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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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USAFRICOM-related news stories for April 30, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Chad, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Tanzania, CAR, Somalia, Uganda, DR Congo, Sudan, Cameroon

Africom not setting base in Africa-US commander (Mmegi Online)

Addressing a press conference yesterday, US commander of the African Command, General William Ward said while there has been speculation that the US intends to set up a military base in Africa through Africom, this is not true.

US gives $7.5M more for Taylor war crimes trial (Associated Press)

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – The United States is giving an additional $7.5 million to help pay for Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial.

North Africa: US Counter Terrorism Plan Hits a Snag (

The Algerian military flawed plans to secure the Sahel region has more to do with portraying an image of Algeria as the regional power house in North West Africa than setting up an effective military and political entity capable of countering an ever menacing enemy that continues to strike at whim.

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USAFRICOM-related news stories for April 19, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Horn of Africa, Sudan, Somalia, Madagascar, CAR, Mali, Darfur, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Algeria, DR Congo, Sierra Leone

To fight pirate scourge, follow the money: US admiral (AFP)

WASHINGTON — International efforts against pirates off the Horn of Africa need to target the money extorted from commercial ships, a senior US Navy officer said on Thursday.

Zimbabwe Marks 30 Years of Independence (Associated Press)

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe on Sunday marks 30 years of the rule of President Robert Mugabe, swept to power during the country’s heady and optimistic independence in 1980.

Navy looks for answers after Seebee dies from malaria (Stars and Stripes)

HEIDELBERG, Germany — Although scores of U.S. troops are infected every year by malaria — 60 were diagnosed last year, and about 150 were diagnosed in 2003 — Joshua Dae Ho Carrell is just the second to die of the disease in more than a decade, according to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

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USAFRICOM-related news stories (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Somalia, Eritrea, Niger, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Chad, DR Congo, Ugandan, Sudan, CAR, Egypt, Guinea, Mozambique, Madagascar, Ghana, Kenya, Algeria, Rwanda, Angola

No wish to ‘Americanize’ Somali conflict: US official (AFP)

WASHINGTON, DC — A top US official on Friday denied reports of a boost in US military aid to Somalia’s transitional federal government (TFG), and said there was no intention to “Americanize” the conflict in the horn of Africa.

U.S. report accuses Eritrea of systematic abuses (Reuters)

ASMARA, ERITREA – The United States has intensified its criticism of Eritrea, saying the Red Sea state systematically abuses human rights and is a destabilizing influence in the Horn of Africa.

Africare to Receive Nobel Prize Money from President Obama (Africare Press Release)

WASHINGTON, DC – Africare, the oldest and largest NGO working exclusively to provide development and humanitarian assistance to Africa is among 10 charities that will receive a portion of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize money awarded to him in October 2009.

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Recent publications on Zimbabwe, Ghana, Rwanda, DR Congo, Algeria, CAR, Madagascar, Egypt, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Libya


U.S. Africa Command – ‘Banished’ But Alive (The Herald – Harare)

HARARE, ZIMBABWE – Some analysts believe Africom is an imperial project and one to use Africa as a buffer for American “anti-terror” and anti-Islamic wars in North and East Africa. The US says Africom is a peaceful initiative, mainly for civilian undertakings and responsibilities.

Ghana Lauded For Action On Narcotics (Ghana Broadcasting Corporation)

STUTTGART, GERMANYThe US has commended the Ghana government for its determination to intercept arrest and prosecute drug couriers and traffickers irrespective of who is involved.

Sarkozy describes France’s ‘blindness’ to genocide in Rwanda (Reuters)

KIGALI, RWANDAFrance made serious errors in judgment over the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and wants to ensure that all those responsible for the slaughter are caught and punished, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday.

Paris Club Agrees To Cancel $1.3B Of Congo’s Debt (Dow Jones)

LONDON, ENGLANDThe Paris Club agreed Thursday to cancel $1.3 billion of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s external public debt and to reschedule around $1.6 billion of the debt it owes to the group of creditor nations.

Algerian Police Chief Assassinated (Reuters)

ALGIERS, ALGERIAThe chief of Algeria‘s national police was shot dead on Thursday at his headquarters by another police official who was acting in a moment of insanity, the Interior Ministry said.

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CAR announces elections poll date (News24)

Bangui – The Central African Republic (CAR) will hold presidential and legislative elections on April 25 this year, a presidential decree said on Thursday.

Madagascar: FM says deal not viable (News24)

Antananarivo – An internationally-backed accord reached in Maputo will not solve the year-old political crisis in Madagascar, the island’s new foreign minister told AFP on Thursday.

Egypt: Ex-U.N. nuclear chief forms a party in Egypt (Chinapost)

CAIRO – Respected worldwide, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and for 12 years the leader of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Mohammed ElBaradei is positioning himself as a force for change in his homeland.

Cameroon: denies army attack on Equatorial Guinea (Xinhua)

The Cameroonian government has refuted claims by Equatorial Guinea that the Cameroonian army launched aggression last week.

Kenya’s Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission boss asked to quit (News24)

Nairobi – Desmond Tutu and other eminent peacemakers called on Thursday on the head of Kenya’s Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) to resign over allegations of bias and misconduct. “We are deeply troubled by serious allegations of bias and misconduct that have been made against chairperson Kiplagat,” the statement said, urging him to step down.

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Baltimore – Gen. William "Kip" Ward, a 1971 Morgan State graduate and the nation’s only current African-American four-star Army general, will be honored in Atlanta with the Trumpet Award. Ward, 60, who will be one of 10 recipients of the award this year, said he is humbled by the recognition. He said the award also honors Americans serving in the military today. "As one who wears our nation’s cloth, I can represent so many women and men who also wear the nation’s cloth," Ward said. "Our service is being recognized. Someone is taking note of it."


Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Countering narcotics trafficking took center stage during an eight-day seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here, as military and civilian security executives met to discuss the challenge. The seminar attracted 91 participants from 61 countries and focused on the complex security challenges posed by contemporary international narcotics trafficking, and its links with terrorist networks and organized-crime elements.


The evidence of recent months suggests that there is an increasingly grim logic governing the military and geographic future of southern Sudan—and a correspondingly urgent need for focused international diplomacy over the next year. In particular the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party (NIF/NCP) regime in Khartoum must be made to feel real pressure to honor the key terms of its 2005 peace agreement with the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). So far, the Obama administration has missed several key opportunities to increase that pressure, thereby making renewed military conflict in Sudan more likely.

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