Presidents, prime ministers -- how universally they hate to step down from power. Long after most of their people and colleagues wish they would go, they hang on, convinced that the country still needs them. Fraser Grace's play about Zimbabwe in 2001, currently on stage in London, resonates with Britain in 2006.
While people across the world have been vowing this month that genocide, as took place in Rwanda 10 years ago, must never be allowed to happen again, two countries in Africa -- Côte d'Ivoire and Sudan - stand on the brink of new social and political catastrophes from ethnically manipulated contests for land and power.
Widespread and systematic sexual violence during a decade of war in Sierra Leone was committed on a far larger scale than the highly visible amputations for which the country became notorious, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW).