Human Trafficking: the First Gender-Equal Industry

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

The human trafficking industry - already the most profitable international criminal enterprise after the drugs and arms trades - is posting higher profits than ever. In 2005, UN estimated that it was a $32billion per year industry, based on International Labor Organization estimates that 20.9 million people suffered from forced slavery.

Force Fed To Find A Husband

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Young women in West Africa are routinely force fed to help them find a husband, say recent reports. Very slim women are seen as poor and unable to ...

British Man Detained In Mauritania

PA | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK

A British man has reportedly been detained in Mauritania amid reports that he was trying to join up with an Islamic terror group in the Sahara desert....

The Story of Niger, or How Not to Have an Oil Boom while your People Starve

Johnny West | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK
Johnny West

There can't be many countries who face famine as their GDP rises by 14%. Yet that is the situation in the West African state of Niger, where appeals launched this week to help some 400,000 people now at risk from severe malnutrition. At the same time as an oil boom kicks in and IMF analysis predicts a rise in government income of 30% in 2012.

Will the Arab Spring Finally Unite the Maghreb?

Imad Mesdoua | Posted 06.02.2012 | UK Politics
Imad Mesdoua

Whether it be on the economy, development or dealing with transnational threats such as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, cooperation and common policies will go a long way in bringing a much needed stability to the region.