SUDAN TREADING ON DANGEROUS GROUND

More than  a month after the Sudanese Armed Forces deposed president Omar El Bashir, the ruling military council and opposition groups are yet to reach an agreement on the composition of the transitional government. While opposition groups and protesters want a swift transition from the council to a purely civilian rule. The military on its side wants half or majority of the transition cake. The stalemate grinds on and now there are incidences of use of live ammunition and injuries outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. A revolution of a…

ANC Won and Lost

It is one of the most famous political parties around the globe, and deservedly so. It pulled South Africa out of the jaws of apartheid in 1994, and steered it to democratization. 25 years on however, the African National Congress (ANC) risks becoming a shell of its former self. Its support base is declining and opposition outfits are annexing a larger chunk of the support base, chiefly because of the corruption allegations leveled against the senior members of the ruling party. These grounds pressured former president Jacob Zuma to step…

AFRICA ON THE MOVE

When the Arab Spring uprising hit the top gear in January 2011, some observers doubted its ability to deliver any meaningful result. Not so long after, regional strongmen that had stayed in power for decades started falling. The success in one country inspired an uprising in another one. Tunisia toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt parted ways with Hosni Mubarak while Libya brought Gaddafi to his knees. The Arab world does not have areal democracy, but people made a statement here that they were fed up with authoritarian rule…

The logic behind US humiliation of the Palestinians

Over the past two years, the Trump administration has launched an all-out diplomatic assault on the Palestinians, while preparing a new initiative to resolve the Middle East conflict. It has claimed its plan is different from any other, downplayed anything said about it as wild speculation, and accused critics of rushing to judgment before they have seen it. Indeed, the Palestinians have not seen the actual plan, but they have a pretty good feeling about what it will involve. They have watched closely as the Trump administration has spat out…

Hong Kong’s ‘Occupy Central’ activists handed down prison terms

A court in Hong Kong has handed down prison sentences of up to 16 months to eight leaders of massive 2014 pro-democracy protests. Nine leaders of the city’s “Occupy Central” protests that paralysed parts of the former British colony for 79 days in late 2014 were convicted last month of public nuisance offences. Another defendant, Tanya Chan, had her sentencing postponed because of the need to undergo surgery. Wednesday’s decision follows a closely watched trial lasting almost a month and comes at a time when Hong Kong’s freedoms and autonomy have…

Brazil court reduces ex-president Lula’s prison sentence

Brazil’s second-highest court has reduced the sentence of incarcerated former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, opening the possibility he could be moved to house arrest later this year.  The Superior Court of Justice reduced Lula’s sentence from 12 years and one month to eight years and 10 months on Tuesday. “The vote of the rapporteur is in favour to reduce the condemnation from 12 years and one month to eight years and 10 months plus a fine of 175 days [an amount of money equivalent to 175 of salaries, to…

IRS fails to meet congressional deadline for Trump tax returns

The US Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday failed to meet a congressional deadline for turning over President Donald Trump‘s tax returns to politicians, setting the stage for a court battle between Congress and the administration. The outcome, which was widely expected, could prompt Democrats who control the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee to subpoena the documents, as an opening salvo in what many expect to be a lengthy court fight that might have to be settled by the US Supreme Court. The tax returns, which account for six years…

US: Couple get seven years in prison for enslaving Guinean girl

A suburban Fort Worth couple in the US state of Texas have been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for enslaving a Guinean girl for 16 years. A federal judge in Fort Worth sentenced Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure each to two seven-year terms and one five-year term, all sentences to be served concurrently. The 58-year-old Southlake, Texas, couple must also serve three years of supervised released upon completion of their prison terms and pay their victim $288,000 in restitution. They also will be deported to Guinea. The couple…

US: Couple gets 7 years in prison for enslaving Guinean girl

A suburban Fort Worth couple in the US state of Texas has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison each for enslaving a Guinean girl for 16 years. A federal judge in Fort Worth sentenced Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure each to two seven-year terms and one five-year term, all sentences to be served concurrently. The 58-year-old Southlake, Texas, couple must also serve three years of supervised released upon completion of their prison terms and pay their victim $288,000 in restitution. They also will be deported to Guinea. The…

US: Couple get 7 years in prison each for enslaving Guinean girl

A suburban Fort Worth couple has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison each for enslaving a Guinean girl for 16 years. A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, sentenced Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure each to two seven-year terms and one five-year term, all sentences to be served concurrently. The 58-year-old Southlake, Texas, couple must also serve three years of supervised released upon completion of their prison terms and pay their victim $288,000 in restitution. They also will be deported to Guinea. The couple and defence attorneys are…