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Angola Says ICC Being 'Selective' With Cases

Angola has suggested the International Criminal Court is targeting Africa with the cases it pursues, a day after the ICC indicted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.In comments published by the Angolan Press Agency, Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti said African countries believe the court is selective in how it assesses or lays charges. He said African...

New UN Agency Focuses on Promoting Women’s Global Agenda

This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on UN Women Go to Part:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 “Like a car without a driver.” That’s how U.N. official Lakshmi Puri described the organization’s efforts to handle women’s issues before the creation of U.N. Women. For years, global women’s issues were divided among four smaller entities – the best known being UNIFEM,...

Analysts Note Benefits of New West Africa Central Bank Chief

Leaders from francophone West African countries have named a new governor to lead the region's central bank.  The appointment is meant to bring stability to an organization that was thrown into disorder during Ivory Coast's political crisis.Analysts say the appointment of a new leader at the Central Bank for West African States may be the best...

Funding Development through Diaspora Remittances

A new initiative was launched this week to spur development with funds from the Diaspora. The Diaspora Investment in Agriculture [DIA] initiative is co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD]. The program aims to tap into the hundreds of billions of dollars a year in Diaspora...

Award-Winning War Photographer Killed in Libya

An Oscar-nominated film director and war photographer was killed Wednesday in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, and three Western colleagues were wounded while covering battles between rebels and government forces.British-born Tim Hetherington was killed by a round of mortar fire on Tripoli Street, the main thoroughfare and focus of the...

Oxfam: Ghana's New Oil Law Leaves Room for Financial Mistakes

Oxfam says Ghana's new oil law will not protect it from making the same financial mistakes as established oil producers such as Angola and Nigeria. The Petrol Revenue Management Bill that Ghana's parliament ratified on March 2 is to regulate how the country spends and saves the $1 billion in oil money it expects to reap this year alone, an amount...

Oil: Collapse of Old Order?

The political turmoil in the Arab world may not only lead to much higher oil prices, but greater competition for resources and a shift in priorities for oil-producing nations.  So says the author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet. What’s happening in North Africa and the Middle East, says Michael Klare, is the collapse of what he calls the “Old...

Oil a Contested But Vital Industry in Both Sudans

As south Sudan prepares for independence following the referendum in January, its leaders are counting on oil revenues to fund reconstruction and ignite economic growth. But the fact that the revenues fund more than 95 percent of the government budget and must be divided with northern Sudan creates a challenge. Decades of war prevented the...

Africans Debate Wisdom of Expected Secession of Southern Sudan

For some Africans, southern Sudan’s expected independence is a cautionary tale; others see it as a pathway for their regions to gain full sovereignty. According to Bloomberg News, Somaliland’s foreign minister, Mohamed Omar, says his government plans to take a “more aggressive policy toward the African Union in its efforts to gain international...

Rival Ivory Coast Governments Lobby for Support Before AU Summit

Ivory Coast's rival presidents are working to secure international support for their competing governments ahead of this weekend's African Union summit in Ethiopia. A power struggle that has played out on the streets of Abidjan, the halls of the regional central bank, and the international cocoa market now moves to the African Union summit where...

Governments of Some African Nations Among World's Most Abusive

In the annual report issued Monday by New York-based Human Rights Watch, several African nations were cited for their alleged human rights abuses. Among those on the list of the organization's most abusive countries are Congo and Zimbabwe. The report also complained about what it called the "soft" approach Western nations have taken toward "...

Russian Arms Dealer's Trial Resumes Amid Calls for Global Arms Treaty

Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout makes a second appearance in a New York court Friday, where he is accused of offering to supply arms to terrorists and rebels in Africa. Oxfam, an International non-governmental organization fighting poverty and injustice, says the Bout case shows why there is an urgent need for global rules on arms trade....

Ivory Coast Mediator Warns of Violence, While Continuing Diplomacy

Incumbent Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, continues to cling to power following a November poll the United Nations and much of the international community say was won by former prime minister Alassane Ouattara. African Union mediator and Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, left Abidjan on Wednesday, after what he said were extensive discussions...

'Angolagate' Revived in Paris Court

France's former interior minister launched an appeal Wednesday over his conviction related to an Angolan arms scandal in the 1990s, known as ‘Angolagate’. The case goes back to the 1990s. A slew of leading French figures allegedly organized arms sales to the Angolan government during the country’s civil war, despite there being a United Nations...

Ivory Coast President Gbagbo Scrapes to Survive in Ivory Coast

Analysts, diplomats and his political opponents say incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is using all sorts of methods to stay in power despite growing international pressure and sanctions to force him to leave office after controversial elections last year. Meetings took place in Mali's capital Bamako Tuesday among West African military...