Gabon politician arrested for bomb threats ahead of ICC inquiry

A former presidential candidate in Gabon was arrested Friday after leading a group of armed opposition members who took over television broadcast stations in Libreville, demanding that they broadcast a message calling for President Ali Bongo to step down within 72 hours and make way for opposition coalition leader Jean…

The Gambia announces it is next African country to leave ICC

The western African nation of The Gambia announced on Tuesday that it plans to leave the International Criminal Court, just days after South Africa notified the ICC in The Hague of its own intention to withdraw. In a televised statement, The Gambia’s Minister of Information, Communications and Infrastructure announced the…

ICC responds on SA withdrawal as Africa wonders who’s next

The International Criminal Court in The Hague acknowledged South Africa’s intent to withdraw from the Rome Statute on Saturday, while expressing its widely shared concern that other African nations will follow Pretoria’s lead and separate from their ICC treaty agreements. “Although withdrawing from a treaty is a sovereign act, I…

Djibouti’s three-way tango with China and the U.S.

In a recent interview with Reuters, Djibouti’s authoritarian President Ismail Omar Guelleh confirmed a long-rumored Chinese naval base in the tiny East African nation would, in fact, soon be a reality. Military planners and political leaders in the United States, who are heavily reliant on Djibouti’s bases and installations, have…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

ICC: Laurent Gbagbo pleads “not guilty”

Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d’Ivoire’s former president, has pleaded “not guilty” on Thursday at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to four charges of crimes against humanity. Gbagbo and his close ally, Charles Blé Goudé, who was the youth and employment minister during Gbagbo’s administrations and was also the leader of the…