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Burundi in Crisis

Tom Perriello | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Tom Perriello

As world leaders gather this week for the United Nations General Assembly, a crisis gaining little international attention may offer a big lesson on foreign policy.

To Understand Turmoil in One of the World's Poorest Countries, Look at its Leaders

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Obadias Ndaba

Burundi is in chaos again. An unnecessary and avoidable political blunder has catapulted this landlocked country of roughly 10 million people into messy turmoil.

Burundi's President Unexpectedly Sworn In For Disputed Third Term

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Without a public announcement that it would happen, Burundi President. Pierre Nkurunziza was sworn in for a third term ami...

She Survived the Bullets and Flames of Gatumba

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

When Espy was eleven years old and living in a tent at a United Nations refugee camp in Gatumba, soldiers from the regular Congolese army set fire to tents and used machetes to massacre the refugees. Espy was shot in the back and played dead among the dead and dying to survive.

Former Burundi Military Chief Shot Dead In Capital

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.15.2015 | World

NAIROBI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen shot and killed Burundi's former army chief of staff on Saturday in the second high-profile killing t...

Top Rights Activist Shot In Burundi Capital

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 08.06.2015 | World

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A leading rights activist in Burundi was shot and wounded late Monday by unknown assailants in the capital, Bujumbura...

Key Ally Of Burundi's President Assassinated By Gunmen

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.02.2015 | World

NAIROBI, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Gunmen wearing military uniforms shot dead a former Burundian security chief who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkur...

Burundi's President Wins Third Term In Controversial Election

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.24.2015 | World

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a third term in office, an electoral official announced Friday, amid controv...

Burundi Votes In Disputed Presidential Election Amid Deadly Violence

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.21.2015 | World

BUJUMBURA, July 21 (Reuters) - A policeman and an opposition official died in violence marring the start of Burundi's presidential election ...

Burundi Presidential Election Delayed As Violence Spirals

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2015 | World

By Clement Manirabarusha BUJUMBURA, July 11 (Reuters) - Burundi's presidential election has been postponed to July 21 from July 15, a presidential ...

Christina Wilkie

America Just Chose A Talented, Qualified Diplomat To Bring Hope To War-Torn Congo Basin | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) will serve as the Obama administration's special e...

UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.

Bringing Peace and Ending Violence for Women and Girls

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

While often more prevalent in conflict, violence against women is in fact a global phenomenon rooted in social norms and attitudes. More than one in three women around the world have experienced an attack, the vast majority committed by their husbands or boyfriends.

Burundi Votes In Parliamentary Election After A Night Of Gunfire

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2015 | World

By Clement Manirabarusha BUJUMBURA, June 29 (Reuters) - Burundians voted for a new parliament on Monday after a night of sporadic blasts and gunsho...

Vice President Flees Burundi After Opposing President's Third Term

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

BUJUMBURA, June 25 (Reuters) - One of Burundi's vice presidents has fled to Belgium, saying he had been threatened after denouncing President Pierre N...

Counterpoint To President Uhuru Kenyatta's Claims: Learning From ICC's Treatment of Africans

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta's recent claim that "....there are lessons to be learnt from the way the court treats Africans....." is an interesting take from someone who, with all due respect, is the poster child for the impunity and abuse of power that made African leaders the target of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Watch: Video Highlights Police Abuses in Burundi

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Human Rights Watch

Burundian police have used excessive force against people protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza's election bid for a third term. Police have shot at crowds indiscriminately and severely beaten demonstrators and detainees.

Where Population Poses The Greatest Challenges

Robert Walker | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Poverty is a pervasive concern in high fertility countries. The world has made progress in reducing severe poverty, but it's been exceedingly slow in countries where population growth rates remain high. While family planning can reduce demographic vulnerability, developing countries also require other forms of assistance.

Burundi and the Possibility of Infinite Returns

Karen Sherman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Karen Sherman

All nations that change for the better have a clear sense of purpose: they fear falling behind, or repeating the mistakes of the past. Burundi's purpose encompasses both of those and another one.

Vindicating the Ways of God to Man in Gihembe Refugee Camp

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

International media did not broadcast this important and moving ceremony, but camp residents and leaders used the power of still photography and social media to communicate thousands of words that demanded to be heard.

Burundi Dissidents Go Into Hiding After Opposition Leader Killed

AP | GERARD NZOHABONA and TOM ODULA | Posted 05.24.2015 | World

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Thousands of people in Burundi's capital on Sunday attended the funeral of an opposition leader killed in a drive-by shoot...

Burundi, Politics of Ego and Not Ethnicity?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Ethnicity is a tool rather than the cause for the reappearance of discord in Burundi. As means to rationalize his grab for perpetual office, President Pierre Nkurunziza has reached into the bag of tricks of stoking fear of "the other." That is a zombie from the past that can rise from the dead.

Burundi Opposition Figure Shot Dead In Capital, Activist Says

Reuters | Posted 05.24.2015 | World

* Worst crisis since end of civil war in 2005 * Protests erupted after president announced third-term bid * Unrest worri...

Protecting Peace in Burundi: A Crucial Moment

Salim Ahmed Salim | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Salim Ahmed Salim

DAR ES SALAAM -- I fear that Burundi's hard-earned peace is under imminent threat. An attempted coup d'état last week is the latest indicator that the country is once again on the brink. Immediate measures need to be implemented to de-escalate the situation, or the country could descend into civil war once again.

Burundi's President Delays Elections Amid Fresh Violence

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2015 | World

BUJUMBURA, May 20 (Reuters) - Burundi's president pushed back parliamentary and local elections to June 5 on Wednesday and further clashes between pol...