"The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being." - Lech Walesa

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Saudi investors leave Ethiopia

An Ethiopian worker argues with a member of the Saudi security forces as he waits with his countrymen to be repatriated in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, Nov. 11, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
 Saudi agricultural investor has warned about the failure of Saudi agricultural investments in Ethiopia and the liquidation of businesses due to the conditions set by the [Saudi] Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) to support and lend to investors in Ethiopia.
Summary⎙ Print Following a recent crisis between Riyadh and Addis Ababa regarding the former’s crackdown on undocumented Ethiopian workers, many Saudi investors are pulling out of Ethiopia.
Author Saad al-AsmariPosted December 9, 2013
Translator(s)Sahar Ghoussoub

Monday, 9 December 2013

Nelson Mandela: Farewell, My African Prince!

MandelasThe Sinner-Saint who never stopped trying
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela finally finished his long walk to freedom in the last month of the Year 2013.
The sun cast its last rays on the man who lifted South Africa from the darkness of apartheid. Nelson Mandela’s shadow is all we have left. We must now look to that shadow to cast light on a world wrapped in hatred, beset by fear, racked by violence and numbed by indifference. We shall not fear. Mandela’s spirit is near.
I never met Nelson Mandela. How I wish I had! Not for the honor of meeting the most honored man in the world. Just for the opportunity to say “Thank you!” to the most humble man in the world who brought the highest dignity and honor to all Africans.
Nelson Mandela was a bridge builder. He built bridges across racial, ethnic and class divides. Nelson Mandela was a fireman. He saved the South African house by dousing the smoldering embers of racial and ethnic strife with truth and reconciliation. Nelson Mandela was a pathfinder.