David Malpass for World Bank top job Africa OP-ED 

Mixed news for Africa in Trump’s pick at World Bank

from TRACEY IRVING in Washington, USA WASHINGTON – A KEY player from Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign is set to head the World Bank. Mr Trump has selected US treasury official David Malpass for the role after the surprise resignation last month of bank president Jim Jong Kim. As largest shareholder and the main funder, Washington’s choice for the job gets the nod, though in theory it’s up to the bank’s board. The Korean-born Dr Kim was appointed by Barack Obama in 2012 and quickly imposed a ban on lending for projects using coal.…

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Antonio Guterres Decision Makers Leaders World 

United Nations, US election 2016 reveal deep gender divides

Progress doesn’t follow a straight line. It zigs and zags, and sometimes it moves forward and sometimes it moves backwards or moves sideways. I am a firm believer that ultimately it moves in the direction of justice, and more prosperity, and more freedom, and more inclusion. — Barack Obama, US President, November, 2016

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US President Barrack Obama makes strong statements on Burundi and those resorting to violence

Burundi PresidentToday President Obama issued a new Executive Order imposing sanctions against persons who have contributed to the ongoing crisis in Burundi. This Executive Order provides the authority to block the assets of those who, among other things, have engaged in or provided material support for actions that threaten peace and security in Burundi, undermine democratic processes, or who are responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses against people in Burundi.

The Executive Order also imposes visa restrictions on those individuals meeting the criteria for the asset freeze. In enacting sanctions, the United States joins the European Union and the African Union, which have also decided to impose sanctions on those Burundians undermining peace in the country.

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Rwigara Asinapol’s Family Harassed By Kagame Agents

By: Jennifer Fierberg The Government of Rwanda has a solid historical record of forced disappearances, unsubstantiated convictions and strict social control on civilians within the country. These acts are carried out when people become vocal critics of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) or even if the suspicion exists that they are talking negatively about the government. This kind of behavior is not tolerated and a simple Google search will provide a quick list in the authoritarian rule and harsh consequences imposed on vocal dissenters.  Assinapol Rwigara was a wealthy businessman…

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Rwanda continues to torture political opponents

RWANDA : THE LATEST EPISODE IN THE PSHYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL TORTURE OF FDU-INKINGI LEADERSHIP Mrs. VICTOIRE INGABIRE AND SIBOMANA SYLIVAIN AUGUST 12, 2015   PRESS RELEASE   In our earlier press release of the 28th July 2015 we informed you of the harsh conditions that the prison authorities had imposed on FDU-Inkingi Chair Mrs Victoire Ingabire. The conditions included denying her access to her lawyer who is representing her in her appeal to the African Human and People Rights Court.Despite the fact that the government was quite aware of the representation and had…

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US President Barack Obama dines with Kenyan family in Nairobi

Obama and Exrtended Family in KenyaUS President Barack Obama’s gathered with members of his extended family in Nairobi Friday, kicking off a two day visit to his father’s native Kenya.

Obama’s familial connections to the East African nation were on display as soon as Air force One touched down in Nairobi, with the president’s sister Auma Obama among those assembled to greet him.

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Ban Ki-Moon Admits Failure in DRC

By Jennifer Fierberg

Kabilam Kagame and MoonPredicts Period of Instability in the Great Lakes Region

Just days ago, Senator Russell Feingold, the U.S. special envoy working to stabilize Africa’s Great Lakes region, announced he will give his final speech in this position. His press release stated the following, “On February 24, Senator Feingold will give his final speech as U.S. special envoy at the U.S. Institute of Peace to offer his current insights on the DRC, on the prospects for ending the militia violence in the country’s east, and for improving political stability in the Great Lakes region.” Further the press release states, “Senator Feingold has now spent 18 months as the U.S. special envoy for the Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has helped negotiate an end to the M23 rebellion in the eastern DRC and has worked to improve human rights protections for women in that region. He has advocated military reforms in the country, and has pushed for greater dialogue and collaboration among the DRC, Rwanda, and other states in the Great Lakes Region. In his discussion at USIP, Senator Feingold will review recent accomplishments in the region and the challenges ahead. He will outline what he sees as policy priorities for the United States and international community.”

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Cuban leader Castro address to the nation, Thawing relations with US and the Path Forward

Compañeras and compañeros:Raul Castro Ruiz

We have experienced intense and moving moments in recent days. This December we successfully hosted the Fifth Caricom-Cuba Summit and the XIII Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America last Sunday, an occasion on which we paid tribute to its creators: the dear Bolivarian President Hugo Chávez Frías and Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution, compañero Fidel Castro Ruz (Applause).

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US Embassy in Havana: Washington’s “Cuba Gambit”

The lame duck, Obama, extending a conciliatory hand to Cuba by opening an embassy in Havana, by reopening, after 54 years of a criminal and crippling embargo, diplomatic relations? – At the same time Obama is making not a single concession in terms of lifting the blockade. This smells like a trap. Imagine – a US Embassy in Havana – it would open the floodgates for US NED (National Endowment for Democracy) funded ‘NGOs’, for Washington’s spies and anti-Castro propaganda machine; it would have free hand to destabilize the country.…

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RWANDA ON THE BRINK OF WAR AS UNITED STATES AND UNITED KINGDOM FACE A DIFFICULT CHOICE

An Open Note to President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron Your Excellences, In 1994 both of you were still young in distinguished political journeys that eventually placed you at the pinnacles of power in the United States and the United Kingdom. You recall that 1994 was a watershed moment in Rwanda that gave birth to a national tragedy-that of genocide- of unimaginable magnitude. It has been 20 years since then, and one would have hoped that the most important lessons of that period would have been learned, and that history…

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