Tunisia continues to enjoy close economic and political ties with the US and Europe and benefits from billions of dollars of foreign investment.
A concise profile of the most recent countries featured in the New Internationalist magazine. See also our alphabetical list of country profiles before 2005.
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Every home in Sierra Leone is well stocked with candles, gasoline lanterns and trusty flashlights. These are life essentials in the capital, Freetown, where electricity is intermittent at best.
The country, once one of Italy’s few colonial possessions, covers an 800-kilometre strip along Africa’s Red Sea coast, stretching from Sudan in the north to Djibouti in the south.
St Lucia’s stunning beauty, capped by the famous twin peaks of the Pitons, hides a turbulent history.
The top tourist destination in Niger until the late 1980s, the city of Agadez – located in the dead centre of the country – is today no more than a shadow of its former self.
Nowhere near as religious as its neighbour, Saudi Arabia, nor as bling-obsessed as nearby United Arab Emirates, Qatar has astutely observed the paths other Gulf states have chosen, and then cherry-picked what seems to work best.