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Modi’s African Outreach Picks Up In Rwanda, Uganda, And South Africa

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the President of Uganda, Yoweri K. Museveni, in Kampala, Uganda on July 24, 2018. Photo/PIB

India’s links with Africa are centuries old, bolstered by trade across the Indian Ocean and a million-strong diaspora across Africa. Shared colonial legacy and post-independence development experience has framed India’s relationship with Africa. India’s role as a champion of anti-colonialism and anti-racism after its independence in 1947 drew it closer to the African nations. India emerged as one of the most vocal critics of apartheid in South Africa.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Coming To Terms

Burkina Faso, Congo, and Burundi are among the world’s poorest, least developed, worst governed countries. Compaoré, Kabila, and Nkurunziza are corrupt and unaccountable men, more like Mafia godfathers than like public servants, and they hardly bother to pretend otherwise. When they say that they must remain in office, they make no case for what good they’ll do, no connection between their interest in power and the public interest.

Read Here – The New Yorker

Weak Peace Links In Africa

Conflicts in Africa are not new, but they have never been more linked than they are today. In most cases, criminal networks or neighboring governments have empowered armed groups to seek control of some of the world’s weakest states.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Ending War Rape

The United Nations Security Council took an unprecedented step this summer. Pushed principally by the United Kingdom, the council passed its first resolution addressing what it calls “sexual violence in conflict.” That’s a euphemism for an all-too-common problem in many parts of the world: Using rape as a weapon of wartime intimidation. In the human-rights world, it’s called war rape.

The Myth Of Large Numbers

The United States often uses exaggerated civilian casualty numbers to make a case for military intervention in strife-torn regions.

Since the 1990s, the West has justified its military interventions on liberal grounds — to remove noxious leaders who oppress their people or who have begun to conduct policies that appear genocidal. Buoyed by the intervention in Yugoslavia and chagrined by the massacres in Rwanda, the West pushed the United Nations to adopt a policy in 2005 known as Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

Read Here – The Hindu

The fate of Africa’s largest country – Congo – may hang on the whim of Rwanda

THE first act of the rebel army that conquered Goma, a city in eastern Congo, on November 20th was to march up to the border with neighbouring Rwanda, as if for a celebratory inspection. A few hundred fighters with Kalashnikov rifles paraded past the silent guns of the United Nations peacekeepers, who were meant to defend the lakeside city and keep the rebels out. The ill-disciplined Congolese national army had already fled. A spokesman for the rebels, who call themselves M23, said they were going to “greet their friends”. On the Rwandan side of the border a crowd gathered to cheer.

There is now a real risk of a new war breaking out in this troubled, mineral-rich part of central Africa which, from 1998 until 2003, experienced the most lethal conflict since the second world war. What happens next hinges on the true nature of the relations between Rwanda and M23, a group that was born seven months ago and draws its name from an attempted peace deal signed on March 23rd, 2009.

Read Here – The Economist

The Bloody Conflict You Didn’t Read About This Week Is In Congo, And It Threatens To Redraw The Map Of Africa.

One of Congo’s biggest eastern cities fell to a powerful rebel force on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in a war that may redefine the region but has produced little political action by the United Nations, the United States, and international powers that heavily support neighboring governments — notably Rwanda, a Western darling and aid recipient — that are backing the violence,according to U.N. experts. The fighting has displaced nearly 1 million people since the summer, and the battle for the city of Goma marks the latest episode of a long struggle by Rwandan-backed rebels to take control of a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo — a struggle the rebels are now decisively winning. The fighting has also highlighted the ineptitude of the United Nations mission, one of the world’s largest and most expensive, charged with keeping Congo’s peace.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Can the U.N. Security Council Reform?

As the rebellion in Syria languishes on with little attention from the international community, aconfidential report authored by the U.N. Security Council’s Group of Experts was leaked to Reuters. This is not the first time such a “leak” has occurred, which implicates the credibility of the Group of Experts or the U.N. itself. The report allegedly confirms that the M23 rebels operating in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are under not only the material and financial support of the Ugandan and Rwandan governments, but under the direct military command of Rwanda’s Ministry of Defence.

Read Here – Foreign Policy Blogs

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