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The conflict in the Congo is heating back up

2 million Congolese refugees fled their homes in 2017, bringing the total internally displaced to 4.5 million. The displacement is accelerating, with over 600,000 fleeing their homes in the last two months. As President Joseph Kabila enters the seventh year of his five-year term, he is… Keep Reading

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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, February 12th to February 18th – Current as of February 19, 2018. This week’s report covers Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and Iran. | Suggested reading: “Saudi Arabia, al Qaeda and the Salafist Dilemma” –… Keep Reading

Ethiopia returns to a state of emergency [Image: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]

Ethiopia returns to a state of emergency

Last month it looked like Ethiopia had escaped from its cycle of political and ethnic unrest, when it moved to release political prisoners and close a notorious detention facility. However, on Thursday Ethiopia implemented a state of emergency, which signals a return to the policies… Keep Reading

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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, February 5th to February 11th – Current as of February 12, 2018. This week’s report covers Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Yemen. | Suggested reading: “Saudi Arabia, al Qaeda and the Salafist Dilemma” – Part… Keep Reading

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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, January 30th to February 4th – Current as of February 5, 2018. This week’s report covers Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Libya. | Suggested reading: “Bahrain courts continue to strip protesters of citizenship” –… Keep Reading

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Cobalt mining, China, and the fight for Congo’s minerals

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is attempting to increase revenue from the 270% surge in cobalt prices in the last year by raising taxes on the metal five-fold. Foreign governments and corporations who benefit from lower cobalt prices have protested the tax hike. Congo… Keep Reading

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Bahrain courts continue to strip protesters of citizenship

Bahraini authorities have deported eight Bahrainis, having stripped them of their citizenship, since January 29, 2018, Human Rights Watch reported today. Bahraini courts have increasingly been turning to a stronger form of intimidation to crush rebellion against the state – stripping opponents of their of citizenship. Bahraini… Keep Reading

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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, January 23rd to January 29th – Current as of January 30, 2018. This week’s report covers Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq and Iran. | For information about the ongoing widespread anti-austerity protests in Tunisia, please… Keep Reading

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Molten Salt Energy Storage Making Strides

SolarReserve is developing technology to make a solar system with 24-hr power generating capacity. The system relies on molten salt for its efficiency.   In 2015, SolarReserve opened 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes solar energy facility. It has 1,100 megawatt-hours of energy storage, and the facility can… Keep Reading

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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, January 15th to January 22nd – Current as of January 23rd, 2018. This week’s report covers Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Tunisia, and Lebanon. | For the latest about the Turkish military offensive, named “Operation… Keep Reading

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Middle East – North Africa News Brief

Extended Middle East and Northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, January 8th to January 14th – Current as of January 15th, 2018. This week’s report covers Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Jordan, and Syria.   Bahrain: Shia government opposition groups continue to call… Keep Reading

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