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Obama’s adventures in Africa | WashingtonExaminer.com

Promiscuous war-making leads to unintended consequences. For example, U.S. intervention in Libya stoked the civil war in Mali, as Tuaregs serving in Gadhafi’s army joined the fight after the dictator’s fall. It’s not clear that our expanded military presence in Africa serves any pressing U.S. national security need. But interventions have a way of generating their own justifications. Before long, ...

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The perambulation continues in Nigeria’s oil sector | Pambazuka

“… Contrary to its rhetoric, the Nigerian government has no intention of reforming the oil and gas industry. The recent submission of the Petroleum Industry Bill is yet another calculated effort, by a government whose credibility and legitimacy is waning by the day, to hoodwink Nigerians.” ~ Uche Igwe For more on this story, visit: Pambazuka – The perambulation continues ...

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Three new papers from SIPRI on proliferation concerns in North Korea, Pakistan and Syria | SIPRI.org

Below is some information on three new papers from SIPRI on proliferation concerns in North Korea, Pakistan and Syria. North Korean proliferation challenges: the role of the European Union Non-Proliferation Papers no. 18 Mark Fitzpatrick The bête noire of the global non-proliferation regime, North Korea has defeated every effort to rein in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, chemical ...

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Officials: Egypt easing restrictions on Palestinians entering the country | The Washington Post

By Associated Press CAIRO — Egypt is allowing freer temporary entry for Palestinians into the country in an unprecedented move that eases long-imposed travel restrictions, particularly on Gazans, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said Monday. The decision has caused confusion among the security agencies here — and appeared to bring some resistance. Some officers at the airport refused to implement the ...

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Nigeria: Ramadan – Jonathan Urges Muslims to Pray for Peace, Unity | allAfrica.com, ngrguardiannews

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday urged all Muslims in Nigeria to pray for peace, stability and progress of the country as they join Muslims in other parts of the world to begin this year’s Ramadan fasting. Special adviser to the president, Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in a statement quoted the president as saying: “As Muslims start the annual month-long ...

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Nigeria: Niger State – Messages of Hope and Peace | allAfrica.com

In a quick succession, perhaps, by divine arrangement or sheer coincidence, Minna, the capital of Niger State, has enjoyed a rare privilege of hosting renowned clerics from the two great religions of the world-Islam and Christianity. Although they were in the city for different purposes and at different times but they came bearing the same message of hope and peace, ...

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Surfing South Africa’s micro-protest wave | Pambazuka

By Patrick Bond If the wave of courageous protests continues, it is because new layers of activists are emerging whose backs are up against the wall, but who won’t give in. If police or party thugs do not intimidate them, their next step towards power will be to link up, meld micro-protests into a movement much bigger than the sum ...

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Libya’s independents might emerge as third power | The Malta Independent Online

Libya’s elections have brought in a large new political generation of independents – businessmen, activists, former judges and former exiles – who form the largest bloc in the first elected national assembly after Muammar Gaddafi‘s fall and will be the big wild card in determining the country’s course. Both a coalition led by the secular former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril ...

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Clinton in Cairo | Counterpunch

… After her meeting with President Morsi, Clinton, who had just issued a waiver for U.S. military aid to the Egyptian military from the congressional certification of a genuine democratic transfer of power to civilian rule, met with the head of SCAF, Tantawi. During her meeting with the military chief, she promised to maintain the $1.3 billion annual military subsidy ...

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