There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.
Leadership is back in Africa. Perhaps for the first time in the continent's history, an official body, the economic community of west African states has succeeded in ending a coup in a nearby nation. That's something to celebrate.
The message was the same to the residents: to create a new Côte d'Ivoire, the abuse must stop, and the government must ensure justice by prosecuting the people responsible, regardless of who they are or whom they support.