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Doubts over Uganda’s military intervention in South Sudan
17 January 2014 (IRIN ), The Ugandan parliament’s retroactive authorization of a military intervention in neighbouring South Sudan has elicited considerable criticism from activists and analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99494/Doubts-over-Uganda-s-military-intervention-in-South-Sudan
Seeking post-poll stability in Guinea-Bissau
16 January 2014 (IRIN ), Guinea-Bissau will hold elections on 16 March to end yet another post-coup regime, with many hoping the polls will help calm an internecine and drawn-out instability. Observers believe that a political coalition and deeper commitment by the international community after the polls can shore up the country's recovery.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99484/Seeking-post-poll-stability-in-Guinea-Bissau
Briefing: What analysts are saying about South Sudan's crisis
16 January 2014 (IRIN ), Since violence first broke out on 15 December, the conflict in South Sudan has left thousands dead and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Representatives of President Salva Kiir and his rival, former vice president Riek Machar, are meeting in Addis Ababa to attempt to negotiate a settlement and a cease-fire. Meanwhile, think tanks, academics and experts have been scrambling to explain the causes of the bitter acrimony and bloodshed that has engulfed the country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99487/Briefing-What-analysts-are-saying-about-South-Sudan-s-crisis
New low for Indonesian-Australian people smuggling cooperation
15 January 2014 (IRIN ), Levels of cooperation on people smuggling between Indonesia and Australia have sunk to a new low following claims by Jakarta that the Australian Navy turned back a boatload of asylum seekers on 19 December 2013, and another on 7 January, without first notifying them, officials say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99471/New-low-for-Indonesian-Australian-people-smuggling-cooperation
Political infighting threatens Somalia's government
13 January 2014 (IRIN ), As Somalia’s new prime minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, gets ready to announce his new cabinet, analysts warn that the fragile Somali administration could come unstuck if further conflicts hit the executive. Ahmed assumed office on 26 December following a no-confidence vote against his predecessor Abdi Farah Shirdon 'Saa'id' on 2 December.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99461/Political-infighting-threatens-Somalia-s-government
Beyond remittances, diaspora and development
8 January 2014 (IRIN ), The African diaspora and migrants have for years been instrumental in helping family and friends at home get by, as huge annual remittance flows illustrate, but their contributions beyond remittances could have a significant impact on development, if tapped into.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99436/Beyond-remittances-diaspora-and-development
On the trail of migrant smugglers
7 January 2014 (IRIN ), When the corpses of migrants are discovered in the desert, floating at sea, or in airless container trucks, the official response often includes calls to take action against the smugglers. Following the deaths of over 300 migrants who drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean in October 2013, for example, Italy’s integration minister, Cecile Kyenge, declared, “Behind these tragedies… there are human traffickers who are enriching themselves on the backs of people who are fleeing war and hunger,” and urged increased patrols to target people smugglers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99430/On-the-trail-of-migrant-smugglers
Swazis give government poor marks in survey
3 January 2014 (IRIN ), A large majority of people in Swaziland go to bed hungry and blame their government for failing to address their food needs, according to findings from the first formal survey to determine how Swazis view their standard of living.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99421/Swazis-give-government-poor-marks-in-survey
West Africa: West African livelihoods weakened by graft
3 January 2014 (IRIN ), Poor public services in many West African countries, with already dire human development indicators, are under constant pressure from pervasive corruption. Observers say graft is corroding proper governance and causing growing numbers of people to sink into poverty
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99422/West-Africa-West-African-livelihoods-weakened-by-graft
Fear in Khatumo ahead of Puntland polls
26 December 2013 (IRIN ), Thousands of people in northern Somalia’s two-year-old Khatumo state remain displaced for fear of a repeat of the armed violence in late November that forced them to flee their homes in the state capital, Taleh.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99394/Fear-in-Khatumo-ahead-of-Puntland-polls

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