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Could Uganda Get Second Cardinal? [analysis]

On February 14, 2015 Pope Francis elevated 20 senior clergymen to the level of cardinals. Three of the new cardinals were from Africa (Ethiopia, Cape Verde and Mozambique), bringing the continent’s total number to 21. Of these, 15 are below 80 and thus eligible to vote if the papacy were to fall vacant today. In […]

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Amnesty International – Not a Good Time for Human Rights [analysis]

Amnesty International released its annual report on Wednesday, noting a pattern of abuse and force being used to crush dissent in Southern Africa. There were positives, but as 2015 has already seen a rise in the activity of armed groups and state force on the continent, the pattern is worrying. By GREG NICOLSON. “On any […]

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Ebola Is Not Over Yet [analysis]

The announcement by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that children will be returning to school, and that borders with neighbouring countries will reopen, comes as a huge relief to everyone around the world alarmed about the Ebola outbreak. At one stage last year, some thought that it would take much longer – even up to the […]

Human Rights

Parliament must reject the GMO Bill in its current form (Daily Monitor (Uganda))

There is growing pressure from scientists and their lobbyists to push Parliament into passing the highly contested Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill (GMO), which has been on the order paper twice this week after it was deferred last year for further consultations.But the responsible legislators have shied away from public discussions about the Bill, which they […]

Human Rights

We must push our governments to protect civilians worldwide (Daily Monitor (Uganda))

Amnesty International has released its annual report for 2014. Covering 160 countries, with regional analysis, the report provides a worrying overview of the state of human rights globally.Four trends are immediately discernible.First, the ever more dire situation of civilians caught up in conflict.Hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed, injured or subjected to sexual violence […]

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What's news (China Daily)

Governments and policies Report: Further scope for monetary easing China’s central bank should cut banks’ required reserve ratios further to deal with deflation risks, according to an article in the People’s Bank of China’s newspaper on Thursday. “To fend off possible deflation, the central bank should continue to adjust tools, from required reserve ratios and […]