Global News Journal

Fighting graft in Africa. Or not.

November 26, 2008

 A little while back, we asked who is and isn’t fighting corruption effectively in Africa. This week, a number of examples bring us back to the subject.

Drugs and guns in Guinea-Bissau

November 25, 2008

  

Members of Guinea-Bissau’s unruly armed forces have blotted the military’s record again with another attack against the country’s political institutions. Early on Sunday, Nov. 23, renegade soldiers, their faces hooded, sprayed the Bissau residence of President Joao Bernardo “Nino” Vieira with machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire. The president survived unhurt this latest apparent attempt to topple him.

What should the world do about Somalia?

November 17, 2008

Islamist militants imposing a strict form of Islamic law are knocking on the doors of Somalia’s capital, the country’s president fears his government could collapse — and now pirates have seized a super-tanker laden with crude oil heading to the United States from Saudi Arabia.

Rwanda deja vu? UN council hesitates on more Congo troops

November 14, 2008

In 1994 the U.N. Security Council failed to prevent the slaughter of some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. U.N. officials often refer to that period as the darkest chapter in the 60-year history of U.N. peacekeeping.

Does Algeria now have a president for life?

November 13, 2008

After the Algerian parliament changed the constitution to lift presidential term limits, north Africans are asking whether Algeria now has a president for life.

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How serious is Sudan’s Darfur ceasefire?

November 12, 2008

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was in a jubilant mood when he announced to crowds of supporters that he was declaring a ceasefire in Darfur.

Where now for Zimbabwe?

November 10, 2008

It was not hard to see which of Zimbabwe’s rivals felt he had come out on top from the regional summit at the weekend.

Austria’s Haider: a hero beyond the grave?

November 5, 2008

He may have died in a car crash last month whilst drunk, but Austrian rightist Joerg Haider is not gone.

Will Obama’s “change” anthem profit Africa?

November 5, 2008

    Barack Obama’s campaign for U.S. president was followed around the world, but perhaps nowhere more closely than in the tiny hamlet of Kogelo in remote western Kenya.

Does crisis give China new opportunity in Africa?

October 8, 2008

chinese-workers-in-kenya.jpgWith the West reeling from the financial crisis and pulling back some of its investment in Africa, could China step into the breach and expand its footprint on the continent - a presence that already worries Western powers?