Monthly Archives: August 2013

Nigeria: Six Killed in Another Attack in Plateau

Six persons, including a pregnant woman have been killed at Bisichi village, near Foron in Barkin Ladi Local government area of Plateau State. The woman and five men were returning from Bukuru to Foron when the attackers pounced on them. Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government, Hon. Emmanuel Loman, who confirmed the attack, said “the […]

South Africa: False Reports On Mandela’s Hospital Release

South Africa’s presidency says reports that former president Nelson Mandela has been released from the hospital are not true. A statement from President Jacob Zuma’s office says Mr. Mandela is still in a Pretoria hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. Earlier Saturday, various media accounts had Mr. Mandela home in Johannesburg after […]

Africa: Five Things You Should Know About Disappearances

Every year in dozens of countries around the world, thousands of men, women and children are detained by state authorities for no reason, never to be seen again. They are the “disappeared”. In 2012 alone, Amnesty International documented such cases in 31 countries. Here are five facts you should know on International Day of the […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Bringing Peace to the Congo – a Blueprint for Special Envoy Feingold

The clashes in the eastern Congo over the past week have once again brought into sharp focus the enduring conflict between the M23 rebels and the Congolese military as well as the role of the recently-deployed United Nations intervention brigade. As the new United States special envoy for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the […]

Kenyans Should Stop This Fetishization of Devolution

The petty and sometimes artificial dichotomy between pro and anti-devolution groups has stymied any meaningful and substantive discussions regarding the issue. While there are historical reasons for the pro-anti divide, the near doctrinal attachment to this line by all concerned (including the media) when discussing devolution, has fostered an atmosphere of false equivalence. It is […]

Egypt Arrests Muslim Brotherhood Leader Beltagi

Cairo — Egyptian police captured Mohamed el-Beltagy, a senior Muslim Brotherhood official, on Thursday, Former labour minister Khaled al-Azhari was also held. Beltagy, a former member of parliament and head of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was arrested in Giza governorate, just outside of the Egyptian capital, state television reported on Thursday. Beltagi had […]

Kenya: Uhuru Orders Crackdown After Crash Killed 41

Homa Bay-bound bus rolls at Ntuli, killing dozens of passengers. Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday warned that the government will take stern action against owners and drivers of Public Service Vehicles who flout traffic rules. Speaking when he condoled with families 41 victims who died in the Mai Mahiu-Narok road accident early on […]