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Letter: Terrorism, Haiti’s latest evil


Dear Sir:

In perpetually, extremely troubled Haiti, “bayonets are made of steel, while laws themselves are made of paper,” goes the saying. A dictum that literally means the sword is the “supreme law of the land, not the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members. And so the latter (the rules or laws) are not applicable, they are futile.

Such a short, pithy expression unreservedly helps explains why terrorism, or actions that have the allure of such are things in continuum, with regularity, in dirt-poor Haiti.

Eric Jean-Baptiste, a longtime prominent Haitian businessman and former presidential candidate, in the November 20, 2016, contest of the same, after it was postponed several times, is now the latest…

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UN-backed meeting of African States targets terrorism, violent extremism


In a statement issued on Thursday through his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, Secretary-General António Guterres commended the Central and West African regions for the successful Joint Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on Peace, Security, Stability and the Fight against Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which took place on Monday in Lomé, Togo.

“The Secretary-General welcomes the renewed commitment of ECCAS and ECOWAS member States to strengthen cooperation on key peace and security challenges and is particularly encouraged by the decision to sign a Criminal Cooperation Agreement by the end of 2018 and to establish a ministerial committee to monitor implementation of the Summit decisions,” said…

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Why West African Security architecture has to be sensitive to new threats of Terrorism


Commissioner Behanzin (Middle), Director Ajibewa( 2nd right), Chairman Dimba (2nd left ) flanked by Dr. Vivian Iwar, and Mr. Obeche Usman

Abuja, 20th June 2018. Because of the complexities surrounding its operations, terrorism is a threat to all states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Sahel whose decimation requires a holistic approach.

Such an approach, according to the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) General Francis Behanzin, also requires a Defense Force that is adapted to the new threats of terrorism which knows no national boundaries.

Cross section of Ambassadors

Commissioner Behanzin was speaking on the 20th of June 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria while opening the 28th Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security…

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Meeting on the fight against terrorism in West Africa


Terrorist attacks and their consequences continue to raise concerns in different African countries.

Between January and June 2018 more than one hundred deaths were recorded in various terrorist incidents across Africa.

The attacks come at a time when West African countries are increasingly moving towards the effective establishment of an autonomous African force that will essentially invest in the fight against jihadist groups. In order to accelerate its establishment, the France-West Africa Interparliamentary Friendship Group, consisting of 17 African countries, have discussed several strategies that could help in the…

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Netanyahu defends Egypt border fence: Influx of African migrants more dangerous than terrorism – Israel News


The danger of African illegal immigrants entering Israel through the Sinai Peninsula is worse than the risk of terrorism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. He said that if it weren’t for the fence along the border with Egypt, Israel would lose its national character and face a hopeless situation.

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African countries discuss rebellion, terrorism in Kampala


Heads of various security organs from 11 African countries are meeting in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss the impact of armed rebellions and terrorism in the region.

Security chiefs from the intelligence dossier are discussing how regional governments can work together to end activities of armed groups.

Representatives from South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Djibouti, Tanzania, Mauritius, Madagascar and Comoros are all in attendance.

They are meeting as part of the Eastern African Chapter of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa, CISSA.

The body gives intelligence report to the African Union for policy-making.

According to the Executive Secretary of CISSA, Shimels Semayat, the quest for most armed groups in the region is often over the control over…

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