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Terrorism: UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union) plans troop mobilization

In the face of the underfunding of the Sahel G5, a multinational counter-terrorism force in the region, and the absence of adequate counter-attacks to eradicate groups linked to al-Qaeda and those of the Islamic State, it is of utmost importance to find parallel solutions to counter terrorism has. Starting from the claims of the Burkinabé President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to the claims of Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou, it emerged that the efforts to fight terrorism in West Africa are so far still insufficient. Antonio Guteres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaking on the issue at the last UN summit in New York, said the problem of insecurity in the region must be a matter of serious concern for all the world class, since recently; the zone has contrary to forecast, experienced an increase in jihadist violence.
12 November 2019

Democracy: a blessing and woe to Africa

According to Freedom House’s Freedom of the World report, nations in the world are in three states of liberty or freedom as a country they are completely free, partly free, or not free this is evaluated according to the extent to which political rights and civil liberties are enjoyed by citizens of a country and how these elements are upheld by the state. Democracy is equated to freedom of a state, however, countries in Africa do not look like they are truly free.
The reports further highlight that there are just eleven African countries who are listed under the Freedom Index. These countries include Namibia, Tunisia, South Africa, Cape Verde, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Mauritius, Botswana, Sao Tome and Principe and Senegal. Out of fifty-four countries, just eleven are free. That leaves the continent open for a huge question. What kind of freedom or democracy then operates in the rest forty-three countries?
11 November 2019

The American Carl Wilkens: New winner of the Pact of the Protectors of Friendship Award

Small East African country, which shares its borders with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and even the DRC, Rwanda; nicknamed the "Country of the Thousand Hills", has in its history known dark hours between April and July 1994 with the genocide of Tutsis. That summer, following the death of Hutu President Juvénal Habyarimana, along with his Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira, Rwanda became bogged down in the civil war.
9 November 2019

Nigeria: Border closure extended, impact on transborder trade

The Federal Republic of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has taken another controversial step to push to a later date the border closure effected some months back. President Muhammadu Buhari on November 1, 2019, signed an official document paving the way for its Land borders to remain closed to neighbouring nations including Benin, Ghana, Chad, and Cameroon among others. The border obscurity period will run till January 31, 2020. This was made public by Victor Dimka, the Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate, and addressed to Sector Coordinators of the Joint Border Operation Drill - Sectors 1, 2, 3, and 4. Sheikh Mohammed, a Muslim cleric has however argued that shutting borders by the Buhari led government was an unnecessary and radical decision, coming just three months after signing the historic African Continental Free Trade Agreement, AfCFTA to promote Intra Africa trade. The Muslim cleric has however, cast doubt on whether Africa is ready to trade with itself.
8 November 2019

Ethnicity – a curse or a blessing

Modern day African states are made up of people of different ethnic origin who by history through assimilation or raids were co-opted into already existing territories. Despite the popular belief that Africa is just one big continent of a single ethnic group, there are over 3 000 different ethnic groups speaking more than 2100 different languages in all of Africa. Ethnicity is more than just skin colour or physical characteristics, more than language, song, and dance. It is the embodiment of values, institutions, and patterns of behaviour, a composite whole representing a people’s historical experience, aspirations and a world view.
6 November 2019

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Is Africa ready for a single passport?

The issue of a single Passport for Africa has been on the negotiation table of African leaders for a while, but its realization still remains problematic. In 2016, African leaders in Rwanda launched the single African Passport. While handing the passports to then AU Chair and Chadian President Idris Deby Itno and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, then AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the innovation was a “steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa, driven by its own citizens’’
26 March 2019

Can you get out of prostitution and still start a home?

Prostitution as a survival strategy is one of the means used by young women in street situations. Canadian studies on the subject estimate between 12% and 32% the number of young women living on the street engaged in prostitution. These young women do it either by themselves or by relatives: relatives, friends, and even partners in love (Damant et al., 2006). These as emphasized by Messervier, 1999 may also have an important role in the process of exit from prostitution.
9 January 2019

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Tension mounts as French Yellow Vests call for massive turnout to mark anniversary

Paris police are preparing for several thousand Yellow Vest demonstrators on Saturday, the first anniversary of the protest movement. More than 200 appeals have been issued on social media, calling on activists to distribute handouts or block roadway roundabouts. The Paris demonstration is expected to attract some of the most radical elements of the movement.
The Yellow Vest protest movement has lost momentum over recent months, with a relatively small number of demonstrations attracting few activists.
15 November 2019

BRICS leaders discuss global economic setbacks

BRICS leaders discussed current global economic challenges on Wednesday with a commitment to overcome them. At an event for business executives in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, Russian president Vladimir Putin expressed optimism.

“Due to the double recession we faced, we have seen an increase in protectionist attitudes with problems in customs, but the countries of BRICS have to make an effort for not being dejected by those kind of things. We have to keep the livelihood of our people and improve it”, Putin said.
15 November 2019

Rollout of Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine begins in Congo

Health authorities in eastern Congo have introduced a new Ebola vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson, aid group MSF said on Thursday, to help combat the world’s second-worst outbreak of the virus on record. New tools including vaccines have helped contain the outbreak, second only to the 2013-16 West African outbreak that killed more than 11,300, despite public mistrust and conflict affecting the response in parts of the region.

The new vaccine, which has passed clinical trials but has never been tested in a real-world setting, will be administered to 50,000 people in Goma, a city of two million on the Rwandan border, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said in a statement.
14 November 2019

Ex-Congolese rebel chief Bosco Ntaganda to appeal ICC jail term

Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda will appeal a 30-year jail term handed by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, his lawyers have said, adding that their client was "at peace" with himself. Ntaganda, nicknamed the "Terminator" for his role as a military commander in a bloody ethnic conflict in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the early 2000s, was given The Hague-based tribunal's longest-ever sentence on Thursday.
12 November 2019

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THE INTERNATIONAL ELECTION MONITORING MISSION STATEMENT AND PRELIMINARY CONCLUSIONS OF MOZAMBIQUE ELECTIONS 2019

The Mozambican general elections were held on the 15th of October 2019 to elect the president, the national unicameral parliament (Assembly of the Republic) and members of the provincial assembly. These elections are held every five years.
The President of the Republic is elected by absolute majority vote. Presidential candidate needs a majority of valid votes casted to be elected. In the event that no candidate has been able to obtain more than 50% of the votes, a second round of elections is required to be held with the two strongest candidates going head to head.
18 October 2019