AFRICOM AOR -related news clips for 22 January 2010

 Recent publications on Ghana, Somalia, Mali, Nigeria, Angola, Sudan, Cote d’ Ivoire, Kenya, Chad, South Africa, Liberia, DR Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Algeria

U.S.: Ghana And US Naval Operations In Africa (Ghana Web)

Washington, DC –The Deputy Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa held a media round table at the Washington Foreign Press Center to highlight the activities of the US led Africa Partnership Station.

SOMALIA: ‘We Could Be Executed In Days’, Say British Couple Held By Somali Pirates (Mail Online)

Mogadishu – Broken and in despair, kidnapped British yachtsman Paul Chandler has spoken of his fears that he and his wife Rachel may be executed within days.

MALI: Army Marks 49th Anniversary amid Looming Threat from Al- Qaeda (Xinhua)

Bamako – The Malian army and security forces on Wednesday marked their 49th anniversary amid the looming threat from Al-Qaeda, arms and drugs trafficking and abductions of tourists in the northern parts of the West African country.

NIGERIA: Jonathan Orders Military To Take Over Security In Jos (ThisDay)

Abuja – Following the escalation of sectarian crisis, which started in Jos, Plateau State, last Sunday, Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan has warned that the Federal Government will no longer fold its arms and watch the killing of innocent citizens.

NIGERIA: ‘Sick President Should Quit’ (NEWS24)

Abuja – Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo says the country’s sick leader should follow the "path of honour" and resign if he is too ill to lead.

ANGOLA: Angolan President To Be Picked By Parliament (AP)

Luanda – Angola’s president would no longer be directly elected by the people under a new constitution approved by parliament.

SUDAN Police, Opposition Clash Ahead Of Elections (REUTERS)

Khartoum – Police clashed with supporters of an independent electoral candidate in east Sudan, arresting 31 people and injuring nine, opposition activists said on Thursday.

COTE D’IVOIRE: UN Envoy To Cote D’ivoire Calls For Solution Concerning Electoral List (Xinhua)

United Nations – The top UN envoy to Cote d’ Ivoire said here on Thursday that for the presidential election to take place this spring in the West African nation, the controversy surrounding the voter list needs to be solved.

SUDAN: Rights Group Slams African Leaders Over Al-Bashir’s Arrest Warrant (The Guardian)

NEW YORK – HUMAN Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed African leaders for sending their people an alarming message to back Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir over his victims.

ANGOLA: Angola’s New Constitution Consolidates President’s Power (New York Times)

Johannesburg – Angola’s Parliament Thursday approved a new constitution that will further concentrate power in the hands the president. 

U.S.: Obama and Africa: A One-Year Assessment (Family Security Matters)

New York City – When one considers the challenges which the Obama administration faced this year, one would have to aver that its first year performance with respect to Africa has been creditable enough.

U.S.: Obama’s National Security Policy towards the Continent (Pambazuka News)

Washington, DC – After one year in office, it is clear that the Obama administration is essentially following the same policy that has guided US military involvement in Africa for more than a decade.

AFRICA: Future Wars Could Be Fought Over Lakes, Rivers (Daily Nation)
Water is one of the most sought after natural resources in Africa. Many wars, especially among pastoralist communities, have been fought over it while global warming and reckless human activity have taken a heavy toll on the continent’s major lakes in the past decades.

NIGERIA: Pressure Mounts for Nigerian Leader to Give up Power (Reuters)

Abuja – Nigeria’s ailing president, in hospital overseas for the past two months, faced mounting pressure on Thursday to end a power vacuum that is increasingly worrying investors.

SOMALIA: US Arms To Somalia Could Be Used In Abuses (The Siasat Daily)

London – The United States is sending shipments of arms to war-ravaged Somalia which could be used to commit "gross and widespread abuses," Amnesty International warned Thursday.

SOMALIA: Al Shabaab Threaten To Attack Kenya Capital (Garowe Online)

Somalia’s insurgent group Al-Shabaab has threatened and also accused neighbouring Kenya of deploying more troops to the bordering towns.

KENYA: Fury As PSC ‘Mutilates’ Draft Law (Nairobi Star)

Nairobi — The new constitution now appears in jeopardy after some MPs and civil society yesterday accused the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitution of overstepping its mandate. 

NIGERIA: Senate Confirms Adefuye As Nigeria’s Ambassador To U.S. (ThisDay)

Abuja — the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Prof. Adebowale Adefuye as Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States of America.

NIGERIA: Not Just Jos (VANGUARD)

Lagos – IT is defeatist to look at riots as if they were indigenous to Jos, the Plateau State capital, which has had an unfair share of them. Riots, unrests, and variants of them, have become common Nigerian ways of expressing their anger at a federation that does not work.

AFRICA: 54 Percent Of Maternal Deaths In Continent Are Due To Unsafe Abortion (TheNewVision)

Kampala — About 54% of all maternal deaths in Africa are due to unsafe abortion because of restrictive legislation and lack of access to modern family planning methods.

CHAD: AID Agencies Anxious Over Peacekeepers’ Possible Exit (IRIN)

Dakar — Aid workers in volatile eastern Chad are anxiously watching discussions over the possible exit of UN peacekeepers, after the government has said it wants the mission out when its mandate ends on 15 March.

CENTRAL AFRICA: CEPGL Military To Maintain Pressure On FDLR (TheNew Times)

Kigali — Rwanda’s Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. James Kabarebe, DRC army Chief, Lt. Gen. Didier Etumba and Burundi’s Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombari of member states of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL), a regional grouping that brings together Rwanda, Democratic Republic Congo and Burundi, agreed on Tuesday to maintain military pressure on FDLR rebels in eastern of DRC.

ZIMBABWE: Parties Suspend Constitution Talks (Daily Nation)

Harare – Zimbabwe has suspended its constitution making process following sharp differences within President Robert Mugabe’s unity government over a consultation process that is already behind schedule by several months.

SOUTH AFRICA: Somali Teenagers Killed In Country As Their Shop Was Set To Fire (Shabelle Media Network)

Johannesburg – Two Somali teenagers have been killed in South Africa overnight after unidentified gunmen attacked and set to fire to their shopping centre in South Africa, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Thursday.

SOUTH AFRICAN Thanks Those Who Challenged US Ban (AP)

Johannesburg – A South African university administrator who suspects he was once barred from the U.S. because of his criticism of the Iraq war said a day after his ban was lifted that Americans who supported him had taken a stand against intolerance.

LIBERIA: Unmil Priority Here Remains Unchanged (The Informer)

Monrovia – UN Envoy Ellen Margrethe Løj has assured the people of Liberia that the UN’s priority to maintain peace and security in the country will not change, although the peacekeeping force will be reduced to around 8,000 troops by April.

MADAGASCAR: New Madagascar Compromise (NEWS24)

Antananarivo – The African Union’s top diplomat will present Madagascar’s bickering power-brokers with a fresh political compromise aimed at ending a year-long crisis.

SUDAN Peace Talks Unlikely (NEWS24)

Doha – The main rebel group in Sudan’s Darfur has said peace talks in Qatar with the Khartoum government were unlikely to resume as hoped on Sunday but instead there may be "consultations" to choose another date.

SUDAN Expels 26 Foreign Organizations from Darfur (Xinhua)

Khartoum – The Sudanese authorities said on Thursday it has decided to expel 26 foreign organizations working in the western Sudanese region of Darfur in the humanitarian field for violating their mandates.

U.S.: United States Transfers Two Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Algeria (U.S. Department Of Justice)

Washington – The Department of Justice today announced that two Algerian detainees, Hasan Zemiri and Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili, have been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the custody and control of the Government of Algeria.

NIGERIA: Jos – Senate Rejects Motion for State Of Emergency (Daily Trust)

Abuja — The Senate yesterday rejected a motion by some senators demanding the declaration of state of emergency on Plateau State following sectarian crisis that has been rocking the state capital since last Sunday.

NIGERIA: Christian Leaders Accuse Army of Genocide in Jos (Daily Independent)

Abuja — Plateau State Christian Elders Consultative Forum has accused the Nigerian Army of perpetrating genocide against Christians in the state.

AFRICA: News by Region: AFRICA (UN News Centre)

  • Long-awaited Ivorian presidential polls possible this spring – UN envoy
  • Nigeria: Ban urges restraint as inter-religious violence takes deadly toll
  • UN agency says 63,000 Somalis already uprooted by fighting this year
  • DR Congo: UN official visits new military operation to ensure civilian protection
  • UN envoy in Sudan to leave post at end of next month

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