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U.S. AFRICOM-related news stories for May 24, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on DR Congo, Uganda, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Madagascar, Mauritania, Somalia, Egypt, Kenya, Cameroon, Pan Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, CAR

UGANDA Carson Insists on EC Change (Daily Monitor)

American Diplomat Jonnie Carson has insisted that the new Electoral Commission be reconstituted ahead of next year’s general elections. Mr Carson, who met members of the Inter-Party Cooperation in Kampala on Friday, said Uganda’s general elections will also be judged basing on the international standards. ―The ambassador reiterated the US commitment to democracy as well as free and fair elections,‖ Mr Olara Otunnu, Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) president, said shortly after the meeting.

CAMEROON In Africa, 50th anniversary of independence is an occasion to celebrate, lament (Washington Post)

(Cameroon) Over the past week, hundreds of dignitaries arrived in this Central African capital to celebrate 50 years of independence from colonial rule for Cameroon and 16 other African nations. But casting a shadow over the occasion was a sober acknowledgment that the actions of many of Africa’s leaders were hurting

NIGERIA U.S., Nigeria to launch bi-national commission (Xinhua)

(Nigeria) U.S. Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero is expected to arrive in Nigeria to strengthen the newly established U.S.-Nigeria Bi-national Commission (BNC), a statement said.

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U.S. AFRICOM-related news stories for May 14, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Morocco,  DR Congo, Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Libya, Angola,Zambia, Namibia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Darfur, Mozambique.

Morocco, U.S. Marines conduct major exercise (World Tribune)

(Morocco) Morocco and the United States have completed preparations for a major military exercise.

U.S. Congress Clears Anti-LRA Bill (IPS)

(United States) The U.S. Congress has cleared legislation requiring President Barack Obama to devise a strategy over the next six months to help capture the leadership of the Lord’s Revolutionary Army (LRA) and protect the civilian population in four eastern and central African countries from its rampages.

Sudan Peacekeepers Vow to Defend Themselves (AllAfrica)

United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers have warned that they will react in self-defence if they are attacked in the western Sudanese troubled region of Darfur. “We (UNAMID) are going to be very strict in terms of a robust position so that people will be discouraged from even attempting to attack us,” Prof. Gambari, who is also the AU-UN Joint Special Representative in Darfur, told a UN Radio on Tuesday.

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USAFRICOM-related news stories for May 13, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Sudan, Angola, Ghana, Chad, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Pan-Africa, Kenya, Darfur, Seychelles, Nigeria, Madagascar, Egypt, DR Congo, South Africa

U.S. envoy Gration says Sudan’s peace accord is in peril (Washington Post)

(Sudan)  Time is running out to salvage a peace accord that ended Africa’s longest-running war, a key U.S. official said Wednesday, but he rejected suggestions that the Obama administration is not paying enough attention to the political turmoil in Sudan.

Relations with U.S. Strengthened Considerably in Last 32 Months (Angola Press)

(Angola)  The relations between Angola and the United States got considerably strengthened in the last 32 months.  This was said on Tuesday in Luanda by the US ambassador, Dan Mozena.

US Says No More Time to Waste in Organizing Sudan Referendum

WASHINGTON — Scott Gration, the US envoy to Sudan, warned Wednesday that there is no more time to waste in preparations for a January referendum planned for southern Sudan under a fragile peace pact. “I think it’s possible to get done everything we have to get done, but we can’t waste another minute. The time is now,” Gration told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “We are,” Gration said when the committee chairman, Senator John Kerry, asked him whether people were behind in preparations for a referendum that could lead to the secession of southern Sudan.

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USAFRICOM-related news stories for May 12, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Mali, Rwanda, Somalia, Darfur, Tanzanian, Guinea, DR Congo, Libya, Sudan, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Uganda, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Nigeria

U.S. Threatens Severe Consequences (New Democrat – Monrovia)

A United States official has warned of severe consequences if funds donated here are not used for their intended purposes, noting that the U.S. would like to see a positive impact on the lives of citizens in ensuring accountability and transparency.

U.S. Warned Not To Pressure Morocco

Washington, D.C. – The United States has been urged not to press Morocco to grant independence to the disputed territory of North Africa. The Foreign Policy Research Institute said in a report that independence for Western Sahara could result in a failed state dominated by Al Qaida. The report, authored by Harvey Sicherman, the institute said the status quo on Western Sahara could mark the best interim solution.

US considering designating TTP as terror outfit

The US is looking into legal formalities of designating Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan as a foreign terrorist organisation with a probe pointing to its involvement in the failed Times Square bombing, as clamour grows for recognising the outfit as a terrorist body. “We are considering the question of designating the Pakistani Taliban (as a terrorist outfit). Now it is the matter of meeting the legal requirements,” Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P J Crowley said.

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USAFRICOM-related news stories for May 7, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Nigeria, Sahel-Sahara, Tanzania, Kenya, DR Congo, Burkina Faso

Goodluck Jonathan sworn in as Nigeria’s president (Associated Press)

LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigeria’s acting leader Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in Thursday as president of Africa’s most populous country, as the body of his predecessor was flown north for a traditional Muslim burial hours after he died following a lengthy illness.

Sahel: The Flintlock 10 Practical Phase Has Begun (African Bulletin)

The ongoing “Operation Flintlock 2010” is an event that will enable participating countries to demonstrate their commitment in combating terrorism and crime in the Sahel-Sahara region.

Africa’s Generation Gap (Wall Street Journal)

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania—Africa’s founding fathers were national heroes, many of whom risked their lives fighting for independence. Today’s African young people respect, but no longer revere, the heroes of old. They want good governance, education and good jobs in their own countries.

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USAFRICOM-related news stories for May 6, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent publications on Zimbabwe, Nigeria, DR Congo, Togo, Mauritius, Tanzania, Senegal, Guinea, Ethiopia, Darfur

US Senators Push for Greater Flexibility on Zimbabwe Sanctions (Voice of America)

Africa Action Executive Director Gerald LeMelle says the Zimbabwe Transition to Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (DEERA), sponsored by Senators Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin), Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), and John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), is needed to counter the excesses of what he calls Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s lifelong, hardened critics.

Nigeria President Yar’Adua dies after long illness (Associated Press)

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua, long plagued by poor health, has died at age 58, almost three months after his vice president assumed control of Africa’s most populous nation, Yar’Adua’s spokesman said.

Congo Rebel Leader Captured (Associated Press)

KINSHASA, Congo—Civilians who were being recruited to a new rebel movement in Congo’s northwest captured the group’s leader Wednesday and he now will stand trial for war crimes, the government information minister said.

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USAFRICOM-related news stories for May 5, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Morocco, Senegal, Khartoum, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Niger, Guinea, Mali, Chad, Darfur,

U.S. Africa Command conducts exercise with Morocco and Senegal (World Tribune)

U.S. Africa Command has completed arrangements for a maritime counter-insurgency exercise in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2010.

Clinton Defends U.S. Record on Khartoum (

The United States Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has defended the Obama administration’s record on Sudan, saying although she is “certainly not satisfied” with what it has achieved, “it is an immensely complicated arena.”

US envoy visits Sudan for first time since elections (AFP)

WASHINGTON – US envoy Scott Gration returned this week to Sudan, his first visit there since last month’s controversial elections, to pursue efforts to stabilize both southern and western parts of the country.

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