In Case You Missed It: 2/21/17 – 2/27/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on March 2, 2017

17 year-old Nij Collins is a winner of the Google Code-In competition.

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news,  Nij Collins of Cameroon wins Google Code-In competition, the 19th Africa Energy Forum dates are confirmed, and South Africa remains in the International Criminal Court despite President Zuma’s notice of withdrawal.

Google Code-In competition sees first black-African winner

The Google Code-In competition is an open source project for pre-university applicants. Participants are required to be currently enrolled in a pre-university program, between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and a possess a willingness to learn.…

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Africa VS the ICC – Are there more war criminals in Africa?

By Sarah Crozier on June 26, 2015


An aircraft said to be carrying Mr Bashir takes off from an air base near Pretoria on Monday

Al-Bashir has escaped the clutches of the International Criminal Court (ICC) … again.

Leaving South Africa on his private jet after attending the African Union Summit last week, the President of Sudan, accused of war crimes over his conduct in the Darfur region, somehow felt safe enough to attend an event hosted by a signatory to the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the ICC in 2002.

So what is the deal? Are Africans willfully ignoring the ICC, or is the ICC just that incompetent?…

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Did the Obama administration and Western media try to influence Kenya elections?

By George Bamu on March 17, 2013

Kenyan president-elect, Uhuru Kenyatta
The Economist

Kenyan president-elect, Uhuru Kenyatta

On March 4, Kenyans elected Uhuru Kenyatta as their new president by a 50.07 percent vote. Runner up, Raila Odinga, the preferred choice of many Western governments, according to media reports, lost a close vote.  Odinga came close but fell short with 43 percent of the vote.

For good or for bad, the question going around now is whether the United States tried to play its hand to make Raila Odinga the president of Kenya. This was Odinga’s fourth try to win the Kenya presidency.

The issue about U.S. and European influence appears to linger and still probably a big news story as the Kenya results head to the country’s Supreme Court.…

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International community praying for peaceful elections in Kenya

By George Bamu on February 18, 2013

Kenyatta and Ruto in Nairobi
The Guardian newspaper

Kenyatta and Ruto in Nairobi

The memories of riots that rocked the African nation of Kenya after a disputed presidential result in December 2007 linger.

The demonstrations, property damage and resultant loss of lives pitted the country’s dominant tribes, the Luo’s, the Kikuyu’s and others against each other for the control of the Kenyan presidency. Six years have passed since that happened and now elections for who would take the reins from 81-year-old president Mwai Kibaki are set for March 4.

Eight candidates vying to take over from Kibaki shared the stage in an “American-style” presidential debate on February 11 in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital city.…

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Bashir warrant arrest will serve neither peace nor justice

By George Bamu on March 23, 2009

Photo credits: BBC

According to Andrew Natsios, the arrest warrant issued by the UN calling for the arrest of Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir does not help the cause in that country. Please see the full article written by Mr. Natsios for the Council on Foreign Relations(CFR) below.

Waltz With Bashir
Andrew Natsios

ANDREW NATSIOS is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan in 2006–7.

Two weeks ago, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced what many had long clamored for: an order for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whom it indicted in July for the atrocities his government committed against the people of Darfur.…

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Africa’s new era continues with gains in peace and democracy

By George Bamu on October 5, 2007

African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Photo

In the world of fast-paced twenty-four-hour news, to craft a powerful news headline means the headline should stand out and draw readers’ attention amid a plethora of stories from all directions.

It’s a theory that applies to print and television news–when powerful headline news, embodied in sudden peace agreements, rebel surrenders, mayhem and conflict, easily lead to wins in the ratings battle.

For Africa, a continent often portrayed in negative terms, with headlines bordering on poverty, war and disease, progress in the democratic and development processes, don’t help with ridding the continent of thoughts about underdevelopment.…

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