Air pollution and the impact on public health in Africa

Air pollution and the impact on public health in Africa

Air pollution has increased significantly in the last 25 years, and that’s having health consequences especially in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in The Lancet medical journal. Researchers found that air pollution – specifically, the small particles measured as less…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Sudan: Environmental activist questioned by state security

Sudan: Environmental activist questioned by state security

An environmental activist in Sudan was questioned by security services this week in connection with ongoing protests over the use of dangerous cyanide in the gold industry in and around South Kordofan state. Radio Dabanga reports that Ibrahim Naima was taken to the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) offices…

Amnesty report alleges Sudanese forces use chemical weapons

Sudanese forces are suspected of using chemical weapons in attacks against civilians, according to an Amnesty International report released Thursday. The global human rights group said an investigation using satellite imagery to support more than 200 interviews with survivors, combined with expert analysis of images, suggests at least 30 chemical attacks…

Saudi Arabia’s winning war for hearts and minds in Africa

The aftershock caused by the execution of the outspoken Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, by the Saudi government earlier this month continues to reverberate as a host of Muslim majority countries have announced they are cutting diplomatic ties with Iran. Sudan, Djibouti, and Somalia have joined the Gulf nations of Bahrain…

Sam Maloof

Sam is a major in international relations, currently based in Cairo

Why Africa has been roped into the Saudi-Iran crisis

  Since Saudi Arabia took the decision on Saturday to execute a prominent Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and Iranians attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, tension between the two countries has escalated drawing in allies. Saudi Arabia is a predominantly Sunni Muslim country whereas Iran is Shiite which has…