• South Sudan : the war spreads as the “peace talks” run around in circles

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    While unimaginative foreigners kept lazily repeating “ethnic war ! ethnic war !” , the exact opposite was happening : the ethnic groups were cracking up and taking sides politically . On Friday January 10th Salva’s troops took Bentiu from the rebel 4th division . But what were those troops ? Not SPLA but an assortment of SSLM former rebels and JEM northern rebels , blackmailed by Museveni into joining Salva under the threat of seeing their supply lines to Uganda cut off .

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  • South Sudan : the Nairobi IGAD meeting turns complicated matters into more complicated ones

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    Many turned to be hopeless observers. This leaves only one serious player at the centre of the ring : President Museveni of Uganda . And the whole thing was indeed an almost pure piece of Ugandan diplomacy . How successful in the long run , this remains to be seen . But in the short run , it was masterful . Riak Machar , who is a pet peeve of the Ugandan President , was “dealt with” , Ugandan troops have already been spotted in the fighting for Malakal , others are up in Wau , preparing for an attack on Bentiu...

    Last Updated on Sunday, 29 December 2013 13:23
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  • Terrorism and Western Policy in Africa: The Mixed Truth

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    Ahmed Gebweyni

    The US will not be offering support until most African countries facing the threat give legislative and security concessions demanded by the Pentagon. The politics of the war on terror as pursued by Western powers of course have little to do with countering the threat. Glued with geopolitics and resource exploitation it has in turn become a threat to the economic and political security of several African countries.

    Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 20:55
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  • It wasn’t a Coup – Salva Kiir shot himself in the foot

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    By: Peter Adwok Nyaba, JUBA,

    President Salva has been planning to forestall any democratic reforms in and institutionalization of power relations in the SPLM soon after July 23rd when he dissolved the cabinet and dismissed Riek Machar.

    Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 20:53
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  • Wrong and Dangerous: Silence over Afghan Drugs in Eastern Africa

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    A less recognised drug flow affects Eastern Africa: heroin, produced from Afghan opium, and trafficked through Pakistan and Iran. The first of several remarkable seizures in the region was made in March 2010. There is significant concern that money earned from this trade might be used to finance terrorist activity in the region. This will put immense pressure not only on the countries emerging from conflict but also those aspiring to build strong economies. One of the great dangers for the sub-region will be continuing ignorance and neglect of what is happening. The problem is grave and it deserves serious consideration from the United Nations. 

    Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 20:34
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