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Advocates Say Removal of Taxes,Tariffs Can Reduce Malaria Deaths

Malaria prevention advocates say many lives can be saved by removing taxes and tariffs from essential commodities used to fight the disease.  Health ministers and representatives from the African Union, attending a meeting sponsored by the World Health Organization, have pledged to make these products more affordable by pushing for the elimination...

Kenyan Gays Battle Prejudice

Greasy cheese, pasta and minced meat splatter onto a table in a shabby restaurant in Nairobi’s city center.  Charles Ichuliza is coughing and spluttering into his meal after being asked to give his views on homosexuals. Abandoning a steaming plate of spaghetti and sauce, the young businessman seethes and says, “Gays! I hate them, I hate them; I...

Surprise Rulings Cast Doubt Over Kenyan Judiciary Nominations

The future of Kenya’s Judiciary remains uncertain after surprise decisions from Kenya’s parliament and high court. Tension has been building in Nairobi since Sunday, when the coalition government was thrown into another crisis over controversial nominations for Kenya’s Chief Justice and Attorney General. Appeals Court Judge Alnashir Vikram was...

UN Urges International Action as Somali Drought Deepens

Capping a three-day tour of refugee camps in drought-stricken parts of Somalia, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told reporters that serious international focus is needed to head off increasingly severe shortages of food and water. “Somalia, as you know, hosts one of the largest populations of displaced people in the world and is...

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...

Prime Minister Disputes Key Nominations in Kenyan Judiciary

Controversy is again raging in Kenya’s coalition government after the prime minister rejected key judicial appointments he says were made behind his back. In recent months, Kenya's government has received sharp criticism for the pace at which it had put in place provisions of the new constitution. But the implementation of Kenya’s new constitution...

ICC Prosecutor Under Fire as African Union Backs Kenya

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is under fire as the African Union backs Kenya in its bid to stall trials aimed at the country’s election violence.Once viewed in Kenya as a hero, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is now under fire in Africa, as the country moves forward with plans to forgo its own proceedings at the...

ICC in Nairobi as Kenya Looks to African Union for Trial Deferment

As an African Union summit that could sanction Kenya's non-cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) begins, the international community is bearing down on Kenya as signatories to the Rome Statute arrive to gauge the country's commitment to the court. The African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is being anxiously watched by...

Anniversary of Somalia Coup Marks 20 Years of War

Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of Somali dictator Mohammed Siad Barre. It is now 20 years that Somalia has been at war with itself. Since 1991, the Horn of African nation has been synonymous with violent coups, cruel warlords, Islamic insurgents and civilian death. On January 26, 1991, the socialist dictator Mohammed Siad Barre...

Guantanamo Detainee Sentenced to Life in Prison

The first Guantanamo detainee to be tried in a U.S. civilian court has been sentenced to life in prison.A federal judge imposed the term Tuesday on Tanzanian Ahmed Ghailani.  The judge rejected calls for leniency by defense lawyers who said Ghailani was tortured in CIA custody, and that he provided U.S. officials with valuable intelligence....

Kenya Wins African Support to Defer ICC Prosecutions

Several African countries are backing Kenya’s bid to have the International Criminal Court suspend prosecutions of six prominent figures accused of fomenting post 2007 election violence. A resolution of support is expected to win approval at next week’s African Union summit.Kenya’s Vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka stopped in Addis Ababa Friday at...

East Africa Eager to Welcome Independent South Sudan

With the final referendum votes being counted and south Sudan preparing to cut ties with the north, excitement is building in East Africa, as the prospects of an expanded political and economic union draw near. While official results from south Sudan’s historic election are not expected until February, unofficial tallies indicate nearly universal...

Kenya Benefits from $100 million Health Project

Health Services in eastern and central Kenya are getting a big boost through a new $100 million dollar program.  The U.S. development agency, USAID, has awarded the funds to an international non-profit organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. For the past four years, Jhpiego has led a nearly $34 million program in eastern Kenya...

African Countries Have Mixed Record on Power Succession

A new round of diplomacy begins in Ivory Coast this week, as African leaders and international mediators continue to look for a solution to the power stalemate in the country.   This follows an election which the United Nations, the United States and African nations say was won by opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara.  But incumbent Laurent...

Observers Declare Sudan Voting a Success

The major organizations monitoring the referendum on independence in Southern Sudan are releasing their findings on the voting process.  Despite a few concerns, they say the voting has been a success. The Carter Center, European Union and African Union, have all called voting in the referendum peaceful, fair and transparent.  Each organization’s...