Rebecca Sargent's Blog Posts Tagged 'Cote' (20)

This Week in African Conflict... March 6th-13th, 2012.

  • A new American initiative to improve the notoriously poor LGBT rights in sub-Saharan Africa is reportedly inspiring a large backlash. Sub-Saharan Africa is marked by widespread homophobia as well as chronic dependence on foreign aid, in particular from the US, and the idea that the two issues might now be linked seems…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 13, 2012 at 7:11pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... February 28th-March 6th, 2012.

  • A lawyers group claim that police arrested a carpenter on Wednesday who questioned whether Zimbabwe’s President still had the strength to blow up balloons at his 88th birthday celebrations, under a law making it an offense to insult the President.
  • The top UN envoy to Libya expressed…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 6, 2012 at 9:09pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... February 21st-28th, 2012.

  • Experts say the increasing trend of illicit financial flows are posing a great threat to Africa’s fragile growth as they pump back more dollars to developed countries than those send to poor African states.
  • The Open Society Media Program released background papers earlier this month on Mapping Digital…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 28, 2012 at 8:07pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... February 14th-21st, 2012.

  • The West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has just launched a new book on election management in West Africa.
  • The African Union Chairman announced on Saturday he will visit some of the continent’s conflict areas including Sudan, South Sudan, Mali and Libya for…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 21, 2012 at 7:58pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... January 31st-February 7th, 2012.

  • The West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) will be launching its new book, “Election Dispute Management Practice Guide for West Africa” on February 14th, 2012 at the Grand Mensvic Hotel, in East Legon, Accra, Ghana at 9am. The keynote speech at the launch will be delivered by Sierra Leone’s Chair of the Electoral…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 7, 2012 at 10:13pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... January 23rd-31st, 2012.

  • The African Union summit in Addis Ababa ended in deadlock after the group failed to chose a new chairman for the executive commission. A new election was then scheduled to be held in June or July, though they managed to elect President Boni Yayi of Benin as the new…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on January 31, 2012 at 10:19pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... December 13th-20th, 2011.

Hello, hope all is well!

This week’s conflict reports will be a little thinner than usual, as I have been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple days and haven’t been reading as extensively as normal. Please be sure to add anything I have missed in the comments below or send via email to apeaceofconflict@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Rebecca

  • The New…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 20, 2011 at 7:58pm — No Comments

This Week in African Conflict... December 7th-13th, 2011.

  • Transparency International’s new report concluded that police forces in eastern Africa are perceived as the most corrupt body among the six institutions surveyed; the police, judiciary, customs, registry and permit services, land services, medical services, tax revenue, utilities and education systems. According to the report, 54% of people surveyed reported to have paid a bribe in the past year.
  • The…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 13, 2011 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Help is needed for IDPs in Cote d'Ivoire.

Hello all! Hope all is well!



This is an informal post, but I am hoping those of you with UN or other IDP agency contacts will heed these words and help to get rapid assistance for the IDPs living in Cote d'Ivoire. I am currently living in Abidjan and have been watching as civil war is breaking out all around me.



There are an estimated at least 30,000 newly displaced persons within Abidjan alone right now (and thousands upon thousands more across the country), because of… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 28, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Politicizing the holidays. Maouloud in Côte d'Ivoire.

Today in Côte d'Ivoire there is public holiday; at least for some. Others will take the holiday tomorrow.



Sadly, the holiday to commemorate the birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him), known as Maouloud/Mawlid (and numerous other spellings), is now being used as a political weapon between Gbagbo and Ouattara's camps. On Monday, Imam Idriss Kudu Kone, chairman of the National Islamic Council (CNI), declared Tuesday the paid holiday, which was supported by the Gbagbo government.…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 15, 2011 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Is peace a possibility for Cote D'Ivoire in 2011? Part 2

In the previous post I spoke about some of the underlying tensions and the general situation over the past few weeks in Cote D’Ivoire. In this post, I will discuss some of the “solutions” being proposed, the likelihood of their usage and the effect I believe they will have on the population.

Sanctions

The international community was quick…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on January 7, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Is peace a possibility for Cote D’Ivoire in 2011? Part 1.

This past month or so has been a particularly stressful one for me. I have been living in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire for most of the past year and have watched as the country has been sinking deeper and deeper into

violence and intense propaganda. Sadly, I’ve found I no longer believe a word I read in both local and international news, as I have read “news” that is in direct contrast to what I have seen and heard with my own

eyes and ears. The stories seem to be escalating the…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on January 2, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Something’s rotten in the state of Cote D’Ivoire…

Something didn't sit right with me while watching this second round of the Presidential vote here in Cote D'Ivoire. The international community…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

This week in conflict… November 27th- December 3rd, 2010

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 4, 2010 at 8:45am — 3 Comments

International community’s response to the Ivorian situation.

I have no access to foreign tv news and radio at the moment, as it has been cut off through the government in an attempt to stop what is being termed “illegal” announcements of a Presidential winner. I have

been trawling the internet searching for the international response to

the current situation trying to gauge international opinion and what

information is being released where.



The election happened last Sunday, and since then things have gone…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 3, 2010 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Return to the coup d’etat status quo: Elections in Cote D’Ivoire

Here's a piece I just wrote for STAND Canada. I was going to write a second piece exclusively for this blog, but am still tired and weakened from my recent bout with malaria that I didn't feel quite up to

it yet. I'll have some new pieces for you soon and should have the

weekly conflict roundup posted sometime tomorrow!

Since this piece was written last night, we have had some more news: the Constitutional Council has overturned the CEI's election results and…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 3, 2010 at 7:34pm — No Comments

This week in conflict... October 23rd-29th, 2010.

World

  • Vincenc Fisas of the School for a Culture of Peace released his report on the progress of peace processes in the third quarter of 2010. Sudan, Chad, the Western Sahara, Myanmar talks with the NLD, China-Tibet talks, Israeli-Palestinian talks and Yemen were all listed as progressing poorly in their respective peace…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on October 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

This week in conflict... September 17th-24th, 2010.

For a comprehensive summary of conflicts in the world for the week of September 17th-24th, 2010, visit http://apeaceofconflict.com/2010/09/25/this-week-in-conflict-september-17th-24th-2010/.

Added by Rebecca Sargent on September 24, 2010 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Lacking Justice

I returned to Cote D’Ivoire in West Africa this summer after almost six years away. Much has changed in this beautiful country, but one thing that has kept constant is the corruption. Although Cote D’Ivoire’s civil war technically ended with a tentative peace agreement in 2007, hopes for long-lasting peace are still distant and insecure because corruption reigns supreme. Justice is out of reach for most in the country, as it is believed impossible to get a favorable decision in the justice…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on July 30, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Welcome to Cote D’Ivoire.

I arrived in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, land of cacao and coffee, almost a week ago now. It’s not my first time in West Africa. I had been to Cote D’Ivoire in 2004, and during that time experienced the violence between pro-government militias and the French peacekeeping troops. At that time, military roadblocks were common along all roadways and made travel throughout the country incredibly…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 2, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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