I walked into the State Department just over a year ago to take on my new role of U.S. Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Part of my eagerness in accepting the job came from the recognition that we were entering a period of unprecedented international commitment to and partnership with Africa, including the Great Lakes Region.
The question is how ill-informed and self-interested the world community can get. Are they so entranced by Qatar's message that they have failed to notice the fact that the Emirate is speaking out of both sides of its mouth? Do they really think that once they've bought into Qatar's influence over the Muslim Brotherhood, that it will end there?
AFRICANGLOBE - The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called on the international community to act urgently to protect Mali's cultural heritage after the latest wave of destruction at Timbuktu.
South Sudan said it is time the international community imposes "steep sanctions" on Sudan for its "deliberate" failure to comply with a Security Council resolution calling for an end to hostilities and the immediate withdrawal of troops from Abyei.
AFRICANGLOBE - A huge international conference is being organised in London on Somalia, but it does not have the support of the citizens. It will fail because what the 'international community' has failed to learn over the years is that Somalis are fiercely independent people.
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