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18th May 2001
Vol 42 N0 10
Africa needs peacekeepers more than ever just now. France has abandoned its post-colonial policies in West Africa, and has launched a new kind of military-backed diplomacy. The result is Recamp, the Renforcement des Capacités Africaines de Maintien de la Paix, which has just completed its fir...
Brutality against Kabyle protesters and retired generals cause
problems for Boutef
MOROCCO | WESTERN SAHARA
Imagination and innovation are needed if a new war is to be
It is three years until Namibians must elect their next president, but already there is confusion about President Sam Nujoma's retirement. He pioneered Africa's 'third-term movement' (applicants: Presidents Frederick Chiluba of Zambia and Bakili Muluzi of Malawi) and shows signs of wanting a fourth, on the back of his South West African People's Organisation's big parliamentary majority. Until his supporters know what he wants, studied ambiguity is the fashion.
AFRICA | UNITED STATES
Business is looking up for the Washington lobby firms that want to work for African governments. New contracts worth several million dollars, plus many more in negotiation, followed George W. Bush's installation in the White House. Lobbyists do best when government intentions are unclear; there is little clarity about Bush's Africa policy, except that it will be more pro-business and less active in Africa than Bill Clinton's (AC Vol 41 No 25).
Who's lobbying for whom - and what's it worth - in Angola, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Swaziland and Uganda?
Ethiopia's security chief, Kinfe Gebre Medhin, was shot four times in the back outside the Armed Forces Officers Club in Addis Ababa on 12 May. The murder hits Prime Minister Meles Zenawi personally and politically. Since 1991 Kinfe's title had been Gener...
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