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Special Report: FAO/WFP Markets and Food Security Assessment Mission to the Central African Republic

Categories: Africa,Food/Nutrition,United Nations

Warns of dire food shortages in conflict-wracked Central African Republic, which is described as being on the brink of economic and social collapse.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme


Laws on Homosexuality in African Nations

Categories: Africa,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues

Chart which shows laws on homosexuality in 49 African nations as of February 2014.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress


Responsible Sourcing of Minerals Originating in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas: Towards an Integrated EU Approach

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Geology/Mining,Laws/Regulations

Describes the European Union proposal for breaking the link between minerals trade and the financing of armed conflicts through a system of self-certification for importers of minerals.  From the European Commission



Warnings of Catastrophe: French, US, UN, and Belgian Documents Foreshadow the Genocide in Rwanda 1994

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,History,United Nations

A collection of ten Belgian foreign ministry documents, mostly from February-March 1994 and newly translated into English, which warn of catastrophic consequences in Rwanda if the UN force was not strengthened. From the National Security Archive


Democratic Republic of Congo: Background and U.S. Policy

Categories: Africa,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Assistance,Geology/Mining

Discusses problems in the Congo—conflict, weak government, human rights abuses—and how U.S. efforts to provide assistance have brought mixed results. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines

Describes guiding principles and strategic priorities behind U.S. efforts to stem illegal trade in wildlife, especially elephants and rhinoceroses.  From the White House


Fact Sheet: National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking and Commercial Ban on Trade in Elephant Ivory

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment

Describes details of the three part strategy for combating trade in wildlife and the actions that the U.S. will take to stop trade in elephant ivory to help the survival of the endangered species.  From the White House


The Rwanda Sitreps

Categories: Africa,United Nations

A series of 17 situation reports that reveal how unprepared the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) was for dealing with pending violence when sent to the country in 1994.   From the National Security Archive


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