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Media Review for November 28, 2012   

DR Congo rebels beginning Goma pull-out
Local residents in Goma on Wednesday said M23 rebel fighters have started trucking food and ammunition out of the key Congolese city, a local official said. Residents had reported the movement of dozens of trucks, said the official, who did not want to be named. AFP on Capital FM

 

Rebel Leaders in Congo Sending Mixed Signals on Pullout From Goma
Rebel leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo sent out mixed signals on Tuesday, with some saying they were withdrawing troops from the strategic city of Goma, which they captured last week, while others maintained that such a pullout would occur only if the Congolese government met a lengthy list of demands. On Tuesday night, Amani Kabasha, a rebel spokesman, said: "There are no conditions. We are withdrawing our troops starting tomorrow." The New York Times

 

Congo: UK and US must play more consistent hand to end world's worst war
Africa is covered in epithets, like graffiti. It has been labelled dark, lost, hopeless. But generalisations about Africa are dangerous. The only certainty is its size: it could contain the United States, China and India and still have room to spare. Recently it has been dubbed rising, hopeful, the continent of the future. But Africa cannot be declared successful until its vast, rich heart, the Congo, is peaceful and prosperous. African Argument

 

Why the world is ignoring Congo war
If humanitarian crises were listed by some sort of moral - or editorial - standards on the stock exchange, to help indicate which ones urgently require international news coverage and political action, shares of the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) would have commanded international news headlines and extensive press coverage over the past 12 years. CNN

 

Rwanda says Hutu extremists attack it from DR Congo
Hutu extremists based in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday crossed into Rwanda and attacked its forces along the border, Rwandan army spokesman Joseph Nzabamwita said. Daily Monitor

 

Congo, Mali to Dominate US-AU Talks in Washington
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma meet in Washington Wednesday for talks that are expected to focus on rebels in eastern Congo and terrorists in northern Mali. VOA

 

Al-Qaeda's East Africa network 'regrouping and rearming in northern Somalia'
Al-Qaeda's network in East Africa is regrouping and rearming in northern Somalia, suggesting that it could recover from a series of defeats in the south, according to the president of the region. The Telegraph

 

Ethiopia: Meles rules from beyond the grave, but for how long?
[...] The sudden death of Meles shook the whole of Ethiopia. The shock quickly gave way to fear of an unknown and threatening future. The regime did everything to exploit this fear for its own benefit. It has issued continuous calls for the nation to unite around the memory of the dead leader and, above all, around the project he designed and imposed with an iron hand. The new Prime Minister, Hailemariam Selassie, endlessly repeats that he will pursue "Meles's legacy without any change". He has replaced not a single cabinet minister. Open Democracy

 

Mali security nightmare: Why foreign intervention alone won't stop the chaos
A divided Mali could become a haven for armed groups and a security nightmare for the whole of West Africa and far beyond. But foreign military intervention alone will be insufficient to address the turmoil. External troops will need the help of local and regional civil society organizations. CS Monitor

 

Trial of army mutineers begins in Burkina Faso
The trial of soldiers implicated in a mutiny that rocked the regime of Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore last year opened Tuesday in Ouagadougou, with verdicts handed down in a handful of cases. AFP

 

Ruling party wins majority of seats in Sierra Leone legislature
Provisional results published Tuesday by Sierra Leone's election body indicates that the party of incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma won a majority of seats in parliament in the Nov. 17 general election. Fox News

 

French ex-soldiers on trial for Côte d'Ivoire killing
Four French former soldiers, including a colonel, went on trial Tuesday in Paris for the killing of a man in Ivory Coast in 2005 during a peacekeeping mission there. RFI

4 Ugandan bombing suspects claim FBI abused them

Four terror suspects charged with killing 76 people watching the 2010 World Cup soccer final on TV in Uganda claimed they were physically abused during interrogations by FBI agents, an international rights group reported Tuesday. The suspects said men who identified themselves as FBI agents beat them up during questioning between 2010 and 2011 in the East African country, the Open Society Justice Initiative said in a report. AP on Stars and Stripes

 

Egypt crisis: Mass rally held against Mohammed Mursi
Tens of thousands of people have held protests in Cairo against Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers. Flag-waving demonstrators chanted slogans accusing the president and the Muslim Brotherhood of betraying last year's revolution. BBC

 

Libya: Niger to Hand Over Kadhafi Son to ICC
Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said his country would hand Saadi Kadhafi over to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Libya Herald reported on Sunday (November 25th). On September 29th, 2011, Interpol issued a Red Notice against the 38-year-old son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi "for allegedly misappropriating properties through force and armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation". Magharebia on allAfrica

 

Africa's conflicts threaten potential boost coming from gas, oil and minerals findings -report
While the world concerns itself with the Syrian civil war and the dangers it poses for the already disturbed Middle East, little notice is taken of the conflicts affecting Africa - probably the single most complex region of the world and arguably the most troubled, warned the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) on Tuesday. Mining.com

 

Sudan, Saudi target 2014 start to Red Sea mining
Sudan and Saudi Arabia are targeting a 2014 start for deep-water mining of a Red Sea basin believed rich in gold and copper, Sudan's mines minister said Tuesday as Khartoum seeks to replace lost oil revenues. AFP

 

The dirty war against Africa's rhinos
[...] In 2007 only 13 rhino were poached in the country, about the average annual number since 1990. In 2008, the number rose sharply to 83, in 2009, to 123, and so on. This year - which isn't over yet - 585 rhino have been illegally killed in South Africa. The Guardian

 

South Africa and Zimbabwe hold defence and security talks
The plush Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town was the venue for a three day meeting between South Africa and Zimbabwe to discuss a wide range of security and defence issues affecting both countries. The South Africa-Zimbabwe Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS), an annual bilateral meeting held to discuss matters of mutual concern with respect to security, safety and defence that affect the two countries, held its 7th Session from 21 to 23 November. DefenceWeb

 

African States Push for a Bullet-Proof Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations
At the recent United Nations (UN) General Assembly First Committee's 67th session, which took place from 8 October to 6 November 2012, governments passed a UN resolution to hold an extremely important diplomatic conference on the arms trade treaty (ATT) in 2013. The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks solutions to the challenges in the international security regime. It considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the UN. ISS

 

The African King With A Multi-Billion Dollar Empire
According to oral tradition, when the Bafokeng or "people of the dew" first settled in 1450, the valley in which they did so experienced heavy overnight dew, holding the promise that the land would be fertile and that, in turn, the community would prosper. Some 160,000 people currently prosper in the Rustenburg valley, which contains one of the largest deposits of platinum group metals in the world. Owing to a novel approach to development, the revenue generated from this scarce mineral resource has been widely and wisely invested, for the benefit of the entire community. Ventures

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