By Victor Ariole
No quarrel is ever small”. Amadou Hampaté Bâ
08/08/2020 – The Malian debacle is bound to explode if it is not quickly nipped in the bud like the great sage Bâ says, try to avoid a quarrel before it turns to a conflagration that could destroy both humans and their long sought freedom. At independence, a Keita was the president of Mali and it was in respect of tradition that the reigning dynasty in Mali be the leader. He was Modibo Keita. Modibo aligned himself very well with the people as per the adoption of socialist principles which endeared him to the most powerful neighbour, Senegal, to form the federation of West Sudan toward convincing the stretch that traverses Burkina Faso, Niger, and Nigeria, to have a common Sudanese government that could link them to the Arab world. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Mahmoud Dicko: Mali’s Albatross »
07/08/2020 – Egypt and Greece on Thursday signed a maritime deal that sets the sea boundary between the two countries and demarcates an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights. Continuer à lire … « Egypt, Greece sign maritime deal to counter Libya-Turkey one »
Coalition urges regional body to prioritise intervention in crisis
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appointed former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as special envoy to lead its mediation mission in Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali – ECOWAS names ex-president Jonathan special envoy for Mali »
01/07/2020 – Greece discussed on the delimitation of maritime zones Libya, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias revealed on Wednesday after meeting with Aquila Saleh, the President of the Libyan House of Representatives, in Tobruk. Continuer à lire … « Greek FM Dendias discusses “delimitation of maritime zones” with Libya »
04/01/2020 – TENSIONS between the US and Iran, as well as between Iran and Saudi Arabia, are reaching a critical level, as are risks of a deliberate or accidental confrontation among these parties.
Nearly two years after entering into force, the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 (permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany) is in jeopardy. Continuer à lire … « Horn of Africa face threats as US-Iran conflict escalates »
23/09/2019 – The eastern-based army of Libya on Sunday announced killing more than 90 members of the rival UN-backed government’s forces in battles and airstrikes during the past two days. »The death toll of the militias (UN-backed government’s forces) exceeded 90 and more than 150 were injured, as a result of airstrikes and direct clashes. Most of those casualties are from the city of Misurata, » the eastern-based army’s information office said in a statement. Continuer à lire … « Libya’s eastern-based army kills over 90 of UN-backed gov’t forces »
09/09/2019 – When neither opponent can achieve the upper hand in a game of chess, it’s only a matter of time before a stalemate is declared. In a protracted battle in which no-one enjoys the upper hand, the question is not if but when there will be an impasse. Chess is, of course, a world away from the painful deadlock between states and terror groups characterised by the loss of lives and social upheaval – but it’s a useful analogy. Continuer à lire … « Dialogue does not mean defeat: rethinking Africa’s stance on counter-terrorism »
2019/13/02 – The human rights situation in Mali is a cause of grave concern as security and humanitarian conditions in central and northern areas continue to worsen, says UN Independent Expert Alioune Tine.
“The combination of violence across communal lines, coupled with the violence of armed extremist group operations, the anti-terrorist operations of the Malian and international defence and security forces, and organized crime create a deep sense of fear and insecurity,” said Mr. Tine presenting a statement at the end of a fact-finding visit. Continuer à lire … « Mali needs comprehensive strategy to prevent violence and human rights abuses, says Independent Expert »
Russia supports the search for African solutions to the problems like the issue of mercenarism, a senior Russian diplomat said Monday.
Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, made the point in his statement to a United Nations Security Council debate with the theme of Mercenary activities as a source of insecurity and destabilization in Africa. Continuer à lire … « Russia supports Africa in ending mercenarism »