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Archive November 2012

Mali: Southern Politics and Northern Islamists

International media coverage of Mali tends to focus on the Islamists in the north and the politicians and soldiers in the south. One topic that gets less coverage than it deserves is religious leaders in the south and their attitudes toward Mali’s crises.

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Q&A: COP18, Another ‘Conference of Polluters’

There is no political will among rich nations to find funding for developing countries experiencing the brunt of changes in global weather patterns, and the current climate change conference will fail to do so, according to Professor Patrick Bond, a leading thinker and analyst on climate change issues.

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DRC: Kabila needs to keep his ‘enemies’ close

On Tuesday last week, reports from North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced the fall of its capital, Goma, to the rebel M23 forces, the shadowy fighters who seem to scare the pants off government soldiers — the latter, it is said, upon hearing that they are near, promptly throw their weapons away and take to their heels.

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Dictatorship 2.0 – Egyptian edition?

There’s anger on the streets of Egypt again. And this time it’s President Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s democratically elected leader, who’s earned the ire of the multitudes. Yet one has to ask: is it really revolution season again?

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Keeping African Roots Alive in Brazil

A Nigerian diviner dances and sings next to a Brazilian priest of the Candomblé religion, brought to this South American country by African slaves, that is now being rescued from oblivion in school texts on national history and culture.

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IGAD strategy for Jubbaland breaks up Somalia

Designated a ‘failed state’ Somalia’s problems lie partly in the geopolitical strategy of Somalia’s neighbours for managing the liberated areas from Al Shabab, which compartmentalizes the Somali territory, politics and devalues citizenship.

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