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January 2014

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for bringing out to your esteemed readers the suffering of our citizens in the brutal hands of Saudi Arabia’s police forces (Governing by crisis: a labor migration gone terribly wrong, Dec. 2013). Especial recognition for your courage in exposing that “lack of timely and effective labor inspection by MOLSA means most of these agencies were running their businesses at a massive scale and manner no different than trafficking itself.”

America’s polarization eased at the onset of  World War I and through the economic calamity of the Great Depression, and World War II, but today, its society is as polarized as any time since the end of the American Civil War, says our US Correspondent Tomas Mega, from Nevada

“What tribe are you?”  While a common question in Africa and other parts of the world, it is not a common one in America.  Historically, our use of the word and its associations have been reserved for Native American Indians and not much else.   It hasn’t yet made its way into the American political lexicon.  It would be difficult for us to comprehend Barack Obama as the tribal chief of Liberals, Senator Ted Cruz the tribal elder of the tea party, or Speaker of the House John Boehner the tribal spokesman of establishment Republicans. 

 Summit kicks off today by the PRC

Mahlet Fasil

The African Union (AU) said Park Cheng-hye, President of South Korea, will attend the 22nd Summit of the AU which kicked off this morning.  “Transforming Africa’s agriculture harnessing opportunities for inclusive growth and sustainable development” is the theme the AU said will be at the center of discussions during the assembly of head of states and governments of AU member states. The summit kicked off this morning with the 27th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), a club of ambassadors of AU member states, which discussed items on the agenda in preparation of the summit to be submitted to the executive council for adoption.