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After Gaddafi, Libya splits into disparate militia zones | The Observer

The rebel strongholds of Benghazi, Misrata and Zintan have become increasingly independent of Tripoli’s new regime by Chris Stephen National flags from around the world flutter in the bright sunshine by a city gate made of shipping containers painted in the Libyan national colours. A uniformed militiaman examines my passport, then waves me through with a smile. Welcome to the ...

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Tahrir Square protests resume over Mubarak and presidential election | guardian.co.uk

Thousands march on Tahrir to demand retrial for Mubarak and removal of Ahmed Shafik from the presidential runoff by Abdel-Rahman Hussein in Cairo Thousands of protesters descended on Tahrir Square on Tuesday as the schism threatening to tear Egyptian politics apart continued ahead of the presidential election runoff later this month. Several marches set off throughout the capital to join ...

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Sacrificing Mubarak to Save His Regime | Counterpunch

The Charade is Over by ESAM AL-AMIN When deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his sons were indicted in April 2011, legal observers cynically noted that the charges were not only politically motivated in order to quiet the massive demonstrations demanding their trial, but also that they were so weak that the trial might have been designed to end in ...

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Tanks, militia encircle Tripoli airport | RT

A Libyan militia has encircled Tripoli’s international airport, forcing flights to be rerouted to a nearby military airport, a security official reports. Tanks have been deployed to the airport as the standoff remains tense. ­A Libyan security official says the militia men occupied the airport’s runway on Monday, storming it with heaving machine guns and armored vehicles. For more on ...

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Rwandan minister sentenced to life for key role in genocide | guardian.co.uk

Callixte Nzabonimana’s conviction based on 1994 meeting in which he and others agreed to ‘encourage the killing of Tutsis’ by David Smith in Johannesburg A former Rwandan youth minister has been sentenced to life behind bars after being found guilty of playing a key role in the country’s 1994 genocide. The international criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in Arusha ...

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Western Sahara: The Last Colony – The Moroccan Occupation of Western Sahara | allAfrica.com

By Malainin Lakhal The UN has adopted around hundred resolutions reaffirming the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination. Yet Sahrawis are still denied the legitimate and fundamental right to vote on the fate of their homeland. The West often portrays itself as the champion of democracy, rule of law and human rights. Yet, when we look at Western Sahara, the hypocrisy ...

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Africa: The Militarisation of Poverty in Africa | allAfrica.com

by Toby Leon Moorsom, who teaches at Queen’s University in Canada and is an editor of Nokoko Journal of African Studies Increasing the rewards for those forces able to capture the state, by any means necessary, inevitably leads to war. KINGSTON, CANADA – Over the past year, Africa has seen the decomposition of states from coast to coast. A belt ...

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Tens of thousands flee ‘extreme violence’ in Congo | guardian.co.uk

Aid workers say more than 100,000 people in North Kivu have fled mass executions, mutilations and rapes by armed militias Simon Tisdall Villagers and townspeople in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are facing “extreme violence”, with mass executions, abductions, mutilations and rapes being committed almost daily, according to aid workers in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. Fighting ...

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Sudan, South Sudan start first talks since conflict | AFP

ADDIS ABABA — Top negotiators for Sudan and South Sudan have held their first talks since deadly border fighting last month took them to the brink of war, even as Juba accused Khartoum of fresh air strikes. Teams from both sides are in the Ethiopian capital for African Union-led talks which were stalled by heavy clashes last month, the worst ...

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