Posted by CID sourced from the New York Times on 17 July 2014
Facing mounting political and economic pressure, and failing health, Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has reconstituted the janjaweed militias as his personal army. The repackaged janjaweed deploys the same scorched-earth tactics as it did a decade ago, except that now its militiamen ride S.U.V.’s instead of horses and are equipped with high-powered weapons.
Posted by CID sourced from Thompson Reuters on 17 July 2014
Mali's government and six rebel groups held peace talks in Algiers yesterday in a bit to end decades of civil unrest. There are concerns, though, that a peace deal brokered outside Mali would not necessarily carry weight with the diverse and fragmented fighters on the ground.
Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 17 July 2014
Western countries are using aid to Africa as a smokescreen to hide the "sustained looting" of the continent as it loses nearly $60bn a year through tax evasion, climate change mitigation, and the flight of profits earned by foreign multinational companies, a group of NGOs has claimed.
Posted by CID sourced from Al Jazeera on 17 July 2014
The BRICS group of emerging powers have launched a $100bn development bank to be based in the Chinese city of Shanghai.The bank and its fund are seen as counterweights to the Western-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Farmers from indigenous mountain communities have formed an international network, that will enable the sharing of new seed varieties to boost crop diversity. This network is a place for the farmers to share knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change.