Africa Center for Strategic Studies 

Media Review for July 6, 2011

South Sudan Could Join UN Shortly After Independence
The president of the United Nations Security Council says south Sudan could become an official U.N. member as early as next week. The new nation, which will be known as the Republic of South Sudan, is set to mark its independence on Saturday. VOA


South Sudan plans to review oil contracts after independence
The government of the oil-producing region of South Sudan on Tuesday July 5 said it will review all the contracts it said were signed by the Khartoum-based government with international companies specialising in oil exploration before the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Sudan Tribune


Sudan sees big changes with creation of South Sudan
Sudan will drop in size by one quarter and lose 8 million people from its population when the state of South Sudan comes into being in a few days, a Sudanese official said Tuesday. "Sudan has lost a quarter of its size with the creation of the state of South Sudan; its size has decreased from 2.5 million square kilometers to 1.881 million square kilometers," Abdullah al-Sadiq, head of the Sudanese National Survey Authority, told journalists. CNN


The two Sudans' interdependence won't end with South's secession
The soon-to-be separate countries will remain interdependent after South Sudan's July 9 independence because of intertwined economies and security concerns. CS Monitor


Sudan boat blaze leaves 200 feared drowned
Nearly 200 African migrants are feared drowned after a boat carrying them to Saudi Arabia caught fire off Sudan's north-eastern coast, a semi-official Sudanese news agency has reported. The Sudan Media Centre said three migrants were rescued. The boat had set off from Red Sea state in Sudan and sailed for four hours in Sudanese territorial waters before the blaze broke out, according to the news agency. The Guardian


EA countries get more US aid for fighting Al-Shabaab
The US is escalating its military involvement in Somalia with a recent drone strike against Islamist insurgents and the provision of nearly $50 million in new military aid to Uganda and Burundi, the countries that make up the African Union fighting force inside Somalia. East African


Somali terrorism suspect secretly held by US
A Somali man who has appeared before a US criminal court to face charges of assisting al-Qaeda and a Somali armed group was questioned secretly aboard a US Navy ship for more than two months without being advised of his rights. Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was captured in the Gulf of Aden on April 19, where he faced questioning by US interrogators "for intelligence purposes for more than two months" before being read his Miranda rights, US prosecutors said in a statement. Aljazeera


Nigeria: Boko Haram kills seven in Borno
Senators met with service chiefs in camera on Tuesday to discuss the Boko Haram onslaught claiming lives and property in the North, particularly in Kaduna, Maiduguri, Borno, and Bauchi, where the police have attacked the hideout of the jihadists. But Boko Haram piled on the terror on Tuesday in Maiduguri, killing seven persons, including two policemen, one soldier, one Customs officer, and three civilians. Daily Independant


Nigeria: Former Police Inspector Blames Security Challenges to Lack of Accurate Intelligence
A former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, has blamed the current security challenges in the country on the lack of accurate intelligence by security agencies. Coomassie said in Katsina on Tuesday that the security situation was worrisome and called for urgent solution. He noted that the sporadic bomb blasts, threats of the Boko Haram militants and other security lapses were all traceable to the lack of effective and accurate intelligence by security agencies. allAfrica


Al Qaeda attacks army base close to Mali border
Members of al Qaeda's north African branch attacked an army base in south Mauritania close to the border with Mali Tuesday, military sources reported. There were no reports of casualties after the attack. France 24


Libya war boosting Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb?
Despite US training and support, West African nations have been unable to stamp out the terrorist group and the upheaval in Libya may be bolstering the group's arsenal. CS Monitor


US Senate Postpones Libya Vote
The U.S. Senate has postponed voting on a resolution authorizing limited American military involvement in Libya. The move came amid Republican insistence that the chamber focus on a more pressing need: the nation's impending debt crisis. VOA


Libyan rebels in fresh attack on Tripoli, but still 30 long miles away
Libyan rebels, backed by NATO air power, on Wednesday launched a promised assault on a key gateway to Tripoli, attacking positions just 30 miles from the capital. Buoyed by French arms drops and NATO-led air strikes, the rebels attacked positions in the Gualish area, in the plains north of their enclave in the Nafusa. Al Arabiya


'Gaddafi prepared to go'
Muammar Gaddafi is sounding out the possibility of handing over power, a Russian newspaper has said. It came a day after Russia hosted President Jacob Zuma - who has tried to broker a peace deal for Libya - and Nato secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen for talks on the strife-torn North African country. Times Live


Africa's worst drought in 60 years threatens famine for 10m
Suddenly there is talk of famine in Africa again. Ten million people are at risk of starvation in the worst drought conditions in 60 years in Ethiopia, Somalia and northern Kenya. Tens of thousands of people have left their homes in search of water and food. Hundreds of thousands of farm animals have died. The Independant


Al Shabaab lifts ban on aid agencies operation in Somalia
Somalia's Islamist insurgent group of Al Shabaab on Wednesday announced they were lifting a ban imposed last year on humanitarian agencies operating in the drought-hit Horn of African nation, according to the spokesman for the group. Xinhua


United States Resumes Aid Program in Niger
The United States will resume assisting Niger according to the terms of a pact designed to help developing nations promote good governance, national responsibility and measurable results. The board of directors of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, voted unanimously June 22 to reinstate an assistance charter with Niger in recognition of its return to democratic rule, the corporation announced.


Morocco's constitution could hold lessons in Arab world
Morocco's overwhelming approval of a new constitution granting new rights to women and minorities was met with scorn by some democracy advocates and hope by foreign policy experts that the reforms could become a model for Arab monarchies facing uprisings. USA Today


Watching and Calculating, African Governments Learn From the Arab Spring
It's no secret that Africa houses some of the longest-serving and most repressive dictators on the planet. Even among the states that have progressed past authoritarian rule, many governments still restrict basic rights with heavy-handed and often violent tactics. It's also no secret that Africa has the smallest Internet penetration of any continent, though it also cannot be denied that the advent of cheap, web-enabled phones has been precipitating broad changes in the continent's Internet landscape. The Huffington Post


In Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood showing cracks in its solidarity
Egypt's most potent political force has expelled five influential young members. The dismissals suggest the Muslim Brotherhood's conservatives can no longer command absolute loyalty as the group heads toward parliamentary elections in September. LA Times


Egyptian fenugreek seeds linked to E.coli banned by EU
Egyptian fenugreek seeds linked to the E.coli outbreaks in Germany and France have been banned by the European Union. It also placed a temporary ban on the import of all seeds and beans from the country. It followed a report earlier in that day that the fenugreek seeds were still on the market and were shipped to 12 countries - more than was previously believed - including Britain. The Telegraph


All is not well in Ivory Coast
Throughout Abidjan work crews fill in pot holes, fix lamp posts and repaint highway dividers, giving a tangible facelift to the metropolis largely left to crumble during former president Laurent Gbagbo's 10 years in power. The fresh coats of paint send a strong signal that Ivory Coast's new president, Alassane Ouattara, will put the country back to work. Globalpost

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