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North Africa Migrant Influx Prompts EU Border Debate

The arrival of tens of thousands of migrants in southern Europe from North Africa has prompted a fierce debate within the European Union on how to deal with the influx. Some countries have begun reinstating border controls within the EU, despite a decades-old agreement on passport-free travel throughout much of the continent.  After five days on...

Zimbabwe State Media Increase ZANU-PF Propaganda

Zimbabwe’s state media have escalated propaganda for the party of President Robert Mugabe since southern African leaders met Friday in Namibia. Analysts say the high level of publicity, including alleged misrepresentation of facts, appears to be a reaction to the Southern African Development Community’s recent criticism of the ZANU-PF party.South...

Democratic Alliance Shows Significant Gains in South African Election

South Africa’s Democratic Alliance is celebrating significant gains in this local government election over its performance in 2006. Support for the African National Congress was slightly down but the party continues to convincingly dominate politics in the country.The Democratic Alliance, or DA, increased its support nationally among voters from...

As Museveni Sworn in, Questions Raised About Uganda’s Democracy

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been sworn in for a fourth term in office, which will extend his rule of the country to 30 years. Once viewed as a liberator and reformer, Museveni is now facing increasing criticism over his consolidation of power and his commitment to human rights.Security was tight in Kampala as police and military alike...

Zimbabwe's MDC: Ready to Govern Alone

Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has elected a new team to take the party into the next elections.  Thousands of exuberant delegates voted for a new executive and made resolutions to underpin MDC policy should it become the next government of Zimbabwe.The MDC says that before it holds its next congress in five years, it will be...

War Crimes Committed in Libya, Says Former Special Court for Sierra Leone Prosecutor

A former prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone says investigations by the International Criminal Court show war crimes have been committed in Libya by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi. Syracuse University Law professor David Crane says the investigations demonstrate pro-Gadhafi forces engaged “intentional firing into the...

China Calls for Libya Ceasefire After Gadhafi's Son Dies

China's Foreign Ministry has renewed its call for a ceasefire in Libya after reports that a NATO airstrike killed the son of leader Moammar Gadhafi, saying it is concerned about civilian casualties in the fighting there.  A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said China disapproves of any NATO action beyond that authorized by the United Nations Security...

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Seeks Greater Influence

Egypt's once outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has announced the formation of a new political party, which it says will contest half of the parliamentary seats in the September election.A spokesman Saturday described the Freedom and Justice party as a civil group with an Islamic background. The Brotherhood has run independent candidates in the past to...

Ivory Coast President Faces Reconciliation Challenges

Human rights activists and Africa scholars say the new president in Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, faces very difficult and possibly competing challenges of pursuing reconciliation and justice following years of division in the West African nation. At a Friday event at the United States Institute of Peace, panelists said Mr. Ouattara has several...

Press Freedom Day Notes Impact of Citizen Journalism

May 3, 2011, the United Nations will mark World Press Freedom Day.  This year’s event comes at a time when social media, mobile phones and the Internet are playing an increasing role in giving a voice to the oppressed.  As recent events in the Middle East and North Africa have shown, so-called "citizen journalists" are playing a major role.Syria...

Kenya PM Reveals Upcoming Cabinet 'Reshuffle'

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has held talks with coalition partner President Mwai Kibaki over what many believe to be a possible reshuffling of the Kenyan cabinet. Returning from a two-week trip to the United States and France Tuesday night, Mr. Odinga was asked by journalists about the fate of suspended higher education minister and ICC...

Nigeria's Latest Election Signals Possible Turnaround

Nigeria may be able to polish its reputation and assume a wider on role the global stage if its upcoming gubernatorial polls are as seemingly free and fair as last week's presidential election, analysts say. This oil-exporting country of 154 million people has long enjoyed the money and manpower to dominate its continent, and some analysts expect...

Libyan Opposition Leaders Debate Role of Religion in Government

While Libyan opposition forces battle troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in central and western Libya, opposition leaders have formed an interim authority in the east and are planning to draft a new constitution. Part of the debate centers on the role of religion in this deeply Muslim part of the country. Leaders in opposition-held...

Ivory Coast Confronts Issues of Immigrant Identity

The new government of Ivory Coast comes to power in a country divided by years of often-violent debate about what it means to be Ivorian. Founding father Felix Houphouet-Boigny offered work to thousands of West African immigrants as part of his drive to make Ivory Coast the world's largest cocoa producer. Start of "Ivorianess" But when cocoa...

Zimbabwe's ‘Hard Road to Reform’ Report

The first independent review of the often turbulent and sometimes violent politics of Zimbabwe’s two-year-old inclusive government indicates there has been some progress and positive change. The report by the Solidarity Peace Trust says continued control of the security sector by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party has allowed for episodes of...