Quick, put a strongman in their way MUCH of Syria lies in ruins, but Bashar al-Assad’s bureaucracy of repression hums along.
[UN News] The Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan, with those Members in favour saying it would protect civilians, while abstainers voiced concerns that it would undermine the ongoing peace process in the world’s youngest country.
[Atlantic Council] Burundians will go to the polls on Thursday, May 17 to vote in a constitutional referendum set to allow Pierre Nkurunziza, president since the end of the country’s civil war in 2005, an opportunity to stay in power until 2034.
[allAfrica] Burundi, South Africa and Zimbabwe look set to be punished – or at least sent to the naughty corner – by the United States if the Trump administration acts on threats to penalise countries which don’t agree with Washington at the United Nations.
[RFI] French billionaire Bolloré on Sunday fought allegations that his family-run group corrupted foreign public officials to win port concessions in West Africa.
[Deutsche Welle] For the second time in two days, Tuareg groups have reported an attack near the Niger border. Large tracts of the country remain lawless despite a peace accord signed with ethnic Tuareg leaders.
[allAfrica] For millions of Africans, malaria is a debilitating disease which repeatedly disrupts their lives and their productivity, leaving them “miserable, beyond miserable” every time it strikes, as the award-winning Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes it.
[Guardian] Angered by the seemingly intractable killings across the country, senators yesterday charged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately dismiss the heads of security agencies as well as the service chiefs.
[Deutsche Welle] The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali is its deadliest. The Canadian deployment is expected to help relieve German helicopters scheduled to depart from Mali this summer.
[East African] In Cameroon, the election for president in October will take place against the background of a crisis that could break up the country.