Thousands of Tigrayans have been detained in a wave of mass arrests under a state of emergency introduced in Ethiopia earlier this month. Witnesses ... and rights groups claim the arrests are ethnically-motivated.
Writing under the pen name Edmond Fraysse, the author of Commando Delta: Confessions of an OAS Operative [currently available in French as Commando ... Delta – Confessions d’un Soldat de l’OAS], born in Fez, Morocco in 1939, says he “attended the same schools as Arabs” and “was familiar with their customs”. For this highly motivated ex-paramilitary operative, patriotism inspired by French King Louis Philippe I’s rule and the 1848 Revolution, at which time his ancestors were sent to Algeria, overrode all moral considerations.
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While FW de Klerk may have been eulogised in the West, tributes were far thinner on the ground in South Africa. His contentious role in the bloody final years of apartheid, and his attempts to revise the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee put paid to that.
As oil dwindles, Gabon is looking for new sources of revenue. It wants to be paid for preserving its virgin rainforests -- which is equivalent to around a year's worth of global emissions.
The consequences of Gabon chopping down its forests, argues Gabon forests minister Lee White, would be catastrophic: no more clouds feeding the Blue Nile and the Sahel, which could push tens of millions of Nigerians and Egyptians off their land.