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Dossier December 2012

Dossier/5 – Invisible countries

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  Halfway between the coast of East Africa and Indonesia, and 500 km south of the Maldives, lies the Chagos Archipelago. It is a group of seven atolls, 60 tiny islands in all, controlled by Britain since 1814. Following the emancipation of slaves in 1835, little changed in the Chagos. The strict social order –…

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Dossier/4 – Invisible Countries

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  Sudan is not the only country at war in Africa. Last April, the Tuareg of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) declared the independence of Northern Mali. In the 1950s, the Tuareg had wanted independence from French colonizers. However, then French President Charles De Gaulle refused to create an independent nation…

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Dossier/3 – Invisible countries

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  Article 39 of the Ethiopian Constitution says that “every nation, nationality or people in Ethiopia shall have the unrestricted right to self determination up to secession”. Yet, Meles Zenawi, who controlled Ethiopia from the deposition of Menghistu (1991) to his sudden death in 2012, facilitated the secession of Eritrea in 1993, but was not…

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Dossier/2 Invisible countries

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  Zanzibar, an East African large island in the Indian Ocean, is already governed by a President and a local Parliament. The Sultan of Zanzibar was deposed in 1963 and the island joined Tanganyika in 1964 to form Tanzania. The island has known troubled times. While mainland Tanzania has had a peaceful experience of slow…

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Invisible countries

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  The most important principles adopted at the founding of the Organization of the African Unity were promoting the unity and solidarity of African Nations; increase the co-operation between countries; and defend the integrity and territorial unity of member states. The leaders of the newly independent African nations well knew that the borders inherited from…

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Advocacy

SDGs advocacy from UN to the Grassroots.

In 2000, the United Nations (UN) held a Millennium Summit and in its Millennium Declaration adopted the eight international Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015.…

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Baobab

The Lion, Jackal and Man

It so happened one day that Lion and Jackal came together to converse on affairs of land and state. Jackal, let me say, was the most…

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Youth & Mission

Young People. The Voice of the Planet.

The students are on the streets, waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting, and calling for an end to the causes driving climate change that is wrecking…

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