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Okonjo-Iweala speaks out after U.S. opposed her WTO appointment

– Advertisement – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has spoken out for the first time since the United States held up her appointment as new boss of the World Trade Organisation. On Wednesday Okonjo-Iweala secured majority of votes to become the first African to head the World Trade Organization. Member countries in the European Union and ECOWAS all endorsed her candidacy. Okonjo-Iweala who was the only African left in the race beat South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee for the top role. But the United States’ opposition to her candidacy forced the General Counsel to postponed…

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US holds up announcement of Okonjo-Iweala as WTO boss

– Advertisement – The United States is holding up the official announcement of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new boss of the World Trade Organisation. On Wednesday Okonjo-Iweala secured majority of votes to become the first African to head the World Trade Organization. Member countries in the European Union and ECOWAS all endorsed her candidacy. Okonjo-Iweala who was the only African left in the race beat South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee for the top role. But the United States’ opposition to her candidacy forced the General Counsel to postponed its announcement of the…

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U.S. recalls South Sudan ambassador over lack of unity government

The United States on Monday recalled its ambassador to South Sudan after the country failed to form a unity government on time. President Salva Kiir and his political rival Riek Machar were to form a unity government as agreed in a peace deal by November 12. But both parties failed to meet this deadline delaying the unity government for 100 days beyond the Nov. 12 deadline. Uganda’s presidency said such a move was aimed at buying time due to concerns that war could resume if the two sides were pushed. The…

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US reopens embassy in Somalia after almost 30 years

The United States of America has reopened its embassy in Somalia after nearly 30 years when it was closed. U.S embassy in Somalia was closed following the breakout of a civil war in the east African country. Most parts of Somalia is still characterized by violence and militant attacks since then. The violence and conflict, sparked by the removal of long-time leader Siad Barre from office in 1991 have yet to be fully brought to an end. But the US embassy on Wednesday said in a statement that the embassy…

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America’s Weimar Moment

This month commemorates seventy-five years since the attack on Pearl Harbor by the forces of Imperial Japan – an attack in which 2,403 Americans were killed and directly led to the United States’ entry into World War II. By December 11th, the United States was officially at war with Japan, as well as Germany and Italy. The war lasted four years, and by the end over four hundred thousand Americans were killed – approximately sixty million people worldwide. Follow and like us:

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Senegal Court case of Former Chad Leader Habre might spell an end to the need for ICC

President, Hissene HabréA special court in the Senegalese capital of Dakar began a long-awaited trial Monday against former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre on charges of torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

The 72-year-old Habre and his lawyers have dismissed the court as lacking due process and said they would boycott the trial, but they were present Monday after authorities forced their client to appear.

 

“We consider that this procedure, this court as illegitimate,” Francois Serres, one of Habre’s lawyers, said. “We consider the principle that there is no due process when the investigation has not been conducted fairly.”

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US, NATO and the destruction of Libya: The Western front of a widening war

Libya After GaddaffiNATO claimed that its intervention in Libya was a historic success. But three years later, Libya is in complete chaos. Some 1700 militias have a combined total of 250,000 men under arms. Another external intervention seems necessary to stabilize the country. But the US and NATO must never be involved

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