Category Archives: Mali

Could Burkina Faso protests signal end of president’s 27-year rule?

A week of escalating protests in Burkina Faso exploded into violence Thursday as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets against an attempt by longstanding President Blaise Campaore to extend his 27-year rule.

Demonstrators in the capital Ouagadougou broke through lines of police, who used tear gas, to storm and torch the parliament building. The protesters took to the streets to protest a vote – now cancelled – that would have changed the constitution to allow President Compaore to run for an unprecedented fifth term.

“We have tired of this president. We want a new system,” says Ives Ouedraogo, who is 27-years-old and unemployed, speaking to The Christian Science Monitor by telephone from Ouagadougou. “I know just one president in my life. He needs to let another person.” Read more…

Soldiers attempt to stop anti-government protesters from entering the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014. Joe Penny/Reuters

Can the AU deliever Pax Africana?

Yayi Boni, president of Benin and African Union assembly chairperson, speaking to press at the recent AU summit. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.
Yayi Boni, president of Benin and African Union assembly chairperson, speaking to press at the recent AU summit. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

Last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, African Union (AU) leaders celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) – the AU’s predecessor. They spoke of the OAU’s leadership in past liberation struggles and offered lofty visions for the future.

But, in his final speech as AU assembly chairperson, Benin’s President Yayi Boni took a more critical look at the present.  Read more…

African Union summit: powerful men in nice suits

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AU Summit: Money for Mali, but Diplomatic Delays on DRC and Sudans

The African Union building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.
The African Union building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The African Union (AU) has raised over $450 million in pledges from the international community for an African-led force to fight against militants in northern Mali. The donations were the major outcome of a week-long African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which saw no similar advances regarding ongoing conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and between Sudan and South Sudan.  Read more…

High stakes for Sudan and Mali at the African Union Summit

South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on December 2, 2012. EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images
South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on December 2, 2012. EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images

Addis Ababa – African leaders gather this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the annual African Union Summit, marking the 50th anniversary of the Pan-African body. AU commission chairperson Nklosazana Dlamini Zuma of South Africa opened the week-long event Monday with a speech focusing on development challenges, but major conflicts in the Sudans and Mali are sure to dominate the agenda as heads of state begin to arrive tomorrow.  Read more…