21 Oct 2020

Israel, U.A.E. to Allow Citizens Visa-Free Travel

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have made history in agreeing to allow their citizens to travel freely between the countries with no visas. Direct flights from Israel to the U.A.E have begun to take place, marking the first arrangement of the sort between Israel and an Arab state. The

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20 May 2020

U.S. Nears Settlement With Sudan Over 1998 Terror Bombings

After extensive negotiations, the Trump administration is reportedly nearing a deal with Sudan to resolve claims over the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa perpetrated by terrorist group al Qaeda. These negotiations will help to clear the way to remove Khartoum’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, a

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17 Mar 2020

African countries shut doors against Europe, America to combat coronavirus

Compared to the rest of the world, Africa has recorded relatively few cases of the novel coronavirus. However, even mostly unaffected countries have taken measures to prevent the virus from spreading within their countries before it is too late. Several African countries have announced new precautions, including Sudan, who has

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18 Nov 2019

U.S. may remove Sudan from list of state sponsors of terrorism, but it’s a process: U.S. official

The United States is working with its counterparts on potentially removing Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, but the process has conditions. Sudan was added to the United State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 when former president Omar al-Bashir’s administration was supporting terrorist groups.

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17 Apr 2019

Washington will not remove Sudan from terror list while military rules: U.S. official

Now that Omar al-Bashir, the dictator who ruled Sudan for 30 years, has been ousted by the Sudanese military, the United States is not planning to remove the country from its list of terrorism sponsors. According to a US official, such a move will not be considered until “there is

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15 Apr 2019

Sudan ousted two autocrats in three days. Here’s what’s next.

Last Thursday, the Sudanese military ousted President Omar al-Bashir, the dictator who ruled the country for 30 years. The coup followed months of protests against Bashir’s regime. Sudan’s defense minister Gen. Awad Ibn Auf who announced the coup, stepped down on Friday as protesters continued to call for democratic elections.

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12 Apr 2019

Sudan’s longtime leader was ousted in a military coup. Protesters still want democracy.

After months of protests against the regime of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s defense minister Gen. Awad Ibn Auf on Thursday stated that the dictator who ruled the country for 30 years had been arrested, his regime overthrown and the constitution suspended. Ibn Auf stated that the Sudanese military will

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13 Feb 2019

New BBC investigation examines Sudan’s secret hit squads targeting politial dissidents

Did you see the groundbreaking BBC OSINT investigation this past summer on an earlier atrocity in Cameroon? The same research group has just released a new investigation on Sudan’s secret hit squads used by the government security forces to violently repress protests and arrest specific dissidents for detention and torture. Many

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07 Feb 2019

Freedom House World Report: Where did Freedom Decline and Advance in 2018?

In total, 68 countries lost points in their democracy score in 2018, according to the annual Freedom House report. These outnumbered the 50 countries that achieved net gains. In total, 86 (44%) out of a total 195 countries received a “Free” rating, while 59 (30%) were rated “Partly Free,” and

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24 Jan 2019

As more Africans reach for the web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch

Even as connectivity increases, governments across Africa, and especially its autocratic leaders, have increasingly used control over the internet as a tool of repression, often with the claim to be combatting fake news or violent protests. These internet shutdowns, however, have costs that reach beyond politics. In 2018, 21 full

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