Darfur – UN Envoy Doubtful About Peace Process

According to Jan Eliasson, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Darfur region, negotiations aimed at ending the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan have stalled and neither the Sudanese government nor the rebel...

How To Buy a Gun In Darfur

Mother Jones magazine travels with Chadian rebels in Sudan and explores where all their guns come from: …I saw the gun again the following day as I sat in the inner sanctum of the rebel leadership, lounging on a faux...

China Pulls Citizens Out Of Chad After Violence In Capital

From AP: China has evacuated most of its citizens from Chad after an outbreak of violence in the country’s capital, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday. Hundreds of rebels charged into the capital N’Djamena and clashed...

China, Filling a Void, Drills for Riches in Chad – Howard W. French and Lydia Polgreen

One of many impoverished and debt-ridden African countries that are now attracting Chinese businessmen, Chad is hoping that Chinese investments its oil fields will benefit the economy, instead of corrupt officials. From the New York Times: Chad is as geographically isolated as places come in Africa. It is also among the continent’s poorest and least […]

Tattered French African Empire Looks Toward China – Howard W. French

From the International Herald Tribune, Howard French, the current Shanghai bureau chief for the New York Times who used to report from Africa, writes about how China is overtaking France as the colonial power in much of Africa: There was a time, not long ago, when virtually every car on the street in France’s cloistered […]

Chad’s Switch to Beijing’s Side Draws Angry Response in Taiwan – Keith Bradsher

From the New York Times: Taiwan’s foreign minister warned Monday that Beijing’s establishment of diplomatic relations over the weekend with Chad, one of Taiwan’s few remaining allies, would hurt relations across the Taiwan Strait. Foreign Minister James Huang of Taiwan said the switch in diplomatic relations followed two months of secret meetings between Chadian and […]


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