Al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian Islamic scholar and presenter of the al-Jazeera programme ‘Shariah and Life‘ has recently emerged into the public sphere and issued a fatwa against participating in the Egyptian presidential elections which are due to occur on the 26-27 May. This is the latest occurrence in the regional diplomatic dispute over Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Armed men have stormed the Libyan parliament building in Tripoli and forced the parliamentary deputies to postpone the election of a new prime minister according to official sources. Continue reading
Ethiopia announces it’s continued support to the Federal Government of Somalia in it’s war against the Al-Shabaab. Ethiopia is active in the peacekeeping activities of the African Union and currently has troops in C.A.R., Egypt, South Sudan and Somalia.
As a means to reinforce police loyalty, Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour raises salaries by 30%.
Tehran successfully tests two rockets of the new Bina-class on the anniversary of the eve of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. This is yet another development in the security dilemma occurring in the Persian Gulf between the predominantly Shi’a Iran and predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia.
One survivor has been found after a military plane crashed in Eastern Algeria killing at least 100 of the 103 passengers.
Egypt continues it’s crackdown and enforcement of the anti-protest law, which was signed into legislation in November, as the Brotherhood and other groups battle to maintain ‘a public space’ under al-Sisi.
In a strange turn of events the Chief of Staff for the Somali Armed Forces announces the demobilization of soldiers fighting for the Federal Somali Government. The reason is not explained, but surely this will only fuel further instability and broaden the labour-pool for insurgent groups.
As the fourth day of the humanitarian ceasefire enters into force more people leave the Old City of Homs, where al-Asad’s forces currently besiege the opposition fighters.
Kenyan police arrest three individuals from the al-Shabaab and confiscate their armaments.