Congolese opposition balks at announcement on 2018 elections

Congolese opposition balks at announcement on 2018 elections

Sunday’s announcement that long-deferred elections will take place in December 2018 in Democratic Republic of Congo is meeting with some hope, confusion and rejection. President Joseph Kabila’s ruling party welcomed the decision in a statement released Monday. The Parti du Peuple pour La Reconstruction et La Democratie (PPRD) acknowledged the…

HRW says Rwanda rights report fabricated facts, misrepresented their own

The Human Rights Watch organization strongly refutes Rwanda’s claim that it falsified an HRW report on government repression, and says the countering allegations in Rwanda’s own report are “largely fabricated” and misrepresented the NGO’s work. “The allegations by the National Commission for Human Rights show that Rwandan authorities are unwilling…

MacArthur ‘genius grant’ awarded to visionary Nigerian artist

A Nigerian artist now living in the United States has been named a 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of what are commonly called the MacArthur “genius grants.” Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 34, is a creator of large-scale works that incorporate mixed media, including paint, fabric and textiles, and photography….

ECOWAS work in The Gambia noted, but Nobel Peace Prize goes to ICAN

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the decision-making Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday. The ICAN was chosen from a field of 318 nominations, the second-highest number of individuals and organizations under consideration ever. Reportedly among them was the Economic Community…