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June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.

Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.

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Presidente Bukele, negocie con las pandillas de El Salvador (pero de otro modo)
Una investigación periodística presentó pruebas de que funcionarios del actual gobierno salvadoreño han entablado diálogos con la MS-13. Pactar con las pandillas no debe rechazarse, pero debe hacerse de manera eficiente y con transparencia.

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:05:08 GMT


400,000 Immigrants Can Be Forced to Leave the U.S., Court Rules
People from countries like El Salvador and Haiti who won temporary protected status after fleeing natural disaster and war can be forced to return home, a federal appeals court ruled.

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 22:14:08 GMT


A Salvadoran-American Assembles the Fragments of a Violent Cultural History
“Unforgetting,” by the journalist Roberto Lovato, examines the long and bloody relationship between the United States and El Salvador through the prism of his family.

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:00:07 GMT


¿Por qué son populares los chicos malos?
Pese a las crisis, errores y tropiezos en sus gobiernos, los presidentes de México, El Salvador y Brasil mantienen índices de aprobación nada desdeñables. ¿Cuáles son las razones de sus seguidores?

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:10:05 GMT


En El Salvador todos han negociado con las pandillas
Dialogar con las pandillas ha sido una realidad en el país: políticos de todos los colores lo han hecho por casi una década, pero solo unos cuantos han sido perseguidos por hacerlo. ¿Es una utopía transparentar esos pactos?

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:00:05 GMT


El virus gana impulso en América Latina
La desigualdad, las ciudades densamente pobladas, las legiones de trabajadores informales y los débiles sistemas de atención médica han socavado los esfuerzos gubernamentales de combate a la pandemia.

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:10:40 GMT


Virus Gains Steam Across Latin America
Inequality, densely packed cities, legions of informal workers and weak health care systems have undermined efforts to fight the pandemic, as some governments have fumbled the response.

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:28:35 GMT


Los gobiernos hablan, el crimen dispone
La nueva normalidad podría ser una versión empeorada de la cruda normalidad antes del coronavirus en América Latina. Se corre el riesgo de que la crisis contraiga aún más el alcance de unos Estados frágiles y los grupos del crimen organizado ganen espacios.

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:10 GMT


Una tormenta azotará las democracias latinoamericanas
Las políticas de austeridad para responder a la pandemia podrían traer a la región males mayores al que buscan conjurar.

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Cómo evitar que las cárceles de América Latina se conviertan en una incubadora del coronavirus
Reducir la sobrepoblación penitenciaria es crucial para evitar un contagio generalizado en las prisiones de la región. Los gobiernos y los jueces deben actuar con urgencia.

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DR Congo leader meets predecessor over troubled coalition
The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Félix Tshisekedi held a rare meeting with his predecessor Joseph Kabila amid tension in their coalition.,

The two leaders discussed "the progress of the coalition", the Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition wrote on Twitter.

 

Despite winning the presidency, Mr Tshisekedi has had to come to an accommodation of Mr Kabila's party, which controls the majority of seats in parliament.

 

Negotiations between the two parties took seven months before a consensus was found so that a government could be formed.

 

Relations between the two parties have been tense with rival politicians exchanging verbal abuse and in some cases using physical violence.

 

The meeting between Mr Tshisekedi and Mr Kabila did little to calm the tension that has been rising for months and "points of contention" remain, the two camps told AFP news agency on Monday.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:30:07 GMT


Nigerian commander dies after Boko Haram ambush
Nigeria has been fighting Boko Haram insurgents since 2009Image caption: Nigeria has been fighting Boko Haram insurgents since 2009 ,

A Nigerian commander named as Colonel DC Bako has died after an ambush on his convoy by Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern Borno state.

 

The colonel's convoy was ambushed by militants on Sunday near Damboa, a few kilometres from Maiduguri, the main city in Borno state.

 

He was evacuated to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

 

Army spokesperson, Ado Isa, said Col Bako was the commander of the 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa, where the military is battling Boko Haram insurgents.

 

He said Col Bako was "one of our gallant and finest war heroes".

 

The army was however silent on the fate of the soldiers who were reportedly with Col Bako during the ambush.

 

A military source told local media that six other soldiers died in the ambush.

 

The Nigerian army has suffered numerous setbacks since the Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009.

 

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:28:22 GMT


SA leader Ramaphosa 'on bed rest for common cold'
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa took a bed rest on Monday after catching a common cold, the News24 website reports quoting the president's spokesperson Tyrone Seale.,

Mr Ramaphosa was scheduled to meet with officials of a health workers union, but the meeting has been rescheduled to later this week, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu is said to have told the media.

 

The president last week eased coronavirus restrictions to level 1 beginning Monday.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:24:29 GMT


Kenyan teachers to return to schools for reopening
Teachers in Kenya have been asked to return to schools to help prepare for their reopening after the coronavirus lockdown.,

 

 

Schools in the east African country had been shut since mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic, and were due to remain closed until January.

 

But at a press conference in the capital, Nairobi, the Teachers Service Commission asked teachers to report back to schools on Monday.

 

"We want the school to be habitable. We've been visiting them, most of them are in very good state. There a few schools that have been damaged," Education Minister George Magoha told journalists.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to announce the date for reopening of school after a national Covid-19 conference to be held next week.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:22:21 GMT


Riek Machar to snub South Sudan national dialogue
South Sudan’s first vice-president, Riek Machar, will not participate in this year's national dialogue conference, according to the organisers.,

 

Dr Machar was to participate in the closing ceremony but has withdrawn citing “reservations due to lack of implementation of some provisions of the 2018 revitalised peace agreement".

 

The national dialogue, initiated by President Salva Kiir in December 2016, is aimed at discussing solutions to end political and communal violence in the country.

 

It also seeks to find ways of addressing the fear of political domination by some ethnic groups and resolve resource sharing among all groups.

 

The co-chair of the conference, Angelo Beda, told the national broadcaster on Monday that Mr Machar's absence "poses a real challenge that makes it difficult to achieve the objectives of national dialogue".

 

"He talked to us at length, saying indeed he likes the national dialogue, but that it is not the right time for the national dialogue to take place," he said.

 

There has been tension after President Kiir refused to appoint General Johnson Olony - who was nominated by Mr Machar as governor of the largest oil-producing state of Upper Nile.

 

President Kiir told Mr Machar to nominate another person, arguing that the general is still commanding armed groups.

 

But Mr Machar insists Gen Olony remains the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition’s candidate for the gubernatorial position.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:17:13 GMT


Mauritius to reopen borders under strict measures
Mauritius will reopen its borders from 1 October under strict Covid-19 safety measures. ,

 

Those arriving will be required to quarantine for 14 days at their cost - which is estimated to be about $1,300 (£1,000) per person.

 

Tourism experts have faulted the quarantine cost as too high.

 

Tourists can choose to spend the fortnight in either three-star or five -star hotels.

 

Quarantine costs for Mauritians returning from medical treatment abroad will be covered by the government, said Zouberr Joomaye, an adviser at the Prime Minister's office.

 

Airline bookings and hotel room reservations will only be made online.

 

The government said priority will be given to returning Mauritian nationals, licensed residents, those employed in Mauritius and tourists.

 

No local cases of Covid-19 have been detected for more than 150 days now, but a few imported cases have been registered.

 

Mauritius has so far recorded 10 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The country relies heavily on revenues from tourism and its economy has been severely hit by the pandemic.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:14:02 GMT


Burundi opposition condemns 'mass arrests'
Burundi's main opposition party, the National Freedom Council (CNL), has condemned what it calls the mass arrest of its members who are accused of being linked to rebel attacks in the west of the country.,

 

“CNL members are being arrested while we have nothing to do with the rebels,” party leader Agathon Rwasa told the BBC.

 

The party said nearly 100 of its members have been arrested in less than two weeks and most of them have not been taken to court.

 

The ministries of justice and security have not responded to the BBC's request for comment.

 

CNL was the main challenger in May's general election that saw the ruling party, CNDD-FDD, retain the presidency.

 

Mr Rwasa finished second with 24% of the vote.

 

He said his party's representatives in the south-western Bururi province have been arrested for holding an "illegal meeting".

 

Mr Rwasa added that there was "nothing illegal in a regular meeting of a political party".

 

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:10:29 GMT


Kenya's top judge wants parliament dissolved
Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve parliament because it does not have enough female MPs. ,

 

In a letter to Mr Kenyatta, the chief justice said the failure to have more female MPs was in breach of the constitution, and tantamount to discrimination against women.

 

The constitution states that one gender group cannot occupy more than two-thirds of parliamentary seats. However, women hold far fewer than the mandatory 116 seats in the 350-member parliament.

 

Parliament had either failed or neglected to enact legislation required to implement the gender rule, despite four court orders to do so, the chief justice said.

 

He was now legally required to advise the president to dissolve parliament, the chief justice added.

 

Parliamentary Speaker Justin Muturi said the dissolution of parliament was an unrealistic option.

 

Kenya’s new constitution was introduced in 2010, and the two-thirds gender rule should have been enacted within 5 years.

 

While there has been debate on the matter, the male-dominated parliament is yet to find a formula for getting more women into parliament, with several members arguing against creating more seats specifically for women and challenging them to compete more at the ballot box.

 

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:08:30 GMT


Papa Massata Diack fights back over his corruption conviction in France
Papa Massata Diack has goaded French authorities by saying they will have to send special forces to Senegal if he is to serve a five-year jail term handed out to him in France for corruption and breach of trust. ,

 

Diack, the son of former athletics global chief Lamine Diack who himself was given four years in prison for corruption and money-launddering, refused to leave Senegal for the trial and was sentenced in his absence.

 

In 2016, the global police network Interpol issued an arrest want for Papa Massata,

 

who has been based in his West African nation ever since.

 

"They can send special forces to pick me up," he brazenly asserted on Monday as he continued to protest his innocence.

 

    Lamine Diack: Former IAAF head found guilty of corruption and jailed

 

Last week, 87-year-old Lamine Diack was convicted of corruption in France in relation to a Russian doping scandal and sentenced to two years in prison, with another two years suspended.

 

Diack profited from a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid millions in bribes to keep competing when they should have been suspended for doping.

 

Safe in Senegal where local authorities have refused to extradite him to France, his son Papa Massata, a sports consultant who was also given a fine of $1.2m for his role in the affair, has been disdainful of the investigation into corruption in athletics.

 

French investigators say Papa Massata is at the centre of years-long corruption probe that now spans Europe, Asia and the Americas, and includes the awarding of the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo and the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro.

 

In 2017, Papa Massata branded the accusation that he was part of a large corruption racket as "the biggest lie in the history of world sport."

 

Since last week's verdict, his lawyers in Senegal have said he was denied a fair trial and would appeal.

 

"I don't need to racketeer athletes - I earned enough money to live well," he said in the Senegalese capital Dakar.

 

"What France, the country of human rights, did is abhorrent. What we've seen in Paris was an offence to justice, a joke."

 

Not only has he accused the investigation of having a political background, he has also warned that his father could reveal some hidden truths in the world of sports administration should he wish to speak.

 

"I'm not afraid to say that there is racism in this story," Papa Massata, who was banned for life from athletics in 2016, ventured on Monday.

 

"There is a will to do morality, but that's not law, it's not a legal process, it's a moral process. They do not respect Africans and they have shown that with Lamine Diack, they do not respect anyone.

 

"Let me tell you now: I will react to any disclosure published in the press, because I also know things. The day Lamine Diack speaks about the Olympic movement, let me tell you, the IOC will explode, Fifa, the IAAF."

 

Following a huge scandal that has hung over athletics for five years, Diack senior - who led the IAAF from 1999 to 2015 - was convicted of accepting bribes from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and letting them continue competing, including in the 2012 London Olympics.

 

In his testimony, he acknowledged slowing the handling of Russian doping cases between 2011-2013 to save a sponsorship deal with a Russian bank and avoid public scandal but he denied the corruption allegations.

 

Diack's lawyers said he would be appealing against the judgement, which they called "unfair and inhumane".

 

 

 

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:05:57 GMT


Mali coup, third-term bids fan fears of West African democracy backslide
DAKAR (Reuters) - Until this year, West Africa looked to have shed its “coup-belt” moniker, winning plaudits as a model of democratic progress on the continent. But last month’s putsch in Mali is fuelling fears among activists that gains of the past decade are unravelling. ,

 

The power grab came at a time when the presidents of Ivory Coast and Guinea are seeking third terms after winning referendums to alter constitutions that barred them from running again.

 

While elections are now held consistently across the region, such moves, combined with governments’ attempts to stifle political opposition, are making many West Africans lose faith in the ballot box as a way of holding leaders accountable, activists and analysts say.

 

“We are asking for strong institutions. But while the institutions exist on paper, the politicians manipulate them from the inside until there’s nothing left,” said Veronique Tadjo, an Ivorian novelist who co-authored a manifesto against third terms.

 

Political instability could further undermine security in a region where militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are threatening to overrun state forces in inland countries like Mali and extend their influence into coastal nations like Ivory Coast.

 

 

Complaints that the March legislative elections in Mali lacked credibility were one factor behind last month’s coup, and tinkering with term limits can also breed instability, experts said.

 

More than a dozen people have been killed in protests in Ivory Coast since President Alassane Ouattara announced last month that he would seek a third term in October. His opponents called on Sunday for a fresh civil disobedience campaign.

 

In Guinea, at least 30 people have died during demonstrations since last year against constitutional changes that allow President Alpha Conde to contest next month’s vote.

 

Both Ouattara and Conde say they have the right to run again, arguing that the new constitutions - approved in 2016 and this March, respectively - reset term limits. Their opponents dispute this.

 

“In democracy, there is nothing more legitimate than the popular will expressed at the ballot box,” Tibou Kamara, one of Conde’s spokesmen, told Reuters.

 

Conde, whom critics have long accused of angling for a third term, says he needs more time to carry out his development agenda, which was interrupted by the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak.

 

An Ivorian government spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Ouattara said in March that he wouldn’t be a candidate, but reversed himself after his preferred successor, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died in July. Ouattara called the decision to run a “true sacrifice”, necessary to protect the economic and social gains of his presidency.

DOUBLE STANDARD?

 

Already in 2019, West Africa showed the greatest decline in political rights and civil liberties of any region in the world, according to U.S. watchdog Freedom House, which cited flawed elections in Senegal and Nigeria and political crackdowns in Benin.

 

There is no single reason for the democratic backsliding, although several experts pointed to the waning influence of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) bloc.

 

In 2015, the 15-member body came close to banning third terms in what would have been a first for an African regional body. But analysts say ECOWAS failed to follow through on the issue, weakened by divisions between Francophone and Anglophone countries and regional powerhouse Nigeria’s preoccupation with domestic concerns.

 

International powers such as the United States have become less outspoken on democracy issues, said Mathias Hounkpe, one of the experts commissioned by ECOWAS who recommended the two-term limit.

 

“What we are experiencing today is a weakening of the position of the international community when it comes to liberal values,” he said.

 

ECOWAS leaders took a hard line against the Mali coup by immediately imposing economic sanctions.

 

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Those measures, which were softened when some leaders demanded exceptions for fuel and other essential products, failed to force the junta to restore the deposed president.

 

The coup leaders did, however, announce on Monday that a civilian interim president had been appointed, a

 

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:35:35 GMT