UN Peacekeeping Troop Rotations to Resume in Mali

Bamako, Mali —  The U.N. peace­keep­ing mis­sion in Mali, MINUSMA, is to resume con­tin­gent rota­tions start­ing Mon­day under fresh approval pro­ce­dures, the Malian for­eign min­is­ter and a U.N. spokes­woman have said. “MINUSMA agreed to the new pro­ce­dures and com­mu­ni­cat­ed them to all coun­tries con­tribut­ing troops. There will be no excep­tion,” For­eign Min­is­ter Abdoulaye Diop said Saturday,…

Window of opportunity closing for South Sudan, on road to lasting peace

With eight months remain­ing, the win­dow of oppor­tu­ni­ty is clos­ing for South Sudan to meet crit­i­cal bench­marks required to com­plete its tran­si­tion away from long-run­n­ing civ­il con­flict, the Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the coun­try told the Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil on Mon­day, press­ing par­ties to the Novem­ber 2018 peace deal, to imple­ment their com­mit­ments in let­ter and spirit.

With Omicron the Stigmatization of Africa Grows

Just as the Omi­cron vari­ant of COVID-19 or coro­n­avirus began spread­ing, the Unit­ed States and oth­er West­ern gov­ern­ments imposed a trav­el ban on 8 South­ern African nations: South Africa, Botswana, Zim­bab­we, Namib­ia, Lesotho, Eswa­ti­ni, Mozam­bique, and Malawi. South Africa, the region’s largest econ­o­my, and where the vari­ant orig­i­nat­ed, suf­fered the most from the ban.  On Nov.…