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Just-ended trial of Congolese warlord blasted for sloppy handling

Global Information Network During some of the deadliest years of the inter-ethnic wars in Africa’s eastern Congo, rebel leader Thomas Lubanga went door to door, taking children as young as 10-years-old and sending them to the battlefield, to carry guns, shoot and kill as part of his Union of Congolese Patriots rebel militia. Lubanga’s FPLC was one of six militia groups, which fought for control of the gold- ...

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Mandela’s birthday clouded by leaked e-mail from Winnie to ANC

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN As preparations get underway for the 94th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela on July 18, hurt and angry feelings were expressed by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who claimed “shabby treatment” by the ruling ANC party. The Mail & Guardian newspaper reported that Madikizela-Mandela accused the ANC of disrespecting the Mandela family and of “never having a ...

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South Sudan one year on from independence

IRIN JUBA — As South Sudan marks its first year of independence July 9, room for optimism looks limited: the economy is in free-fall, development plans are on hold as humanitarian crises take precedence and there is a real fear of a major escalation of hostilities with Sudan. IRIN takes a look at some of the key challenges facing the world’s newest country, one still struggling to emerge from the devastatio ...

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Senegal’s new president launches anti-corruption crusade

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN DAKAR — Senegal’s new President Macky Sall is shaking up government with a clean sweep of former officials in the cabinet of ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, who faces charges of corruption. Ousmane Ngom, a former minister of ex-President Wade was among those detained. His arrest in southern Senegal took place while he campaigned for July 1 legislative polls. After ...

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Mombasa steels itself for attacks

IRIN MOMBASA — Following three grenade attacks in recent months and a U.S. “terror” alert, residents of the coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa are bracing themselves for the possibility of yet more violence; local leaders are working toward better disaster preparedness and improvements in the emergency services. Three people lost their lives after a grenade attack on a bar in the Mshomoroni area of Mombasa June ...

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Newfound interest in Africa

By James Clingman NNPA Have you noticed all the current efforts to promote business opportunities in Africa? I sure have. Have you wondered how now, all of a sudden, so much emphasis is being placed on Africa by politicians? I sure have. Have you seen and heard about conferences and initiatives taking place across this nation that stress the importance of business connections with the Motherland? I have, to ...

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Food security in Losotho goes from bad to worse

IRIN MOHALE’S HOEK — Initial estimates of the damage to Lesotho’s already ailing agricultural sector — caused by a year of too much rain followed by a year of too little — suggest that an unprecedented number of small-scale farmers harvested nothing this year. Heavy rains and flooding cut Lesotho’s maize production by nearly half during the 2010-11 farming season, causing the price of maize meal to increase ...

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Brazil announces major Africa investment plan

By Ann Brown The Network Journal Brazil pledged major investments and a transfer of technology to Africa last month in order to repay a “solidarity debt” they have with Africa.According to former Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil, which is the world’s sixth-largest economy, “owes its current strength to the more than 300 years of slavery during which we exploited the sweat and blood of millions of Africans. ...

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Novella Coursaris: A Model for the Congo

By Benjamin  F. Chavis Jr. NNPA  Africa is known for its beauty, majesty and vast mineral and lucrative natural resources of gold, diamonds, oil, copper, cobalt, uranium, platinum and titanium.  But Africa is also known as the continent that has been the target of centuries of inhuman oppression, brutal colonization and exploitation.  Yet today, the greatest natural resources in Africa are the people of the ...

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Ethiopia outlaws popular Internet phone-calling servic

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN In a step backward for free speech, the Ethiopian government has passed new legislation that criminalizes the use of Internet-based voice communications such as Skype and other forms of Internet phone calling. The crackdown extends to the print press. According to the watchdog Reporters Without Borders, the state printer, Berhanena Selam, which has a near monopo ...

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