Media Review for February 11, 2013

By Africa Center Media Review
Updated: 02/11/2013

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

Guinea military plane crashes in Liberia
A plane carrying military officials from Guinea to Liberia has crashed outside Monrovia, officials say. BBC

Malian troops fight Islamist rebel “infiltrators” in Gao
Malian government troops fought gunbattles with Islamist insurgents in the streets of the northern town of Gao on Sunday, highlighting fragile security in zones recently recaptured by a French-led military offensive. Gunfire resounded through the sandy streets and mud-colored houses of the ancient town on the Niger River, just hours after French and Malian forces reinforced a checkpoint that was attacked for the second time in two days by a suicide bomber. Reuters

Second suicide attack foiled in northern Mali
A suicide bombing at an army checkpoint in the northern Malian town of Gao has killed only the attacker, military officials say. The attack late on Saturday came a day after a similar attack on the same checkpoint. No other people were wounded in the blast. Al Jazeera

Malian military on high alert after suicide attack
Malian military were on high alert and reinforced security in the northern largest city of Gao on Saturday, a day after an Islamist suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint on the city’s outskirts in the country’s first suicide attack. Xinhanet

Tunisian president’s party quits cabinet
The secular party of Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has withdrawn its three ministers from the country’s government, saying that its demands for changes in the cabinet have not been met. Al Jazeera

Islamists chant anti-French slogans at rally in Tunisia
Several thousand supporters of Tunisia’s ruling moderate Islamist party rallied in the capital in a pro-government demonstration Saturday, a day after the funeral of an assassinated opposition politician. Protesters hurled insults at France, accusing the former colonial ruler of interfering in the North African country’s politics. France 24

Islamists Make Sufi Shrines A Target In North Africa
When radical Islamists lash out at cultural sites they consider un-Islamic, a frequent target is Sufi Islam shrines. NPR

Egypt’s unfinished revolution
Can the government of President Mohamed Morsi survive – and what do its struggles portend for a region where other Islamist political movements are on the rise? Christian Science Monitor

Attackers Kill 3 North Korean Doctors in Nigeria
Assailants in northeastern Nigeria killed three North Korean doctors, beheading one of the physicians, in the latest attack on health workers in a nation under assault by a radical Islamic sect, officials said Sunday. ABC News

Nigeria: President Jonathan Condemns Killing of Kano Health Workers
President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the dastardly terrorist attacks in Kano State on Friday which claimed the lives of health workers who were dutifully engaged in vaccinations to protect and save the lives of Nigerian children. All Africa

Disintegration of the Sudanese State: the most likely scenario
Successive political crises have been the hallmark of the interim period that followed the conclusion of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Sudan Government, represented by the National Congress Party (NCP), and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in January 2005. Since the end of the interim period and the secession of the South, Sudan has been witnessing a tense political climate and a perpetual crisis(es) on an unprecedented scale. Sudan Tribune

New fighting in borderland between Sudan and South Sudan
At least 24 people have been killed in fresh fighting in the volatile borderland between Sudan and South Sudan, the southern army and rebels said on Saturday. Reuters

South Sudan attack leaves more than 100 dead
More than 100 people have been killed in South Sudan in an attack by rebels and ethnic allies on a convoy of families from a rival tribe and their cattle, an official said on Sunday. Since breaking from Sudan in 2011, oil-producing South Sudan has struggled to assert control over remote territories awash with weapons after a 1983-2005 war with the north and torn by ethnic rivalries. Reuters

South African police arrest suspected “mastermind” Congo rebel
South African police said on Sunday they had arrested a Congolese man suspected of being the mastermind behind a rebel group’s plot to overthrow the Kinshasa government. Reuters

How Obama can end Congo conflict
Now that President Obama has taken a public stand on the warlords and militia gangs tyrannizing DR Congo, there is a sense that the next chapter in the human tragedy that has been raging there over the past decade and half is about to be written — or so we can hope. CNN

South Africa mourns gang-rape victim
Hundreds of South Africans chanting “enough is enough” have gathered at a building site where a 17-year-old girl was mutilated and left to die after being gang-raped. Al Jazeera

British firm ‘avoids paying tax’ in Zambia
An investigation by the British charity ActionAid has found that a major British corporation avoided paying income tax on hundreds of millions of dollars earned in the African state of Zambia. Al Jazeera

Kenya to Begin First Presidential Debate
In Kenya, the first of two presidential debates is scheduled to be held Monday in the capital, Nairobi ahead of the March 4th general election. The second debate will be held on February 25th. Voice of America

Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Sunday Mba gives Nigeria victory at last
It says much for the baffling politics of Nigerian football that a week before the Cup of Nations began there were moves afoot in the sports ministry to have Stephen Keshi replaced as coach. The Guardian

Nations Cup 2013: Keshi hails players after victory
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi hailed his players after they beat Burkina Faso 1-0 to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1994. Ex-Super Eagles captain Keshi becomes only the second man to lift the title as a player and coach after Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary, and the first black coach to win the trophy since 1992. BBC

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State Department on Security in North Darfur and Jebel Marra
U.S. Department of State
“The United States is profoundly concerned by violent clashes between heavily armed tribal militias in North Darfur and between Sudanese government forces and rebels in Jebel Marra. Recent violence has resulted in civilian deaths and displaced some 100,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance.” -U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson
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