Africa

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 »

Jonathan enters Boko Haram heartland, vows to end insurgency

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan held an election rally Saturday at the epicentre of Boko Haram’s insurgency, vowing to defeat the Islamist fighters as locals mourned another 15 deaths. The president’s visit to Maiduguri, the capital of northeast Nigeria’s restive Borno state, came the day after Boko Haram militants killed 15 villagers in nearby Kambari. “What I can assure you is ... 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 »

DRC Protests: The Government’s Election Law Must be Revised – or Withdrawn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

Sudanese army bombs MSF hospital in S. Kordofan

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(KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese army (SAF) has bombed a hospital in South Kordofan state run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), forcing the organization to suspend its medical activities. Sudan Tribune   In a statement released on Friday, MSF said Tuesday’s incident marks the second time the Sudanese air force has targeted its hospital in the rebel-held village of Frandala since ... Read More »

Retreating from Darfur? A decade on, spectre of atrocities returns

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News media have been reporting widespread atrocities by Boko Haram against as many as 2000 civilians in Nigeria. But a similar escalation of violence in Darfur, Sudan, over the past two months has been all but ignored. The Conversation – Phil Orchard * This is in spite of the United Nations’ Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs raising the alarm ... Read More »

Miracle boy, but campaign to stop mutilation of girls goes on

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IT sometimes takes a kick to the ribs to jolt Khadija Gbla out of a state of disbelief. Babies can pack a pretty good punch though, and it’s a fair guess that the unborn child of this brave activist possesses more than his fair share of fighting spirit. The Australian – Natasha Robinson, Senior Writer, Sydney He is the baby that Ms ... Read More »

AfriLeaks to target corrupt politicians

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An anonymous whistleblowing website has been launched in Africa, aimed at exposing corrupt politicians and business people. SBS – By Santilla Chingaipe AfriLeaks is a partnership between 19 newspapers and activist groups which want to make it easier and safer for people to confidentially provide sensitive information directly to media organisations. South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper is among the organisations involved. ... Read More »

Witch doctors banned in Tanzania in bid to curb attacks on albinos

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Tanzania has banned witch doctors in a bid to curb a rising wave of attacks on albinos. More than 70 albinos, who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes, have been murdered in the east African nation in the past decade for black magic purposes, according to United Nations figures. Many victims have been hacked to death and body ... Read More »