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Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti is likely to boycott a forthcoming trip to China to tie up a controversial $3-billion platinum deal which has provoked a political storm. Government insiders and diplomatic officials say relations between Harare and Beijing could become strained if Biti snubs the talks. China is anxious to secure huge platinum deposits in Zimbabwe worth about $40-billion for a market price of $3-billion. This has angered Harare officials, who think the Chinese want to more

As it now stands, the United States appears content to contemplate exchanging Hosni Mubarak for Egypt's new Vice President, Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian spy master - that is, one dictator for another - to maintain the status quo. But as this article from Mother Jones points out, Suleiman 'looks to be a nasty piece of work'.

Born out of the optimism at the new millennium that Africa’s time had come, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a tool designed to promote good governance on the continent, is built on the belief that the continent does not lack ideas to advance its development, but that states have struggled to live up to their principles and implement their policies. The APRM rests on the fundamental belief that good governance is a precondition for taking Africa out of its spiral of conflict, more

Article 19 has new legal positions available, one in London with a focus on ICTs and one in Nairobi with a focus more generally on media. Click on the link to learn more.

The newest issue of KANERE is available online. The Kakuma News Reflector, or KANERE, is an independent news magazine produced by Ethiopian, Congolese, Ugandan, Rwandan, Somali, Sudanese and Kenyan journalists operating in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.