took part in this year’s event, said Zoe Zuo, general manager of Beijing CEW International Fair as well as director of the China pavilion in NAPEC. Continuer à lire … « Chinese oil firms show interest in Algerian market at North Africa petroleum exhibition conference »
2018/03/15 – French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has discussed with Algerian officials, during his visit to Algeria, the issues of secret immigration, organized crime, combating terrorism and exchange of security information about extremist groups that are active in the African coast. Continuer à lire … « French Interior Minister Visits Algeria, Discusses Immigration, Organized Crime #Terrorism »