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Michael Deibert

Aristide should be greeted with prosecution, not praise

The indictment by the International Criminal Court of six Kenyans for their roles in violence following that country's elections was a welcome sign.

Failure to renew DRC expert’s mandate draws criticism

The decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council not to renew the mandate of its independent expert on human rights for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has met with fierce criticism from a leading human rights organisation. Human Rights Watch says the move represented ''a betrayal of its responsibilities toward the Congolese people''.

The bitter taste of cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire

Hacking his way through the lush forest with a machete, his rubber boots sinking into the moist earth, Lambert Kwame surveys the plot of land that his family has worked for more than 30 years, harvesting cocoa. ''We know that the national price for cocoa is very high,'' Kwame says as he stands under a fecund canopy about an hour north of Côte d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan.

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