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“Guinea Bissau Is Dangerously Close to Becoming a Failed State”

Lisbon – Guinea Bissau is “close to becoming a failed state,” but not due to ethnic or religious violence, which has never existed in that small West African nation, argues Nobel Peace laureate and United Nations envoy José Manuel Ramos-Horta. “The Guinea Bissau political leadership has never managed to have good relations with the military and vice versa, and it could be said that today the country is dangerously close to becoming a failed state,” Ramos-Horta, a former president, prime minister and foreign minister of East Timor, said in this interview with IPS during a recent visit to Lisbon.

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African Troops Arrive As Divisions Fracture Malian Army

Soldiers belonging to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali continue to stream into this West African nation, as several hundred troops have already been deployed to secure towns across the country. Troops from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal – representing the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) contingent of AFISMA – are among the recent arrivals in Bamako.

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Coups Become the Norm in Guinea-Bissau

Chronic instability, extreme poverty, drug trafficking and corruption are the tragic lot of Guinea-Bissau, which this year commemorates four decades of independence from Portugal. Emilio Kafft Kosta, speaking for the Guinea-Bissau diaspora on the repeated coups in the country.

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U.S. Prepares Support for French Military Intervention in Mali

U.S. Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta has applauded France’s surprise airstrikes on Islamist rebels in northern Mali that began late last week and continued over the weekend.

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Tension around possible Islamic state in Northern Mali

BAMAKO – Tuareg and Islamist rebel groups which seized control of northern Mali in March are trying to find common ground for the joint administration of the territory.

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Mali: Transitional President ‘Beaten by Protesters’

The transitional president of Mali has been admitted to hospital after protesters reportedly burst into his office and beat him.

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