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WORLD VIEWS: Samatar’s Hero’s Welcome in Somaliland

WORLD VIEWS: Samatar’s Hero’s Welcome in Somaliland

By Bashir Goth | The AfricaPaper Hargeisa, Somaliland – Professor Ahmed Samatar represents different things to different people, but one thing that undeniably dominates his character is that he is an eminent scholar seeking to revive common decency and good values in the Somali people. However, the rapturous welcome and adulation that he received during […]

SIERRA LEONE: The Opportunist

SIERRA LEONE: The Opportunist

There is a certain kind of man who, in unspeakable human suffering and chaos, sees an opportunity to make himself rich. Take, for instance, the diamond war of Sierra Leone. Nick Karras couldn’t get there fast enough. And just look what happened to him. By John H. Richardson | The AfricaPaper HOW MANY BOTTLES OF […]

ICC Lets Kenyan Vice-President Skip Court Appearances

ICC Lets Kenyan Vice-President Skip Court Appearances

Judges accused of bowing to political pressure after deciding that Kenya’s deputy president can stay away from most of his trial. By Felix Olick | Kenya,  and  Simon Jennings | ICC International legal experts and human rights groups in Kenya have strongly criticised a decision by judges at the International Criminal Court, ICC, for their […]

Egypt: Liberal Hypocrisy No Laughing Matter

Egypt: Liberal Hypocrisy No Laughing Matter

While both pro- and anti- Morsi supporters are united in their desire to see Egypt take an independent path, the political leaderships ostensibly representing the two sides clearly rely upon the patronage of the United States, suggesting that no-one is willing or able to meet public demand. By Reza Pankhurst | Egypt  Bassem Youssef is […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Buried Secrets in Guinea

SPECIAL REPORT: Buried Secrets in Guinea

By Patrick Radden Keefe | Washington, D. C. How an Israeli billionaire wrested control of one of Africa’s biggest prizes. Guinea, in West Africa, is one of the world’s poorest countries. The iron ore buried inside the Simandou range may be worth a hundred and forty billion dollars. Untapped Iron One of the world’s largest […]

The case for city status in post-war Gulu

The case for city status in post-war Gulu

In northern Uganda, local leaders are pushing for Gulu to receive city status. But does the municipality have what it takes to qualify? By Moses Odokonyero | The AfricaPaper UGANDA – From atop the Pearl Afrique Hotel, the changing skyline of Gulu town is visible. The thatched roofs of mud and wattle huts that once […]

Egypt: From Rebel to Revolution?

Egypt: From Rebel to Revolution?

From the revolution’s very beginning in January 2011, western diplomats were keen to reduce the demands of the Egyptian revolution to a call for formal democracy. In doing this, western spokesmen and domestic elites ensured that more substantive reforms – such as an overhaul of the entire socio-economic system – were dropped by the wayside. […]

ICC’s Funders Seek Greater Efficiency

ICC’s Funders Seek Greater Efficiency

As the court asks for a bigger budget, it will need to consider where cost savings can be made. By Blake Evans-Pritchard, Simon Jennings | International Justice – ICC The gleaming new front desk which greets visitors as they enter the International Criminal Court’s, ICC, Hague-based headquarters does not exactly scream austerity. Renovating the entrance […]

Egypt: The Opposition’s Next Steps

Egypt: The Opposition’s Next Steps

Summary Egypt’s Tamarod movement succeeded in its attempt to pressure the Egyptian military to expel former President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government from office. Now the question is whether Tamarod and the other elements of the former opposition can avoid the kind of fragmentation and divisive infighting that played a significant role in […]

Kenya: Anxiety at New Trial Date for President

Kenya: Anxiety at New Trial Date for President

Fears that further delay could jeopardise witness safety, and the case itself. By Robert Wanjala | The AfricaPaper – International Justice – ICC Kenyans who suffered directly in the violence that hit their country in the aftermath of a general election in December 2007 have criticised the latest postponement of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial in […]

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