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Simon Allison is the Africa editor for the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg. He is also a research consultant for the Institute for Security Studies, and was previously senior Africa correspondent for the Daily Maverick. He specializes in African news and analysis, and has reported from across the continent. His work has appeared on the Guardian, Foreign Policy, NPR, Courrier International and Internazionale. He holds degrees from Rhodes University in South Africa and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and has lived and worked across Africa and the Middle East.

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Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 28, 2022

In the murky world of ISIS families, all diplomacy is conducted quietly. On Monday, the Spanish government quietly admitted it would bring back several Spanish wives and children of ISIS fighters, before the end of the year. Newspaper reports placed the number at three women and 13 children – a figure which, while small, represents a significant … Continue reading “Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides”

Pakistan Pays Heavy Price For Domestic Turmoil By Arif Rafiq - Nov 25, 2022

Pakistan’s economy is in a deep mess. This summer’s epic floods took more than a thousand lives and inflicted billions of dollars in damage and devastation. In spite of an International Monetary Fund bailout, Pakistan’s external account position remains precarious. Foreign exchange reserves at hand cover less than two months of imports. Exports and remittances are in decline. Pakistan’s perceived default risk, as reflected by … Continue reading “Pakistan Pays Heavy Price For Domestic Turmoil”

The ‘Loss and Damage’ Climate Agenda Will Sink Us All By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 24, 2022

Throughout COP27, which ended on Friday, there was the usual juvenile sniping at the engagement in the climate-change mitigation process of the oil-producing countries, as if anything could possibly be achieved without their collaboration. The UK Guardian, which can always be relied upon to bash the Gulf states on the slightest pretext, dedicated a long article … Continue reading “The ‘Loss and Damage’ Climate Agenda Will Sink Us All”

It’s Not All Sunshine: Middle East Invests Big in Wind Power By Robin Mills - Nov 21, 2022

The story of renewable energy across the Middle East and North Africa is usually told from one viewpoint: the sun that beats down relentlessly on the region’s deserts. Solar is indeed a tremendous source of power and increasingly made to move electrons. But wind also blows across the Middle East’s plains, hills and seas – … Continue reading “It’s Not All Sunshine: Middle East Invests Big in Wind Power”

With an Election Approaching, Turkey Tightens Grip on Social Media By Alexandra de Cramer - Nov 20, 2022

Last month, Turkey declared war on disinformation with the passage of a 40-item law designed to govern how information is shared online. But by legally enshrining the power to regulate the country’s online discourse, Turkish authorities have made it even harder for the public to access news and brought new penalties for merely stating an opinion. Free speech and … Continue reading “With an Election Approaching, Turkey Tightens Grip on Social Media”