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Concord Europe: Lack of solidarity between EU Member States on migration

Brussels – The network of European NGOs, CONCORD Europe, is concerned about recent declarations regarding migration management at the EU level. Following Italian threats to close ports to boats carrying migrants and issuing a code of conduct for NGOs, we worry new measures will limit their action in the Mediterranean, diverting attention from the lack of solidarity between EU Member States onto civil society organisations.

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The case for removing US sanctions on Sudan

The US first imposed sanctions on Sudan more than two decades ago. By 12 July 2017, the administration of President Donald Trump must decide whether to permanently lift some of these. This is not an easy decision, but it is the better, although imperfect, choice.

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Was Lesotho’s low voter turn-out exaggerated?

One of the main issues around Lesotho’s general elections, including the recent poll of 3 June 2017, is the incredibly low voter turnout. Much of the commentary on this blames election fatigue, among other things. The 3 June general election was, for example, the third in five years. But, is there more to Lesotho’s voter apathy than election fatigue?

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More Bang for Your Buck: Saving Lives by Investing in the Poorest

New York – Investing in the health of the poorest communities saves almost twice as many lives, according to a UN agency’s analysis. In a new report titled “Narrowing the Gaps: The Power of Investing in the Poorest Children,” the UN’s Children Agency (UNICEF) found that increased access to health among poor communities saves more lives and is more cost-effective than in non-poor communities.

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Journalists forced to work under the heel of repressive regimes

The Committee to Protect Journalists last year named Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Burundi as the deadliest countries for journalists to work in. The New York-based NGO based its findings on deaths of journalists that had been reported in the affected countries.

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Dakar’s African Renaissance

I have wanted to come to Dakar since I was a young man growing up in western Kenya reading Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poetry. My mother, a schoolteacher, made me read Senghor’s poetry aloud before asking me to explain what Senghor was thinking when he wrote his poetry.

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