UN and Amnesty give clear evidence of crimes against humanity, including rape as a weapon of war – and point a way forward. The reports are based on more than 1,000 interviews with victims, witnesses, and others.
The Kenyan government is committed to keeping troops in lawless Somalia. But opposition parties want troops to come home soon, arguing the extended deployment in Somalia has brought terrorism to Kenya.
The leader of the extremist group Boko Haram has threatened to sell the schoolgirls, who were abducted three weeks ago. President Jonathan now says he'll accept international help in trying to rescue them.
Ethnic politics and shifting loyalties around Bentiu, an oil-gateway town, make it difficult for either the government or rebels to hold. Meanwhile, as war continues, previous peace agreement seems worthless.
Mamphela Ramphele talks with the Monitor about a freedom struggle interrupted, distortions of history by the African National Congress, the upstart candidacy of Julius Malema, and why an authentic 'revolution of the spirit' is needed.