Court dismisses claim of German complicity in Yemeni drone killings

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Judge says German government not obliged to prohibit US from using Ramstein airbase for relaying drone control signalling but allows campaigners to appeal The Guardian - Kate Connolly in Cologne A court in Cologne has dismissed a claim brought by three Yemenis accusing the German government of complicity in the deaths of civilians for allowing the US to relay drone data ... Read More »

How the Rosewall family’s stockbroking company BBY collapsed

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It was on a dusty road in the far flung coal fields of South Africa’s northern reaches that the future of Australia’s largest private stockbroker, BBY, started to unravel. Brisbane Times - Sarah Danckert Near the border with Botswana, BBY took a big punt six years ago that has finally come home to roost. The industry is extremely well regulated and ... Read More »

Mali: An Imposed Peace?

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Dakar/Brussels – Africa Report N°226 – ICG – The full report is available in: French (PDF) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS After eight months of negotiations between Malian parties, the government and some armed groups signed an agreement on 15 May 2015 in Bamako. Fighting has resumed, however, in the north and centre of Mali. Crucially, the Azawad Movements Coalition (CMA) has ... Read More »

Somaliland’s Guurti Sparks a Crisis

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The self-declared Republic of Somaliland – a de facto independent state formed from Somalia’s north-western regions – is often described as an island of stability in a sea of conflict. ICG - By Cedric Barnes | @CedricHoA & Claire Elder Much of the security enjoyed by its estimated 3.5 million people is attributed to a “hybrid” governance system marrying traditional authority ... Read More »

The Tragic Death of Democracy in Burundi

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A few weeks ago, Burundi faced a complex political and legal conundrum that could have been resolved peacefully. Now it is faced with a farcical election that will likely result in violence and instability. The National Interest – Hilary Matfess * On May 13, General Niyombare declared that President Nkurunziza had been “relieved of his duties” by a coup; Nkurunziza was in ... Read More »

Is the Egyptian state using sexual torture against women?

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The Arab spring promised freedom and justice to the 2011 protestors in Tahrir Square, but a damning new report claims that women are being brutalised by police, military and security forces at an unprecedented level The Guardian – Shereen El Feki Four years ago, Cairo was a giant billboard for human rights; the words “freedom”, “justice” and “dignity” were graffitied across ... Read More »

Egypt’s mass death sentence ‘could cause Middle East turmoil’

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The United States and United Nations expressed deep concern on Monday about the death sentences handed down in Egypt for President Mohamed Mursi and other Islamists, while Turkey warned of Middle East turmoil if they are carried out. Christian Today Reuters UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will closely monitor the appeals process for the death sentences and urged actions ... Read More »

Egypt sentences deposed president Mohamed Morsi to death

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CAIRO: An Egyptian court has sentenced deposed president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death over jailbreaks during a 2011 uprising. Morsi was in the caged dock when the judge read out his verdict on Saturday. Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia, including prominent Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi who resides in Qatar. AFP – Brisbane Times  Read More »

Burundi’s Crisis Not over Yet

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A 13 May 2015 coup attempt in Burundi led by Major-General Godefroid Niyombare collapsed after 48 hours. But the fact that key military units remained loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza has not solved the crisis over his push to win a third five-year term in power. Here, Crisis Group Central Africa Project Director Thierry Vircoulon updates our 13 May discussion ... Read More »