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Kenya: Alice Nderitu Wins U.S Peace Award | allAfrica.com

Nairobi — The Joan Kroc Institute of the University of San Diego in the United States of America has awarded National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Commissioner Alice Nderitu, as a woman Peace-Maker of the Year. The award recognises her human rights and peace building work in Kenya and also in the region. For more on this story, visit: allAfrica.com: ...

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A case for South Africa’s carbon tax | Pambazuka

A carbon tax could be one policy instrument to tackle climate change, poverty and unemployment if it is designed and used correctly. “To expect governments funded and appointed by [the upper] class to protect the biosphere and defend the poor is like expecting a lion to live on gazpacho.” – George Monbiot In the wake of largely disappointing global summits ...

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In Brief: Somalia joins the mine ban club | IRIN Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 4 October 2012 (IRIN) – Somalia has become the 160th state member of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. It is the last of the sub-Saharan African countries to commit to the treaty. With its membership, which took effect on 1 October, Somalia has agreed “to never, under any circumstances, use, produce or transfer anti-personnel mines, to assist the landmine ...

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Somalia Human Development Report Finds Youth Essential To Country’s Future | The Huffington post

After 21 years of civil war and a 2011 drought that triggered what was called the “worst humanitarian disaster in the world” at the time, Somalia at last has a glimmer of hope. The country faces a potentially transformative moment as violence abates, a new government takes hold, and the largest youth generation in Somalia’s history sees the possibility for ...

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Liberia has ‘turned the corner’ towards lasting peace, its President declares at UN | United Nations News Centre

26 September 2012 – Ten years after the end of Liberia’s brutal civil war, the country has made tremendous progress on the path to lasting peace and stability, its President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, told the United Nations General Assembly today, while adding that serious challenges remain. “As Liberia moves toward its tenth year of sustained peace, we can state with conviction ...

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Enough Policy Brief: A Proposal for Moving Peace Talks Forward in Eastern Congo | Enough

While most attention at the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York this week focuses on who’s saying what on the main stage, a host of significant meetings are taking place on the sidelines, where world leaders can conduct some speed-diplomacy on neutral turf. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seized the opportunity to sit down with Presidents Joseph Kabila ...

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EU partially freezes aid to Rwanda | guardian.co.uk

European Union follows US and Germany in suspending donor support over fears military is supporting Congolese rebels by David Smith, Africa correspondent Rwanda’s biggest aid donor, the European Union, has partially frozen its financial support to the east African nation, dealing what may be the heaviest blow yet to president Paul Kagame. The move follows decisions by the United States, ...

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Rwanda: A Reflection On the International Day of Peace | allAfrica.com

By Oscar Kimanuka, Director General for Rwanda’s National Information and Broadcasting Bureau in Kigali This year’s theme for International Day of Peace highlights the fact that we cannot think about building a sustainable future if there is no sustainable peace. The example of Somalia in the Horn of Africa, Libya and Egypt simply demonstrate parts of our continent afflicted by ...

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U.S. Congress Holds Hearing Today on Rwanda’s Role in the DR Congo | Friends of the Congo

A dispatch from Friends of the Congo: Today at 10 am Eastern Standard Time, the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights of the United States Congress will examine Rwanda’s involvement in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The hearing, entitled “Examining the Role of Rwanda in the DRC Insurgency,” will delve into the impact of Rwanda’s support of rebel ...

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BURKINA FASO: Stability vital to region | IRIN Africa

OUAGADOUGOU, 19 septembre 2012 (IRIN) – More than a year after civil unrest broke out in Burkina Faso, observers and analysts say despite some progress, and sustained support for President Blaise Compaoré, tension between his government and the population remains. Stability in Burkina Faso is vital for regional stability, said a Western diplomat, given the recent conflict in Côte d’Ivoire ...

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