• Governance

    Shadowy Militias Spread Terror in Rural Myanmar

    by  • October 7, 2014 • Asia, Governance, Myanmar, UN Office on Drugs and Crime • 
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    Wirathu

    He is a young man whose name or exactly where he lives in the Burmese countryside cannot be published because he fears retribution when he returns to Myanmar from a visit to the United Nations headquarters. Speaking in English, learned from books and private tutors, he details the harsh treatment people away from major...

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    As Africa’s Population Growth Explodes, Its Children Lose Out

    by  • September 9, 2014 • Governance, Health and Population, Refugees • 7 Comments
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    Malian Boy

    Among a clutch of new studies surveying the fate of children globally in 2014, a year that may be remembered as the most violent and catastrophic in more than half a century, Unicef has looked into the future of Africa and found that an unexpectedly persistent population boom is not only robbing children of...

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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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    US State Department Says the Senate Blocks American Diplomacy Globally

    by  • July 18, 2014 • Governance, Peace and Security, US Foreign Relations • 
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    US Secretary of State John Kerry with tktkt

    All eyes may be on Secretary of State John Kerry and his seemingly tireless, though exhausting, travels from continent to continent as multiple crises unfold around the world. Now the State Department has lashed out at the United States Senate for denying him and American diplomacy the backup they need by stalling confirmation of...

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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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    India’s Election Begins, With Voters Numb to Nepotism and Corruption

    by  • April 9, 2014 • Asia, Governance • 
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    Indian election

    India opened the polls on April 7 for another of its uniquely epic elections. In nine stages of staggered voting that stretch into mid-May, allowing election officials, observers and law enforcement teams to move from place to place, 814 million voters are registered to cast ballots across a country one-third the size of the...

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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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    Parliamentary Group Warns of Political Perils as 2014 Elections Loom

    by  • January 23, 2014 • Africa, Asia, Governance, Middle East • 
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    Bangkok demonstration November 2013

      A committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union met in mid-January, as a busy year of elections globally was beginning, to confront the human-rights violations and sometimes lethal abuse suffered by 262 members of national legislatures in countries that often call themselves democracies. From Jan. 13 to 17, the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s committee on the human...

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    Malians Produce a Smooth Election, Desperate for Stability

    by  • August 15, 2013 • Africa, Governance, Peace and Security • 
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    Bert Koenders of the UN in Kidal, Mali

      Malians elected their first president since an interim president was installed after the 2012 coup and French military action in 2013 against incursions by Islamic jihadists. In a run-off vote on Aug. 11, amid blanket rain and rampant mud in Bamako, the capital, Malians there and beyond put Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 68, a...

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    A Tale of Sierra Leone and Striving for Transparency

    by  • June 26, 2013 • Africa, Development, Governance, Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Sierra Leone is abundant in such natural resources as diamonds, gold and iron ore, but it is making a long comeback from its civil war, in which civilians' limbs were cut off, among other atrocities. Here, Sierra Leonean soccer players.

    Britain, the world’s major center for investment in the extractive industries, is reviving the international debate on how open management of mining can prevent conflicts. The issue was raised in a Security Council meeting on June 19, after a seven-year hiatus on the subject in that setting. It was also discussed at the Group...

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