Africa Center for Strategic Studies 

Media Review for June 14, 2011

Hillary Clinton address to the  AU Commission in Ethiopia
Secretary Clinton (June 13): "To solve the problems confronting Africa and the world, we need the African Union. We also need Africa's sub-regional institutions, all of whom must help lead the way.


Eritrea eruption: Clinton cuts short African tour
The US secretary of state has cut short a three-nation tour of Africa following a volcano eruption that has created an ash cloud over parts of East Africa. Hillary Clinton arrived in the Ethiopian capital on Monday for an address to the African Union. US officials said the decision was taken because the cloud was due to move towards Addis Ababa. BBC


Clinton Urges Africa to Abandon Gadhafi
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for African nations to sever ties with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and demand his removal. Speaking from a lectern where Gadhafi has often addressed African assemblies, the secretary of state acknowledged the Libyan leader's influence in the 53-member body. But she urged African leaders to stand up for the organization's democratic ideals and take the lead in demanding his ouster. VOA


Ethiopia: Hilary Clinton to meet Jean Ping and Meles Zenawi
Ethiopian government has bolstered security around Addis Ababa, the country's capital, ahead of Hillary Clinton's visit on Monday. While in Ethiopia, the U.S. Secretary of State meet with both Ethiopian and African Union officials. The Africa Report


Sudanese Parties Agree to Demilitarize Tense Abyei Region
North and South Sudan have agreed in principle to demilitarize the tense Abyei border region and invite Ethiopian troops to keep peace along the disputed frontier. The talks are entering a third day, bogged down over questions of how Abyei is to be administered after the south secedes July 9. VOA


Bashir sets conditions to troop withdrawal from Abyei
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has agreed to withdraw his troops from the disputed Abyei district as long as certain conditions are met regarding the region's future administration, a South Sudanese has said on the second day of talks in Ethiopia. France 24


Sudan to announce "decisive" resolutions on Darfur "Western" aid groups
Sudanese authorities have been assessing the performance of "Western" aid agencies in the country's war-battered region of Darfur in order to issue "decisive resolutions" in the next few days, an official announced on Monday. Sudan Tribune


Khartoum accused of new wave of Darfur-style ethnic cleansing
The escalation of violence around the north-south border in the run-up to Sudan's big divide has sparked fears of a new civil war, but experts contend that the issue is more about land and water rather than A Darfur-style crisis is unfolding on the border between north and south Sudan, aid workers have warned, with large-scale ethnic cleansing and bombing of civilians sparking a humanitarian alert. The Independant


Humanitarian crisis on world's newest border
Despite a fragile 2005 peace deal, fighting broke out in Abyei on May 19 when Southern Sudanese forces attacked a U.N. convoy escorting Sudanese Armed Forces. The attack left 22 soldiers dead and brought retaliation by the Sudanese army, which took control of the town and expelled southern military units. The takeover was followed by looting and the displacement of thousands. Fleeing south, most people scattered into the bush, fearing they would be spotted by soldiers on the ground or military planes above. CNN


US House votes to block funding for Libya
The US House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the use of funds for US military operations in Libya. Politicians adopted the amendment to a military appropriations bill by a vote of 248 to 163 late on Monday. A number of members of Congress have expressed their dissatisfaction at Barack Obama's, the US president, decision to go ahead with operations in Libya in March and to continue without congressional authorisation. Aljazeera

Libya's southern neighbors plan for life after Qaddafi
Bearing the brunt of the exodus of Libyan refugees, several countries in the Sahel region - including Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, and Chad - have called on Qaddafi to step down. CS Monitor


Germany recognises Libya's rebel national council
Germany has recognised the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) as the "sole legitimate representative" of the Libyan people, Berlin's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Monday. RFI


Africa's revolutions need Marshall Plan
The dire economic situation was one of the catalysts for the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. Now the West has to offer financial assistance, in order to prevent the fledgling democratization process from derailing. Deutcshe Welle


Al-Shabaab: the American connection
The news of another American suicide bomber shows, once again, the deadly allure of jihadism among a small number of young US citizens, but it also casts a light on the potential danger that allowing the conflict in Somalia to continue unabated poses. Now that we are at the third possible American suicide bomber in Somalia, it is time to take stronger measures to solve this problem - before it comes back to haunt us in the west. The Guardian


Robert Mugabe and Jacob Zuma clash
Robert Mugabe was involved in a bad tempered exchange with his South African counterpart yesterday as his hopes of triggering an early election this year were derailed at a regional summit. The Telegraph


Southern Africa: : Reforms First, Elections Later
A new constitution, voters' roll and electoral law, among other things, have to be in place before elections in Zimbabwe can be held but observers doubt if this can be implemented. IPS


New Egypt? 7,000 civilians jailed since Mubarak fell
Egypt's military rulers told human rights advocates Monday that at least 7,000 civilians have been sentenced to prison terms by military courts since Hosni Mubarak was ousted - an astoundingly high number likely to fuel debate over how much the revolution has changed the country. McClatchy News


Ex-Tunisian president Ben Ali to be tried on June 20
Tunisia's interim prime minister said on Monday that former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali (pictured), who fled to Saudi Arabia after being ousted by a popular uprising in January, will be tried in absentia on June 20. France 24


Africa and the Internet: a 21st century human rights issue?
African leaders could allow freedom of expression, or they could mimic the Chinese model of building a 'Great Firewall of China' to shut down Internet systems that allow critical thinking. CS Monitor


Africa's new middle class demands new politics
Africa is changing. Across the continent, robust urbanization, strong population growth, and sound economic policies are contributing to the development of an indigenous middle class. While this trend clearly interests multinational corporations hoping to tap into a new and growing market, the improving economic situation, changing consumer preferences, and the rise of a middle class may also deepen democracy in the region, albeit unevenly across the continent. Foreign Policy


How Kenyan athletes help struggling local communities
Adharanand Finn visits Arusei Junior Academy with athlete Isaac Arusei, who started the school when its precursor was destroyed in post-election violence. The Guardian

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