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Topic - J. Peter Pham
The death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighboring Central African Republic combatants in Muslim-vs.-Christian battles have beheaded children.
Ariel Sharon, Israel's bulldozer in politics and war, admired and reviled, dies at 85
The first Ugandan soldiers to fly into Somalia 5 1/2 years ago came under attack as soon as they arrived: Militants fired mortars at the new mission's welcome ceremony.
The rumors started to swirl around Ghana in June: President John Atta Mills was ill, maybe too sick to seek re-election, and he was going abroad to seek medical treatment.
A breakdown of security in Libya has allowed a significant flow of militants and weapons into other troubled areas in North Africa, according to the top Pentagon official on Africa policy.
U.S. Africa Command has been quietly battling terrorism on the African continent, relying heavily on special forces. But amid a shrinking Pentagon budget and increased use of special forces in Afghanistan under a new military strategy, Africom may have fewer resources to counter a growing terrorism threat.
The Exxon Mobil Corp. said Wednesday it has pulled out of an agreement to purchase a Texas firm's multibillion-dollar share of the oil-rich Jubilee Field off the Ghana coast - a development that follows months of resistance from the government of the West African nation.
In April, the president of the poverty-stricken nation of Senegal unveiled what he boasts is the world's "highest statue" — a $24 million bronze artwork called "African Renaissance" that measures slightly taller than the Statue of Liberty.
Can Africa's latest rising star - which won the blessing of both the Obama and Bush administrations - avoid the corruption, cronyism and bad governance that has entrapped its neighbors?
The Obama administration is promoting the establishment of an Intelligence Officer Training Corps (IOTC) to train future clandestine intelligence officers while they are in college. The new program would be modeled on the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), which has produced military officers for almost a century.
"Although many of my colleagues would undoubtedly disagree with me, I believe that the academy has a civic obligation to assist the government, including its intelligence agencies, in carrying out the common defense of our Constitution, which, after all, protects our freedom of inquiry, speech and publication," Mr. Pham said. "However, the mechanism for this partnership has to be carefully considered."
However, he added, he doubts that locating formal intelligence-officer-training programs at colleges and universities is practical or even desirable.