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Citizen groups dismayed at being barred from African Union summit

As the African Union prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), AU officials have for the first time refused access to citizen groups, civil society organizations and foreign diplomats, among others, to their high-level summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “This has not come from the commission; this has come from the member states themselves,” said AU Chair Nkosazana Dlam ...

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African Union commemorates 50th anniversary of continental organization

On May 25, 1963, 33 independent African states met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The purpose of the summit 50 years ago was to enhance cooperation between member states and to accelerate the liberation struggles of those countries that still remained under colonial rule. ...

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The U.S. military, rogue soldiers and broken lives in Africa

When President George W. Bush contemplated the invasion of Iraq, then U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned him that an armed intervention that would make conditions in that country worse would be held to the Pottery Barn Rule: “If you break it, you own it.” This caveat was essentially ignored by President Bush in Iraq, and since that time, the U.S. military establishment has, to its detriment, disreg ...

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South Africa’s best kept secret

When Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress comrades were plotting to overthrow the white minority-rule apartheid regime in South Africa, Lilies Farm in Rivonia, just north of Johannesburg, served as their secret hideout. Today, 19 years after South Africa made a bloodless transition to a democracy with the election of Mandela as its first Black president, the picturesque land, now called Liliesle ...

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