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New book explores challenges for democracy in North Africa

The uncertainties surrounding the long-term prospect of democracy being fully embraced by North African nations embroiled in the Arab Spring rebellions are the focus of a fascinating new book. 

The book, called ‘Party Politics and the Prospects for democracy in North Africa’, explores whether traditional political parties have adapted in response to growing demands for democracy in the region in recent years.

Author Dr Lise Storm, a Middle East expert from the University of Exeter examines whether a less authoritarian approach has been integrated, or whether existing parties have simply reinvented themselves to meet today’s expectations. (more…)

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Microsoft introduces the 4Afrika Scholarship program

Part of the 4Afrika Initiative, the program will offer mentorship, training, university-level education and employment opportunities to aspiring African youth.

LAGOS, Nigeria — Aug. 12, 2013 — In recognition of International Youth Day, Microsoft Corp. Monday introduced the 4Afrika Scholarship program, as part of its 4Afrika Initiative, through which it will provide mentorship, leadership and technical training, certification, university-level education, and employment opportunities for promising African students. Mentorship will be provided by Microsoft employees from around the world, and employment opportunities will include internships and both part-time and full-time jobs within Microsoft, as well as with the company’s more than 10,000 partners across Africa.

Through the company’s 4Afrika Initiative and YouthSpark program, Microsoft has committed to helping millions of Africans get critical skills for entrepreneurship and employability. The 4Afrika Scholarship program is one way the company intends to meet that goal, by helping ensure that promising youth have access to the education, resources and skills they need to succeed, regardless of their financial situations. To help redress gender disparity in higher education in Africa, the company is actively encouraging young women to apply. (more…)

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IBM Continues Africa Expansion with New Office in Tanzania

*Strengthens IBM’s Operations in East Africa*

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, – 01 Jun 2011: IBM has announced the opening of a new branch office in Dar es Salaam, as part of the company’s continued geographic expansion initiative to increase its presence in key growth markets and support its global growth strategy.

The new subsidiary office is part of a broad program of investment that IBM is making in Africa covering the creation of new facilities, offices, training, staffing and recruitment, sales and marketing and corporate citizenship. The announcement follows the recent news of the opening of IBM’s office in Dakar, Senegal and gives IBM a direct presence in over 20 African countries including South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria. (more…)

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Switzerland Freezes Accounts of Mubarak and His Entourage

Switzerland’s government moved to freeze any assets of Hosni Mubarak, Swiss officials said Friday.

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said it would freeze any assets in the country’s banks that might belong to the former Egyptian president or his family, without specifying how much money was involved or where it was. (more…)

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NC State Expert Offers Insight Into Events In Egypt, Tunisia

Political unrest in Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia is not unlike a modern version of the American Revolution, according to North Carolina State University’s  Dr. Akram Khater. Khater’s expertise in Middle Eastern history can provide perspective to help us better understand what is taking place in the region. Khater is director of NC State’s Middle East Studies Program and an associate professor of history. He can be reached at 919/513-2218 or akram_khater@ncsu.edu. (more…)

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