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News May 2012

South Sudan: Standoff

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  Joe Vieira, from Juba The political situation between South Sudan and Sudan took a turn to the worse at the end of January when the Government of Juba decided to turn off the pumps in its oil fields accusing Khartoum of stealing the crude and demanding unreasonable fees to allow the export of oil…

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Chad – The last chance

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 Final hearings of the trial initiated by Belgium to force Senegal to extradite Hissene Habre took place at The Hague International Court of Justice (ICJ) in March. This was the last episode of a 12 years saga. It began by the action before the Belgian courts launched by three Belgian citizens of Chadian origin in…

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Zimbabwe – Elections and intimidation

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  Key unresolved issues are the need for elections under free(ish) and fair(ish) conditions with an autonomous electoral commission (ZEC) and reform of the degraded voters roll. There is continuing battle over indigenization, and uses of diamond resources, the post-Mugabe agenda, SADC engagement including security sector ‘governance’. Regional leaders receiving churches and NGOs lobbying on…

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South Sudan – War drums

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  South Sudanese President Salva Kiir received a warm reception at the European Commission in March, where he told President José Manuel Barroso about his intention to sign the Cotonou cooperation agreement in the near future. This will enable the new state to benefit from EU funding in that framework. Meanwhile, South Sudan should get…

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Malawi – Moving on

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As the nation paid its last respect to President Bingu wa Mutharika who died on April 5, Malawi has been graced by generous donations of fuel from Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania This gesture is in itself an indicator of how the economy of Malawi has declined due to the political environment that President wa Mutharika…

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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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