Winds of Change.NET Regional Briefings run on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and sometimes Fridays too. This Regional Briefing focuses on Africa, courtesy of AfricaPundit. TOP TOPICS
- Africans at the Oscars: South African Charlize Theron won Best Leading Actress for her role as a serial-killing prostitute in Monster. Also, Djimon Hounsou, originally from Benin, was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in In America.
- At a conference in Libya, the African Union has approved a continental defense force, while rejecting Qaddafi's proposal to dismantle national defense forces in favor of a single African army. Thank goodness for sanity!
- Daudi fears that there's yet another genocide about to occur--once again under the radar of most of the world.
Libya * Libya's apparent willingness to dismantle its WMD programs has made normalization of economic and diplomatic relations an urgent priority for Washington. The most recent result was the lifting of the US travel ban. * Obviously, this is a good turn of events for those who have business in Libya, but I'm not convinced that it's necessarily good for US policy. * Just what sort of person is Qaddafi? Well, he's the kind of guy who would blame an AIDS outbreak on the Jews. * On the other hand, maybe our enemy's enemy is our friend. Mostly AFRICA notes that relations between Iran and Libya have soured to the point that Qaddafi's regime may become a target of Tehran-funded terrorists. War on Terror * The US military presence in Africa has moved well beyond East Africa's Horn. The military's European Command is now involved in training and equipping several nations in North and West Africa including, notably, Algeria. * As part of this effort, the US has also announced an agreement allowing them to board all Liberian-flagged ships, apparently for counter-terrorism purposes. * Meanwhile, Uganda is fighting their own war against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) terrorists in northern Uganda. A recent terror attack killed 200. Sudan * The Sudanese government's victory proclamation in the western Darfur province appears to have been a bit premature. In fact, the conflict looks like it's growing, increasingly threatening neighboring Chad. * The UN isn't very reassuring about the situation either. Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is a leader who's got it all: * Anti-media laws? Mugabe's got 'em! * He's also got terrorist training camps, as described in a recent BBC report. * AND Mugabe's got powerful and influential friends. * With a leader like this, it's amazing that Zimbabwe doesn't have a better healthcare system. Must be a neocolonialist conspiracy! Namibia * Namibia's "president," Sam Nujoma, not to be outdone by Comrade Mugabe, prepares to begin forcible redistribution of white-owned farms. Final Thoughts * Botswana is the "most globalized" nation in Africa. Who knew? * Abiola has some interesting comments on Christian/Muslim violence in Nigeria. * I take a look at the phenomenon of Eco-Imperialism and its impact on Africa.