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The dialogues in the Horn of Africa inspire little confidence to resolve the region’s crises while U.S. diplomatic efforts seem insufficient in an area of strategic interest. It’s a matter of conventional wisdom that the crises gripping the Horn of Africa are fundamentally political, and that viable, sustainable solutions can be found only through inclusive political dialogue. But in both Sudan and Ethiopia, current dialogues—one internationally-backed and one a domestic project—inspire little confidence. The United...

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The United States State Department has cleared the sale of 12 AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters to Nigeria worth nearly $1bn, apparently after US lawmakers lifted objections over human rights concerns. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Thursday announced the sale of the helicopters and related defence systems to the Nigerian military. The package includes $25m for human rights-related training, according to YahooNews. The sale includes the Bell-made Cobras; 28 General Electric-made T700-401C engines; 2,000 Advanced...

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Beginning April 11, 2022, U.S citizens can select male (M), female (F), or unspecified or another gender identity (X) as a gender marker on their U.S. passport. The third gender marker, X is designed to give nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming persons an option other than male or female on their travel document. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, making the announcement said, “Starting on April 11, U.S. citizens will be able to select an X as...

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Former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold reflects on his time as U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other diplomatic roles he has held throughout his career. Welcome to Reflections, a bimonthly series of conversations that invites former senior U.S.-Africa policymakers to discuss difficult issues that they confronted in their careers with the benefit of hindsight. The second conversation in the series features Russ Feingold, who served...

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The United States is reconsidering its longstanding partnership with Uganda’s abusive government.   By Michelle Gavin, Guest Columnist, and Blogger The harrowing story of Kakwenza Rukirabashaija—a Ugandan writer whose tweets critical of President Yoweri Museveni and his powerful son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, landed him in detention—has made it impossible to pretend that the repression and political violence that accompanied the 2021 election cycle were temporary features of Uganda’s political landscape. Rukirabashaija, who was held incommunicado and claims to...

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LAGOS — The US Mission in Nigeria has announced the commencement of a no-interview visa renewal programme for Nigerians. After the launch of the initiative, it will be evaluated based on fraud and workload factors before possible scaling and expansion and will commence in Lagos this month. The US mission in a statement on its official website explained that the initiative is part of its continuous commitment to expand and innovate consular services despite the...

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ABUJA — The U.S. government on Thursday pledged to support Nigeria in its efforts to combat modern-day slavery and all forms of human trafficking and smuggling. Ms. Kathleen FlitzGibbon Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja said this at an event organised to commemorate the 2022 National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The event, held in collaboration with the DEVATOP Center for African Development under its “TALKAM” Human Rights Project, had the theme...

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The secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, has criticized the attacks on Zamfara residents by bandits. This was indicated in a statement issued on Monday by Stephane Dujarric, the secretary-general’s spokesman. As noted in the statement, Guterres condoled with families affected, urging the federal government to fish out those responsible. He urges the FG to spare no effort in bringing those responsible for the attack to justice. “The Secretary-General strongly condemns the appalling...

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Three white men of the United States have been convicted form murdering African American jogger Ahmaud Arbery after chasing him in their pickup trucks, they were sentenced to life in prison on Friday in a case that highlighted US tensions over racial injustice. Travis McMichael, 35, and his father Gregory McMichael, 66, were sentenced to life without parole, while their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, had a less direct role in the murder and cooperated...

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