Category Archives: Current Affairs
Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s latter day Pharaoh, forced to relinquish power on 11th February 2011, is facing a probable death sentence at a Cairo trial, which he attends on a sickbed inside a cage, accused of mass murder and three decades of corruption.
Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser bin Khalid Al Thani (Businesswoman-banking and finance and women’s rights activist)
Yet these battle-scarred streets are witnessing a creative transformation. The battered building facades, the closed shutters of ruined shops, and the military’s cement walls are all being covered in painting and graffiti, not just slogans or the bold stencils associated with the revolution, but exuberant, mural-sized images. People come on Fridays, Cairo’s calmest day, or whenever they can, to paint together or separately, everyone contributing to the collage of colour and calligraphy.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, flying in the face of the Arab Spring revolution for greater democracy in a region long notorious for its dictators, seeks to become an old-style Arab strongman by eliminating his political rivals. By Ed Blanche.
In a new international effort to see a peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear crisis, the foreign ministers from the group of 5+1 countries have agreed to meet with the Iranian negotiators, amid fresh speculation of pre-emptive military strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Of the two, the latter would no doubt help his re-election campaign and an announcement to that effect is already being expected, the only question being one of timing. Announce it too early and Afghanistan could blow up before November; announce it too late and its effect on the presidential campaign could be minimal.
A bold new initiative from Qatar could help rid the international community of illegal acts that have discredited and dishonoured sections of the sporting community. Pat Lancaster reports from Doha.