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    Europe Forges Ahead to ‘Disrupt’ Human Smuggling at Sea From Libya

    by  • June 22, 2015 • Africa, Libya, Migration, Refugees • 
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    Migrants at the port of Augusta in Sicily rescued and briefed by the International Organization for Migration. FRANCESCO MALAVOLTA/IOM

    After a month of near silence in Europe on a proposal to stop human smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to European shores, European foreign ministers are moving ahead this week on a plan to “disrupt” smugglers’ vessels in international or European waters. The plan, introduced on June 22, was noted in the...

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    France and the UN Pressured to Act on Troops’ Sex Abuse in Central Africa

    by  • June 6, 2015 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, UN Agencies • 1 Comment
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    The M'Poko camp, in Bangui, for internally displaced people in the Central African Republic, photographed in 2014 and where the sex abuse by international peacekeepers apparently occurred. CATIANNE TIJERINA/UN PHOTO

    The uproar over accusations that French soldiers assigned to peacekeeping had sexually abused about a dozen boys in the Central African Republic from late 2013 through mid-2014 has shifted focus from the apparent behavior of the soldiers to the role the United Nations played in dealing with the allegations. The French soldiers were not...

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    Making the Case for a Greater US Presence in UN Peacekeeping

    by  • June 2, 2015 • Africa, Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping, US-UN Relations • 
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    A female police officer for UN peacekeeping. LOGAN ABASSI

    United Nations peacekeeping needs new kinds of tools and troops to counter the demands posed by forces waging catastrophic wars beyond the control of governments and without even a semblance of adherence to the most rudimentary ethical rules of combat or international war crimes laws. The urgent need to rethink and retool peacekeeping, already...

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    In West Africa, Guinea’s Relative Stability Is About to Be Tested With Elections

    by  • May 26, 2015 • Africa, Governance, Peace and Security • 
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    Alpha Condé, presidential candidate in Guinea in 2010, an election he won. JOE PENNEY

    Yet another nation — this time in West Africa — is experiencing violence related to elections. In Guinea, protests have been flaring as demonstrators rally against the delay of local elections in the country. Violence erupted in the capital, Conakry, earlier in May, with supporters of the opposition calling for President Alpha Condé’s resignation....

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    More Questions Than Answers About Europe’s Plan to End Migrant Smuggling

    by  • May 11, 2015 • Africa, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Security Council • 
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    A transit point for human smugglers in Agadez, Niger. JOE PENNEY/REUTERS

    Will the European Union go ahead and militarily dismantle migrant smugglers’ networks operating in Libya without authorization from the United Nations Security Council and resistance to the plan from Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general? Federica Mogherini, the head of foreign affairs and security of the European Commission and a former Italian foreign minister, made...

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    As Mali Teeters Closer to the Edge, the UN Mission Soldiers On

    by  • April 15, 2015 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    Facing a surge in violence that has made it the United Nations’ deadliest peacekeeping operations now, the UN mission in Mali is struggling to convince populations in the north of the country that it can overcome the remaining obstacles to ensuring that a peace agreement is signed soon and to help restore stability in...

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    For Elephants in Zimbabwe, a Deeply Troubling Present and Future

    by  • March 17, 2015 • Africa, Climate and Environment • 
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    An elephant in its natural habitat in the Kariba area of Zimbabwe, August 2014. TRISHULA PATEL

    HARARE, Zimbabwe — Elephants across the African continent face poaching, loss of habitable land and food supplies and culling. When World Wildlife Day was marked this month, the United Nations General Assembly discussed wildlife crime across the globe, including the threat to elephants, which are declining in number throughout Africa. Here in Zimbabwe, they...

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    A UN Resolution Is Being Readied for Boko Haram Fight

    by  • March 23, 2015 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Chad is not only leading the regional military assault on the Boko Haram terrorist group but it is also said to be leading the drafting of a United Nations Security Council resolution to authorize the multinational task force in West Africa already battling Boko Haram, a UN diplomat confirmed. The resolution is being pushed...

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    Mostly, Sahrawi Women Just Want to Go Home

    by  • March 5, 2015 • Africa, Refugees, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 
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    Sahrawi women's meeting

    NEAR TINDOUF, Algeria — Our goal was to understand the dynamics of women who live in the refugee camps here in the Sahara Desert, where tens of thousands of Sahrawi people reside in tents and mud-brick buildings, having fled their homeland up to decades ago. The camps originated in 1975-1976, when the Sahrawis first...

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    The 10 Youngest Nations by Population? They’re Mainly in Africa

    by  • February 10, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 
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    Men toss squash onto the banks of the Niger River in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY)

    While the graying population around the world is rising in countries like Japan and South Korea, along with much of the United States and Europe, other parts of the world — primarily Africa — are experiencing the opposite situation, with young people claiming the majority. The contrast between oldest and youngest populations can be...

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