Tainted data hide the cost if Africa's upheavals (2141 comments)

25 May 2009

Even by Africa's grim standars, it was a horrendous statistic: 5.4m peiple have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo from "war-related causes since 1998", claimed the International Rescue Committee in january last year.

Tainted date hide the cost of Africa's upheavals (186 comments)

24 May 2009

By Michael Holman and Greg Mills

Even by Africa's grim standards, it was a horrendous statistic: 5.4m people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo from "war-related causes since 1998", claimed the International Rescue Committee in January last year. Most of these statistics are treated as authentic because the United Nations or the World Bank is their source. However, an accurate count of lives lost in war or famine is never easy. 

Legal flaws hinder piracy fight, warn lawyers (27 comments)

2 December 2008

By Michael Peel and Robert Wright in London

Flaws in anti-piracy laws and their enforcement are hampering the fight against ship hijacks that have claimed 40 vessels off the Somali coast this year, maritime lawyers and officials have warned. Governments and international bodies such as the UN are urgently reviewing how to combat piracy after last monthäs seizure of the Sirius Star oil tanker highlighted the sharp rise in hijacks in the Gulf of Aden, the gateway to the key Suez Canal. 

 

 

Africa must act on Zimbabwe's disaster (660 comments)

25 June 2008

By Michael Holman and Greg Mills

Something is stirring in Africa. Belatedly, often reluctantly, its leaders are speaking out on Zimbabwe. The rogue president in their ranks, they are coming to realise, poses a threat with the potential to destabilise their fragile continent, already caught in a growing storm. 

 

What next for Zimbabwe - Q&A with Michael Holman (479 comments)

2 April 2008

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change is claiming victory in Zimbabwe's elections. But the announcement of the official results is being delayed, amid allegations of vote-rigging by President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party. Journalist and author Michael Holman answers questions. 

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