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The Trade Commission in Brussels and,
in the background,
Berlaymont, home of the EU Commission.
(AEFJN's office is in one of the buildings on the left)
 
 

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(NAD) Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland
(ICN) Independent Catholic News


NEWS FROM AROUND & ABOUT

(These items are mostly taken from the press. They may or may not reflect the vision of AEFJN-UK)

 

June 2018

SOUTH SUDAN: CEASEFIRE BRINGS HOPE
In the coming days a 'permanent' ceasefire will take effect in war-torn South Sudan, raising hopes that the country's five year brutal conflict will come to an end. [ICN] Read on.

A BISHOP IN NIGERIA HAS WARNED OF THE THREAT OF GENOCIDE AGAINST CHRISTIANS in the country's Middle Belt region, describing an upsurge of violence by militant Fulani herdsmen as "ethnic cleansing". Read on. [ICN/ACN]

HOLY SEE URGES LEGISLATION for global corporations to respect human rights, environment (ICN)

SHUTTING DOWN ePRIVACY: LOBBY BANDWAGON TARGETS COUNCIL
June 4th 2018 The power of lobbies: Industry lobbyists who want to continue monetising users’ online data are battling against new ePrivacy regulations, targeting EU member states in the Council. And some member state governments are only too happy to help. For more information: Corporate Europe Observatory

May 2018

NIGERIA: STARVING WOMEN RAPED BY SOLDIERS CLAIMING TO BE RESCUING THEM
Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them, said Amnesty International in a new report released today. Read more

CATHOLICS IN THE FIRING LINE IN CAMEROON
As Cameroon marks its national day on 20 May, violence continues to escalate, literally putting Catholics in the firing line. Last week, the president of the Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Samuel Kleda, escaped what local media describes as an assassination attempt. Shots were fired at his residence after he criticised Cameroon's leader, Paul Biya, for his failure to broker genuine dialogue between the country's rival Anglophone groups and the Francophone-dominated government.
[ICN Read on]


March 2018

TANZANIA SCRAPS CUSTOMS PACT WITH DRC
Dar es Salaam — It's now official. The government has scrapped its Single Customs Territory (SCT) arrangement with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as it seeks to attract more cargo to Dar es Salaam Port. [Read on in The Citizen]


February 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: JESUIT STATEMENT ON RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT ZUMA
It is a great relief that Jacob Zuma has resigned as President of South Africa. SAJsThough one must distinguish between administrative incompetence and poor personal judgment on one hand and corrupt criminality on the other - and, indeed, as much as one may instinctively baulk at anticipating the judgment of the courts as to Mr Zuma's guilt in the latter - the overwhelming evidence of the era that (hopefully) ended on the night of 14 February 2018 is one of nearly a decade of misrule. At the risk of Biblical parody: corruption and incompetence embraced, poor judgment and criminality kissed. And South Africa is the poorer - much poorer - for it. [ICN link]

POPE PROCLAIMS 23 FEBRUARY DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR PEACE
Pope Francis has announced a special day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace to be held Friday February 23, ‘in particular for the populations of the Democratic Republic of Congo and of South Sudan.' [Zenit.org]

MOZAMBIQUE TAKES LEGAL ACTION ON SECRET LOANS
The Mozambique Attorney General has announced that legal action will be taken against the government officials who contracted the secret loans from the London branches of banks Credit Suisse and VTB. (Jubilee Debt Campaign link)