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The Rise of Renewable Energy in Mauritania

There is excitement in international development circles about the future of Africa and its economic potential. Yet, transforming the continent’s potential into reality poses a number of challenges.
Israel Closes Gaza Border Crossing to Everything But Humanitarian Relief

Israel Closes Gaza Border Crossing to Everything But Humanitarian Relief

The United Nations criticized Israel this past week for closing the Karam Abu Salem border crossing (also known as Kerem Shalom) between Israel and Gaza, warning that the measure could have negative repercussions.

Saudi-Iranian Rivalry: Israel’s Stake in the Game

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Iran Threatens Closure of Strait of Hormuz, Inflaming Tensions with U.S.

In response to economic threats from the United States, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping route between the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman that is critical to the shipment of oil.
Russian-Backed, Pro-Assad Forces Broker Deraa Ceasefire 2

Russian-Backed, Pro-Assad Forces Broker Deraa Ceasefire

Syrian-regime forces backing President Bashar al-Assad have regained control of the southwestern city of Deraa and many of the surrounding towns in the Deraa Province following a 20-day offensive that began on June 19.
Morocco's "Let It Spoil" Boycott Part of Larger Societal Critique

Morocco’s “Let It Spoil” Boycott Part of Larger Societal Critique

From Hirak in the Rif, to teacher demonstrations in the capital, Palestinian solidarity marches in Casablanca, and the Jerada mining protests in the northeast, examples of post-2011 social movements abound.
Iran’s North African Proxy War?

Iran’s North African Proxy War?

Morocco announced on Tuesday its intention to sever diplomatic relations with Iran over that country’s aid to the Polisario Movement via Hezbollah, Iran’s Shiite ally in Lebanon.
Context: Who is Hezbollah?

Context: Who is Hezbollah?

Hezbollah (Arabic for “Party of God”) is a Shia Islamist political party and militant group based in Lebanon.