Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video showing some of the schoolgirls they abducted from the northern town of Chibok. Some 50 girls are shown with a gunman who demands the release of fighters in return for the girls, and says some girls died in air strikes. The government says it is in touch with the militants behind the… Source: Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives – BBC News Read More »

Thousands of distressed Jews in Ethiopia left stranded by Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel – Due to the worsening security situation in Ethiopia, the approximately 9,000 Falash Mura in transit camps there are waiting for the Israeli government to implement its decision to bring them to Israel; activists in Israel warn of impending disaster for those waiting to rejoin their families in Israel. Israeli activists campaigning to bring the Falash Mura (Ethiopians who claim Jewish lineage) from Ethiopia to Israel have been receiving recently reports about the… Source: Thousands of distressed ... Read More »

Scores killed in Ethiopia protest crackdown

Security forces accused of shooting dead people in Oromia and Amhara regions in attempt to suppress wave of protests.. Scores of people were killed across Ethiopia’s Oromia and Amhara regions at the weekend as the security forces brutally suppressed a new wave of anti-government protests in two key regions… Source: Scores killed in Ethiopia protest crackdown – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition

Six months after its February general election the political atmosphere in Uganda is unsettled, securitised and paranoid. Opposition leaders and some supporters – seeking to rally a popular movement against the regime – are regularly harassed, accused of treason and temporarily detained. The ruling elite is clearly concerned about the opposition’s growing support. Its hard-fisted approach to the problem, alongside a… Source: Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition | International Crisis Group Read More »

Katanga: Tensions in DRC’s Mineral Heartland

​As the regime keeps delaying an encounter with the electorate, growing tensions and state repression in Congo’s resource-rich Katanga may be the precursor of a violent escalation. Without a credible national dialogue and better working relations between the central government and new provinces, the country could descend into a crisis reminiscent of the… Source: Katanga: Tensions in DRC’s Mineral Heartland | International Crisis Group Read More »

Nigeria pastor arrested for chaining up son for ‘stealing’

Nigerian police arrest a church pastor, accused of keeping his nine-year-old son chained up for more than a month as a punishment for stealing.. Police say they rescued the boy and arrested Pastor Francis Taiwo after a tip-off in the town of Ota in south-western Ogun State… Source: Nigeria pastor arrested for chaining up son for ‘stealing’ – BBC News Read More »

The man hired to have sex with children

In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it’s traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a “hyena” once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual “cleansing”. However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to be the opposite of cleansing – a way of spreading disease… Source: The man hired to have sex with children – BBC News Read More »

Protecting Africa’s democracy from trigger-happy police

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Evidently, brutal policing is putting Africa’s nascent democracy at great risk. Peter Kagwanja Daily Nation Despite the momentous collapse of the “police states” of the one-party vintage and Africa’s return to democracy, policing remains a nasty and brutal affair on the continent. The neo-liberal experiment… Protecting Africa’s democracy… Read More »

Kenya’s Coast: Devolution Disappointed

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Six new coastal counties created by Kenya’s 2010 constitution have replicated the closely-held patronage politics of the former Coast province, adding to inefficiencies, costs and mutual suspicions. To maximise the potential of devolution – and prevent militants like Al-Shabaab exploiting popular disappointment – Nairobi and the new counties need to become more cooperative, open to dialogue, and inclusive, especially toward marginalised youth… Source: Kenya’s Coast: Devolution Disappointed – International Crisis Group Read More »

Fighting flares again in South Sudan capital after UN demand for restraint

Heavy fighting erupted again in South Sudan’s capital on July 11 a day after the U.N. Security Council told rivals President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar to rein in their forces and end days of violence that have left scores dead.. A Reuters witness saw two helicopters overhead firing apparently in the direction of Machar’s political and military headquarters. Residents reported tanks on the street. A U.N. official said heavy gunfire had erupted around U.N. bases again… Source: Fighting ... Read More »

Zimbabwe shuts down in protest over ‘economic collapse’

Zimbabweans carry out nationwide strike and protests in the capital against the economic conditions in the country.. Police in Zimbabwe have fired tear gas and warning shots at demonstrators as a strike against the government’s economic policies closed businesses and crippled public transport. Wednesday’s strike, named “stay-away day”, followed days of unrest over the government’s failure to pay civil servants’ salaries, a currency shortage, import restrictions and police road blocks that were allegedly extorting cash from commercial drivers… Source: Zimbabwe shuts ... Read More »

Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer ‘found dead’

The body of a Kenyan lawyer who was representing a client making a complaint against the police has been found. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) said Willie Kimani’s death was a “dark day for the rule of law in Kenya”. Kenya’s police have often been accused of brutality and they have been blamed for a series of extrajudicial killings… Source: Willie Kimani: Missing Kenyan lawyer ‘found dead’ – BBC News Read More »

Preventing Renewed War in South Sudan

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Juba/Addis Ababa/Brussels The honeymoon period is now over for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, which formally ended the civil war in August 2015. Its guarantors need to act urgently in the next days to save it and prevent the country from returning to full-scale combat. The agreement successfully enabled the return of Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO), to Juba and the subsequent formation of the Transitional Government of ... Read More »

Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global oil crisis

Consumer benefits fuelled by low oil price, fail to reach poorest Somalis dependent on public transport.. Mogadishu, Somalia – Drivers in the morning rush hour in Mogadishu jostle for space to fill their tanks in one of the newly opened petrol stations in the city. An attendant shouts at the drivers, directing them: “Come forward a bit, a bit more. Stop.” These scenes are new to the city and its residents… Source: Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global ... Read More »

South African court refuses Zuma appeal request in arms case

A South African court has refused permission for President Jacob Zuma and prosecutors to appeal against its ruling that he should face corruption charges over a 1999 arms deal worth billions of dollars. There were “no merits” in the argument requesting an appeal, it ruled. In April, the court said a 2009 decision to drop the 783 charges against Mr Zuma was irrational. He has always denied taking bribes over the arms deal… Source: South African court refuses Zuma appeal ... Read More »

7,000+ Kenyans take a break from protests with yoga

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Stretching and downward-dogging, row after row of yoga enthusiasts chill from often-violent protests that have rocked Kenya… Source: 7,000+ Kenyans take a break from protests with yoga | World | Worldbulletin News Read More »