Sunday 10 December 2017
(Bloomberg 10/24/13)
Cocoa farmer cooperatives in Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest producer, say a shortage of funds to buy beans from growers is slowing shipments to ports. “Our members want to see cash when we arrive to purchase their beans,” Maurice Sawadogo, head of an association of 950 growers near the eastern town of Indenie-Duablin, said by phone Oct. 22. “We can’t get credit from the bank. Cooperatives in the West African nation sell about 30 percent of the nation’s crop. The rest is handled by middlemen who buy the beans from farmers and deliver it to traders. Banks remain reluctant to provide cooperatives with credit, Fulgence N’Guessan, the head of a group of 400 cooperatives said by phone Oct. 21. “Cooperatives...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/24/13)
ABIDJAN | (Reuters) - Charles Ble Goude, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and an ally of Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, should be tried by an Ivorian court and not sent to The Hague, the ex-youth leader's lawyers said. Gbagbo, who refused to give up power after losing a runoff election in 2010, has been in the ICC's custody since November 2011, accused of responsibility for rapes, murders, persecution and inhuman acts committed during the post-election fighting that killed around 3,000 people. The ICC earlier this month made public a warrant for Ble Goude, who headed the notorious Young Patriots street militia and served as youth minister in Gbagbo's last cabinet, for his alleged role...
(The Point 10/24/13)
West African bloc ECOWAS has said it will hold a special summit in Dakar on October 25 focused on the region's economy and recent political crises. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States said the economy would top the agenda, but also singled out as priorities the situations in Mali and Guinea-Bissau and the threat of post-electoral crisis in Guinea. The regional bloc will also consider contributing more troops to the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) following a surge in Islamist attacks there. MINUSMA is meant to eventually reach 12,640 troops and police. At the end of July it had just over 6,000 but Nigerian and some Chadian troops have since withdrawn. French troops entered Mali in January to...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/13)
UNITED NATIONS | (Reuters) - The African Union and Kenya asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to defer the trials of Kenya's leaders at the International Criminal Court for one year so they can deal with the aftermath of the Nairobi mall attack. In a letter to the council obtained by Reuters, African leaders said the legal proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto "will distract and prevent them from fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities, including oversight for national and regional security affairs." Kenyatta and Ruto face charges of crimes against humanity related to the violence that followed Kenya's 2007 elections, in which 1,200 people died. Both deny the charges and have tried to have the prosecutions...
(Voice of America 10/23/13)
Aid group Save the Children is highlighting progress in combating child mortality in many developing nations in Africa, while also warning of the need to address inequalities to help children have a better chance of surviving. The group issued a new report Wednesday saying the world has made "remarkable" improvements in child health, but that kids in poor and rural areas, as well as girls and infants, remain more at risk of dying. Its profile of Ethiopia spotlights the divide. The country has cut child mortality by 67 percent since the United Nations set a target to cut child moratlity by that rate worldwide by 2015. However, Save the Children says kids in the poorest 40 percent of Ethiopia's population...
(BBC News Africa 10/23/13)
South Korea's largest tobacco company has promised to change an advertising campaign after accusations of racism. Posters promoting a new line of cigarettes featured pictures of monkeys dressed as news reporters, declaring "Africa is coming!" The cigarettes are part of a new This Africa line. The company, KT&G, says they contain African tobacco roasted and dried in a traditional fashion. The cigarette packets contain images of monkeys roasting tobacco.'Mocking Africa'. "We are deeply offended by KT&G's shameless and insulting use of this mocking imagery," said the African Tobacco Control Alliance in a statement calling for the withdrawal of the ad campaign, saying it was "at a minimum culturally insensitive". Cigarette ad featuring a monkey in South Korea Ads for This...
(Voice of America 10/22/13)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Ivory Coast and Liberia are starting a dialogue aimed at promoting reconciliation and increasing security. Cross-border violence has calmed in the past six months, though tensions remain between locals in southeastern Liberia and thousands of Ivorian refugees who remain there after fleeing Ivory Coast's post-election conflict in 2011. More than 200,000 Ivorians fled into Liberia during the 2010-2011 post-election conflict. Close to 60,000 are still there. Liberians living around the southeastern town of Zwedru say it is time for the refugees to go home. "The refugees are problems for us. They go on our farms at night to steal our crops. They are taking all our forest land or they go and steal our cattle, said George...
(Bloomberg 10/22/13)
Ivory Coast’s tax rates and decaying infrastructure are limiting private investment in the world’s largest producer of cocoa, Commerce Minister Jean-Louis Billon said. “We need more investments from the private sector,” said Jean-Louis Billon on Oct. 19 in an interview in Abidjan, the commercial capital. “Expectations for an economic boom were high after years of stagnation. The situation has turned out to be more complicated because of the general state of the infrastructure and institutions.” The West African nation is bouncing back from a decade of crisis sparked by an army mutiny in 2002 that split the country into a rebel-held north and a government-controlled south. Unrest flared again after President Laurent Gbagbo’s didn’t hand over power after 2010 elections...
(Voice of America 10/22/13)
The international human rights N-G-O, Light for the World, dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through community rehabilitation, announced an alliance that will focus on giving a voice to people with disabilities in developing nations. The group says it has received a declaration of support from its newly formed international board of ambassadors, who have pledged to work towards creating an inclusive society for people who are treated as outcasts because of a disability. Light for the World says on average persons with disabilities and households with a disabled member experience higher rates of deprivations including food insecurity, poor housing, and lack of access to water and sanitation. Gabriel Muller is director of public relations and international alliances for Light...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/21/13)
ROME | Mon Oct 21, 2013 (Reuters) - More than 100 survivors of a shipwreck in which hundreds of African immigrants died burst through the gates of a holding center on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Monday in a protest against the refusal of authorities to allow them to attend a funeral ceremony for the victims. The survivors of the October 3 disaster tried to catch a ferry to the Sicilian city of Agrigento, where an official ceremony was held 200 km (125 miles) from the island, Italy's southernmost point. When an interior ministry official denied them permission to board the ferry, the protesters sat down in front of the tiny island's town hall, blocking a main roads. "One...
(The Guardian 10/21/13)
For too long the status quo has been to simply make knowledge available. But that's not enough, data must also be actionable. Nathaniel Manning reiterates the importance of open data. It is paramount to share data throughout the development sector, most importantly getting it into the hands of the technologists in the developing world. The sector would benefit tremendously by embracing a collaborative, open development model in which not only financial and human capital is shared with the developing world but also the rich value of information capital. Open data has a multiplier effect for development. The original work creates the benefit that it was specifically intended to do, and opening up the data produced from that work ignites entrepreneurship,...
(Sunday Independent 10/20/13)
Johannesburg - This week, for a second consecutive year, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s committee of eminent persons resolved there was no African leader deemed worthy of the $5 million (R49m) Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. It is the fourth time there has been no winner in its seven-year history. As in previous no-awards years, the decision has been met with curiosity and derision. There’s no denying the prestige, if not the quantum, of the award for recipients. Comprising $5m over 10 years and $200 000 annually for life thereafter, as well as a possible $200 000 extra each year towards the winner’s philanthropic activities, it is a substantial award. Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire,...
(The New York Times 10/19/13)
FORT RILEY, Kan. — Here on the Kansas plains, thousands of soldiers once bound for Iraq or Afghanistan are now gearing up for missions in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy to train and advise indigenous forces to tackle emerging terrorist threats and other security risks so that American forces do not have to. The first-of-its-kind program is drawing on troops from a 3,500-member brigade in the Army’s storied First Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One, to conduct more than 100 missions in Africa over the next year. The missions range from a two-man sniper team in Burundi to 350 soldiers conducting airborne and humanitarian exercises in South Africa. The brigade has also sent a 150-member...
(Zimbabwe Independent 10/18/13)
The frosty relations between the International Criminal Court (ICC), which came into force on July 1 2002, and African leaders show signs of further deterioration with African leaders accusing The Hague of employing double standards against Africans. The conflict was sparked in July 2008 when the then prosecutor Moreno Ocampo applied for a warrant of arrest for Omar Al-Bashir, the sitting President of the Republic of Sudan. Al-Bashir was charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Darfur region of South Sudan. Since establishment, the office of the prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC has investigated eight cases involving alleged violations of international criminal law. Each of these investigations is related to situations in African countries, namely the...
(AFP 10/18/13)
LAGOS, 18 octobre 2013 (AFP) - Le Nigeria, les Etats-Unis, la Grande-Bretagne, l'Espagne et les Pays-Bas, ont mené ensemble vendredi des exercices militaires dans le cadre des efforts mis en place sur la scène internationale pour lutter contre la piraterie dans le Golfe de Guinée. Des gardes-côtes, des frégates, des navires de guerre et des hélicoptères ont pris part à l'exercice amphibie qui porte le nom de code "African wings" (les ailes de l'Afrique), au large de Lagos. Selon le vice-amiral de la marine nigériane Dele Joseph Ezeoba, qui s'est adressé à la presse depuis le site des opérations, l'exercice a pour but d'"envoyer un signal clair aux criminels présents dans nos eaux, que nous sommes fin prêts à les...
(Voice of America 10/18/13)
UNITED NATIONS — Five countries have won two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council, including two potentially controversial countries. U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe announced the winners of the secret ballot vote. “Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia are elected members of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning on 1 January 2014,” he said. They will replace outgoing members Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo. The seats are allocated regionally, and all five candidates had been agreed upon in advance within their regional groups, so they faced no competition. But they all were required to win a two-thirds majority approval of voting U.N. member states, which they did. Chad, Saudi Arabia and Lithuania have never served...
(Voice of America 10/17/13)
A former high-ranking UN investigator says the International Criminal Court (ICC) must look into – and prosecute – all human rights violations committed during Ivory Coast’s civil war – or lose its credibility. Alan White, the former chief of investigations for the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone, said the ICC’s work must include those groups which fought against the previous government. The ICC is gathering evidence to prosecute former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo for his role in a civil war that followed his refusal to accept the October 2010 presidential vote. “I hope for the credibility of the ICC that they ensure that there is balanced prosecution,” said White. White expressed hope that ICC’s new deputy prosecutor James...
(Voice of America 10/17/13)
A former high-ranking UN investigator says the International Criminal Court (ICC) must look into – and prosecute – all human rights violations committed during Ivory Coast’s civil war – or lose its credibility. Alan White, the former chief of investigations for the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone, said the ICC’s work must include those groups which fought against the previous government. The ICC is gathering evidence to prosecute former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo for his role in a civil war that followed his refusal to accept the October 2010 presidential vote. “I hope for the credibility of the ICC that they ensure that there is balanced prosecution,” said White. White expressed hope that ICC’s new deputy prosecutor James...
(Vibe Ghana 10/17/13)
Ghana police new logoThe Half Assin Police has arrested two Ivorians for snatching a toyota corolla vehicle, the Deputy Superintendent of Police John Ferguson Dzineku, Jomoro District Police Commander, has said. The suspects are Francis Auluviet, 33, and Koudou Gueto Joseph, both from Yopougou in Cote d’Ivoire. He told the GNA that the suspects hired the vehicle from Aflao to Accra and made a stop at a restaurant at Sogakokpe in the Volta Region where they gave some drinks to the driver, Emmanuel Agbozo, which made him dizzy. DSP Dzineku said one of the suspects took over the steering wheel and drove the vehicle to Accra and made another stop at the SSNIT Guest House. He said at the guest...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/13)
BUCHAREST, October 17, 2013 (AFP) - The president of the International Criminal Court said Thursday it has never targeted any African country, calling such criticism "regrettable". "We never chased any African country, we didn't do anything in this respect, they brought their own situation to us," Korean judge Sang-Hyun Song told AFP, speaking in English. His comments were the ICC's strongest response yet to accusations by made by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at last week's African Union summit of "bias and race-hunting at the ICC". The African Union has called on the ICC to adjourn the crimes against humanity trials of Kenyatta and Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto. But Song strongly defended the court, speaking during a conference in Bucharest organised...

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