Central African Republic

By IndepthAfrica
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Jul 22nd, 2014
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By Louisa Waugh Last June, when I first arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the resident ex-pats suggested I visit ‘Cinq Kilo’ – Bangui’s largest market. ‘It’s rowdy, but fun.’ He said. ‘Take someone local with you; it’s famous for pickpockets too.’ I liked the market, and soon felt...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jul 17th, 2014
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By Solomon A. Dersso Despite their legal attributes, in functional terms many African states (constructs of the continent’s encounter with colonial rule) came into being without possessing the requisite qualities of statehood. Apart from their alienation from the lived political and socio-cultural ex...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jul 7th, 2014
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By Alemayehu G Mariam Are crimes against children crimes against humanity? According to the latest Failed States Index, 6 out of the top 10 and 18 out of the top 25 “most failed states on earth” are found in Africa. This commentary is not about beating the dead hyena of the failed African “state”. No...
By IndepthAfrica
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May 15th, 2014
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– By Louisa Lombard Years before he took up arms as a rebel, the new military chief of the Seleka rebel alliance, Joseph Zindeko, was shot in the knee (the bullet exited through his thigh – he showed me the scars) and in the stomach. Another time a bullet just grazed his behind his ear. […]...
By IAfrica
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May 13th, 2014
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Goodluck Jonathan Jean Shaoul Correspondent Islamist forces, this time Boko Haram — the very forces that the US and NATO backed and armed in Libya as a proxy ground force in the war to topple Gaddafi — are being used as the bogey man to justify the intervention of US military forces THE United States...
By IndepthAfrica
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Apr 23rd, 2014
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Blame the French. By Brian Palmer A San Diego-based human-rights group has released a video documenting atrocities committed by Joseph Kony, the leader of a Ugandan rebel group that has been hiding out and killing people in the Central African Republic. Now that the Central African Republic has our a...
By IAfrica
In CAR
Apr 21st, 2014
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In Africa, there are some countries that are relatively successful. But, in earlier posts, I have argued that at least some of Africa’s current failed states make no sense and can never work. There is much talk nowadays about an African ‘boom’ – and with some justification – but not in these countrie...
By IndepthAfrica
In CAR
Apr 21st, 2014
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The Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui has seen its Muslim population drop from 130,000 to under 1000 over the past few months. Over the past year, thousands across CAR have been killed and nearly a million have been displaced. The United Nations recently stated that the entire Western half...
By IndepthAfrica
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Apr 17th, 2014
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By Ban Ki-moon The Security Council has approved my proposal to deploy a United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic – opening the way for 10,000 troops and almost 2,000 police to bring a semblance of order to a nation in ruins. I have just returned from a visit to the country...
By IAfrica
In East Africa
Apr 15th, 2014
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Joseph Kony Glen Ford President Obama orchestrated the Joseph Kony hysteria of 2011 as an excuse to send at least 100 US Special Forces troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, the Central African Republic and the new state of South Sudan.The tempo of US military occupation of Africa quick...