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News February 2012

DR Congo – State crime

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  The Congolese government, engrossed in the post-elections crisis, has now to deal with a mediatic bomb: a documentary is offering evidence that the murder of Human Rights activist, Floribert Chebeya was a state crime. The 94 minute documentary comes from Belgian film maker Thierry Michel. Michel already worked on “Mobutu, King of Zaire” (1999),…

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DR Congo – Election trickery

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  Imagine a country where the results of 2,000 polling stations in the capital disappear the very evening of the elections, where at the end of polling day presidents of voting centres take the ballot boxes with them and where soldiers in rural areas force people to vote for the incumbent. These and many other…

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Zimbabwe – Just more of the same?

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  Optimists – there are still some – are assessing Zimbabwe against the background of the ‘Arab Spring’. On 11 January 2012, we had twenty eight months of the ‘Inclusive (or Unified) Government’ (IG/GNU) following the signing of the ’Global Political Agreement’ (GPA) between the two major and one minor party – ZANU-PF and the…

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Burundi – Reconciliation

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  Symbols are important, especially for a nation that has suffered as much as Burundi. That is why the government accepted Rosa Paula Iribagiza’s request to find the remains of her younger brother, Charles Ndizeye, the last king of Burundi known under the name of Ntare V, and to give him a dignified grave, as…

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Kenya – Vision 2030

Former Kenyan President Toroitich arap Moi once declared that Kenya would join the group of industrialized countries by 1990. In 1989 he officially presented a new car that would be produced in Kenya as evidence of the progress made by the country. Then, the awaited year was moved to 2000, and later on to 2010.…

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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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