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News December 2011

South Sudan – Old enemies

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  “People thought that the 2005 peace agreement would put an end to war”, says Lexon Wari Amoxai, Western Equatoria Commissioner for Aid and Rehabilitation and former fighter of the Sudanese People Liberation Army (SPLA). “Everybody is enthusiastic about building the country, developing it. But some, like the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) are against development”,…

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Arms embargo – Renault against Darfur

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  Industrial interests and weapons manufacturers do not always have the last word. A case in point occurred last October, when the president of Renault Trucks, Stefano Chmielewski announced the cancellation of the contract signed between the French-Swedish corporation (Renault Trucks is fully owned by Volvo in which Renault has a majority stake) and the…

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Madagascar – Uncertainty

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  Madagascar continues to be subject to uncertainty despite the nation’s fresh political development. People and observers in the island are confused by the implementation of the recently-approved roadmap to end the institutional crisis sparked by the 2009 army-backed coup. The Malagasy opposition ultimately refused to support the deal that was to pave the way…

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Kenya/Somalia – Protect the nation

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  Last October, Kenyan troops poured in southern Somalia, the navy put a blockade to the port of Kismayu, with the air force striking at targets linked to Al-Shabaab, a Islamic fundamentalist group controlling part of the country. The military adventure is a novelty for Kenya. Kenyan soldiers took part in some international peace missions…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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