Tag Archives: Africa

DR Congo: Over a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in worst attack on ‘blue helmets’ in recent history

8 December 2017 – At least 15 United Nations ‘blue helmets’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed and many more injured, in what the Secretary-General António Guterres described as the “worst attack” on UN peacekeepers in recent history.

Hunger, Foreign Debt and Uganda’s Fairytale Budgets

An abiding image of Uganda in April 2017 is of a group of elderly people squatting around an anthill, men and women, patting it with bunches of greenery to coax the termites out. They then pluck up the termites and eat them, not as the seasonal delicacy usually caught by young people on moonlit nights but as a primary source of nourishment.

France | Macron Given Not-So-Warm Welcome in Burkina Faso

During  a speech that some have called “paternalistic,” Macron told a student that she “owes” French soldiers in Burkina Faso “applause.”

When French President Emmanuel Macron’s delegation arrived in Burkina Faso this week, the president who has become known for making condescending remarks about Africa was given a not-so-warm welcome as protesters shouted “down with imperialism” and put up barricades and burning tires.

Mugabe out, soldiers to return to barracks – Zimbabwe army chief

Members of the Zimbabwean Defense Forces (ZDF) will be returning to their barracks following the swearing-in of President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday, the army chief General Constantino Chiwenga has told the BBC.

Lessons of Zimbabwe

It is hard to think of a figure more reviled in the West than Robert Mugabe. Liberal and conservative commentators alike portray him as a brutal dictator, and blame him for Zimbabwe’s descent into hyperinflation and poverty. The seizure of white-owned farms by his black supporters has been depicted as a form of thuggery, and as a cause of the country’s declining production, as if these lands were doomed by black ownership. Sanctions have been imposed, and opposition groups funded with the explicit aim of unseating him.