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South Sudan: IGAD (and the international community) at a crossroads

The renewed outbreak of fighting in the South Sudanese capital Juba over the last two weeks brings back painful memories of when the civil war started, back in 2013. Just as then, the world looks at the regional states to respond who, unlike the US, UK, Russia, or China, acutely suffer as a result of the mass influx of refugees, loss of investment and trade, and implications for regional security. Read the analysis written by Luuk van de Vondervoort, Arms Expert on the UN Panel of Experts for South Sudan until June 2016.

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Malawi Leads Africa’s Largest Elephant Translocation

One of the world’s largest and most significant elephant translocations kicked off earlier this month within Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi.

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Britain’s scramble for Africa: The new colonialism

Africa is facing a new and devastating colonial invasion driven by a determination to plunder the natural resources of the continent, especially its strategic energy and mineral resources.

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DR Congo: Can anyone stop Joseph Kabila?

While the opposition tries to unite, the presidency seems to be working out various possible scenarios for staying in power.

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Economic Recovery Needed To Enhance Food Security

After a half century of decline, agricultural commodity prices rose with oil prices in the 1970s, and again for a decade until 2014. Food prices rose sharply from the middle of the last decade, but have been declining since 2012, and especially since last year, triggering concerns of declining investments by farmers.

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UNCTAD 14: Peasants’ declaration on trade, markets and development

UNCTAD 14 presents a free market driven neoliberal trade paradigm which stands in stark contrast to the food sovereignty paradigm where smallholder farmers are social, cultural, and historical actors that make decisions based on a diversity of personal, ethical, and cultural factors and not just based on profit, business and markets.

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