Le elezioni in Nigeria, iniziate il 9 aprile con le tornate per eleggere i parlamentari, sono oggi giunte allo stadio finale: si aprono i seggi delle votazioni in 34 su 36 stati della Repubblica federale (le elezioni in due stati del nord sono state sospese per favorire il raffreddarsi delle tensioni).
The second visit to Italy by Muammar Gheddafi this year has been in his capacity as Chairman of the African Union.
After many years of PanAfrican rhetoric and interAfrican activism, the Libyan leader is at the head of the continental organisation and is in a position to both steer the organisation towards his original dreams and to reap the benefit in terms of international legitimisation, regional influence and internal development.
Tre immigrati su dieci in Italia provengono da un paese dell’Africa sub-sahariana, con conseguenze per l’Europa intera. Ma la situazione sta cambiando: l’emergere di potenze non tradizionali sta modificando il modo in cui la stessa Africa si collega al mondo, e potrebbe quindi mutare anche quantità, direzione e obiettivi dei flussi migratori verso l’Europa. E anche la politica degli aiuti tradizionale, spesso utilizzata anche come strumento per tentare di frenare l’immi-grazione, potrebbe risultarne condizionata.
The election in Ethiopia that will take place on Sunday the 23rd of May 2010 will mark an important step in the country. In fact, the previous elections, in 2005, can be considered the first ones that have challenged the ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, grip on power. The 2005 elections turned out ugly: the opposition, framed in a credible way for the first time, suffered a violent repression that has weakened its present ability to perform its core task.
The 2010 Football World Cup represents a unique occasion for the hosting nation, South Africa, and the African continent as a whole.
Istituita con la legge denominata Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act entrata in vigore il 15 dicembre 1995, la Commissione per la verità e la riconciliazione sudafricana (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, TRC) ha rappresentato fino a oggi l'esempio più compiuto e articolato di organo chiamato a investigare su fatti e vicende che hanno costituito gravi e prolungate violazioni dei diritti umani.
The Africa-European Union summit to be held in Sirte on 29th-30th November will be a key test for the state of the art of the relationship between Africa and the European Union. This analysis intends to evaluate the results of the first three years of implementation of the strategy. It also intends to assess how the emergence of new powers (such as China, India, Brazil and the Arab countries) can impact on the relationship between Africa and the European countries.
In 2010, 17 African nations celebrated the 50th anniversary of their independence. Africa’s records in economic progress and political stability, demography (an ambivalent issue) and education etc. have steadily improved, although the threat of future violence and disruption remains for vast regions. National crises increasingly interact with global affairs, in the Horn and elsewhere. As suggested in the recent book by V.S.
While independence seems to be the foregone outcome of the January referendum on Southern Sudan’s self-determination, the real question is whether the country’s separation will be violent or pacific in nature. The level of trust between the parties stands at its lowest level since 2005, and while the NCP has embarked on a dangerous policy of brinkmanship, the SPLM/A fears that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement could become the latest in a long list of dishonoured agreements.
The repercussions of the vote in South Sudan are doomed to extend well beyond Sudan, or the two Sudans after the likely secession of the Southern provinces. Despite the legality of the referendum, the African Union is aware of the historical moment that the whole Africa is about to face. The break-up of Sudan is likely to trigger off a snowball effect, threatening the integrity of other African states.