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Archive September 2012

Rhetoric and reality of AFRICOM: Lessons from Mali

What is the value of America’s military and humanitarian interventions? Just look at Mali: Its shattered democracy and roving rebel groups are a troubling picture of an AFRICOM partner state.

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Arab Spring Teaches Food Security

Arusha (Tanzania) – African leaders should take note of the lessons learned from the Arab Spring and realise that ensuring good governance and food security will avoid crises on the continent, says Kofi Annan, chairman of the Africa Green Revolution Alliance.

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Africa: Sata Demands Continent’s Permanent UN Seats

Zambian President Michael Sata in his debut address to the UN General Assembly on September 25 has demanded that Africa must have permanent seats on the UN Security Council. In a statement addressing a high-level meeting on the rule of law in the United Nations General Assembly Hall, Sata made an earnest appeal to Africa nations to unite and demand permanent seats on the UN Security Council for Africa.

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Côte d’Ivoire – New Cassava Varieties Bring Women Autonomy

ABIDJAN – Women farmers in Côte d’Ivoire are achieving greater autonomy and economic independence thanks to new varieties of cassava.

Cassava is an important staple food in this West African country according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, second only to yams, a similar starchy tuber.

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The Psychological Cost of Living in an Informal Settlement

The “overwhelming adversity” they had to face daily as a result of living in an informal dwelling felt “like a mountain fell on me”, said one Cape Town resident. Politicians from across the spectrum have lied to the public for years about their plans to “eradicate”, “upgrade” and “transform” informal settlements.

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Sudan: No Break-Through As Kiir-Bashir Talks Continue

Addis Ababa — Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and his Southern counterpart Salva Kiir decided to continue direct talks on security and disputed areas for the third day, after failing to reach an agreement on Monday.

Since Sunday the two presidents flanked by their top negotiators discuss the operationalisation of the buffer zone to allow oil exportations. Sudan gave a conditional acceptance of the mediation’s map.

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