African Union merges science & education bodies

By Mićo Tatalović The African Union has merged its ministerial bodies on science and education with the aim of providing better advice to governments, it was announced last week. The move has resulted in the dissolution of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology, and the creation of a new body, the Specialised Technical …

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Al-Bashir’s escape: why the African Union defies the ICC

Luke Moffett, Queen’s University Belfast After days of wrangling to try and have him arrested the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, has left South Africa before a court there could decide whether to arrest him. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been trying for years to have al-Bashir apprehended since charging him with the commission of …

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Why a great deal hangs on al-Bashir’s fate in South Africa

Gilbert M. Khadiagala, University of the Witwatersrand Nobody anticipated that the June 2015 African Union (AU) summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, would be gripped by the drama of threats to arrest Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir. In 2008, the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted al-Bashir for war crimes committed in the conflict in Darfur. The war led …

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The African Union lacks a coherent plan to fight terrorism

Hennie Strydom, University of Johannesburg Terrorism is on the increase in Africa. Between 1995 and 2001, the continent was the fifth most-targeted region after Latin America, Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East for acts of terrorism. Since then things have taken a sharp turn for the worse. In West Africa, terrorist activities have intensified …

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African Union banks on ST&I to fast-track development

By Adole Abutu [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] [DAKAR] Africa is determined to integrate science and technology into efforts to fast-track the continent’s development, says African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma. Speaking during an interview at the sidelines of the 2015 African Higher Education Summit in Senegal, Dlamini-Zuma told SciDev.Net that …

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