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    Saving Timbuktu’s Manuscripts, One Ancient Page at a Time

    by  • August 25, 2014 • Africa, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    Technicians working for Savama, digitizing the manuscripts.

    BAMAKO, Mali — The deliberate burning of thousands of ancient manuscripts by the Islamic jihadists who seized Timbuktu and other parts of northern Mali in 2012 dealt an emotional blow to the culture and scholars there and far beyond. To add insult to injury, some of the manuscripts, which were destroyed in the Ahmed...

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    The US-African Leaders Summit in Washington Leaves Malians Blasé

    by  • August 3, 2014 • Africa, Development, Governance, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 
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    Motor scooters in Bamako

    BAMAKO, Mali — As the first United States-African leaders summit opens this week in Washington, D.C, it is hard to hear Malians in their capital drum up enthusiasm for it. President Barack Obama has invited 50 African heads of state — excluding those from Central African Republic, Eritrea, Sudan and Zimbabwe — to meet...

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    Ramos-Horta Defends ‘Weak, Poor’ Guinea-Bissau

    by  • July 15, 2014 • Africa, Governance, Peace and Security, UN Office on Drugs and Crime • 
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    José Ramos-Horta, United Nations' special representative and head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, speaks to journalists in Bissau, April 13, 2014. Vote counting began in Guinea-Bissau after a heavy turnout in Sunday's legislative and presidential elections meant to bring stability to the West African state after years of coups and political infighting. Horta told Reuters on Sunday that tensions seen during campaigning had eased. REUTERS/Joe Penney (GUINEA-BISSAUSOCIETY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT) - RTR3L9R5

    Until recently, José Ramos-Horta led the United Nations’ peace-building mission in Guinea-Bissau, stepping in a year and a half ago as the country reeled from a coup in 2012 and the UN’s former chief there, Joseph Mutaboba, quit his job under concerns for his safety. Ramos-Horta, 64, is a former president of Timor-Leste, which won...

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    Rapes Committed During South Sudan’s Conflict Detailed by the UN

    by  • June 8, 2014 • Africa, Women's Issues • 
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    People fleeing fighting in tktkt. OXFAM

    Sexual violence remains a persistent war crime even as the United Nations Security Council and many governments try to fight such atrocities against civilians with condemnations, international law, sanctions and tribunals. The International Criminal Court has just issued a new policy paper to increase prosecutions of gender-based crimes. And as a summit to end...

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    Controversy Stirs Over Sam Kutesa, Candidate for UN General Assembly President

    by  • June 2, 2014 • Africa, General Assembly • 
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    Sam Kutesa

    Milton Allimadi wants Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister, not to become the next president of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, starting in September, when its annual meeting begins with heads of state attending worldwide, including in past years President Barack Obama. Allimadi, who was born in Uganda and is the...

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    Russ Feingold on Congo: First, End the Conflict

    by  • April 6, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights • 
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    Feingold boarding US Government plane

    Last year marked major progress toward finding a peaceful resolution for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s achingly long conflict, rooted in decades of civil war, regional incursions, ethnic tensions and resource pilfering. Throughout the many years, women have borne the brunt of the fighting, caught in the crossfire between rival militias and governments...

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    An African Elected Head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

    by  • March 21, 2014 • Africa, General Assembly, Governance • 
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    Martin Chungong of IPU

    The Inter-Parliamentary Union has elected Martin Chungong of Cameroon as its secretary-general, the first African and the first non-European to lead the organization in its 125-year history. Chungong, a former member of the Cameroonian parliament, has been the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s deputy secretary-general under Anders Johnsson, of Sweden, who officially retires on June 30. Chungong has also been director of...

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