• An update on the South Sudan civil war

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    Juba managed to browbeat IGAD into reneging itself and refusing the participation of the Seven, a move that immediately choked off whatever little life was left in the “peace talks”. But Riak has recently declared that he was now planning to start a national organization, i.e. a kind of SPLA 2. Meanwhile,both Riak and Salva want to be the oil masters, so as to extract aid from Khartoum.

    Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 20:47
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  • Ethiopia is ranked as the strongest military power in Sub Saharan Africa

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    I feel the ranking by Global Fire Power seem to have missed the point that the Ethiopian military establishment is more experienced in combat than that of Algeria and Egypt. Preparedness at all times and capacity to project power across national borders should have been an important consideration. In this regard Algeria and Egypt are not even in the picture. The Zimbabweans have tried to do some effective cross border operations in Mozambique and DRC but the scale and depth of it is not comparable to that of Ethiopia. 

    Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 19:38
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  • South Sudan : Peace Talks without Peace And without Talks

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    The other pre-conditions of the opposition – the complete release of the four still detained and the withdrawal of the Ugandan troops – had not been met . As a result , after six days of “peace talks” , nobody has started talking . And if they do , what could they be talking about . The peace ? On January 23rd the government and those it termed “the rebels” had signed a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement . But the hostilities had not stopped . They simply had slowed down due to shortages of fuel and ammunition . But this did not apply to the Ugandan forces , which were still largely supplied with both . 

    Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 08:45
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  • The Price of Provocation: Crimea and the International System

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    Jackie Liu

    Whatever the reasons lay behind the new development in Ukraine, all appeared to undermine the sense of security and safety of Russia, which Ukraine was supposed to protect. Worries about the move by Russia in Crimea should not inhibit inquiries in a way that blocks sober examination into the factors that led to the crisis.One would wonder why the West continued with the expansion of NATO even after the demise of the Soviet Union. This is the only cause for the crisis in Crimea. Hence, the sole policies put into effect by president Putin were not only consequences of the series of provocations supported by the West but calculated responses to them.

    Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 19:40
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  • South Sudan : the humanitarian disaster

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    There are large unopened mass graves in Malakal and others in Bor . Part of the figure of 29,000 are the 11,000 Nuer casualties in Juba dating back to December . But there are many closed houses from which a strong stench of rotting corpses is issuing and that nobody dares to open . Worse , the massacres are still going on in Juba itself at present , albeit at a lower level of intensity.

    Last Updated on Sunday, 16 February 2014 12:17
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