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Security Council Presidential Statement Requests Strategic Review of Central Africa Office Mandate (Presidential St…



The Security Council, noting the Secretary-General’s recommendation that the mandate of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) be extended for another three years from 1 September, requested today that he conduct a strategic review of the Office’s mandate and activities.

Through presidential statement S/PRST/2018/17, presented by Stephen Hickey (United Kingdom), its President for August, the Council asks that the strategic review — which would include suggestions regarding the coherence of United Nations activities in countries under UNOCA’s mandate — be presented by 1 August 2019.

Created on 1 January 2011, and operating under the purview of the Department of Political Affairs, UNOCA covers the 11 member States…

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Peace and Security in Africa: A Shared Transatlantic Goal

In 2013, the African Union laid out an extraordinarily ambitious goal of “silencing the guns” and achieving a conflict-free continent by 2020. Five years on, it is as clear as ever that, while the timeframe is unrealistic, the overall goal of ending the armed conflicts that plague parts of the continent remains not just admirable, but vital for Africa’s security as well as that of the rest of the world. Conflict prevention and mitigation in Africa should provide fertile ground for international cooperation, particularly between the United States and Europe.

In pursuit of their own interests, both Europe and the United States devote significant resources to peace and security challenges in Africa. Both parties are frustrated by the limits of UN peacekeeping in overcoming chronic…

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The State of African Security

What is the overall state of African security at this moment in 2018?  Clearly, on a continent with fifty-four countries and more than a billion people, there is no way to handle that question with a simple answer.  But it’s still useful to examine broad trends and dynamics as a guide to understanding the main challenges and framing policy options and approaches for the future.

At one level, it’s hard to think of the last twelve months as encompassing any big breakthroughs. For example, using Sweden’s Uppsala University database on world conflicts, of the ten countries out of Africa’s fifty-four experiencing the most recent violence, four had somewhat more documented casualties in 2017 than 2016 and six had somewhat fewer—but the overall numbers did not really change. In order of…

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African-American man files discrimination complaint against head of Department of Homeland Security

SAN DIEGO – An African-American man alleges he faced harassment and discrimination at his federal job.

Earl Jordan filed a complaint on July 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen for alleging retaliation and harassment.

According to the complaint, on April 14, 2017, the plaintiff received notice from his current employer, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that he was going to be placed on suspension pending investigation of allegations HSI had received from his former employer, Federal Protective Service in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, about allegations of criminal misconduct. He alleges these allegations are false.

The suit states the plaintiff previously…

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An African Industrialist Looking to Take On The Global Defense and Security Challenges of Today with the Technologi…

For Paramount Group founder and Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz, innovation is a constant. Whether it’s lending vehicle support to anti-poaching efforts in South Africa or brokering deals with industry giants like Airbus, Ichikowitz is an instrumental figure in pushing Africa further and further into the defense contracting space. Most recently, Paramount Group, the defense and aerospace firm nearing 25 years of operation, finalized plans on launching the Bronco-II, a multi-purpose aircraft that could be put into service as soon as 2018.

“When Paramount Group decided to launch the Bronco-II for the U.S. market, an aerial platform set out to match the needs of asymmetrical warfare was still considered a novel concept,” Ichikowitz said. “This is a multi-purpose aircraft, designed for…

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Dump Social Security to grow black wealth


Giving their retirement savings to the federal government to manage has proved a lousy deal for Americans, particularly black Americans.

Even though workers are required to put 6.2 percent of their paychecks into the Social Security system, matched by an additional 6.2 percent from their employer, and have been doing so for eight decades, there is exactly zero real dollars stored in the account to provide for them when they stop working.

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