On Africa http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/21411/all en On Africa http://www.globalpost.com/internal/blog-config/africa <!--paging_filter--><p> Africa, explained<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-section-about-block"> <div class="field-label">About This Section block contents:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><div id="blog_block"> <div id="blog_block_title"> ABOUT THIS BLOG</div> <div id="blog_description"> <p> <span style="font-family: Helvetica;">Tracking Africa from the Sahara to Cape Town, to everything in between. The politics, economics and culture of a continent. On Africa is a reported blog from Nairobi, written by GlobalPost senior correspondent for Africa Tristan McConnell. </span></p> </div> <div id="blog_correspondents"> <div id="bc_header"> <h3 id="gp3_bloggers"> Correspondents</h3> </div> <div id="gp3_the_bloggers"> <div class="a_blogger"> <!--<div class="blogger_image"><img src="/sites/all/themes/globalpost_3/images/blog_bio_1.gif" /></div>--><!--<div class="blogger_image"><img src="/sites/all/themes/globalpost_3/images/blog_bio_1.gif" /></div>--><div class="blogger_bio"> <h2 class="blogger_name"> <a href="/bio/tristan-mcconnell">Tristan McConnell</a></h2> <p> GlobalPost senior correspondent in Nairobi, Kenya. <a href="/bio/tristan-mcconnell">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <!--/the_bloggers--><!--/the_bloggers--></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-sectionheaderimage"> <div class="field-label">Header Banner Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/banners/africa_header_670x170.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=28685">africa_header_670x170.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-singlecol-headerimage"> <div class="field-label">Single-column header image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_singlecol_headerimage" width="300" height="188" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/africa_single_300x200.jpg?1337086192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Thumbnail Art:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="260" height="138" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/africa_hp_260x140.jpg?1337086206" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> On Africa Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5689208 at http://www.globalpost.com Wade shows no sign of relinquishing power http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/Senegal%20news-wade-runs-for-reelection%20 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aging Senegalese president refuses to retire, will run for an unconstitutional "third term." </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; He&#39;s 85-years old, has ruled since 2000 and has no intention of giving&nbsp;up power now.</p> <p> Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade has been cleared to run for an&nbsp;unconstitutional &quot;third term&quot; and, handily, the same judges who gave&nbsp;him the nod also barred his strongest challenger, the musician Youssou&nbsp;N&#39;Dour.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgpgVj0cpWQ" target="_blank">Violent riots followed the announcement</a> on Friday which was&nbsp;subsequently challenged by N&#39;Dour. His appeal has now been thrown out.</p> <p> <strong>More on GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/senegal/120130/senegal-upholds-ruling-wade-seek-third-term-president" target="_blank">Senegal upholds ruling allowing Wade to seek third term</a></strong></p> <p> Where does this leave Senegal? Looking an awful lot like a North&nbsp;African state round about this time last year.</p> <p> Opposition and civil society groups are promising &quot;mass action&quot;&nbsp;against Wade&#39;s candidacy.</p> <p> N&#39;Dour, 52, may be something of a totem for&nbsp;anti-Wade groups but he&#39;s also a little late to the game. Young&nbsp;Senegalese musicians &mdash; and rappers in particular &mdash; have been&nbsp;challenging the president and leading protests for months.</p> <p> <strong>More on GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/senegal/120128/riots-senegal-wade-third-term" target="_blank">Riots in Senegal after Wade is cleared to seek third term</a></strong></p> <p> By refusing to let power go Wade is heading for a collision with his&nbsp;country&#39;s young and disenfranchised population. The size of the&nbsp;protests to come and the way the authorities choose to handle them&nbsp;will determine whether Senegal is to become the first state in&nbsp;sub-Saharan Africa to feel the Arab Spring.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/Senegal%20news-wade-runs-for-reelection%20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> On Africa Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:16:27 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5689465 at http://www.globalpost.com South Sudan News: Khartoum blamed for recent raid attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/south-sudan-news-South%20Sudan-blames-Khartoum-recent-raid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Officials in Juba blame Khartoum for the raid attack that has killed dozens in South Sudan. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; A <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120130/gunmen-khartoum-kill-south-sudan-cattle-raid" target="_blank">raid</a>&nbsp;has killed dozens of people in South Sudan, close to the border&nbsp;with its northern neighbor.&nbsp;Officials in Juba were quick to blame Khartoum for the attack, as they&nbsp;always are.</p> <p> Sometimes there is truth in the accusations, sometimes there is not.</p> <p> This example of the Sudanese blame game is more ridiculous than usual&nbsp;with South Sudan&#39;s interior minister unable to say who the attackers&nbsp;were even as he is adamant that Khartoum armed them.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/sudan-and-south-sudan-on-brink-again" target="_blank">Sudan and South Sudan are on the brink, again</a></strong></p> <p> Whatever the facts of this particular attack it serves to underscore&nbsp;the parlous state of relations between North and South which are&nbsp;steadily deteriorating to a point of near non-existence.</p> <p> Right now oil is the issue &mdash; specifically a row over the amount the South should pay&nbsp;to the north for transporting southern oil along northern pipelines&nbsp;for export &mdash; but if it wasn&#39;t it would be something else: debt, border&nbsp;demarcation, citizenship, support to rebels, Abyei ... the list goes on.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/120123/khartoum-and-the-international-community-breaking-the-cycle-theft-and-c" target="_blank">Khartoum regime keeps squeezing South Sudan</a></strong></p> <p> It&#39;s hard to believe that full-blown civil war is on the cards.</p> <p> After&nbsp;all these two nations know very well what war costs in lives and cash&nbsp;having fought for the best part of half a century.</p> <p> But the impact of&nbsp;this diplomatic rupture will be felt in the border areas between North&nbsp;and South where proxy fighting, aerial bombing and failed crops add up&nbsp;to a humanitarian disaster in the making.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120128/south-sudan-halts-oil-production-talks-falter" target="_blank">South Sudan halts oil production as talks falter</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/south-sudan-news-South%20Sudan-blames-Khartoum-recent-raid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> On Africa Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:23:38 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5689469 at http://www.globalpost.com African Union fails to elect chairperson http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/african-union-fails-elect-chairperson <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The African Union — dubbed a "dictators' club" — failed to elect a new chairperson over the weekend. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; Recent elections in Africa have tended to end in farce and confusion&nbsp;(and sometimes bloodshed). Look at Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia.</p> <p>Not much difference in Addis Ababa today where the African Union &mdash; dubbed a &quot;dictators&#39; club&quot; in its pre-2002 guise of the Organization&nbsp;of African Unity, but little changed since &mdash; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg9kaQ0alqw" target="_blank">failed to elect a new&nbsp;chairperson</a>.</p> <p>First the vote got deadlocked with delegates unable to&nbsp;choose between the incumbent Jean Ping from Gabon and his challenger&nbsp;Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma of South Africa, then no one was sure what to&nbsp;do next.</p> <p><strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/sudan-and-south-sudan-on-brink-again" target="_blank">Sudanese &amp; South Sudanese leaders meet in Addis Ababa</a></strong></p> <p>They <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16788700" target="_blank">held the vote three times</a>&nbsp;but neither&nbsp;candidate received the two-thirds majority needed. Instead of finding&nbsp;a solution the vote is to be postponed for six months and re-run at&nbsp;the next summit due in Malawi. In the meantime there are conflicting&nbsp;reports as to whether Ping will be allowed to keep the job or if&nbsp;Erastus Mwencha, the AU commission chief <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/au-leaders-fail-choose-top-official-110357557.html" target="_blank">will be caretaker</a>.</p> <p>And so it looks as if the AU is going to be a lame duck for the next&nbsp;six months with its key executive office in limbo.</p> <p>Bad news for the&nbsp;AU&#39;s standing and bad news for the ongoing crises and conflicts in&nbsp;Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere that the AU should be taking a lead in&nbsp;resolving.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/african-union-fails-elect-chairperson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> On Africa Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:28:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5689478 at http://www.globalpost.com A bad time to be Chinese in Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/bad-time-be-chinese-africa-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More Chinese workers have reportedly been abducted in Africa. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; A few days ago 29 Chinese road builders were seized by rebels in Sudan.</p> <p> Beijing says they are still being held despite a premature announcement by the Khartoum government of their release/rescue.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/sudan-and-south-sudan-on-brink-again">Sudan and South Sudan are on the brink, again</a></strong></p> <p> Now it is being <a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE80U09D20120131">reported that another 25 </a>&quot;mostly Chinese&quot; workers have been kidnapped from a cement factory in Egypt by armed Bedouin tribesmen.</p> <p> What&#39;s behind the abductions?</p> <p> Opportunity rather than xenophobia. As China makes ever greater inroads into Africa, its workers have proven themselves willing to operate in conditions and places that Western employees shun, either because of the tough environment or the toxic regime.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/africa/south-sudan-violence-spirals-out-control">South Sudan violence spirals out of control</a></strong></p> <p> The Chinese workers are willing to work from the fringe rebel territory in Sudan, the deserts of Sinai or the disputed Ogaden in Ethiopia where nine Chinese workers were killed by insurgents in 2007.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/bad-time-be-chinese-africa-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa On Africa Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:59:16 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5689655 at http://www.globalpost.com Rwanda: Genocide suspects stranded http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/rwanda-genocide-suspects-cleared-the-ictr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 Rwandan genocide suspects found innocent have nowhere safe to go. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash;&nbsp;Genocide suspects who have been cleared of charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for&nbsp;Rwanda remain stuck in a safe house in Tanzania because they fear&nbsp;returning home and no other country will take them in, according to a<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16816668" target="_blank">&nbsp;BBC report</a> today.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/series/rwanda-now" target="_blank">Our in-depth series: Rwanda Now</a></strong></p> <p> The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has conducted 72 cases against people accused of planning,&nbsp;funding and commanding the 1994 genocide that saw more than 800,000&nbsp;mostly Tutsi people killed by Hutu death squads.</p> <p> Of those 10 have been&nbsp;cleared of involvement in the killings but five of these say they&nbsp;cannot go back to Rwanda for fear of persecution, yet no foreign&nbsp;country has been willing to offer them refuge.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120126/rwanda-news-leon-mugesera-deported-canada" target="_blank">Rwanda News: Leon Mugesera arrives from Canada</a></strong></p> <p> According to the BBC, which interviewed the tribunal&#39;s spokesman:</p> <p> &quot;The five men still living in Arusha and acquitted by the ICTR are all&nbsp;Hutus and include a former brigadier general, ex-ministers and a&nbsp;businessman. They live together in a safe house and can go to town and&nbsp;to church, but otherwise cannot leave.</p> <p> &quot;Andre Ntagerura &mdash; the former minister of transport &mdash; has been waiting&nbsp;nearly six years for refuge since his acquittal. The five have been&nbsp;joined in the safe house by two others who have served their&nbsp;sentences, but also have nowhere to go.&quot;</p> <p> Paul Kagame in Rwanda has been highly critical of the ICTR and the&nbsp;cases of these men illustrate both the fear that Kagame&#39;s regime&nbsp;instills in its opponents as well as the international community&#39;s&nbsp;queasiness when it comes to taking in former suspects, even if they&nbsp;are found innocent of genocide.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/rwanda-genocide-memorial-path-healing" target="_blank">Rwanda genocide memorial a pathway to healing</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/rwanda-genocide-suspects-cleared-the-ictr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Rwanda On Africa Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:45:19 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5689857 at http://www.globalpost.com Senegal News: Protests continue against President Abdoulaye Wade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/senegal-news-protests-against-president-abdoulaye-wade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Senegalese protestors want President Wade to withdraw his candidacy for the upcoming election. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; It could go either way in Senegal.</p> <p> There were protests against President Abdoulaye Wade&#39;s intention to run for a third term on Friday, Monday and Tuesday. The most recent saw thousands of anti-government protestors take to the streets against police armed with tear gas and batons.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/senegal/120128/riots-senegal-wade-third-term" target="_blank">Riots in Senegal after President Wade is cleared to seek third term</a></strong></p> <p> <a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE81000220120201?sp=true]" target="_blank">Reuters reports&nbsp;</a>that at least one person died last night, run over by an armored police vehicle. Amnesty International reports that three have died.</p> <p> These events have <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/un-secretary-general-warns-senegal-095310214.html" target="_blank">worried the UN</a>&nbsp;and others. An opposition coalition called M23 has promised&nbsp;long-lasting mass action until Wade withdraws his candidacy for the February 26 election but it&#39;s hard to gauge how much support the protests&nbsp;really have and how broad it is spread. Dakar&#39;s Place de l&#39;Obelisque&nbsp;is no Tahrir Square, yet.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/senegal-news-music-icon-youssou-ndour-run-president" target="_blank">Senegal music icon Youssou N&#39;Dour to run for president (VIDEO)</a></strong></p> <p> Mitigating against a popular revolution in Senegal is not any latent&nbsp;love for the octogenarian leader but the fact that elections are&nbsp;scheduled to take place in just a few weeks time on Feb. 26.</p> <p> Yes, the incumbent&nbsp;can use state media and infinitely more (usually national) resources&nbsp;to ensure there is not a level playing field, and rigging the vote is&nbsp;that much easier for the ruler, but there is still the option of&nbsp;Wade&#39;s ouster coming at the ballot box.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/senegal/120112/senegal-stops-extradition-former-chad-dictator-hissene-h" target="_blank">Senegal stops extradition of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre</a></strong></p> <p> If, come election day, Wade claims a victory that is widely perceived&nbsp;as fraudulent then all bets will be off and Senegal&#39;s hard-won and&nbsp;long-standing stability will be in serious doubt.</p> <p> Below is a video of the recent riots in Senegal:</p> <div id="nl_cUgPjYs4Km00Qw0g" style="width:600px;"> <a href="http://www.newslook.com/videos/396548-senegalese-riot-as-president-cleared-for-3rd-term" title="Senegalese Riot as President Cleared for 3rd Term"><img alt="Senegalese Riot as President Cleared for 3rd Term" src="http://img0.newslook.com/images/dyn/videos/396548/1/pad/600/450/396548.jpg" /></a> <div style="background:#efefef;border:1px solid #ccc;color:#999;padding:3px;text-align:right;"> <a href="http://www.newslook.com/world" style="color:#999;">World News Videos</a> by NewsLook</div> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.newslook.com/videos/view_embed.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var nl_rand = "cUgPjYs4Km00Qw0g", NewsLook = NewsLook || {}; NewsLook.embeds = NewsLook.embeds || {}; NewsLook.embeds[nl_rand] = { video_id : '396548', feed_user_id : '65', metadata_for_select : null, metadata_override : ["tags_list","duration_as_text"], preview_hashlike_metadata : {"theme":"light","height":"450","width":"600"} }; NewsLook.embeds[nl_rand]["player"] = new NewslookVideoEmbedPlayer(nl_rand); </script><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/senegal-news-protests-against-president-abdoulaye-wade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa On Africa Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:50:17 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5689874 at http://www.globalpost.com Africa News: 'African Spring' needed for revolutionary change http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/africa-news-african-spring-for-revolutionary-change <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will Senegal protests lead to long-lasting demonstrations that force change? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; Last year as walk-to-work protests gripped Uganda it seemed as if the&nbsp;long winter of autocracy under which some African countries have&nbsp;labored might be drawing to a close.</p> <p> But it turned out Kizza Besigye, Uganda&#39;s opposition and protest leader, was not the man of the moment, his&nbsp;support was not large or widespread enough and the protests fizzled in&nbsp;the face of a heavy-handed crackdown by President Yoweri Museveni&#39;s&nbsp;police and army.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/120124/egypt-live-blog-jan-25-revolution-anniversary-mubarak-military-protests" target="_blank">Egypt: Protests erupt on anniversary of revolution (LIVE BLOG)</a></strong></p> <p> Also last year, in Khartoum students took to the streets, angry with&nbsp;rising living costs and angry with Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, the&nbsp;unpalatable head of a pariah regime. His security forces put a swift&nbsp;end to those protests.</p> <p> Last month Nigerians railed at their government for removing fuel&nbsp;subsidies, an Occupy Nigeria movement was born using the social media&nbsp;tools of the Arab Spring, but then President Goodluck Jonathan&nbsp;backtracked and the protests withered away.</p> <p> Now it is Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade&#39;s turn as the streets of Dakar fill&nbsp;with protestors against his continued rule, fueled by the suspicion&nbsp;that he is grooming his son for power.</p> <p> Will Senegal see the beginning&nbsp;of an &#39;African Spring?&#39;</p> <p> Right now it seems unlikely but, in an interview with the <a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/nigeriaNews/idAFL5E8D15T320120201?sp=true" target="_blank">Reuters news</a>&nbsp;agency, the celebrated Nigerian writer and Nobel winner Wole Soyinka&nbsp;issues a warning to what he calls &quot;sit-tight rulers.&quot;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/nigeria/120116/nigeria-crises-could-make-the-country-stronger" target="_blank">Nigeria: Crises could make the country stronger</a></strong></p> <p> Soyinka hits the nail squarely on the head:</p> <p> &quot;What is wrong with them? Why do they think that the world will not&nbsp;continue to turn after they&#39;ve left office, I don&#39;t understand,&quot; said Soyinka. &quot;In the end, those who refuse to bow to popular will, who continue to&nbsp;treat, describe and regard their own peoples as inferior to themselves&nbsp;or their petty clans, I&#39;m afraid will confront the same nature of&nbsp;violence as we witnessed in the Arab world.&quot;</p> <p> Many across Africa will be hoping for just such revolutionary change.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/africa-facebook-users-grow-at-165-rate" target="_blank">Africa: Facebook users grow by 165%</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p></p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/africa-news-african-spring-for-revolutionary-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa On Africa Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:42:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5690050 at http://www.globalpost.com Senegal: How not to defuse a protest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/senegal-news-how-not-defuse-protest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade calls the latest round of protests to his continued rule "no more worrying than a light breeze." </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; If you&#39;re hoping to stay in power until you&#39;re 90 and face youth-led street protests, then talking like a patronizing old schoolmaster is not a clever idea.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/senegal-news-protests-against-president-abdoulaye-wade">Protests continue against President Abdoulaye Wade</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/senegal-news-how-not-defuse-protest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> On Africa Africa Emerges Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:52:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5690055 at http://www.globalpost.com Somalia: British Foreign Secretary William Hague visits Mogadishu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/uk-wants-lead-somalia-initiative The latest diplomat to clamber in through Somalia's much-touted "window of opportunity" is Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/uk-wants-lead-somalia-initiative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> On Africa Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:24:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5690056 at http://www.globalpost.com Uganda News: Tullow Oil to invest in Uganda's oil industry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/uganda-news-tullow-oil-invests-uganda-oil-industry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tullow Oil signs a new production sharing agreement with Uganda's government. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; Months of unseemly wrangles have delayed Uganda&#39;s much-touted oil production but now it is set to begin.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120128/south-sudan-halts-oil-production-talks-falter" target="_blank">South Sudan halts oil production as talks falter</a></strong></p> <p> Tullow Oil, a spectacularly successful oil exploration company that&nbsp;has discovered large reserves in Uganda and Ghana in recent years,&nbsp;says that it has signed <a href="http://www.tullowoil.com/index.asp?pageid=137&amp;newsid=727" target="_blank">production sharing agreements</a> with Uganda&#39;s&nbsp;government&nbsp;paving the way for a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16872987" target="_blank">$10 billion investment</a>&nbsp;in the country&#39;s&nbsp;nascent oil industry.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/uganda-news-kampala-traders-protest-interest-hike" target="_blank">Uganda News: Kampala traders protest interest hike</a></strong></p> <p> The next step will be for Tullow, a relatively small company (in the&nbsp;multi-billion dollar world of oil), to finalize its new partnership&nbsp;with France&#39;s Total and China&#39;s CNOOC that will enable the building of a refinery and an export pipeline from the Lake Albert oil fields.</p> <p> It is&nbsp;estimated there may be as much <a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/ugandaNews/idAFL5E8D31RJ20120203?sp=true" target="_blank">2.5 billion barrels of oil</a>,&nbsp;enough crude to supply all of Uganda&#39;s domestic needs with more&nbsp;left over for export to neighboring countries.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111104/uganda-new-front-war-corruption" target="_blank">Uganda: New front in war on corruption</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/uganda-news-tullow-oil-invests-uganda-oil-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Oil Uganda On Africa Fri, 03 Feb 2012 15:46:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5690245 at http://www.globalpost.com Somalia: Famine ends but problems remain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/somalia-famine-ends-now <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Famine conditions in Somalia have ended, but a serious emergency situation remains in the war-torn nation. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; Six and a half months on and Somalia&#39;s famine is officially over,&nbsp;according to the UN, which crunches the numbers and determines just how on-the-brink people are on a scale of 1to 5, with 5 being famine.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120203/somalia-famine-over-sahel-food-crisis-warning" target="_blank">Somalia famine over, UN says, but Sahel food crisis worsens</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/somalia-famine-ends-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> On Africa Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:06:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5690248 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenya News: Obama's grandmother Sarah Onyango Obama in car accident http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/kenya-news-obama-grandmother-sarah-onyango-obama-car-accident <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Onyango Obama, 90, was in a car that rolled off a country road. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; Local <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw9n-lSjguo" target="_blank">television footage</a>&nbsp;shows the smashed windscreen and battered car that was carrying Sarah Onyango Obama, the president&#39;s grandmother, when it rolled off a country road on Saturday night.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/kenya/110513/obama-grandmother-kenya-security" target="_blank">Obama&#39;s grandmother in Kenya gets beefed up security</a></strong></p> <p> The 90-year-old, referred to as &quot;Granny Sarah&quot; in Barack Obama&#39;s&nbsp;memoir &quot;Dreams from My Father,&quot; was only lightly injured and is now back&nbsp;at her home in the village of Kogelo in western Kenya.</p> <p> One of the president&#39;s uncles, Sayid Obama, told me that his mother&nbsp;was fine and back at home.</p> <p> &quot;She&#39;s in good health right now,&quot; he said.</p> <p> According to <a href="http://allafrica.com/stories/201202050047.html" target="_blank">local witnesses</a>&nbsp;the accident happened&nbsp;at about 9 p.m. on Saturday night when the driver lost control of the car&nbsp;which swung off the paved road and then rolled into a ditch. The&nbsp;passengers &mdash; Sarah Obama, two bodyguards and one other &mdash; were treated at a local hospital before being discharged.</p> <p> Sarah Onyango Obama was the third wife of Hussein, Barack Obama&#39;s&nbsp;grandfather, and attended the president&#39;s inauguration ceremony in&nbsp;Washington in January 2009.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/president-obama-sings-al-green-video-update" target="_blank">President Obama sings Al Green (VIDEO)</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/kenya-news-obama-grandmother-sarah-onyango-obama-car-accident" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kenya On Africa Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:36:19 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5690527 at http://www.globalpost.com Sudan News: China faces Sudan dilemma http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/sudan-news-china-faces-sudan-dilemma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> China's policy of non-interference in both Sudans looks increasingly unsustainable. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; China is an old friend of Khartoum.</p> <p> Beijing&#39;s policy of non-interference in domestic affairs has made it some pretty unsavory friends, most recently in Syria when it joined Moscow in vetoing a UN Security Council resolution.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/germany/120202/china-merkel-contribution-europe-rescue-fund" target="_blank">China mulls contribution to Europe&rsquo;s rescue fund</a></strong></p> <p> China has shown no qualms about investing in oil infrastructure, roads and railways in Sudan or for that matter selling armaments that were then used against the people of Darfur.</p> <p> But as southern independence approached China realized that if it&nbsp;wanted to keep getting 5 percent of its crude imports from Sudan it needed&nbsp;friends in the South, too, since that&#39;s where most of the oil is.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/uganda-news-tullow-oil-invests-uganda-oil-industry" target="_blank">Tullow Oil to invest in Uganda&#39;s oil industry</a></strong></p> <p> Diplomatic overtures were launched and Beijing&#39;s envoys found a warm&nbsp;welcome in Juba.</p> <p> Late last month came the kidnapping of 29 Chinese road builders who&nbsp;were working in South Kordofan, a region of north Sudan where a&nbsp;rebel group is battling the Khartoum army. During the raid by the&nbsp;Sudan People&#39;s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) rebels 17 other workers escaped while one, it turned out, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120207/sudan-chinese-worker-missing-in-attack-found-dead-china-africa-news" target="_blank">was killed</a>.</p> <p> China&#39;s official news agency, Xinhua, says the <a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE81606H20120207" target="_blank">29 captives </a>have now&nbsp;been released but their captivity shows the tricky balancing act that Beijing is&nbsp;trying to pull off, staying friends with both sides as they inch ever&nbsp;closer to war.</p> <p> In these circumstances, and with its own citizens now at risk, China&#39;s&nbsp;policy of non-interference looks increasingly unsustainable.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/china/china-housing-market-mortgages-foreigners" target="_blank">China housing market restricts mortgages for foreigners</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/sudan-news-china-faces-sudan-dilemma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa China Sudan China On Africa Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:30:17 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5690705 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali News: Tuareg rebellion gathering momentum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/mali-news-tuareg-rebellion-gathering-momentum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new rebel group is attempting to take advantage of an influx of soldiers and weapons in states surrounding the Sahara. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; Since September<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110910/niger-west-central-africa-muammar-gaddafi-al-qaeda-islamic-mahgreb-al-shabaab"> there have been warnings </a>that the demise of Libya&#39;s Muammar Gaddafi will flood the the Sahel &mdash; the name given to the dusty fringes of the Sahara &mdash; with seasoned fighters and weapons.</p> <p> Now that has come to pass with the birth of a new Tuareg rebel group, calling itself the Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA, in its French acronym).</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/ex-gaddafi-tuareg-fighters-organize-rebel-group-mali">Ex-Gaddafi Tuareg fighters start a new battle</a></strong></p> <p> The rebels launched <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/libya-news-tuaregs-resurgent-after-gaddafi">their first assaults last month</a>,&nbsp;after which Mali&#39;s army <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/west-africa-mali-claims-victory-desert-fight">claimed to have won the fight</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;That now looks both premature and optimistic.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/west-africa-mali-claims-victory-desert-fight">Mali claims victory in desert fight</a></strong></p> <p> The MNLA is reportedly getting ready to<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/major-mali-city-high-alert-tuareg-attacks-180931807.html"> launch an assault</a> on the desert town of Kidal in northern Mali, and the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres &mdash; never the first to abandon their posts &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16924177">has pulled out of northern Mali</a>.</p> <p> This is not just a Malian problem, as most of the Sahelian countries have faced Tuareg rebellions in the past. If this one gains momentum, the situation looks bleak.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111028/tuaregs-5-things-you-need-know">Tuaregs: 5 Things You Need to Know</a></strong></p> <p> To see what the MNLA looks like, check out this impressive slideshow by the intrepid award-winning photographer <a href="http://vero-de-viguerie.photoshelter.com/">Veronique de Viguerie</a>&nbsp;playing on<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/02/05/world/africa/MALI.html?ref=africa"> <em>The New York Times </em>website</a><em>.</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/mali-news-tuareg-rebellion-gathering-momentum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa On Africa Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:23:02 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5690708 at http://www.globalpost.com