News in the Humanosphere: U.N. readies peacekeepers for Burundi

Policemen patrol the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, July 20, 2015. (Credit: AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The U.N. Security Council is expected to pass a resolution on Burundi very soon. It may include the deployment of a peacekeeping force or an African Union contingent. U.N. officials are making plans to rush peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Burundi if violence spirals out of control there, diplomats said Wednesday. “One option is to get MONUSCO troops from the DRC across the border into Burundi,” said a Security Council diplomat, who asked not to be identified.’” (AFP http://yhoo.it/1MXAdE3   

EU-Africa migrant meeting is under way: The European Union pressed African leaders on Wednesday to take back thousands of people who do not qualify for asylum, holding talks in Malta as overwhelmed Slovenia began building a razor-wire border fence to keep asylum-seekers out. (AP http://yhoo.it/1kpBNC1)

Africa

The United Nations is sending hundreds of extra peacekeepers and its first drones to the Central African Republic to bolster security ahead of elections next month, a U.N. official. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1M7iYfG)

Ethiopia’s government has started distributing rations of wheat and cooking oil to people facing hunger in the northern and northeastern parts of the country. (AP http://yhoo.it/1O4ePdp)

Humanitarian groups in West Africa must focus more on helping vulnerable communities boost their resilience to cope with disasters and crises, the head of the Red Cross said on Tuesday, amid rising food insecurity in the Sahel and relentless Boko Haram violence. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1kpDLT1)

Six months before Swaziland was cut from a crucial trade deal that allowed it to export products to the United States duty-free, textile worker Maria Matsebula fell to her knees in front of King Mswati III. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1GX9l4p)

Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila should be granted immunity from prosecution after he leaves office, said Moise Katumbi, the popular former governor widely considered the frontrunner to replace him. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1O4gRdw)

Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi will step down after two terms, out of “respect” for the constitution which bars him from seeking reelection in 2016. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1O4eIhK)

Eight South African policemen were jailed Wednesday for 15 years each for the murder of a Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged behind a police van in an incident caught on a mobile phone camera. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1O4eLdv)

After killing more than 11,000 people, West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is down to a handful of cases. They are all in Guinea, where the disease first emerged nearly two years ago and where health workers battle community resistance in their bid to extinguish the disease. (VOA http://bit.ly/1kpDNu8)

MENA

At least 16 people have been killed in heavy fighting in the Libyan city of Benghazi between forces allied with the official government and Islamic State fighters, a military commander said on Wednesday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1kpBPdk)

The U.N. force in Lebanon says authorities have taken into custody one of the mission’s Lebanese employees on suspicion of spying for Israel. (AP http://yhoo.it/1O4eQOf)

Dozens of Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank Wednesday, the anniversary of the death of their leader, Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian health ministry said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1O4eUxC)

Asia

Myanmar President Thein Sein and the powerful army congratulated democratic champion Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday, after her party trounced the ruling camp in the first free election in 25 years and was closing in on an absolute majority in parliament. (Reuters http://reut.rs/1ROX6HI)

Afghan police on Wednesday fired into the air to drive back protesters who tried to scale the walls of a building near the presidential palace, as anger boiled over at the murder of seven members of the Hazara ethnic minority by Islamist militants. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1O4eMy5)

A Communist Party official in Beijing and a deputy mayor of Shanghai have joined the rapidly growing list of prominent political figures ensnared in an anti-corruption crackdown. (AP http://yhoo.it/1SJkION)

Bangladesh handed the founder of a militant separatist group to India on Wednesday, a rebel leader that for years New Delhi had fought to extradite. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1kpBMhv)

The Americas

The leader of Colombia’s largest armed rebel group, the FARC, has said he ordered the organization in September to stop buying guns and ammunition. (BBC http://bbc.in/1M7l2nY)

New evacuations have been ordered in response to fears over the safety of a third dam at Brazil’s Samarco mine, where two earlier dam breaks triggered a fatal flood of mud, officials said Wednesday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1kpBTcW)

U.S. senators and leading lawmakers from Latin America asked Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday to guarantee free, transparent and democratic parliamentary elections next month. (AP http://yhoo.it/1kpBW8C)

Bill Clinton visited Central America’s biggest wind farm Tuesday. The electricity project in western Panama is scheduled to open next year with the capacity to produce about 6 percent to 8 percent of Panama’s energy needs. (AP http://yhoo.it/1MXgvIq)

Southern California’s biggest drinking water supplier will seek an option to buy 20,000 acres of river delta farmland east of San Francisco, a deal that could benefit a controversial tunnel project to carry Northern California water southward, the agency said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1M7iUwu)

…and the rest

A U.N. conference agreed on Wednesday to dedicate part of the radio spectrum to a global flight tracking system, to avoid a repeat of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in March last year. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1O4eRSl)

Opinion/Blogs

Which of these videos is the worst in charity advertising? (Humanosphere http://bit.ly/1SJmNdF)

Yes, Ethiopia has problems – but this drought is no 1984 rerun (Guardian http://bit.ly/1MXi1dr)

Key challenges for Myanmar (IRIN http://bit.ly/1HzLAj9)

Is this Afghanistan’s Tahrir Square? (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1HzSKDQ)

How effective are land property rights interventions on improving investments and agricultural productivity? (Development that Works http://bit.ly/1kpFiZb)

Is Europe Turning Into a Fortress? (VOA http://bit.ly/1O4gwHv)

Great new IMF paper puts women’s rights at the heart of tackling income inequality (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/1O4j8Fz)

We’re proud to work for Save the Children, but has it lost direction? (Guardian http://bit.ly/1MXi356)

Economic Slowdown Threatening Progress (IPS http://bit.ly/1O4dROg)

​There are no trillion dollar infrastructure gaps (ODI http://bit.ly/1MXgdkX)

Proof is piling up that private sector finance is not an easy development fix (Guardian http://bit.ly/1M7l536)

 

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