Category Archives: Government

West African Countries May Lift Mali Sanctions After Interim President Sworn in Friday

The leader of a delegation representing a bloc of West African countries is hoping that crippling sanctions against Mali will be lifted following Friday’s inauguration of an interim president a month after a military coup. Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who is the envoy for the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, praised the junta’s  leadership on his arrival in Mali Wednesday. Jonathan

UN Investigators Accuse Burundi of Enacting Strategy to Undermine Elections

The U.N.’s Commission of Inquiry on Burundi accuses the ruling party and Burundian authorities of implementing a strategy based on violence that skewers election results in their favor.  The commission has just submitted its final report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. This is the fourth and final year that the human rights situation in

Mali Junta Picks Former Defense Minister as Transitional President

The junta that overthrew Mali’s president last month said Monday that former defense minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N’Daw will be the president during the transition period. Bah N’Daw was appointed by a 30-person panel set up by the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), the junta that has ruled Mali

Report: US to Slap Sanctions on More Than Two Dozen Targets Tied to Iran Arms

The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said, putting teeth behind U.N. sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said

Western Libya Political Figures Appear to Nix Oil Deal

Opposition from top political figures in Libya’s U.N.-backed government in Tripoli to a deal announced Friday to resume the country’s oil production appears to have put the agreement on hold, at least for the moment. The deal between eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar and the Tripoli government’s deputy prime minister, Ahmed Maitiq, prompted negative

Analysts See Israel-Bahrain Peace Deal as Protection Against Iran

Israelis are delighted the government has reached another peace deal with an Arab country, this time Bahrain, following last month’s agreement with the United Arab Emirates.  Analysts say the Gulf states see the deals as a way to discourage potential attacks from Iran.  But Palestinians are furious at the deal, calling Bahrain’s move “another knife

Malawi President Calls for United Front Against COVID-19

Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera is calling for collaborative efforts in the fight against coronavirus, which has so far infected nearly 6,000 Malawians and killed over 170 others.  But commentators say the government should also tackle other diseases rather than focusing on COVID-19 alone. In his weekly radio address Saturday, Chakwera said it is worrisome that

Trump: Bahrain to Recognize Israel

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain has agreed to recognize Israel, following a similar deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates last month. The agreement is another sign of the shifting dynamic in the Middle East, one that brings Arab nations closer to Israel and is seen as