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Meet the African Union Chair Madame Zuma

Meet the African Union Chair Madame Zuma

Call it the century of African women! First, there was the Nobel winner Ma Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the current president of Liberia. Then, there was the grassroots women’s rights activist Joyce Hilda Banda, who was sworn in April 2012 as the president of impoverished Malawi after the death of wa …

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Africa Roundup

Africa Roundup

Here are a few stories that have caught my eye of late, with brief commentary as apt:
In an interesting (but probably passing) change of direction, China is putting pressure on Sudan “to seek urgently the release of 29 Chinese workers held by rebels in the border state of …

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UN Peacekeeping Again Under Fire

UN Peacekeeping Again Under Fire


If reports coming out of South Sudan are true the United Nations may be facing its biggest embarrassment since its missteps in the Democratic of Congo. The New York Times reports that UN Peacekeepers stood by idly while Nuer tribesman massacred fleeing …

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Social Media and Social Menacing…

Social Media and Social Menacing…

And you thought your biggest social media worry was being defriended.
Last week, the New York Times published an interesting piece on the use of social media by terrorist groups.  They focused on a recent Twitter battle instigated by the Somalia-based, loosely al-Qaeda …

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News Roundup

News Roundup


Here are a few stories that I’ve been thinking about in recent days:
A new report from the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), Africa and the Arab Spring: A New Era of Democratic Expectations, the first volume of the Africa Center’s new Special …

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Election Watch: Liberia

Election Watch: Liberia


On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Liberians will go to the polls to choose the country’s next president from a pool of 16 aspiring presidential candidates, which includes the incumbent Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The election comes a few days after President Johnson Sirleaf and another …

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African Union Rejects TNC and Instead Calls For an All-Inclusive Post-Ghadafi Era, But…

African Union Rejects TNC and Instead Calls For an All-Inclusive Post-Ghadafi Era, But…


Do I see a little bit of an irony here? Let’s do a count: how many of the current AU member countries have inclusive governments? How many of the current AU member governments came to power through coups? Until now,
the sad truth is that, all along, …

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The African Union’s Indifference on Libya

The African Union’s Indifference on Libya


Yes, you heard it right, the AU’s Peace and Security Council reportedly failed on Monday to agree on a common position on Libya. Instead the body has deferred the decision to a Friday meeting of the AU’s heads of states’ leadership meeting. Frankly, I am not …

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Africa Links Deluge

Africa Links Deluge

Lots of stories have been cavorting around my head, with commentary as I see fit:
The disaster in the Horn of Africa represents what the Mail & Guardian calls “a crisis in slow motion.” The perfect storm of famine and the …

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India Boosts Ties with Africa, AU

India Boosts Ties with Africa, AU


This week the second ever Africa-India Summit took place, with New Delhi signaling that it was committed to doing business with the continent and supporting both national and regional development.
Trade between India and Africa amounted to roughly $46 billion in 2010, but the partners

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Africa Day

Africa Day


“This conference cannot close without adopting a single African Charter. We cannot leave here without having created a single African organization…. If we fail in this, we will have shirked our responsibility to Africa and to the peoples we lead.”
So said …

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U.S.-AU Disconnect on Libya

U.S.-AU Disconnect on Libya

Top officials from the African Union visited Washington last week to discuss relations between the U.S. and the emerging pan-African body. It was the second such meeting, and a joint statement was released outlining the “full range” of U.S.-Africa priorities, including democratic governance, economic development, …

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AU Chairman: ICC Singles Out African Leaders

AU Chairman: ICC Singles Out African Leaders


The African Union Commission Chairman, Jean Ping, yesterday told an audience in Washington that the International Criminal Court continues to target African leaders unfairly, accusing the body of “double standards” as it seeks to try those accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide — …

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Webcast Today: AU Chair to Address U.S. Institute of Peace

African Union Chairman Jean Ping will address the U.S. Institute of Peace today following meetings with top officials in Washington.  The address, which is expected to touch on hot button issues like the interventions in Libya and Ivory Coast, elections in Nigeria and U.S.-Africa relations, will be webcast live beginning …

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Cote D'Ivoire: Une autre intervention

Cote D'Ivoire: Une autre intervention


Libyan officials aren’t the only ones seeking to defect to neighboring countries these days.  Like the Qadaffi clan in Tripoli, the regime of Cote D’Ivoire’s Laurent Gbagbo has come under international pressure as violence between the incumbent and the opposition escalates.  Top level officials, …

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