US Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged intense support to Baghdad in the fight against militants. Kerry made a surprise visit to Iraq as Sunni Insurgents led by the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), seized a strategic town in the Northern part of the country. The insurgents also captured the country's biggest oil refinery in Beji, which had been under siege for ten days, Joining us in studio Omar Shaukat is a researcher at the Afro-Middle East Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa to give analysis on the situation.
The United States has condemned a "horrifying" massacre by Islamic militants said to have killed hundreds of Iraqi soldiers as they advanced on Baghdad after seizing vast swathes of northern Iraq. The country experienced similar attacks over the last few weeks with the USA and Australia withdrawing their troops. For more analyses on the story we joined by Naeem Jenah who is the director for the Afro-Middle East Centre.

Na'eem Jeenah on Egypt

  • 22 April, 2014
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An Egyptian court has sentenced thirty additional people to more than three years in prison for violent protests. They were found guilty on Monday of supporting deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. The military-installed authorities have engaged in a sweeping crackdown against Morsi's supporters and his Muslim Brotherhood since his ouster in July. The crackdown has left more than 1 400 people dead, and thousands have been jailed. More than 1-thousand Morsi supporters have been convicted in mass trials, including 5-hundred-and-29 sentenced to death last month. For more on this story we are joined in the studio by Afro Middle East…

On kidnapping of Libyan PM, Ali Zeidan

  • 20 October, 2013
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Libyan rebels have kidnapped the country's Prime Minister Ali Zidan and taken him to an undisclosed location. Security sources says Zeidan was seized from a hotel where he was staying in the Libyan capital Tripoli. On the line by Naeem Jeenah from the Afro Middle East Centre
Reports from Washington say the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt. The announcement is expected this week. The U.S. has been considering such a move since the Egyptian military ousted the country's first democratically elected leader in June. For the latest we are joined in studio by Ebrahim Deen from Afro Middle East Centre.

On US plans to slash aid to Egypt

  • 09 October, 2013
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Reports from Washington say the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt. The announcement is expected this week. The USA has been considering such a move since the Egyptian military ousted the country's first democratically elected leader in June. AMEC's Ebrahim Deen comments on this development on SABC News.
Recent developments in East Africa's largest economy Kenya involving a face-off between the country's security forces and a terror group linked to Al Shabaab who held shoppers ransom in the upmarket Westgate Mall focussed attention on the ability of that government to deal with the security and geopolitical dynamics in Kenya. Many questions remain in the aftermath of the siege. ABN's Karima Brown chats to Aly-Khan Satchu, CEO, of Rich Management and Ebrahim Deen, Researcher at the Afro Middle East Institute about the implications of the attack on Kenya's policies and economy.

Africa 360 | Egypt instability

  • 11 September, 2013
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Days after Mohammed Morsi was removed from the position of Egypt's president several key appointments were made and a roadmap was laid out for a new constitution and parliamentary elections. In this episode we discuss the precedent the Arab Spring and the recent Egypt protests set and ask what it will take for Egypt to finally enjoy long-term stability. Guests: Afro-Middle East Centre executive director, Naeem Jeenah and Egypt ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Sherif Naguib
Interview Fazila Farouk of SACSIS talks to Na'eem Jeenah of the Afro-Middle East Centre about developments in the Middle East, particularly, given the threat of external military intervention looming over Syria and the undoing of the Egyptian revolution, where a military coup has unseated a democratically elected government. Both the revolution in Egypt and the calls for the removal of Syria's dictator are rooted in the struggles and mobilization of ordinary people on the ground. The problem is that citizens' action is not leading to the realization of democratic rights for the people of the Middle East. Jeenah addresses this…
Fazila Farouk of SACSIS talks to Na’eem Jeenah of the Afro-Middle East Centre about developments in the Middle East, particularly, given the threat of external military intervention looming over Syria and the undoing of the Egyptian revolution, where a military coup has unseated a democratically elected government. Both the revolution in Egypt and the calls for the removal of Syria’s dictator are rooted in the struggles and mobilization of ordinary people on the ground. The problem is that citizens’ action is not leading to the realization of democratic rights for the people of the Middle East. Jeenah addresses this problem…
Debate on the crisis in Syria with Na'eem Jeenah, Tom Wheeler and Helmoet Helmund. Click here to listen.
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