Category Archives: Africa

France | Rwanda 1994 : Macron repousse encore la reconnaissance de l’implication française dans le génocide

Ce dimanche le Président français n’est pas intervenu pour reconnaître les responsabilités françaises dans le génocide des Tutsis du Rwanda, se contentant d’annoncer que le 7 avril serait désormais « une journée de commémoration » de ce génocide. Malgré l’ensemble des informations accumulées sur le sujet depuis 25 ans, il choisit d’attendre encore, en créant une commission d’historiens. Du point de vue de l’accès aux archives, celle-ci représente un recul par rapport à l’ouverture des archives promise par son prédécesseur, François Hollande. Elle donne également aux historiens un avantage sur les juges qui devraient être les premiers à en bénéficier. A Paris, des militants de Survie Paris ont rappelé cette complicité de la France avec les extrémistes hutus, par une action symbolique place de la République.

Zimbabwe: Cyclone Idai, Sanctions and Capitalism

by Mafa Kwanisai Mafa

About a month ago Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique were devastated by a tropical cyclone that was described by the United Nations as one of the worst disasters ever to strike the Southern Hemisphere. Approximately 2.6 million people were affected in the three countries. Cyclone Idai hit the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds up to 170km/ph. It then proceeded inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and taking more than 1,000 people, with many others unaccounted for across the three countries. Torrential rainfall washed away road networks in Zimbabwe.

Algerians celebrate Bouteflika’s resignation, protesters reject new govt

Algerians are in a celebratory mood following Tuesday’s resignation of ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose bid to seek a fifth term in February sparked mass protests.

Hundreds took to the streets of the capital after state media announced the 82-year-old’s departure, capping a wave of protests demanding the removal of an aging elite seen by many as out of touch with ordinary people and presiding over an economy riven by cronyism.

Pursuing elusive stability in the Sahel

by Zoe Gorman

Despite an expanding cast of security actors responding to conflicts in Mali, insecurity is escalating and spreading across porous borders throughout the Sahel region. The attack on 23 March 2019, the deadliest in the region since 2013, by a Dozo hunting militia killing at least 160 Fulani villagers in central Mali near the border with Burkina Faso, indicates an increasingly volatile security environment with entrenched, intercommunal grievances. Clan groups in the Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger elide borders, and the historic Sahara-Sahel trade routes and majority Muslim populations further connect the region. But the Sahel nations also share many underlying destabilizing factors—both predating and resulting from the evolving crisis in Mali.

Internal Report Shows WWF Was Warned Years Ago Of “Frightening” Abuses

by Katie J.M. Baker Tom Warren

The wildlife charity said it would investigate evidence of violence against indigenous people uncovered by BuzzFeed News. But internal documents reveal WWF had already commissioned an investigation that warned of human rights abuses in 2015.