Strongman Khalifa Haftar’s offensive on the Libyan capital has seen a generation of inexperienced, and largely ignored youngsters rise up in defence of their city. Haftar’s April offensive on Tripoli is bogged down and in trouble. His Libyan National Army (LNA) suffered a major setback on 27 June with the loss of Gharyan, a strategic city about 100km south of the capital. Holding off against … Continuer de lire Libya: Young fighters on the front against Haftar in the Battle of Tripoli
Khalid Abdel Rahman is a fine artist based in Khartoum, Sudan. According to The Arts Council of New Orleans, who hosted last summer the exhibition A Disappearance, he « has a highly distinctive signature style of abstract architectural scenes of middle class neighborhoods in Khartoum. Documenting a middle class that is slowly disappearing due to either working with the government or leaving the country searching for … Continuer de lire Khalid Abdel Rahman: “Nothing is insignificant, nothing is ordinary”
by Rodrigue Nana Ngassam*. “Does not last in power who wants but can”. It is in these words that the president of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya answered a journalist’s question on July 3, 2015. Head of the State since 1982, “The lion man”, “the man of renewal”, “the man of 6 April 1984” as some like to call him, no longer wins unanimous support. … Continuer de lire Cameroon: what future?
by Hervé Pugi. Between electoral crises, constitutional reforms and security problems, the principle of national dialogue is spreading across Africa. Constructive or fruitless, sources of hope or smokes and mirrors, the debates are underway in any case. To see things a little more clearly, we asked our resident expert, Rodrigue Nana Ngassam, a researcher associated with the Groupe de recherche sur le parlementarisme et la démocratie … Continuer de lire Rodrigue Nana Ngassam: “National dialogue? A reinvention of the African palaver”
by Hervé Pugi. For nearly two decades, Sudan has been under US embargo. The only result being to deepen the misery of the 39 million people of what was once Africa’s greatest country. From Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Barack Obama, the United States has not stopped promoting and perpetuating a sanctions policy that is clearly unproductive. It is perhaps time for Washington … Continuer de lire Economic sanctions: the hypocrisy must stop
by Hervé Pugi. More and more voices are rallying to condemn the – often wrongful recourse – to economic sanctions. A weapon that can be massively destructive when applied across the board and indefinitely. A tactic that is generally counterproductive and morally questionable. Let’s explain. Economic sanctions are « blunt instruments, often inflicting serious suffering on civilians without affecting the perpetrators ». Just one opinion among others. … Continuer de lire Economic Sanctions? Ineffective!
by Hervé Pugi. Looking back over three decades, with five more years to come (at least), towards a horizon that seems to offer nothing but a feeling of déjà-vu. Uganda’s fate remains irredeemably linked to that of its president, Yoweri Museveni. The originality of the man, like the course he has taken, is reminiscent of some of his counterparts on the continent. To the point … Continuer de lire Uganda: Museveni the caricature
by Hervé Pugi. Hassan Ahmed Yusuf is Director of the political Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation of Somaliland. He explains the specifics of his country, seeking a legitimate recognition. Scribouille: What, in your opinion, would justify that Somaliland becomes the 55e State of the African continent? Hassan Ahmed Yusuf (H. A. Y.): We must remember that, before uniting with Somalia, … Continuer de lire Hassan Ahmed Yusuf: “Somaliland is a model”
by Hervé Pugi. BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, HSBC, Crédit agricole, ING, Crédit suisse… What’s the common denominator between these banking institutions? They’ve been “nicked” by the US Justice System for violating economic sanctions, in particular in relation to Sudan. When the leading world power exploits it currency, many are forced to pay out. Not to mention the collateral damage… Don’t mention the violation of the embargo … Continuer de lire Economic Sanctions: When the dollar is a weapon
by Hervé Pugi. Sanctions, negotiations, institutions… We take a quick look at some of the hot topics currently being tackled by the Minister of Finance and the National Economy, Badreldin Mahmoud Abbas. Scribouille: How are economic sanctions affecting the country’s economy? Badreldin Mahmoud Abbas (B. M. A.): These sanctions are affecting our economy in many ways. We cannot make use of the medium-term programmes offered … Continuer de lire Badreldin Mahmoud Abbas : “We are navigating through all these sanctions…”