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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

Emigration and the Young African.

Advocacy is about politics and change, values and beliefs, consciousness and knowledge. It is about building democratic organizations and expanding citizens’ skills to understand how…

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Baobab

Hare and the Corn Bins.

In the old days, all the animals used to make farms like men do today. They hoed the ground, planted the seed, harvested the grain and…

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Youth & Mission

Five Ways To Reduce Our Reliance On Plastic.

Plastic is so prevalent in our lives that we don’t even notice it anymore. It is convenient. It is cheap. It is ubiquitous. The unfortunate truth…

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