Category: Peace & Security

Building Resilience Far from Home: Communal Democracy Practices amongst Urban Congolese Refugees in Uganda

Under a midday blazing sun in Kampala, we are driving hesitantly over the newly paved roads of Nsambya and Katwe suburb. A pedestrian signals us to stop and ask; “are you looking for the Congolese place perhaps?” I nod, stunned.  We are soon into the compound of «Centre Scolaire Congolais”; a dusty ground that comprise a rustic main house and surrounded by droopy...

Shutting Down AFRICOM and the Scramble for Africa By Netfa Freeman

The U.S. military is all over Africa To mark exactly 10 years after the establishment of AFRICOM, short for U.S. Africa Command, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has launched U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM, a campaign designed to end the U.S. invasion and occupation of Africa. Although U.S. leaders say AFRICOM is “fighting terrorism” on the continent...

School Started by Refugees Becomes One of Uganda’s Best

KYANGWALI REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Uganda – When he arrived at this United Nations camp in western Uganda in 1997, Joseph Munyambanza had been able to attend only poor-quality schools. Eight years later, he and other young refugee students wanted to help children who also faced dismal education prospects, so they started a club with activities focusing on education. In 2009, they...

To achieve lasting peace, we must ensure equal opportunity for all

Coming from the devastating ruins of the World War II in 1946, world leaders founded the UN. The body was charged with the specific mission of ensuring world peace and order. Considering that the ramifications of the war were sending universal shocks and intensifying the magnitude of general suffering across the world such as the increase in poverty, and political...

What Are the “Zombie Apocalypse” Movies Actually Telling Us? by Janet Phelan

The “Zombie Apocalypse” movies present a scenario in which part of the human race has morphed into flesh-consuming predators. It falls upon the unaltered, those still ostensibly human and non-predator, to restore the world and its people back to “normality,” back to a situation wherein predatory and altered humans are either extinguished or changed back to humans.Often the genesis of...

Rights group documents fresh South Sudan ‘war crimes’

A rights group on Wednesday accused the government of South Sudan and its allied militias of carrying out “war crimes” of “staggering brutality” during an offensive earlier this year.Amnesty International’s report, based on research following a government offensive on Leer and Mayendit counties in the northern Unity State between April and June, catalogued the testimonies of around 100 civilians who...

Can the Ethiopian/Eritrean Alliance Bring Peace To South Sudan? By Thomas Mountain

All roads to peace in the Horn of Africa seem to run through theEritrean capital of Asmara these days,  with the latest peaceinitiative allying Ethiopia and Eritrea looking like it will bebringing peace to South Sudan. To understand the South Sudan civil war you must look no further thenthe Chinese oil fields, the only such owned and operated in Africa,and...