Media Review for March 2, 2012

By Africa Center Media Review
Updated: 03/02/2012

Please note: The following news items are presented here for informational purposes. The views expressed within them are those of the authors and/or individuals quoted, not those of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, the National Defense University, or the Department of Defense.

Today’s News

Africa: 2012 Posture Statement – Statement of General Carter Ham
A statement by General Carter Ham, U.S. Army Commander of the United States Africa Command to the House Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives: Africa Command protects and defends the national security interests of the United States by strengthening the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations and, when directed, conducts military operations, in order to deter and defeat transnational threats and to provide a security environment conducive to good governance and development.  allAfrica

War crimes warrant for Sudan minister
The International Criminal Court [ICC] has issued an arrest warrant for Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, the Sudanese defence minister, as part of investigations into crimes commited in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. Al Jazeera

Renewed International Effort Underway to Rid Africa of LRA
The head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa [UNOCA] and Special Representative of the Secretary-General said there is a renewed commitment on the part of the international community to eliminate the Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA]. VOA

Sudanese troops massing near border, South Sudan says
South Sudanese officials said Thursday that Sudanese troops were massing near the disputed border and that Sudan’s armed forces had bombed two oil wells in South Sudan. The Washington Post

US Condemns Bombing of Oil Wells in South Sudan
The United States has strongly condemned an air strike against South Sudan’s oil wells blamed on neighboring Sudan. In a statement Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said such attacks on civilian targets are “deplorable.” She said the U.S. “demands” the Sudanese government end its aerial bombardments, which it says violate international law. VOA

Uganda: Rebels with a cause
A group of truculent members of parliament in the governing National Resistance Movement has forced ministers to resign and is obliging President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to contemplate sacking most of his cabinet. This is unlikely to include his near untouchable comrade-in-arms, Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi. Africa Confidential

Egypt: Americans Leave Country After Posting Bail
A plane carrying seven American pro-democracy workers took off from Cairo airport after sunset Thursday, airport officials said, easing a deep crisis in relations over charges that their groups funded and promoted anti-government protests in Egypt. The Huffington Post

Jailed in Geneva – the colonel who stood up against Mubarak, but refused to spy for the Swiss
His defence of Christian Copts made him a thorn in the side of Egypt’s regime. But when he fled, Colonel Ghanem found himself in an equally dangerous game. After six years in prison, he tells his story. The Independant

Kenya: Swiss Freeze Corruption Suspect’s Bank Accounts
The Swiss government has frozen three bank accounts associated with Anglo Leasing suspect Deepak Kamani and opened money laundering charges against him and two Britons. “The Swiss government has delivered on the requests regarding the money trail of Anglo Leasing suspects as requested by the Kenya government. The Nairobi Star

Teodorin Obiang to sue Transparency International rep after Paris mansion raid
Teodorin Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is to sue an anti-corruption campaigner following a raid on his Paris home which saw the seizure of millions of euros-worth of luxury goods and furniture. RFI

US military to hold 2012 joint African exercise in Cameroon
The 2012 edition of the US Africa Command’s joint military exercises with African countries will take place in June in Douala, Cameroon. The exercise dubbed; Africa Endeavour, will involve land, air and naval forces from 35 African and Western countries. Africareview

Rwanda: Top US army officer visit
The Commander of the Djibouti-based United States Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Rear Admiral Michael T. Franken, yesterday, arrived in the country for a one-day official working visit. Upon arrival, Franken headed straight to Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi where he paid tribute to over 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Republic of Rwanda – Ministry of Defence

Sall promises major changes if elected in Senegal presidential run- off
The rival of Senegal’s outgoing President Abdoulaye Wade in the country’s second round of elections, former speaker and prime minister Macky Sall, says he, if elected, will institute reforms including the shortening of the presidential term from the current seven years to five years. Xinhua

South African ruling party expels Malema, but what’s next?
Julius Malema, outspoken leader of the ANC Youth League, was expelled Wednesday for creating division within party. But ANC still faces challenge of appealing to youths. CS Monitor

South Africa: The many headaches of Zuma
Partisans and plotters are joining together to oppose President Zuma’s bid for a second term as ANC leader and national president. It has the potential to be a brutal campaign, and some question whether the leading challenger, deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, has the stomach for the fight. The africa Report

Who is really in control of Libya?
The interim government in Libya has given militia groups until the end of the week to relinquish control of the country’s border crossings, ports and airports. Many of Libya’s international gateways are still controlled by brigades of former rebel fighters, while the government is still trying to assert itself. BBC

HMS Daring joins allied navies for her first major operation, hunting for pirates
Britain’s most advanced warship has joined allied navies in a sweep of troubled waters for her first major operation east of Suez, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. defence Web

Thousands flee from Nigeria crackdown on Boko Haram
At least 10,000 people have fled northern Nigeria for neighbouring Niger and Chad to escape a military sweep targeting members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, officials said on Thursday. Reuters

Sahel states urge Mali ceasefire
Violent clashes between Touareg rebels and Malian military forces continued on Thursday (March 1st), as Sahel states joined France in urging both parties to reach a ceasefire. The latest skirmish occurred in the Malian town of Tessalit, along the Algerian border. According to military officials interviewed by AFP, control of the city was at stake. Magharebia

The Warlord and the Basketball Star: A Story of Congo’s Corrupt Gold Trade
When an athlete-turned-humanitarian and an energy executive tried to buy gold in Kenya, they found themselves mired in Congo’s dangerous world of conflict minerals — and totally outmatched. The Atlantic

A big thirst for gold in Burkina Faso
Gold, a lot of it and more gold. Nothing but gold. Not a month goes by in Burkina Faso without the talk of new investments in the gold-mining sector. The Africa Report

DRC: Keep Your Friends Close…
The death of a hugely influential political figure in the DRC highlights the dangers of presidents rewarding loyal allies with vast amounts of power. Think Africa Press

France to modernise Libyan Mirage F1s
France is to modernise a dozen of Libya’s surviving Dassault Mirage F1 fighters and provide training to Libyan pilots, as part of a recent defence cooperation agreement. French Ministry of Defence spokesman Gerard Gachet yesterday said that, “the collaboration with the air force is one of the major components of future military cooperation between France and Libya, through the restoring to condition of the Libyan armed forces’ Mirage F1 and the training of personnel”. Defence Web

Somali al-Shabab base captured outside Mogadishu
A major base of Somalia’s al-Shabab militants has been captured on the outskirts of the capital by government troops backed by African Union forces. “This operation is necessary to consolidate the security of Mogadishu,” AU commander Maj Gen Fred Mugisha said as the offensive began. BBC

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