Africa South Africa World 

Omicron: AU, UN criticize travel restrictions on African countries

– – The African Union and United Nations have strongly criticized travel restrictions placed on several Southern African countries following the confirmation of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the restrictions could lead to “travel apartheid”, describing them as “deeply unfair, punitive and ineffective” in stopping the spread of the variant. He said Africans should not be collectively punished for sharing health information with the world. The AU chairperson Chairperson Mahamat Faki said wealthier nations should help the continent increase its vaccination rates…

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Africa Featured Libya North Africa World 

African Union welcomes Libyan interim unity government

– – The African Union has welcomed the setting up of a Libyan interim unity government which is expected to oversee elections in December this year. Delegates at a UN-led forum voted for a three-member presidential council as well as a prime minister. Mohamed Younes Menfi, a former ambassador to Greece, will be the head of the presidency council. Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah, a businessman from Misrata, will also take up the tole of transitional prime minister. None of these persons chosen will be allowed to take part in elections…

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Africa Business Ghana World 

The African Continental Free Trade Area is now operational

– – The much anticipated African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has become operational effective January 1, 2021 after months of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials of the secretariat in-charge of executing the trade zone had promised the deal will be operational on July 1, 2020. But when the Covid-19 hit hard, it affected plans and forced the setting of a new date for operating the deal. African Union Heads of State and Government during a virtual meeting of the 13th Extra Ordinary Session of the Assembly of…

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Africa Featured Nigeria West Africa World 

AU, Ecowas condemned for keeping mute on crisis in Nigeria

– – The African Union and West African regional bloc Ecowas have been condemned widely by many Africans for keeping silent on ongoing violence in Nigeria. Protesters in Nigeria have been demanding at end to police brutalities forcing the government to disband the notorious police unit called the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). The government then replaced the disbanded unit with a new one called the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) to carry out the duties handled by the Sars. Protests have however continued for days with citizens not satisfied…

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Africa World 

Outrage over the sacking of AU Ambassador Chihombori-Quao

Many Africans in the Diaspora have been angered by the sacking of the African Union (AU) Permanent Ambassador in the United States. Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao appointed to the position in December 2016 and has been able to galvanize the support of peoples of African Descent in the U.S and beyond. Chihombori-Quao is very outspoken and has become a leading voice for Pan-Africanism. She has been heard on several occasions criticizing the west for maintaining neo-colonial policies that are meant to keep Africa poor. In some media interviews she has called out…

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Africa Featured North Africa Sudan World 

AU lifts suspension on Sudan after transitional government deal

The African Union (AU) has now lifted its suspension of Sudan’s membership after a transitional government was put in place. The new government brings an end to months of violence and chaos following the toppling of former leader, Omar al-Bashir. The AU suspended Sudan for three months after the military initially refused to hand over power to a civilian regime with 60 days. Following negotiations and dialogue, the civilian opposition and the military agreed to a new transitional government. The parties signed a three-year power-sharing deal in August. Sudan also…

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Africa World 

AU commission says ‘some military coups are inevitable’

The African Union Commission Deputy Chairman Kwesi Quartey has said that although the Union hopes coups do not take place, some of them are inevitable. The Ghanaian diplomat told DW that “we are concerned. But we also recognize that the military is a backbone of the state and in a situation of chaos normally the military will not sit down and watch the political situation fall apart. So, some of it is inevitable”. But the deputy AU commission chief reminded the world that despite a push for democracy in Africa,…

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African Union: President Robert Mugabe should urgently address human rights concerns

Robert MugabeZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should use his position as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country, Amnesty International said today.

President Robert Mugabe takes over the rotating position from the Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz which will see him in charge for the year ahead.


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Beware the Rotten Fruit of AFRICOM Training

The U.S. may talk the talk of ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights,’ but in Africa, it has never walked the walk.”

Mali RebelsIf a tree is judged by its fruit, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) is undeniably diseased from its roots to its branches. One of AFRICOM’s fruits, Amadou Sanogo, who is a captain in Mali’s armed forces, and a former AFRICOM trainee, led the recent military takeover of Mali’s government supposedly because he didn’t believe the country’s leaders were doing enough to suppress an armed secessionist movement in the northern territories. The result was disastrous. The African Union was outraged, and in short order, not only were there crippling economic sanctions against Mali, but also the secessionists took advantage of the confused state of Mali’s government and military and secured control of several towns, including the legendary Timbuktu.

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