Monthly Archives: February 2014

World Bank postpones $90m Uganda loan over anti-gay law

The World Bank was set to approve a new project in Uganda to strengthen its health services The World Bank has postponed a $90m (£54m) loan to Uganda over its tough anti-gay law, which has drawn criticism from around the world. World Bank officials said they wanted to guarantee the projects the loan was destined […]

Central African Republic: Evacuation Dilemma in the Central African Republic

ANALYSIS Peul woman and her daughter in Bangui’s Hopital Communautaire. Both suffered machete attacks to the head when their village. Bangui — Zannah Bassar, a Muslim woman living in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, has a simple message for the international community – she wants to be evacuated. “I was born in this […]

South Africa: Launch of SA’s First Public Violence Mapping Project

With national elections approaching, concerns about the levels of public violence – and their implications for a peaceful poll – are mounting. Service delivery protests are increasingly turning violent, and the numbers of incidents of public violence that the police have to respond to are growing. This month, the ISS launched the country’s first open […]

Somalia: 12 Killed in Car Bomb Blast Near Mogadishu Intelligence Base

Mogadishu — At least 12 persons including intelligence officers have been reported dead after an explosive-laden car exploded near an intelligence base in Mogadishu on Thursday, Garowe Online reports. According to witnesses, a speedy car hit a bussy restaurant near a security checkpoint at the entrance to Habar-khadijo intelligence base in Mogadishu’s Shibis district. “I […]

Uganda miniskirt ban: Police stop protest march

New laws make it illegal to wear clothes that reveal thighs, breasts and buttocks Police in Uganda have prevented women from marching through the streets of the capital, Kampala, in protest at new laws banning the wearing of miniskirts. Instead about 200 women, some dressed in short skirts, gathered outside the national theatre to voice […]

Egypt: 26 sentenced to death over Suez ‘terror plot’

Judges accused the defendants of inciting violence against the army and police An Egyptian court has sentenced 26 people to death for founding a “terror group” with the aim of attacking ships using the Suez Canal. Judges said the men were also accused of manufacturing missiles and explosives, local media report. The defendants were tried […]

Algeria’s President Bouteflika to run for re-election

President Bouteflika casts his ballot in local elections in November 2012 Algeria’s president, who has not publicly addressed the country for nearly three years, will be running for a fourth term in April. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 76, suffered a stroke last year and critics say he is still too ill to govern. His candidature was announced […]