República del Congo

Congo police forces clash with civilians in the capital, Kinshasa, on Sept. 19. The opposition rally demanded the resignation of President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the country since 2001. Opponents fear he is planning to extend his rule unconstitutionally. (Mustafa Mulopwe/AFP/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, after many months of battling illness, longtime Congolese opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi died, thousands of miles from the country where he spent decades fighting for democracy. His death further complicates the tricky situation that has left the Congo in limbo for the past two years. The central question has been whether Joseph Kabila, president since 2001, will relinquish power at the end of his final constitutionally mandated term. On Dec. 19, the answer was finally confirmed: no. Violent clashes flared in Kinshasa, killing dozens of civilians.

Mediation efforts by the Catholic Church seemed to stop the bleeding. According to an agreement dated Dec.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Sebastian Mallaby (THE WASHINGTON POST, 13/03/06):

Last year was celebrated as the "Year of Africa." Tony Blair proposed a doubling of aid to the continent; the world's rich nations promised debt elimination; and the Bush administration talked up its remarkably good record in boosting foreign assistance. But 2006 is shaping up as the year of "What to do with Africa?" as donors grapple with the challenge of making aid work. And unless the development institutions demonstrate that they can spend the money effectively, 2007 may be the year in which Africa is once again abandoned.

Just look at the Republic of the Congo, a small oil state that lies to the west of the other, bigger Congo, which used to be Zaire.…  Seguir leyendo »