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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 12, 2015 This simple negotiation tactic brought 195 countries to consensus
QUOTE: An indaba is designed to allow every party to voice its opinion, but still arrive at a consensus quickly. It works because opinions and arguments can only be aired in a particular way: Instead of repeating stated positions, each party is encouraged to speak personally and state their “red lines,” which are thresholds that they don’t want to cross. But while telling others their hard limits, they are also asked to provide solutions to find a common ground.
Quartz May 25, 2011 Chasing Riches From Africa to Europe and Finding Only Squalor
QUOTE: Experts say thousands more — many of whom have been moving around North Africa trying to get to Europe for years, including Somalis, Eritreans, Senegalese and Nigerians — are likely to follow, sure that a better life awaits them. But for Mr. Jallow and for many others who arrived before them, often after days at sea without food or water, Europe has offered hardships they never imagined.
New York Times May 11, 2011 A Rite of Torture for Girls
QUOTE: (Infibulation) is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide, with three million girls mutilated each year in Africa alone... The challenge is that this is a form of oppression that women themselves embrace and perpetuate.
New York Times May 05, 2011 Alleged rape, killing of gay rights campaigner sparks call for action
QUOTE: A 24-year-old who was stabbed to death in South Africa is the victim of "corrective rape," gay rights activists said Thursday, a crime where men attack lesbians in an attempt to reverse their sexual orientation.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 15, 2011 Qaddafi Troops Fire Cluster Bombs Into Civilian Areas
QUOTE: “It’s unconscionable that Libya is using these indiscriminate weapons, especially in civilian populated areas… Cluster munitions are inaccurate and unreliable weapons that pose unacceptable dangers to civilians.”
New York Times Mar 30, 2011 Opposition Forces in Ivory Coast Make Major Gains
QUOTE: Residents reported gunfire exchanges, and the French government said its ambassador’s motorcade had been fired on by Mr. Gbagbo’s forces, “suggesting once more that Laurent Gbagbo no longer respects anything, that he is pursuing his policy of blind violence, and that he doesn’t hesitate to threaten human life, Ivorian and foreign alike,” a statement from the French foreign ministry said.
New York Times Mar 27, 2011 Advertise on NYTimes.com Libyan Rebels March Toward Qaddafi Stronghold
QUOTE: Musa Ibrahim... argued that Western powers were now attacking the Libyan Army in retreat, a far cry from the United Nations mandate to establish a no-fly zone to protect civilians. “Some were attacked as they were clearly moving westbound,” he said. “Clearly NATO is taking sides in this civil conflict. It is illegal. It is not allowed by the Security Council resolution. And it is immoral, of course.”
New York Times Feb 28, 2011 Zimbabwe Activists May Have Been Tortured, Official Says
QUOTE: State security agents had assaulted the 45 activists who, after watching reports of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, were recently detained and charged with treason... “It’s all prosecution to persecute,” Mr. Chamisa said. “Only a government afraid of its people and that has a guilty conscience would be in perennial combat with its own citizens.”
New York Times Feb 24, 2011 Recruits for Police in Sudan Are Abused
QUOTE: Over the course of the training, as many as 100 recruits may have died from severe punishment and harsh conditions, recruits and international observers say, prompting a United Nations investigation and a diplomatic scramble by donor nations.
New York Times Feb 21, 2011 Arrests in Zimbabwe for Seeing Videos
QUOTE: “This is a message that ‘If you attempt anything, we’re going to arrest you, assault you, incarcerate you, lay false charges against you, deny you bail, and occupy you with false trials,’ ” Mr. Muchadehama said. “That’s the message — ‘Don’t attempt this, it can’t be done here.’ ”
New York Times Jan 27, 2011 Ugandan gay rights activist bludgeoned to death
QUOTE: It was unclear whether Kato's killing was linked to his gay rights activism or a front-page story in a Ugandan tabloid that reignited anti-gay sentiments late last year.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 27, 2011 Ugandan Who Spoke Up for Gays Is Beaten to Death
QUOTE: Many Africans view homosexuality as an immoral Western import, and the continent is full of harsh homophobic laws. In northern Nigeria, gay men can face death by stoning. In Kenya, which is considered one of the more Westernized nations in Africa, gay people can be sentenced to years in prison.
New York Times Dec 21, 2010 African Farmers Displaced as Investors Move In
QUOTE: Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of arable land. Despite their ageless traditions, stunned villagers are discovering that African governments typically own their land and have been leasing it, often at bargain prices, to private investors and foreign governments for decades to come.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 Cell phones save lives in Rwandan villages
QUOTE: Nearly 500 volunteer community health care workers in the rural district of Musanze have been given free phones so they can keep track of all the pregnant women in their villages.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 27, 2010 More Troops for Somalia, but No Peace to Keep
QUOTE: If there is one place on the African continent that could benefit from new thinking, it is Somalia, a country that has been mired in mutating forms of civil war for nearly 20 years.
New York Times Jul 26, 2010 Raising Coffee in Ethiopia, With Help From Harlem
QUOTE: It [Aby Fund] will soon be joining forces with a co-op of 700 coffee farmers in the ancient Ethiopian city of Harrar, with a mission to improve the quality of the farmers’ lives by helping them improve the quality of their coffee beans.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 Burundi: Journalist Who Criticized Military Is Charged With Treason
QUOTE: A journalist has been arrested and charged with treason for publishing an article suggesting that Burundi’s military was not capable of defending the country against terrorist attacks.
New York Times Jun 25, 2010 Rare Haven of Stability in Somalia Faces a Test
QUOTE: In this corner of Africa [Somaliland, the northwestern corner of Somalia], a free and open political rally — led, no less, by opposition leaders who could actually win — is an anomaly apparently worthy of celebration.
New York Times Jun 13, 2010 Children Carry Guns for a U.S. Ally, Somalia
QUOTE: According to Somali human rights groups and United Nations officials, the Somali government, which relies on assistance from the West to survive, is fielding hundreds of children or more on the front lines, some as young as 9.
New York Times Jun 11, 2010 To Save Africa, Reject Its Nations
QUOTE: Buttressed by the legality and impunity that international sovereignty conferred upon their actions, too many of Africa’s politicians and officials twisted the normal activities of a state beyond recognition, transforming mundane tasks like policing, lawmaking and taxation into weapons of extortion.
New York Times Apr 23, 2010 Ending the Slavery Blame-Game
QUOTE: how to parcel out blame to those directly involved in the capture and sale of human beings for immense economic gain. While we are all familiar with the role played by the United States and the European colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain, there is very little discussion of the role Africans themselves played.
New York Times Sep 12, 2009 In Africa, Courts Shape Views on AIDS: Rulings Hold Power To Ease or Deepen Stigma of Disease
QUOTE: As African countries still struggle to control the deadly AIDS epidemic, they are also grappling with debates over what rights and duties to give those living with the disease...
Washington Post Jul 27, 2009 Big Tobacco's New Targets
QUOTE: In Africa the battle for the hearts, minds and lungs of new smokers is being waged particularly aggressively.
Time Magazine Jul 20, 2009 Aids: Role of Gay Men in Spreading Virus Is Ignored in Africa, Study Finds (Global Update)
QUOTE: The role of gay sex in the transmission of the virus that causes AIDS in Africa has been long ignored...
New York Times Jul 15, 2009 Continental divide separates Africans, African-Americans (Black in America 2)
QUOTE: African immigrants to the United States say cartoonish caricatures and a Western media penchant for reporting on Africa's disease, hunger and war -- rather than the continent's successes -- trivialize their cultures.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 02, 2009 Blackwater's New Frontier: Their Own Private Africa:
QUOTE: [in Africa] security contractors have gained broader acceptance. But serious concerns remain about the role they might play in their old stomping grounds.
Mother Jones Jul 18, 2008 Amputee Sprinter’s Beijing Quest Is Over
QUOTE: In May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a ban by track and field’s world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, saying that there was not enough evidence to prove that Pistorius’s j-shaped blades, which attach below his knees, gave him an advantage. The Court said he should be allowed to compete with able-bodied athletes. Even so, Pistorius had yet to meet the Olympic qualifying standard of 45.55 in the 400.
New York Times Jul 13, 2008 Sudanese Protest War Crimes Case Against President at Scripted Rally in Capital
QUOTE: Thousands of people took to the streets of Sudan’s tense capital on Sunday in a carefully choreographed protest against the expected request by the International Criminal Court to arrest President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on war crimes charges. Students and members of the ruling National Congress Party were bused to the center of the capital, Khartoum, where they waved banners denouncing the international court and the United Nations.
New York Times Jul 10, 2008 The Pursuit of Justice vs. the Pursuit of Peace (Memo From Africa)
QUOTE: But the complexity and fragility of Sudan’s multiple conflicts have led many diplomats, analysts and aid workers to worry that the Sudanese government could lash out at the prosecutor’s move by expelling Western diplomats and relief workers who provide aid to millions of people displaced by the fighting, provoking a vast crisis and shutting the door to vital diplomatic efforts to bring lasting peace. The dueling objectives have exposed a growing tension: between justice and peace, that is, between the prosecution of war criminals and the compromises of diplomacy.
New York Times Jul 07, 2008 British Mercenary Sentenced in Coup Plot
QUOTE: He was arrested in 2004 in Zimbabwe after meeting a plane headed for Equatorial Guinea loaded with 80 mercenaries and a stockpile of weapons. He had served part of a seven-year sentence for weapons trafficking in Zimbabwe, but was extradited to Equatorial Guinea after being released early. Last month, he was convicted of trying to overthrow the government of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, after a four-day trial in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital.
New York Times Jul 05, 2008 Video shows Zimbabwe 'vote-rigging'
QUOTE: The video shows the guard being summoned along with other prison guards to an office at Harare's central jail days before the June 27 runoff between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Once there, a supporter of Mugabe's ZANU-PF party instructs the guards to vote by postal ballot while he watches. The ZANU-PF supporter takes careful note of the guards' ballot numbers and which candidate they vote for, and even helps a guard properly fold his ballot and put it inside the envelope.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 03, 2008 Congolese Accused of Recruiting Child Soldiers Ordered Set Free
QUOTE: Judges at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday ordered the release of the court's first defendant, a Congolese warlord charged with the coercive recruitment of thousands of child soldiers, saying he could not receive a fair trial due to withheld evidence.
Washington Post Jul 01, 2008 African Union Calls for Settlement in Zimbabwe
QUOTE: The union, a 53-nation body that is Africa’s most authoritative group, made the call after a two-day gathering of African leaders marked by divisions over the handling of the crisis in Zimbabwe. While President Omar Bongo of Gabon endorsed Mr. Mugabe’s presidency, Botswana urged the suspension of Zimbabwe from African forums because its participation would “give unqualified legitimacy to a process which cannot be considered legitimate.”
New York Times Jun 19, 2008 Rape is a way of life for Darfur's women
QUOTE: Relief workers say they are powerless to stop the attacks and say that if they do speak out, they fear that the Sudanese government will tell them to leave the country. Humanitarian group Refugees International said in a report last year that rape was "an integral part of the pattern of violence that the government of Sudan is inflicting upon the targeted ethnic groups in Darfur."
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 08, 2008 Albinos, Long Shunned, Face Threat in Tanzania
QUOTE: Discrimination against albinos is a serious problem throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but recently in Tanzania it has taken a wicked twist: at least 19 albinos, including children, have been killed and mutilated in the past year, victims of what Tanzanian officials say is a growing criminal trade in albino body parts.
New York Times Jun 04, 2008 In a Crackdown, Zimbabwe Curbs Aid Groups
QUOTE: Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Zimbabweans — orphans and old people, the sick and the down and out — have lost access to food and other basic humanitarian assistance as their government has clamped down on international aid groups it says are backing the political opposition, relief agencies say.
New York Times May 24, 2008 A Conflict’s Buffer Zone: Rocks, and Inches
QUOTE: The problem is, that sand happens to lie in a very strategic spot, at the mouth of the Red Sea. A war here could imperil some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and alter the precarious balance of power in the Horn of Africa, a conflict-prone, drought-prone region that already is on the cusp of famine.
New York Times Apr 18, 2008 Kenyan unity government sworn in
QUOTE: Kenya swore in a new Cabinet on Thursday of more than 90 people, which one Kenyan official described as "a big burden on a poverty-stricken country."
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 05, 2008 Overcoming Customs and Stigma, Sudan Gives Orphans a Lifeline
QUOTE: But in the last few years a radical shift led by an unusual coalition of government officials, Western aid organizations and religious leaders has taken place here. It has rescued many infants of Maygoma from a grim fate by transforming religious and legal attitudes toward children born out of wedlock in this deeply conservative society.
New York Times Mar 23, 2008 One Man's Personal Mission To End Slavery in Mauritania
QUOTE: Slavery has been perpetuated in Mauritania by the persistence of tradition, distorted notions of religious obligation and a reluctance by some law enforcement agents to apply the law, especially in rural areas. Slaves are unaware that they are entitled to equal rights and don't know how to seek justice, so their bondage continues, Messaoud said.
Washington Post Dec 18, 2007 A Midnight Service Helps African Immigrants Combat Demons
QUOTE: Those other churches might argue that such a focus on witchcraft is a relic of Africans’ old beliefs, a dangerously pagan preoccupation. But scholars say this is Christianity made profoundly African. Spiritual Warfare considers itself Pentecostal, and like many other Pentecostals, worshipers see the battle between God and Satan, or what they also call the Bible against witchcraft, shaping the world.
New York Times Nov 20, 2007 Separatist Rebels Accuse Ethiopia’s Military of Killing Civilians in Remote Region
QUOTE: Separatist rebels fighting in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia accused the government on Monday of strafing nomads in recent days at a watering hole with helicopter gunships, killing up to a dozen civilians.
New York Times Nov 15, 2007 African Crucible: Cast as Witches, Then Cast Out
QUOTE: In parts of Angola, Congo and the Congo Republic, a surprising number of children are accused of being witches, and then are beaten, abused or abandoned. Child advocates estimate that thousands of children living in the streets of Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, have been accused of witchcraft and cast out by their families, often as a rationale for not having to feed or care for them.
New York Times Nov 12, 2007 As Assassins Target Somali Journalists, Fear Is a Daily Event
QUOTE: With the exception of Iraq, no country has been more deadly for journalists this year than Somalia, which has been engulfed by violence since December, when invading Ethiopian troops ousted an Islamic movement and installed a U.S.-backed transitional government.
Washington Post Nov 09, 2007 Gangs Terrorize Nigeria’s Vital Oil Region
QUOTE: The origins of the violence are as murky and convoluted as the mangrove swamps that snake across the delta, one of the poorest places on earth. But they lie principally in the rivalry among gangs, known locally as cults, that have ties to political leaders who used them as private militias during state and federal elections in April, according to human rights advocates, former gang members and aid workers in the region.
New York Times Oct 15, 2007 World Bank Neglects African Farming, Study Says
QUOTE: The World Bank, financed by rich nations to reduce poverty in poor ones, has long neglected agriculture in impoverished sub-Saharan Africa, where most people depend on the farm economy for their livelihoods, according to a new internal evaluation.
New York Times Oct 09, 2007 Distribution of Nets Splits Malaria Fighters
QUOTE: Villages like Maendeleo are at the center of a debate that has split malaria fighters: how to distribute mosquito nets.
New York Times Oct 09, 2007 Group Says Corruption Has Hijacked Nigeria's Democracy
QUOTE: Human Rights Watch warned on Tuesday that wealthy and violent political godfathers have hijacked Nigeria's eight-year-old democracy while enjoying almost total impunity for their misdeeds.
Washington Post Aug 22, 2007 Star power brings attention to Africa: Money soon follows, but do the A-listers understand the issues?
QUOTE: Skeptics often belittle the rise in celebrity attention paid to Africa, calling it a fad… Of course, it's hard to gauge anyone's motivations. But one can ask whether these celebrities are really helping Africans.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 16, 2007 South African AIDS activists criticize firing of Madlala-Routledge: South Africa's deputy health minister was fired last week. Critics say it's political.
QUOTE: the sacking of Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, South Africa's deputy health minister, has struck a chord in South African society, exposing deep differences over sensitive issues of AIDS, governance, and race.
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