South Africa:Could a Coalition Govt Rule South Africa?

[Notes from the House] Last week South Africa watched a new form of political warfare being played out in our Metropolitan Councils (metros), and it might just prove to be an early preview of things to come. MIKE LAW, who is coordinating a project looking at experiences of coalition politics, domestic and abroad, sounds a warning.

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Congo-Kinshasa:Impact of the Bemba Acquittal Already Seen in DRC

[Bemba Trial Website] The return of Jean-Pierre Bemba to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday has once again generated attention on the militia leader-turned-politician. His return is less than two months after judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted him for the rape, murder, and pillage committed by troops in his Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) in the Central African Republic (CAR). The legal aspects of his acquittal have been the subject of substantial discussion, with commentators

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Sudan:Security Council Downsizes AU-UN Mission in Darfur, Eying Eventual Exit

[UN News] The Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in Sudan’s Darfur until the end of June next year, but reduced the number of troops deployed in the field with an eye towards the mission’s eventual exit.

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