Africa Center for Strategic Studies 

Media Review for June 13, 2011

General William E. "Kip" Ward receives the 2011 ACSS Visionary Award
he Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) presented its annual "Visionary Award: Achievement in Peace and Security" to U.S. Army General William E. "Kip" Ward during an award ceremony and luncheon held in his honor on June 8, 2011, in conjunction with the ACSS Senior Leaders Seminar in Washington, D.C. The Visionary Award is given to a person whom the Center deems to have made an outstanding contribution towards promoting democracy, good governance, improving civil-military relations, fostering cooperation in the security arena, and countering ideological support for terrorism. ACSS


Secretary Clinton's Interview on Africa 360
"Welcome to this special edition of Africa 360, the current affairs show at the forefront of news from your continent. I'm Chris Maroleng and we're bringing you this special debate with the Secretary of State from the United States, Madam Hillary Clinton."


Good Governance Will Unleash Africa's Potential, Clinton Says
Good governance is essential for Africa's development and achievement of its full potential, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says, calling for free elections across the continent and for strong democratic institutions. Africom


East Africa al-Qaeda chief killed in Somalia
Somali police have said Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, one of Africa's most wanted al-Qaeda operative, was killed in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital city, earlier this week. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that the death of Mohammed, to whom she referred as "Harun Fazul", was "a significant blow to al-Qaeda and its extremist allies and its operations in East Africa". Aljazeera


Sudan: President Agrees to Withdraw SAF From Abyei - Report
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has reportedly agreed to withdraw his forces from the contested region of Abyei during a summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Sudan Tribune


New Fear of Civil War in Sudan
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 oil. "Population claim to the land is more important to the main tribal groups than oil," professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, Ibrahim El Nur, told IPS. IPS


U.N. Pulls Staff from Sudanese City
The United Nations has begun pulling nonessential staff members from the restive Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan, even as it sends more peacekeepers there to protect civilians, officials said Sunday. The New Yorl Times


North Sudan army denies mutiny, downing of warplane in South Kordofan
North Sudan's army has categorically denied reports of a mutiny within its ranks as well as claims by the opposition Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) that one of its warplanes was shot down in the central state of South Kordofan. Sudan Tribune


Clinton to press African Union on Libya
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will urge the African Union to get tougher on Libya on Monday, hoping to push Africa's leaders into a firmer stance on the ousting of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. Clinton, the first U.S. secretary of state to address the 53-member AU in Addis Ababa, is also expected to warn that Middle East protests could echo in Africa, where many entrenched leaders have yet to deliver on political and economic reforms. Reuters


Muammar Gaddafi's forces come under fire from the west
Muammar Gaddafi's increasingly stretched army is struggling to crush a surprise rebel offensive in Zawiya, a strategic town just 30 miles west of Tripoli, while fighting has also been reported in the largest town in the Libyan Sahara. At least 13 rebel fighters and civilians were killed in Zawiya on Saturday after the attack on government forces. The Guardian


Libya's rebels claim resurgence; government denies
From the east and west, working with NATO air strikes, resurgent rebels battled Libyan government forces on Sunday at flashpoints along the Mediterranean coast, rebel commanders reported. The government said their victory claims were "wishful reporting." USA Today


Maghreb uprisings: Truth is 'impossible to find'
With all the analysis and news on Libya, we still do not know very much about who the rebels are and where their support comes from. Pambazuka News


Turkey offers Gaddafi a way out
Turkey offered Muammar Gaddafi a way out of Libya on Saturday with guarantees of safe passage to wherever he wants to go as fresh NATO air strikes hit Tripoli. The Libyan leader has yet to respond to the offer. France 24


Somali interior minister killed in suicide attack
Somalia's Interior Minister Abdishakur Sheikh Hassan died in a suicide attack at his home on Friday allegedly carried out by his niece. Security forces confirmed that a young woman who had been staying at the minister's home for the past three days was behind the attack. RFI


Somali Pirates Free Kuwaiti Oil Tanker After Ransom
Somali pirates are reported to have released a Kuwaiti oil tanker held since late March. A piracy watchdog group says the pirates were paid $12 million to release the ship. VOA


Failed Ethiopian 'day of rage' highlights Zenawi's power
Calling itself the Ethiopian Youth Movement, the group had set May 28 as the 'day of rage' against what it said was Zenawi's authoritarian regime. The day was chosen to coincide with the 20th anniversary celebrations of Ethiopia's ruling party. In online networks and all through the blogosphere thousands of Ethiopians had subscribed to the cause, giving rise to feeble hopes of a rare challenge to Zenawi's hold on the Horn of Africa country. East African


African Leaders Discuss Bigger Free Trade Zone
African leaders have opened talks in Johannesburg on forming a 26-nation free trade bloc that would be the biggest on the continent. The proposed Grand Free Trade Area would join three existing trade blocs - the East African Community, the Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. VOA


African leaders endorse Madagascar poll
Southern African leaders have endorsed a roadmap to steer Madagascar to new elections but called on strongman Andry Rajoelina to allow the return of ousted president Marc Ravalomanana. The exiled ex-president has refused to sign off on the deal, which initially said he would be allowed home only 'after the establishment of a favourable political and security environment' on the island. Sky News


Algeria destroys 11,000 mines dating from French colonial era
The Algerian army uncovered and destroyed 11,000 landmines last month along its eastern and western borders dating from its war of independence from France, the state APS news agency reported Sunday. Middle East Online


CAR, rebels sign ceasefire accord
The Central African government and CPJP rebels on Sunday signed a ceasefire agreement at the disarmament ministry. "The Central African government and the CPJP agreed to sign an eight-point ceasefire agreement," said the document signed by junior Disarmament Minister General Xavier-Sylvestre Yangongo and the rebels' political advisor Mahamat Zakaria on behalf of CPJP leader Abdoulaye Hissene. News 24


Egypt: Mohamed ElBaradei not sure to run for president
Egyptian pro-democracy campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei said in a televised interview aired on Sunday that he is not sure he will run for president, because there has not been not enough debate about the future of the country. The Guardian


Arab Spring Leaves Egypt In An Economic Slump
Following the revolution that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year, the country's economy is sagging - tourism has plummeted, unemployment is soaring and poverty is spreading. This week, a delegation of U.S. business leaders is expected to visit the Arab world's most populous state, looking to give the economy a boost. NPR


Is It Still Good to Be the King ... of Morocco?
Is reform possible in the Arab world? Is there, that is, a fourth path beyond revolution, repression, and the wholesale bribery deployed by the wealthy Gulf states? If peaceful evolution is possible anywhere, it is in Morocco. And we won't have to wait more than a week or two for the first clues about which way Morocco will go. Foreign Policy


Rarely-seen archive fuels debate on years of Mugabe misrule
A new documentary film drawing on rarely-seen archive footage from Zimbabwe, has rekindled a debate about President Robert Mugabe's 30-year descent into misrule. Simon Bright's 80-minute film, Whatever Happened to Robert Mugabe, premiered in South Africa as his ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) used a regional summit in Johannesburg yesterday to disavow unity government Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, and push for elections as soon as possible. The Independant


Claims of African 'land grab' spark controversy
A new report published this week claims farmers in Africa are being driven off their traditional lands to make way for vast new industrial farming projects backed by European hedge funds seeking profits and foreign countries looking for cheap food. CNN


What's it like to be a sponsored child?
Sponsoring a child in the developing world is a popular form of charitable giving. But what do the children themselves make of the system? When Priscilla was a child, a donor many thousands of miles from her Ghanaian village helped pay for her schooling. For years she exchanged letters with her British benefactor. Now she is 20, the charity has stopped the sponsorship and the relationship. BBC

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