March 29, 2013 |
David Bosco is an assistant professor at American University's School of International Service. His book on the International Criminal Court, "Rough Justice," will be published this fall. Follow him on Twitter: @multilateralist . Almost 15 years ago, delegates from more than 100 countries gathered in a crowded conference room in Rome, cheering, chanting and even shedding a few tears. After weeks of tense negotiations, they had drafted a charter for a permanent court tasked with prosecuting genocide, crimes...
May 9, 2013
ERITREA Amnesty: 10,000 dissidents being held Eritrea's government has jailed about 10,000 dissidents without charge or trial over the years, a rights group said Thursday, describing the Horn of Africa nation as one of the world's most repressive and secretive states. The new report by Amnesty International said those held in detention include suspected critics of the government, politicians, journalists and "anyone who refuses to comply with the repressive system.
May 7, 2013 |
LONDON — International donors heeded warnings about the need for increased support for Somalia by pledging more than $300 million Tuesday toward bolstering security, justice and financial institutions in the conflict-scarred east African nation. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and British Prime Minister David Cameron co-hosted a one-day conference in London to bolster the beleaguered government in Mogadishu, the capital. Mohamud called the level of support at the...
May 13, 2012 |
The heart of the Obama administration's strategy for fighting al-Qaeda militants in Somalia can be found next to a cow pasture here, a thousand miles from the front lines. Under the gaze of American instructors, gangly Ugandan recruits are taught to carry rifles, dodge roadside bombs and avoid shooting one another by accident. In one obstacle course dubbed "Little Mogadishu," the Ugandans learn the basics of urban warfare as they patrol a mock city block of tumble-down buildings and rusty shipping...
May 11, 2012 |
North and South Sudan are at war . The reasons for the conflict are complex, but the solution is not: To stop the killing, the international community must arm South Sudan. Unlike interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States need not fire any shots. Just as we have provided weapons to support Israel but never put our own troops at risk, we can help bring peace to this region. We need only make sure that, for the North, attacking the South is a little bit harder than shooting fish in a...
May 5, 2013 |
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Seven people were killed Sunday morning when a suicide bomber attempted to ram a car laden with explosives into a military convoy escorting a four-member Qatari delegation. Gen. Garad Nor Abdulle, a senior police official said the members of the Qatari delegation who were being escorted in the interior minister's convoy were unharmed and safely reached their hotel. Abdulle said the interior minister was not in the convoy. Mohamed Abdi,...