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Africa activists urge Obama to act on extractive industries law

Washington – As the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit got underway here Monday, anti-corruption activists urged President Barack Obama to prod a key U.S. agency to issue long-awaited regulations requiring oil, gas, and mining companies to publish all payments they make in countries where they operate.

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Time is running out for refugees seeking asylum in Italy

Lucca, Italy – His journey started four years ago in Conakry, Guinea. Now that Mamoudou* has finally reached Italy, he hopes this will be his final stop.

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Human rights low on U.S.-Africa policy summit

Washington – As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa’s most pressing human rights violations.

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Not a Moment Too Soon: UN Approves Peacekeeping Mission for the CAR

On 10 April, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted in favour of a resolution authorising a peacekeeping force of around 12,000 personnel to be deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR).

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The race to save Ethiopians damned by the dam

Exactly two years ago, I wrote a commentary entitled, ‘The Dam and the Damned: Gilgel Gibe III Ethiopia’ focusing on the impact of ‘development’ in the Omo River Basin (ORB) in southern Ethiopia. In that commentary, I echoed the deep concerns voiced by various international human rights and environmental organizations over the ecological impact and cost of that dam on the lives of indigenous populations.

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Analysis: UN force is last roll of the dice for desperate CAR

The United Nations has been talking about intervening in the Central African Republic for a long time. In November 2013, the Security Council discussed plans to create a peacekeeping force that could prevent ethnic-religious violence, bolster the state’s near-defunct institutions and generally help the country back onto the path of stability.

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