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Archive April 2014

Kerry Aims to ‘Celebrate’ African Progress, Promote Human Rights, Democracy & Peace

United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Addis Ababa today on the first stop of a visit to east and central Africa. As his trip began, he responded by email to questions from AllAfrica:

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Burundi’s Tax Success Story Under Threat

When Transparency International (TI) published its annual East African Bribery Index (EABI) in 2011, it found Burundi to be the most corrupt nation in the region with bribery having a staggering prevalence of 37.9%.

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Villages in Ghana that No Longer Have Child Deaths to Record

Zandua – Zainab Abubakar saves children’s lives. A few years ago she was just an ordinary woman with no medical training living in rural Kpilo in Ghana’s Northern Region.

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South Sudan peace talks drag, as UN officials visit massacre sites

South Sudan government and rebels held peace talks Tuesday in a bid to end a brutal four-month-old civil war, as the UN rights chief visited sites of recent atrocities in the young nation.

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South Sudan: how hate radio was used to incite Bentiu massacres

The spectre of ethnically-motivated killings, and the use of ethnic rivalry or hatred to mobilize and incite one community against another, hangs over the conflict in South Sudan. Coming just weeks after the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which will forever be associated with the use of radio to incite hatred and help direct genocidal killings, the UNMISS report that a rebel commander in Bentiu used the local FM radio station to incite hatred against Dinkas, Darfuris and other non-Nuer, sent a shiver down my spine.

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The Economist sees the bright side of Oscar Pistorius murder trial

A few days ago, The Economist explained why violence against women in South Africa is not as bad as we think. The magazine’s effort to set some inflated accounts of violence straight was stirred by (what else) the trial of the South African paralympic Oscar Pistorius who killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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