Piracy causing wobbles in the East African region

Posted on | juni 30, 2012 | No Comments

A European Union ambassador and a French military naval officer have called for support from countries in the East African bloc, other African countries partners to find a proper solution to the political turmoil which has engulfed Somalia over the past two decades.

The call was made by European Union Ambassador to Tanzania Filiberto Ceriani Sebregondi, to media representatives, who were invited to attend an EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Force Headquarters media event, held on board the French warship FS MARNE.

At this event, EU NAVFOR Force Commander Rear Admiral Jean-Baptiste Dupuis from the French Navy elaborated on a series of activities that his ship will conduct in order to get rid of the piracy threat which has been affecting a lot of the traffic on the Ocean.

The warlike marine vessel is on a four-month assignment against pirates, but it will also deal with other crimes going on around the ocean, in particular illegal fishing.
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Syria: is a US-Russia-China confrontation possible?

Posted on | juni 30, 2012 | No Comments

Syria’s history and geography has determined to a large degree its alliances. As a former colony subjected to French imperialism, and a country lacking rich energy resources of its Middle East neighbors, Syria always needed to use whatever diplomatic leverage it had at its disposal to retain as much of its national sovereignty as possible. The question has always been what political system best expresses its national interests and retains its national sovereignty. The situation today is that the US and EU are interested in using Syria as a satellite to counterbalance Iran and gain immense foothold in the Middle East. This explains the reason for the Western-backed uprising that started in spring 2011 and it continues with more than 16,000 casualties, countless refugees, and a broader geopolitical instability that stretches from Turkey and Iran to Lebanon and Israel.
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Managing Societal Fault Lines in Africa (VIDEO)

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The Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a discussion on the book On the Fault Line: Managing Tensions and Divisions within Societies recently.

The panel was moderated by Mary Carlin Yates, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Africa on the National Security Staff. It included J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center; Jeffrey Herbst, President of Colgate University; Greg Mills, Director of the Brenthurst Foundation; Joel D. Barkan, Senior Associate in the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Peter M. Lewis, Associate Professor and Director of the African Studies Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.
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Tanzania cited as one of the most transparent country in EAC

Posted on | juni 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

Police brutality, still a challenge to Tanzania

Tanzania has been cited as one of the most transparent countries in the East African Community (EAC), when it comes to the freedom of the media, according to the study conducted recently.

This study, presented to Human Rights Defenders, was based on a qualitative analysis which wanted to identify the matters of priority which civil society should deal with, in the East African Community.

The results were discussed during the weeklong capacity building and advocacy training by human rights defenders from the five countries of the EAC namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, which was conducted in Kampala, Uganda.

The findings were derived from the research units of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP), and from Amnesty International, respectively.
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Africa forests suffer from lack of scientists, learning institutions

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One of the forest principles adopted by the on-going United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is that forest management will be based on the best science, but this is a challenge for Africa, a continent ravaged by low number of scientists and under-resourced forestry training institutions.

Prof Fredrick Owino, a forest policy and science specialist said in Nairobi at the ongoing first International Union of Forestry Research Organisation conference that for Africa to meet the UNFF expectations, “the continent has to revamp its forestry education and research.”

However, education and research remain very low in priority in both national budgets and donor support.
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