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DRC rebels say peace deal possible by March | Al Jazeera English

Congolese rebels have said they expect to sign a peace deal with the government by the end of February that would end their ten-month revolt. The M23 rebels have carved out a fiefdom in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province that has dragged Congo’s eastern region back into war and displaced an estimated 500,000 people. Bertrand Bisimwa, a spokesperson for the ...

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As peace returns to Somali town, UN food relief agency resumes assistance | U.N. News Centre

29 January 2013 – More than four years after conflict and pervasive insecurity forced it to shutter its operations in southern Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food assistance to the region’s port city of Kismayo, the agency announced today. With relative peace returning to the Horn of Africa nation, WFP managed to conduct an assessment ...

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After Two Weeks of Fighting, MSF Continues to Work in Nothern Mali | Doctors Without Borders

Two weeks after military operations began in northern Mali, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to work in the regions of Mopti, Gao, and Timbuktu. In addition, on the morning of January 24, a small MSF medical team managed to reach Konna, a town located 70 kilometers north of Mopti, in the pivotal area between Mali’s northern and southern ...

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Dispute over military command holds up Congo peace deal | Reuters

(Reuters) – African leaders failed on Monday to sign a U.N.-mediated peace deal aimed at ending two decades of conflict in eastern Congo, said a senior Congolese diplomat, who pointed to concerns over who would command a new regional military force. For more on this story, visit: Dispute over military command holds up Congo peace deal | Reuters.

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33 Groups Oppose Use of Military Force in Africa | FCNL

January 17, 2013 Dear President Obama: We write to express our alarm at recent reports that your administration may request a new Authorization for Use of Military Force in certain African countries. While we understand that the U.S. maintains deep concern regarding militant extremism in Africa, we – as a diverse group of faith-based, human rights and other organizations – ...

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Green Party of the US opposes military intervention in Mali, urges withdrawal of AFRICOM | gp.org

The Mali rebellion is blowback from the U.S./NATO ouster of Gaddafi from Libya; efforts to gain control of African resources (oil, uranium, etc.) and competition with China are driving miltiary policies disguised as ‘War on Terrorism’, say Greens. WASHINGTON, DC — The Obama Administration is pursuing policies in Africa that threaten regional stability and innocent populations, including military intervention in ...

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Central African Republic: CAR Rebels Dissatisfied with Peace Accord | allAfrica.com

By Kimeng Hilton Ndukong Less than two weeks after the signing in Libreville, Gabon of a series of peace and power-sharing deals by Central African Republic stakeholders, Sèléka rebel field commanders have expressed dismay at the terms of the accords, RFI reported yesterday, January 22, 2013. For more on this story, visit: allAfrica.com: Central African Republic: CAR Rebels Dissatisfied with ...

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Women waging peace | Harvard Gazette

After “the women of Liberia got to the [negotiating] table, we’ve had 10 years of peace," Julia Duncan-Cassell (standing), Liberia’s minister of gender and development, told a Harvard Kennedy School audience. Among the panelists were moderator Swanee Hunt (from far left), Sabrina Saqeb (not seen), Wafa Bugaighis, Rajaa Altalli, Ja Nan Lahtaw, and Sofi Ospina. (Katherine Taylor/Harvard Staff Photographer)

At a packed John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School recently, six female leaders discussed how they’re waging peace and promoting inclusiveness in their war-ravaged nations. Moderator Swanee Hunt, the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Austria, facilitated a compelling discussion of how peace is a core women’s issue and why women need roles in resolving national conflicts.

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The Myth of Africa’s Rise | By Rick Rowden, Foreign Policy

Rich countries figured out long ago, if economies are not moving out of dead-end activities that only provide diminishing returns over time (primary agriculture and extractive activities such as mining, logging, and fisheries), and into activities that provide increasing returns over time (manufacturing and services), then you can't really say they are developing.

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CAR Rebels Agree to Ceasefire During Peace Talks

DAKAR/BANGUI — The rebel coalition that has seized one-third of the Central African Republic (CAR) during its month-long rebellion has agreed to a temporary, one-week ceasefire. The agreement was reached during peace talks with the government that are underway in Gabon. Residents of CAR’s capital, Bangui, say they want peace at any cost. For more on this story, visit: CAR ...

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