Security forces have killed about a dozen protesters during two previous anti-Kabila demonstrations in recent months. The violent police crackdowns stoked fears that the country could be sliding into another conflict similar to that which led to the loss of some five million lives between 1994 and 2003. … [Read more...] about DR Congo police fire on church-led, anti-Kabila demonstrators
Bats have some amazing adaptations that let them host viruses without harm, she said. But those viruses often need an amplifier to get into humans. That connection might happen when a bat harboring a communicable virus is kept near other animals at a crowded wildlife market. It's not clear if that's what happened with SARS-CoV-2, she said. … [Read more...] about Where do new viruses like the coronavirus come from?
Tosca, the opera (TV One, Sunday) surprisingly added culture to the long weekend. It wasn’t part of a series, just a piece of musical cement that filled a gap. In the famous Puccini opera, the heroine throws herself off the balcony after her lover is shot. She has to position herself carefully to land on a trampoline backstage. … [Read more...] about Doctors Without Borders a sobering standout on the small screen
Oloo believes that so far, the African countries who have taken up seats on the council have been unable to formulate and implement their own interests. Even South Africa, who will leave the council at the end of the year to be replaced by Kenya or Djibouti, has failed to set its own course over the past two years, he adds. … [Read more...] about Kenya vs. Djibouti: Who will represent Africa on the UN Security Council?
Analyst Sematumba shares the Burundian opposition's qualms and sees these appointments as "bad signs". "You have to add the newly appointed foreign minister Albert Shingiro to this group. Burundi's former representative to the United Nations was a stalwart of the Nkurunziza regime, who wholeheartedly defended the late president's defiant foreign policy," Sematumba said. It raises the question whether the president, whom the analyst calls the "least dangerous of the generals", can deliver on his promise to normalize relations with the international community. Donors cut off funding when Nkurunziza shut down the UN human rights office and withdrew Burundi's membership in the International Criminal Court, exacerbating an already deep economic crisis. … [Read more...] about Burundi: Coronavirus prompts timid steps for a break with the past