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Military Asserts itself in Egypt


Via the BBC:  Egypt’s army gives parties 48 hours to resolve crisis Egypt’s army has given the country’s rival parties 48 hours to resolve a deadly political crisis. It would offer its own "road map" for peace if Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his opponents failed to heed "the will of the people", it said. […]

Remember Libya?


Libya continues to teeter on the brink of chaos.

UK Sends Troops to Mali and West Africa


Via the BBC:  Mali crisis: 350 UK military personnel sent to West Africa The UK is to deploy about 350 military personnel to Mali and West Africa to support French forces, No 10 has said. This includes as many as 40 military advisers who will train soldiers in Mali and 200 British soldiers to be […]

Egyptian Military Chief Warns of “collapse of the state”


Via the BBC:  Egypt’s army chief warns of ‘state collapse’ amid crisis "The continuing conflict between political forces and their differences concerning the management of the country could lead to a collapse of the state and threaten future generations," Gen Sisi, who is also Egypt’s defence minister, said. He said the economic, political and social […]

Malik Obama Running for Kenya Governorship


Amusing in light of the birther nonsense:Obama half brother Malik seeks Kenya governor’s office.

The Proposed Egyptian Constitution


Matthew Shugart reads the draft Egyptian constitution, so you don’t have to. He looks, as is his wont, at the basic institutional configuration of executive and legislative power, as well as a few other tidbits.

Institutional Clash in Egypt


They are playing the game without rules in Egypt.

More Changes to the Egyptian Military


Via the BBC:  Egypt retires 70 army generals. On the one hand, this looks like further assertion of control by President Mursi, as this appears to be the government deciding that the retirements will take place.  On the other hand, it does not appear that all the retirements mean removal from the centers of power: […]

Opposition Leader In Togo Calls On Women To Go On ‘Sex Strike’ To Protest Government


The leader of an opposition party in the African nation of Togo is calling for a rather unique protest: A Togolese opposition leader is calling on women to go on a weeklong sex strike to demand the freedom of protesters detained ahead of elections in the West African nation. Police arrested about 120 opposition supporters […]

Egyptian President Fires Senior Military Leaders


The new President Egypt has taken the boldest step yet in the power struggle that has raged between civilian and military authorities since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak: CAIRO — President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt forced the retirement on Sunday of his powerful defense minister, the army chief of staff and several senior generals, in a stunning purge that […]

Cameroon’s “Missing” Olympians


Eight of Cameroon’s 37 Olympians are “missing.”

Setting the Stage for Confrontation in Egypt?


Via the BBC:  Egypt’s parliament convenes despite dissolution Egypt’s parliament has briefly convened, despite the ruling military council ordering it to be dissolved. The country’s new President, Mohammed Mursi, had ordered the assembly to meet in defiance of the ruling. Earlier, the council said the decision to dissolve parliament must be upheld. The military closed […]

Mursi Sworn in as Egyptian President


However, he and his party have hardly taken over.

Africa, Asia Dominate 2012 “Failed States” Index


Foreign Policy is out today with its 8th annual Failed States index and, as you can see from the map above, the vast majority of these states are in Africa and Asia. In fact, of the twenty nations labeled “failed states,” only four — Colombia, Bolivia, The Philippines, and Papua New Guinea — are not located on […]

Mohammed Morsi Declared Winner Of Egyptian Presidential Election


The candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood is the next President of Egypt, but the political future of Egypt itself remains quite murky.

Egyptian Election Results Due Tomorrow


The slow motion election continues at least one more day.

Back to the Square One


Via the BBC: Egypt anti-military protesters fill Tahrir Square. The military has certainly given Egyptians plenty to be concerned about (dissolution of parliament, the granting of powers to itself, and now taking its own sweet time counting votes in the presidential election). The degree to which the protests can match the intensity and significance of […]

Mubarak May (or May not be) Dead


CNN’s e-mail alert states that he is dead. However, CNN proper reports:  Mixed reports about whether Mubarak has died. Also, the BBC:  Egypt’s Mubarak ‘close to death’ There are conflicting reports about the health of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Some media reports say he is clinically dead, but Nile TV said attempts were continuing […]

Egyptian Army Says they Will Hand Power to New President


Via the BBC:  Egypt’s army vows to hand power to elected president Egypt’s ruling military council has vowed to hand over power to an elected president by the end of June. The promise comes as votes are counted after Sunday’s presidential elections, with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi claiming victory. Of course, it is unclear […]

Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory


Via CNN:  Muslim Brotherhood claims victory in Egyptian presidential vote With several million votes still to be counted, the state-run Al-Ahram news website around 4:15 a.m. Monday (10:15 p.m. Sunday ET ) showed the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi leading with about 5,648,000 votes compared with about 4,705,000 for opponent Ahmed Shafik, who served as Egypt’s last […]

Egyptian Military Declares Expanded Powers


Via the BBC:  Egypt’s military ‘grants itself sweeping powers’ Egypt’s ruling military has issued a declaration apparently granting itself sweeping powers, as the country awaits results of presidential elections. The document by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf) reportedly says new general elections can not be held until a permanent constitution is drawn up. […]

Egypt’s “Stupid” Transition


Sequencing matters.

Robert Mugabe Not UN Tourism Ambassador, A Position That Doesn’t Exist


An Internet meme that Robert Mugabe has been named UN Tourism Ambassador is untrue.

A Comparative Note on Amendment Processes


We, as Americans, tend to have a limited knowledge of the institutional variation that exists across democratic systems around the world.

Egyptian Presidential Runoff: Mubarak Crony v. Muslim Brotherhood Candidate


The race to become Egypt’s first freely-elected President is, not surprisingly, headed for a runoff, but one has to wonder what kind of choice the Egyptian people really will have in the end: CAIRO — The Islamist candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood will face former President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister in a runoff to become Egypt‘s first […]

Convicted Pan Am Flight 103 Bomber Dies In Libya

Lockerbie Pam Am Flight 103

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man ever convicted in the terrorist attack that took down Pan Am Flight 103, has died in Libya: BENGHAZI, Libya — Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died Sunday nearly three years after he was released from […]

Sudan, South Sudan Headed Toward War


Less than a year after the southern provinces of Sudan gained their independence as the Republic of South Sudan, it looks like the two nations are headed toward war: MAYOM WEL, South Sudan — On a recent blistering afternoon, this village danced in an open field. Women sashayed, hoisting chairs over their heads. Barefoot children […]

The Continued Difficulties of the Egyptian Transition


Via the BBC:  Egypt court suspends constitutional assembly A court in Egypt has suspended the 100-member assembly appointed last month to draft the country’s new constitution. Several lawsuits had demanded Cairo’s Administrative Court block the decision to form the panel as it did not reflect the diversity of Egyptian society. They said women, young people […]

Joseph Kony, #stopkony, and Ignoring Africa

Peace talks bewteen Uganda and LRA collapse

Today, the #stopkony hashtag is trending on Twitter. Here’s why.

Pakistani Intelligence Aiding Afghan Taliban?


The BBC is reporting on a leaked NATO report claiming that elements of Pakistani intelligence are directly aiding the Taliban in Afghanistan even as the U.S.-led NATO forces are fighting them: The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC. The leaked […]

Aid Group Alleges Torture In Libyan Prisons


The well-respected aid group Doctors Without Borders is suspending its work in the jails in the city of Mistrata based on what it calls evidence of widespread torture taking place right under the new regimes nose: BENGHAZI, Libya — Doctors Without Borders has suspended its work in prisons in the Libyan city of Misrata because […]

Did US Choices Lead Egypt to its Current Situation?


We, as a country, need to remember that do not hold levers that allow us to move events this way or that

El Baradei will not Run for President


Via the BBC:  Mohamed ElBaradei will end Egypt presidency bid Mr ElBaradei, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, said he had taken his decision in protest at the way Egypt’s military rulers governed "as though no revolution had taken place". […] "My conscience does not permit me to run for the presidency or […]

Last Ghadaffi Son Captured


The last major holdout from the Ghadafi regime was captured today in Libya: TRIPOLI, Libya – Muammar Qadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam was captured in a southern Libyan city along with two of his aides who were trying to smuggle him out of the country, a militia commander said on Saturday. Bashir al-Tlayeb of the Zintan […]

Herman Cain Tries To Explain What He Thinks About Foreign Policy, And Fails

Herman Cain

This interview between Herman Cain and the editors of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is even more painful to watch than Rick Perry’s 53 second “Ooops”: No debate formats, no moderators, no time limits. And this is what Herman Cain gives us. Pathetic. Update: NBC’s Chuck Todd posted this on Twitter: Campaig[n] says Cain was on 4 […]

Qaddafi’s Killers Will Face Trial, New Government Says


The leaders of Libya’s National Transition Council say that the people responsible for Muammar Qaddafi’s death will be prosecuted: Libya’s ruling National Transition Council pledged on Thursday to bring the killers of deposed leader Muammar Qaddafi to trial, Al Arabiya TV said. “With regards to Qaddafi, we do not wait for anybody to tell us […]

North Koreans Working In Libya Won’t Be Allowed Home


Apparently, the Kim regime is concerned that North Koreans living in Libya have been exposed to a little too much revolution: North Korea has banned its own citizens working in Libya from returning home, apparently out of fear that they will reveal the extent – and final outcomes – of the revolutions that have shaken […]

Libya’s New Government Has An Islamist Feel


The first statements to come out of what is effectively the new Government of Libya are not encouraging: BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya’s top leader declared the country officially “liberated” Sunday from the four-decade rule of Moammar Gaddafi, pledging to replace his dictatorship with a more democratic but also a more strictly Islamic system. In a […]

Don’t Judge The Libyan People For Killing Gaddafi

Frame grab of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, covered in blood, being pushed to the ground by NTC fighters in Sirte

Should we be outraged over the manner in which Muammar Gaddafi died? I’m not losing any sleep over it.

Killing Gaddafi Doesn’t Make President Obama’s Actions In Libya Legal Or Justified


Gaddafi is dead, but it was still wrong for the United States to get involved in Libya.

BBC Reports: Gaddifi Captured


The BBC is reporting that rebels claim to have captured the ousted leader of Libya.

The USA and the LRA


This is looking less crazy, less sudden, and less an exercise in presidential whimsy than it seemed.

A Certain Fact about the LRA


One thing is clear: anyone who tries to make cheap political hay over the LRA is a fool.

Who are the LRA?


Some information on Joseph Kony and the LRA.

Obama Sending Troops to Fight Lord’s Resistance Army


Obama is trying to get into Guinness under “US President with Most Simultaneous Wars”

Up To 20,000 Missiles Reported Missing From Libya


Earlier this month I took note of a report of a number of Russian made surface-to-air missiles that were missing from a weapons cache in Libya. It now appears that the problem is much worse than that: U.S. officials had once thought there was little chance that terrorists could get their hands on many of […]

Amnesty International: Libyan Rebels Committed War Crimes


A new report from Amnesty International says that Libyan rebels have been guilty of atrocities during their campaign to overthrow the Gaddafi government: Rebels fighting to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi committed unlawful killings and torture, Amnesty International said in a report released on Tuesday. The 100-plus page report, based on three months of investigation […]

Where’s Qaddafi?


His government has collapsed, but Muammar Qaddafi remains able to elude capture: TRIPOLI, Libya — In another confusing round of claims and counterclaims by the Libyan rebels, a spokesman for their most powerful militia commander said Wednesday that Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi had been cornered in the Sahara, a report dismissed by a spokesman for the […]

Surface-To-Air Missiles Looted From Libyan Arms Depot


Well, this is something that could be a problem: A potent stash of Russian-made surface-to-air missiles is missing from a huge Tripoli weapons warehouse amid reports of weapons looting across war-torn Libya. They are Grinch SA-24 shoulder-launched missiles, also known as Igla-S missiles, the equivalent of U.S.-made Stinger missiles. A CNN team and Human Rights […]

Some Gaddafi Loyalists Fleeing into Niger?


Via the BBC:  Libya conflict: Troop convoy crosses border into Niger An armed convoy of about 50 vehicles from Libya has crossed over the southern desert border into Niger. The convoy is believed to be carrying mainly Tuareg fighters recruited by fugitive Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi to fight for his regime. […] Officials from […]

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