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News in the Humanosphere: Rwanda paves way for Kagame third term

Rwandan President Paul Kagame. (Credit: Government of Rwanda)

Will Rwanda go the way of Burundi? “Rwandan lawmakers backed a motion on Tuesday to let President Paul Kagame run for a third term in office, paving the way for a referendum to amend the constitution. … Rwanda’s Kagame, whose ruling party has controlled the country for the last decade, has not directly said he wants to run again. But he has said he is open to persuasion that the two-term limit in the constitution needed to be changed, and a petition to that effect has collected 3.8 million signatures. Members of parliament voted unanimously to back the petition, said speaker Donatille Mukabalisa, adding that a referendum would be called on whether to amend the constitution.” (Reuters

He’s king of the world!
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced $15 million in grants to more than 30 organizations implementing innovative and effective conservation projects around the globe. Organizations include: World Wildlife Fund, Amazon Watch, Virunga Fund, and more. (Leo Di Caprio Foundation


A group of Ugandan youth activists and their supporters who were arrested for holding a press conference to demand free and fair elections have been released, activists said. (AFP

The United Nations mission in war-torn South Sudan said it was trying verify reports the government may be seeking to expel another U.N. official, this time over the release of a damning human rights report. (AFP

A Niger appeal court in Niamey gave a criminal court the go-ahead for a child-trafficking case involving the former head of the national assembly, his wife and some 30 other members of the political and social elite, who might now face long jail terms. (Reuters

Public health and environmental experts say the consequences of gold mining in Zimbabwe are disastrous. Mercury is contaminating drinking water for miles around and causing neurological damage, especially to children. (TRF

A Sudanese Christian woman arrested for wearing trousers has narrowly escaped the punishment of 40 lashes, in a case that human rights groups say is further damning evidence of the government’s intolerance to its Christian population. (Guardian


U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “very much disappointed” by Yemen’s failed ceasefire but was clinging to hope that the fighting might still be halted, his spokesman said. (AFP

Nairobi’s Westgate Mall is to re-open Saturday, nearly two years after it was attacked by Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels who killed at least 67 people, Kenyan officials said Tuesday. (Globe and Mail

The WHO said on Tuesday it had delivered life-saving medical supplies to the southern city of Aden in Yemen, where most health facilities are “non-functional” due to fighting and critical shortages of supplies. (Reuters

At least 142 civilians have been killed in Yemen over the past 10 days, bringing the civilian death toll in more than three months of violence to 1,670, the United Nations said Tuesday. (AP


Two journalists, including an Australian editor, went on trial in Thailand Tuesday over a report they published implicating the navy in human trafficking, as the United Nations urged the junta-ruled nation to drop the case. (AFP

A plan by officials in Myanmar to issue new identity cards in troubled Rakhine state has fallen well short, with only 1,600 Rohingya applying for the so-called green cards. (VOA

Myanmar’s navy has discovered more than 100 Bangladeshi migrants stranded for nearly a month on a southern island, state media said on Tuesday, following a regional migrant crisis in which people smugglers abandoned thousands at sea. (Reuters

Despite ongoing protests the Cambodian government today passed a new piece of legislation which will give them great powers over associations and NGOs. (Guardian

The Americas

Twenty-eight Brazilian children and adolescents are murdered every day, double the number a quarter century ago, when Latin America’s biggest country passed a law to protect minors, UNICEF said. (AFP

Millions of Latin Americans have better access to clean water and decent housing than 25 years ago. But the region still faces serious environmental challenges, such as deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions – a legacy of the model of development followed in the 20th century. (IPS

Patients seeking long-term treatment at Philadelphia’s multitude of renowned specialty care centers might find no room at the inns this September, when a visit by Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to the region. (AP

...and the rest

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a “generation free of AIDS,” after UNAIDS reported a 35 percent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago. (AFP

Backers of a new initiative, dubbed “tax inspectors without borders,” say it can help poor countries crackdown on tax dodging and fund their own development, but advocacy groups were skeptical that it would work. (TRF

When international donors pledge millions of dollars either for post-conflict reconstruction or for humanitarian aid, deliveries are rarely on schedule: they are either late, fall far below expectations or not delivered at all. (IPS


For Development Finance, There is No One-Size-Fits-All Solution (Africa Renewal

Secret aid worker: I’m a sanitation specialist but I’m squeamish about poo (Guardian

‘The Worst Atrocity You’ve Never Heard Of’ (New York Times

Can WHO learn the lessons from Ebola? (IRIN

U.N. Can Help Reform the International Financial System (IPS

Higher education in Africa: Race is an invention (Guardian

Fewer aid worker attacks. That’s good, right? (IRIN

Africa: Can Africa Fund Its Own Growth? (Africa Renewal

Iran Nuke Deal…It Happened!  Lots of interesting analysis and opinion. Here’s a selection:

-Ali Gharib in The Nation on the broader geo-politcal implications of this deal.

– Joseph Cirincione in Slate makes the case that this deal is a boon for non-proliferation and global security.

– Mark in UN Dispatch dissects a unique diplomatic mechanism that could get the sanctions to “snap back” into place should Iran be found to be cheating.


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]