Diplomacy

Sudan and South Sudan’s Merging conflicts

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The conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan are increasingly merged. ICG Halting drift toward a Uganda-Sudan proxy war on the Sudan-South Sudan border requires better coordination by regional organisations and more engagement by influential outside powers, notably China and the U.S., including via the UN Security Council. A UN-imposed arms embargo, improved border monitoring, and a UN panel of experts ... Read More »

Burkina Faso: Nine Months to Complete the Transition

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Three months after Blaise Compaoré’s departure, Burkina Faso’s transition is moving forward in an uncertain context. ICG The provisional government, with the help of its international partners, should initiate urgent reforms and ensure the October 2015 elections allow for peaceful, democratic change. When President Blaise Compaoré was ousted in October 2014, he left the country with weak institutions and under ... Read More »

Yemen Conflict Alert: Time for Compromise

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Sanaa/Brussels | ICG | Yemen’s UN-backed transition has unravelled and the country has entered a new, highly unstable phase. On 22 January President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the prime minister resigned after Huthi fighters seized the presidential palace and consolidated control of the capital. This has upended the troubled transition and raises the very real prospect of territorial fragmentation, economic ... Read More »

US A Dangerous Ally: Former Australia PM

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January 26, 2015 “ICH” – “China Times” – – In his new book titled “Dangerous Allies,” Malcolm Fraser, the former prime minister of Australia worries that the Canberra’s dependence on the United States will eventually bring the nation into a direct conflict with China. Information Clearing House - By Staff Reporter His words echo those of Georgetown University professor Amitai Etzioni in ... Read More »

India and US seal nuclear deal as Modi hosts Obama

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The US and India have announced a breakthrough on a pact that will allow American companies to supply India with civilian nuclear technology. ( BBC ) It came on the first day of President Barack Obama’s visit to India. The nuclear deal had been held up for six years amid concerns over the liability for any nuclear accident. Indian Prime ... Read More »

Jewish outrage as ship named after SS war criminal arrives in Europe

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As Holocaust day nears, anger erupts at arrival in Rotterdam of the Pieter Schelte, the world’s largest vessel The Observer – Ed Vulliamy Leaders of Jewish communities and Holocaust memorial groups in Britain and the Netherlands have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS. ... Read More »

If EU opposes Islamophobia, it must accept Turkey as member: Erdoğan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that theEuropean Union “must admit Turkey” as a member if it opposes Islamophobia. DJIBOUTI Hurriyet AA photo Erdoğan became the first Turkish President who visited Djibouti on Jan. 24, one day after he interrupted his Horn of Africa tour to attend King Abdullah’s funeral in Saudi Arabia. Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh welcomed his Turkish ... Read More »

Revealed: how Blair colluded with Gaddafi regime in secret

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Libyan government papers pieced together by team of London lawyers show how UK cosied up to Tripoli over dissidents The Guardian - Ian Cobain Tony Blair wrote to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to thank him for the “excellent cooperation” between the two countries’ counter-terrorism agencies following a period during which the UK and Libya worked together to arrange for Libyan dissidents to ... Read More »

Rockets Kill 30 in Ukrainian City as Rebels Launch Offensive

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Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels. ABC News – By PETER LEONARD Associated Press Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically ... Read More »

DRC Protests: The Government’s Election Law Must be Revised – or Withdrawn

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The adoption on 17 January 2015 by the Congolese National Assembly of a law, proposed by the government of President Joseph Kabila, that could lead to the extension of Kabila’s term in office has triggered violent protests in the capital of Kinshasa and several other cities. ICG – Brussels Before protests escalate further, Kabila’s government needs to revise the law and ... Read More »