International Crisis Group: “Eritrea: When Is a Mutiny Not a Mutiny?”
New York Times editorial: “Hope, and Lessons, in Somalia.”
Louisa Lombard on the history and complexity of attempted disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs in the Central African Republic.
Seifulaziz Milas with a pessimistic piece on Sudan.
Lesley Anne Warner: “[South Sudanese President Salva] Kiir Reshuffles the SPLA.”
Internally Displaced: “Cash Cows: The Financial Prospects of Cattle in South Sudan.”
Andrew Lebovich: “Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali.”
Lots of countries, especially ones that are facing internal threats from militant extremism, have “hard-liners.” But only Algeria has “eradicateurs,” a faction within the Algerian government that has argued, since the civil war broke out in 1991, that the military can never negotiate with Islamist movements and must destroy them outright. The war ended, in 1999, only when an Algerian leader from the opposing faction — “conciliateurs” — outmaneuvered the hard-liners. But that central tension has remained within the government ever since, a particularly Algerian dynamic that is important for understanding the country’s militancy crisis and the government’s response.
Bruce Whitehouse: “Lessons from Diabaly [,Mali].”
I don’t begrudge people getting rich and doing well. Why shouldn’t Africa have billionaires like the rest of the world? But sometimes this obsession to fulfil the “Africa Rising” prophecy blinds us to the real issues.
And in the case of Isabel [Dos Santos], I think celebrating her wealth as this Forbes label does is an insult to the two thirds of Angolans who live in poverty. When I look at Isabel and Dos Santos Inc and see all that money, all I can think of are the suffering Angolans who will never have the chances they have had and for whom water, electricity and sanitation are luxuries.
What are you reading this weekend?