Africa
Tunisian health minister fired amid surge in COVID-19 cases

The country reported multiple vaccination centers witnessing stampedes after the health ministry opened them up for vaccinations for all above the age of 18 on the occasion of Eid al-Adha

Moroccan journalist Omar Radi sentenced to six years in prison

Radi was arrested in July 2020 on charges including sexual assault and espionage, which have been termed as politically motivated by rights groups. His colleague Imad Stitou was also convicted for “participation in rape” and sentenced to one year in prison

Esraa Abdel Fattah among six released in Egypt after months in pre-trial detention

The released detainees still face charges against them including “joining a terrorist group” and “spreading fake news”

Tigray conflict Ethiopia Famine looms over northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region as civil war re-escalates

With seasonal rains on the horizon, the one chance to avert a full blown famine in Tigray and parts of neighboring Amhara and Afar, already reeling under a severe food shortage, may be lost if the fighting does not cease

There’s no other approach than the socialist approach, says Zambia’s Fred M’membe

Ahead of general elections in August, Rania Khalek of BreakThrough News talks to Dr. Fred M’membe, the presidential candidate of the Socialist Party of Zambia, on the party’s platform and vision for the future

Algeria political prisoners freed Over 100 political prisoners freed in Algeria

Prior to yesterday’s mass release, over 300 political prisoners were being detained by the Algerian government for supporting or participating in the anti-government Hirak protests or other opposition groups

Political prisoners in Egypt Prominent Egyptians announce hunger strike in solidarity with political prisoners

Journalist Karim Yehia, human rights activist Mohammed Zaree and anti-torture activist Aida Seif al-Dawla are among those who announced hunger strikes in solidarity with the approximately 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt

With historic win in elections, Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed consolidates power

Despite the numerous shortcomings, the participation of 46 political parties in an election with a voter registration of 78% and voter turnout of above 90%, was a major milestone in Ethiopia’s democratization

Egypt’s parliament passes law to dismiss government employees with alleged links to terrorist groups

Along with being fired, the employees in question will also be subject to asset freeze and a 60-day travel ban. The parliament also extended the country’s state of emergency, in place since 2017, for another three months starting July 24

Algeria activist sentenced Leading Hirak activist in Algeria, Chems Eddine Laalami, sentenced to two years in prison 

According to Algerian human rights organizations, at least 300 people are currently in jail due to their participation in the Hirak protests

Egyptian authorities release historian on bail following lengthy interrogation at airport

Alia Mosallam, an Egyptian historian and a postdoctoral fellow at Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Berlin, was detained for over 17 hours at the airport upon arrival before being released on bail

Durban food riots turn the wheel of history

South Africa’s social crisis has erupted as the people Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma deem expendable, those who bear the brunt of the past and of the social costs of Covid-19, appropriate the bread of life.

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