Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, Horn of Africa, East Africa and Sahel region Commentary and Analysis by Ambassador John Price The Republic of Yemen: Al-Qaeda’s backyard The Republic of Yemen is divided into two principal Islamic religious factions, the Shia Zaydi sect in the north, and Sunni Shafi sect in the south. Before [...]Read More
Note this recent news out of sub-Saharan Africa
Commentary by Ambassador John Price:
In Nigeria: It’s about jobs and economic survival
I spent April 15 to 24, 2007 in Nigeria, serving as a member of the International Republican Institute (IRI) election observation team. It was to be a momentous occasion, with President Olusegun Obasango stepping down after two four year terms, as provided for in the Constitution. In this second civilian election for president, scheduled for April 21, the leading candidates were Umaru Yar’Adua, the governor of Katsina State, located in the northern part of the country; Vice President Atiku Abubakar; and Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader.
Please note this excerpt from a recent story on Economonitor.com: WEF Davos: Sub-Saharan Africa – Next Growth Hub? Author: Maya Senussi · January 26th, 2012 “…At the current, early stage of development, Africa is missing the elements needed to boost its growth potential: investment in education and technology (agriculture and manufacturing), more inclusive employment, leadership [...]Read More
Please note these highlights from a recent AP story: “Somali militants gather, recruit at border town” By Jason Straziuso- Associated Press, Monday, January 2, 2012 “Militants from the insurgent group al-Shabab appeared to be gathering hundreds of fighters and attempting to recruit even more in villages outside a Somalia border town invaded by Ethiopian troops [...]Read More