Military responses to Boko Haram have proved ineffective, as the latest atrocity in
Nigeria highlights. An alternative focused on good governance, policing and socio-economic
development, supported by the international community, would be much more
likely to succeed.
the Rwandan genocide and the wars in former Yugoslavia, the idea of a
“responsibility to protect” vulnerable populations has acquired currency. The Libyan
and Syrian crises have, however, seen the value of that currency recalibrated.
Two decades after the Rwanda genocide, the promised hopes of international accountability for such crimes is in trouble. Andrew Wallis examines the ingredients of a crisis that is both legal and political.
Two decades on from the Rwanda bloodletting, conflicts
still simmer in neighbouring DRC. While their success
remains mixed, two decades of external intervention and
state-building heavily impinge
on everyday life.
Can a white man be morally absolved if it is decided that he
meant to shoot an ‘imaginary black intruder’ rather than his girlfriend? Ché Ramsden explores the dark depths of colonial and apartheid consciousness and
its intersection with patriarchy in the Pistorius trial.
The street in Cairo has become an insecure and volatile place. VICE News has been following avid supporters of General Sisi, revolutionaries who feel their aspirations are far from realisation and members of the Muslim Brotherhood outlawed by the military government.
The belated trial of a suspected genocidaire in Paris highlights the complex political relationship between Rwanda and France. It also reflects problems in the hard road to international justice, says Andrew Wallis.
this land, rights are determined by being part of an ethnic tribe, not the
human tribe’. In interview with Zina Smith, activist David Sheen argues that
recent protests by African asylum seekers hold a mirror up to Israel.
Crises in Francophone
Africa, as in Mali and the Central African Republic, cannot be solved by
military action by the former colonial power. Root causes must be tackled,
engaging civil-society actors, with the African Union playing a leading role in
partnership with the European Union.
blind to the reasons why threatened minorities and activists are forced to flee
hostile regimes, treating those who
seek asylum with hostility and disdain. We must recognise the bravery of those who want for their country the
freedoms we take for granted.
Political instability and administrative
weakness have been permanent features of the Central African Republic since
independence. What has happened in recent weeks is tragic but is neither genocide
nor a full-blown sectarian conflict. This can still be avoided if the
international forces behave impartially towards the two main religious communities.
February will see the final judgment in the
case of Abubakar Awudu Suraj, a Ghanian national who died whilst being deported
from Japan. An interview with his widow highlights States’ powers to regulate migrants' intimate
relationships with their citizens.
I don’t believe that the
story of forgiveness and reconciliation in our collective transition to democracy in the 'new South Africa' is untrue. The problem
is that it has become the only story we are allowed to tell, says Chantelle de Nobrega
Part of the blessing of Mandela’s longevity is that he modeled reflexive behaviour which changed over time. To realise his vision of a non-sexist South Africa, we might re-evaluate the patriarchal values which pervade our own lives, recognising our own ability to change.
During the Cold War years,
while British colonialists were being driven out of East Africa, the first
US intervention in the region occurred in Zanzibar. It proved to be a model -
many aspects of which are being repeated in the 'War on Terror'.
Emma Brockes’ exploration of her mother’s life in South
Africa, and what made her leave, is also a study in writing the complexity of women’s lives, and the powerful and elusive nature of story-telling.
The UK’s commitment to protecting the rights of women and girls cannot
be limited to international aid; it must recognise gender-based persecution and
not expel any woman to a country where she risks her life, rights or freedom,
says Lorna Gledhill.
The terrible migrant deaths off the Italian island have evoked horror across the continent. In a small camp in France, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi talks to their fellow countrymen and women who have survived: their hopes, dreams, and learning to feel unwelcome in Europe.
A new Italian reality TV show is sending celebrities to refugee camps, but for refugees to be able to speak for themselves and convey the message theywant to convey, the cameras must be given to refugees themselves, says Nath Gbikpi.
Together, distorted understanding and flawed policy have compounded the problems of weak states in the global south. A different approach to state-building is needed, says Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou