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Book Review: Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights by Rosa Freedman
The United Nations was established to safeguard world peace and security, development, and human rights, yet it is undeniable that it sometimes fails to protect the rights of a great many people. This book aims to look at the reasons for that failure. Rosa Freedman offers explanations of how and why the organisation is unable, at best, or unwilling, at worst, […]

Investing in girls’ education makes good economic sense
Raimah Amevor examines the uncomfortable truth of the low value placed on the education of females in Nigeria. Nigeria recently demonstrated its dominance as a leading African nation through re-basing its GDP, overtaking South Africa for the first time in decades. While the populous African nation continues to reach new economic heights, lack of basic social services counteracts its efforts, […]

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Africa: Test of African Democracy - Burkina and Beyond
[allAfrica]Washington, DC -On Thursday the former soldier who seized power in Burkina Faso 27 years ago agreed to negotiate with opponents. The announcement was a response to massive popular demonstrations against President Blaise Compaore’s intention to extend his rule for another term. While most protesters were peaceful, violence left Parliament and other buildings in flames. Amid reports in the evening that the military had taken over in what amounted to another coup, social media celebrated that some soldiers had join

Burkina Faso: Army Take Over, Compaore's Whereabouts Unknown
[Deutsche Welle]The chief of Burkina Faso's army has dissolved the government and said that a transitional government will be formed. The announcement came shortly after the president reportedly declared a state of emergency.

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South Sudan: Ban condemns renewed violence between opposing factions
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate end of all hostilities in South Sudan amid a renewed outbreak of violence in two towns in the country’s North, the United Nations confirmed today.

Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as mass protests sweep Burkina Faso capital
Greatly concerned by the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an end to the violence and announced that he is dispatching his special envoy for West Africa to the crisis-gripped country.

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