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Do Russia and America really disagree on Syria?

Mark N.Katz

 While America (along with many others in the West and the Arab World) have called for the imposition of UN Security Council economic sanctions against Syria’s Assad regime, Russia (along with China) had blocked them.  This is just one more sign that Syria is becoming an increasingly serious bone of contention between Washington and Moscow.

But is it really?  The level of Russian-American recrimination over Syria has certainly increased dramatically.  The Kremlin, however, may have several reasons to believe that the Obama Administration does not actually want to see the downfall of the Assad regime—and that Washington thus finds Russia’s opposition to Security Council resolutions against Syria, which the U.S. supports publicly, to be quite useful.  There are three reasons why Moscow might well think this:

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Egypt’s Salafi challenge

Omar Ashour

 "We want democracy, but one constrained by God’s laws. Ruling without God’s laws is infidelity," Yasser Burhami, the second leading figure in the Salafi Call Society (SCS) and its most charismatic leader, recently said. The unexpected rise of the Salafis in Egypt’s parliamentary election has fueled concern that the most populous Sunni Arab country could be on its way to becoming a fundamentalist theocracy akin to Shia Iran.

From the February edition of Addis Standard magazine


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Known for its social ultra-conservatism, literal and strict interpretation of Islam, and potential exclusion of the ideological and religious "other," the Salafi "Coalition for Egypt," otherwise known as the Islamic Coalition, won a total of 34 seats in the parliament elected to draft Egypt’s new constitution. This is in addition to the 78 seats won by the Democratic Coalition, led by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

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Social Enterprises for Africa: the new prescription to social development?

Berhanu Gebremichael

After nearly half a century trial and error of development strategies, Africa needs to look at new mechanism that may hold the key to its social problems

From the February edition of Addis Standard magazine


http://addisstandard.com/admin/uploads/Commentary.%2024-15.jpgMuhammad Yunus, managing director of the microfinance giant Grameen Bank,in his book ‘Creating a World without Poverty’wrote“Global trade is like a hundred-lane highway criss-crossing the world. If it is a free-for-all highway, with no stoplights, speed limits, size restrictions, or even lane markers, its surface will be taken over by the giant trucks from the world's most powerful economies. Small vehicles…will be forced off the highway.” Indeed.                                           

 

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