Mission Impossible

Who’d want to be in General Martin Agwai’s boots? As commander of the African Union force in Darfur he has had to preside over a mission lacking money, guns and morale. Last month 10 of his men died in a rebel attack on an AU base in Haskanita. And on January 1 he takes over … More Mission Impossible

Deal or No Deal? How President Bashir Will Emerge the Winner in Libyan Peace Talks

President Bashir has played a blinder. He has said he will allow an international force of peacekeepers on to Sudanese soil. He has been to see the Pope and promised him a ceasefire in time for peace talks due to start in the Libyan city of Sirte on Saturday. And all the while Sudan’s Antonov … More Deal or No Deal? How President Bashir Will Emerge the Winner in Libyan Peace Talks

Hope in Short Supply

NAIROBI: One of my final pieces from Darfur ran in The Irish Times this morning. Their website is for subscribers only so I can’t reproduce the whole thing here. It tries to match diplomatic developments – talks in Tripoli and plans for the hybrid force – with what’s happening on the ground. In short, it … More Hope in Short Supply

Shades of Grey II

Nairobi: Following my earlier post about Darfur not being quite the black and white issue many people want it to be, reports are emerging of a particularly nasty attack by unknown militias against the beleagured African Union force. Numbers vary, but anything up to 12 African soldiers were killed during the attack on an Amis … More Shades of Grey II