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Jacob Zuma Supports Radical Land Reforms in South Africa

South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, has urged the government of his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, to quickly implement the policy of “expropriation of land without compensation”. On a tweet, Zuma argues that all the problems faced by South Africa can be traced back to the question of land. Of all the “ills of the black […]

UN Peacekeepers Provide Healthcare in Mali

The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to Mali (MINUSMA) is providing free medical clinics to villagers in remote and predominantly inaccessible parts of Central Mali. The desert regions of this West African nation have been used as bases by Islamic jihadists with ties to al Qaeda and the Islamic State. A Senegalese medical officer, Lt. Tafsir […]

American Aid to Somalia to Hit $900M

The United States is expanding support to Somalia, investing close to $900 million in mostly humanitarian assistance, according to the American Mission to the Horn of Africa country. The United States embassy reopened in Mogadishu in early December 2018, a month after Ambassador Donald Yamamoto was appointed top American diplomat to the country. “The United […]

Mauritania’s Anti-Slavery MP Freed from Prison

A Mauritanian member of parliament who has been held behind bars for five months has been set free, according to official Mauritanian sources in the capital, Nouakchott, and rights defenders. The anti-slavery activist, MP Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, was released on New Year Eve after five months in detention. In his first interviewed out […]

A United Nations top official, Nicholas Haysom, has been expelled from Somalia.

The Somali government said of Haysom, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General, that he “is not required and cannot work in this country”, a de facto declaration that he was “persona non grata”. In a statement, the Somali government said Haysom breached what it described as “appropriate conduct”. It is believed that […]

South Africa Begins Term as Africa’s Rep on UN Security Council

South Africa on New Year Day started its two-year term on the 15-member United Nations Security Council. Four other countries – Belgium, Germany, Indonesia and the Dominican Republic – debuted at the same time on the Council whose rotating presidency is held for one month by each member. Bolivia, Ethiopia, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Sweden […]

Ethiopia Creates Border and Ethic Conflict Commission

The parliament in Ethiopia has approved a controversial bill setting up a commission to resolve border and ethnic conflicts among regional administrations. Thirty-three parliamentarians voted against the bill calling it unconstitutional, with four abstaining, but a majority endorsed the bill setting up the Administrative Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission. The Commission will report to Ethiopia’s […]

Togo’s Ruling Party Wins Legislatives

Togo’s ruling party, the Union for the Republic (UNIR), has won a majority – 59 of the 91 seats in the country’s National Assembly – in parliamentary elections held last December 20. The ballot was preceded by violent riots. Actual voting was overshadowed by a boycott by the main opposition parties and the post-election period […]

Sudanese President Won’t Resign

Sudanese President Omar al Bashir has said he will not step down after being roundly blamed for the bloody crackdown of protests against runaway inflation. On New Year Day, Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) rejected calls for al Bashir to step down. The calls came after several political entities from the ruling coalition joined […]