Sudan’s war-makers refuse to learn from history. Time and again they seem to believe, despite every piece of evidence from the country’s sorry history of conflict and destruction, that using force will solve their problems. I have listened to Sudanese generals, politicians and rebel commanders, explaining why war is unavoidable, or necessary, or even desirable. […]Continue Reading →
The seizure of power by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Monday was a brazen usurpation of the constitutional order, a selfish effort to protect the privileges of the army, and a betrayal of a succession of promises he himself had made.
Al-Burhan’s action is a military coup, pure and simple: a power grab in defiance […]Continue Reading →
The repercussions of the military coup in Egypt continue to cover the headlines. Demonstrations calling for the reinstatement of the ousted president Muhammed Morsi began days ago and at least 51 people died1 when the army opened fire. This prompted various responses to ease the ongoing tension, and to bring back absent stability. A close look […]Continue Reading →
A rising tide of discontent may not have caused the coup, but it helps explain why Malians, who have been steadfast supporters of democracy, have tolerated the military junta, even supported it. […] When examining Mali’s current political crisis, we must carefully consider how ordinary Malians view the privatization of their lands, resources, and public companies by foreign enterprises. Indeed, unchecked neoliberal economic policies imposed from without threaten the viability of sustainable democratic institutions and the very social fabric that makes democracy work in the first place.Continue Reading →
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