Nick Gribble

Mozambique Elections: Historical Factors And Food For Thought 1

On October 15th, Mozambican citizens will head to vote in general elections across the country. As in all democracies, this is an important political event which can shape the future of the country; however, Mozambique has been plagued by periods of violence since the end of Portuguese colonisation and occupation […]

Mali: A New Government, But What Next?

Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has appointed the former Minister of Finance Boubou Cisse to the position of Prime Minister and invited him to form government. This follows the resignation of Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his government on April 19, which was announced with no formal reason. However, […]

Recently Freed After War Crimes Conviction, Jean-Pierre Bemba Runs For Presidency in DRC

Jean-Pierre Bemba was welcomed home to the Congo this week by tens of thousands of cheering citizens. Mr Bemba, recently freed after a 2016 conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the ICC, returned home to file his candidacy for President. The crowd was the DRC’s largest politically-related […]

The Battle For Hodeida: Coalition In Yemen Launches Assault On Rebel-Held Port

On Wednesday June 13, Troops from the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen launched a major assault on Hodeida, Yemen’s main port city. Hodeida is currently under the control of the Houthi rebels, along with Sanaa, the nation’s capital. The assault began after the Houthis failed to hand over the city by […]

ICC Overturns Its Conviction Of Jean-Pierre Bemba In Blow To Human Rights Regime

On June 8, 2018, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba of the two counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity for which he was found guilty of in 2016. Bemba, former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, had been […]

The (Mixed) Promise Of Free Education In Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s recently elected President, retired Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio, has announced details of his plan to provide free primary and secondary education to Sierra Leonean students. Following through with an electoral promise, which swept him to power in elections on March 31, President Bio revealed that the share […]

Rwanda: Former Presidential Hopeful Diane Rwigara Goes On Trial

Diane Rwigara, a former Rwandan Presidential hopeful, has gone on trial for “inciting insurrection or trouble among the population.” Ms. Rwigara was arrested last year along with her mother. Four more people (who are currently outside the country) are also wanted for allegedly assisting her. The trial is the latest […]

U.S. Special Forces Secretly Deployed In Yemen

Late last year, the U.S. deployed around a dozen Green Beret Special Forces personnel on the Saudi Arabian border with Yemen. The New York Times reports that the troops were officially deployed to help train Saudi forces to defend the porous border with Yemen, but are also helping “locate and […]

Death Of Army Leader A Setback To Peace Process In South Sudan

General James Ajongo Mawut of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) died last Friday, April 19th, in a setback to peace and stability in South Sudan. His death leaves an important and contentious post empty and makes a new vulnerability in the Government of President Salva Kiir. General Ajongo was […]

Departing Minister Says Saudi-Led Coalition Has Taken Sovereignty Away From Yemeni People

In his late March resignation, outgoing Yemeni Minister of State Salah al-Sayadi criticized Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen as taking sovereignty away from the its people. These remarks follow his accusations that Saudi Arabia has been keeping Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi under house arrest, preventing him from returning to […]