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19 September 2017 15:22 (South Africa)

The real art of war: MSF's humanitarian negotiations

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

Photo: A South Sudanese youth holds a candle during the celebration of the seventh anniversary of Martyrs day, in Juba, South Sudan, 30 July 2012. Photo: EPA/PHILIP DHIL

ISS Today: Turning Africa’s youth into peace builders

Photo: Supporters of Raila Odinga, the leader of The National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition and its presidential candidate, cheer as they listen to Odinga's speech during his campaign rally in Nairobi on 17 September 2017. Odinga once again reiterated that opposition will not take part in presidential election re-run unless the electoral body Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is reconstituted by removing some of its officials. The presidential election re-run is set for 17 October 2017. Photo: Dai Kurokawa/(EPA)

Op-Ed: Kenya’s struggle to execute a peaceful vote

Photo: Burundian police officers stand guard at the scene of a double grenade attack in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, in this file photo taken on 23 May 2015. Photo: Dai Kurokawa/(EPA)

The SADC Wrap: DRC soldiers kill refugees, Tanzania’s gay arrests, and Zim stock exchange’s odd highs

Photo: A file photo dated 25 April 2016 showing a group of the 195 opposition soldiers arriving with General Simon Gatwech Dual, the chief of staff of the South Sudan rebel troops, in Juba, South Sudan. Reports on 10 July 2016 said hundreds were killed in two days of renewed fighting between supporters of President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar. The UN Security Council condemned the fighting that erupted in Juba, the worst violence since a peace deal was signed in 2015 and forming the national unity government in April this year. Photo: EPA/PHILLIP DHIL

ISS Today: South Sudan needs more than a hybrid court

Photo: An undated handout file photograph made available on 04 March 2016 by the North Korean news agency KCNA shows the test-firing of new-type large-caliber multiple launch rocket system by the North Korean military. Tensions between North Korea and the west have intensified due to the west's implimentation of economic sanctions in response to North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and test firing of delivery systems. Photo: EPA/KCNA

Op-Ed: Nuclear disarmament – why the world should follow Africa’s lead

Photo: Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, President of Togo, speaks during an Opening Statement to the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland, 29 February 2016. EPA/SANDRO CAMPARDO

ISS Today: No time to waste in implementing Togo’s reforms

Photo: Arafat Gatabazi is a long-distance open water swimmer. He came to South Africa from the DRC as a child, and lived in a shelter until 2015. Photo supplied

GroundUp: From war in DRC to swimming the open ocean

By GroundUp
Photo: A 9-metre bronze statue of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela is unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria December 16, 2013.  Photo Thomas Mukoya/(Reuters)

Op-Ed: Mugabe should criticise South Africa, not Mandela

By Mondli Zondo
Photo: A young internally Displaced Person (IDP) looks on from her family's makeshift shelter in an IDP camp in the outskirts of Qardho in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland, on 26 March 2017. The food crisis caused by lack of rainfall in the region affects 5.6 million people in Ethiopia, according to the Red Cross. Photo Dai Kurokawa/(EPA)

ISS Today: Africa must call for climate change solidarity at the UN

Photo: In this file photo, Kimberly Process monitor, Abbey Chikane, holds the Zimbabwe Kimberly certificate during the relaunch of its diamond exports from its eastern Chiadzwa fields in Eastern Zimbabwe during an event in Harare on 11 August 2010. Zimbabwe was given authority to sell diamonds from Marange and was then auctioning 4.5-million carats. Photo: Aaron Ufumeli/(EPA)

Zimbabwe: Marange diamond fields firms ‘captured’ by sinister spooks, state elites

Photo: Lesotho’s army chief was murdered last week. In this file photo dated 5 August 2014, Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane arrives in the White House in Washington DC. Photo Michael Reynolds/(EPA).

The SADC Wrap: Shootings in Lesotho and Tanzania, and Angola’s opposition challenges vote tally


An open letter to Grace Mugabe – hear the call of your ‘children’

Photo: Supporters in the Luanda district attend a campaign rally by Unita presidential candidate Isaias Samakuva, in the buildup to the Angolan elections on 23 August. Photo: Manuel De Almeida/(EPA)

ISS Today: Angola’s elections trigger a crisis of legitimacy

Photo: Mothers with severely malnourished babies wait for medicine to be dispensed in the Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, Friday 14 October 2005. Photo: EPA/JON HRUSA

amaBhungane: Millions drained from Malawi’s public health system

Photo: On 3 September, two days after the Supreme Court overturned the election result,  presidential candidate Raila Odinga waves at his supporters in Mathare in Nairobi. Photo: Daniel Irungu/(EPA)

ISS Today: Kenyatta, Odinga more keen than ever to win

Main photo: A woman poses with Liberian flags during the National Flag Day in Monrovia, Liberia, 24 August 2017. Liberians celebrate the flag's design and the republic for the first time in 1847. EPA-EFE/AHMED JALLANZO

Op-Ed: Liberia’s elections – challenges, change and continuity

By Greg Mills
Photo: With barely any government structures, people have learnt to fend for themselves in remote communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Here DRC president Joseph Kabila is photographed in Kinshasa on 19 February 2015. Photo: Michael Kappeler/(EPA)

ISS Today: Protecting livelihoods is key to mining the DRC’s riches

Photo: An Egyptian currency vendor counts US dollar notes in Cairo, November 2016. Photo: Khaled Elfiqi/(EPA)

Op-Ed: African countries must collaborate to fix tax challenges

By Logan Wort
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the signing of the Lesotho Electoral Pledge at Lehakoe Recreational and Cultural Centre in, Lesotho. December 2014 (Photo: DOC)

Lesotho: Political tensions run high following army shootings

Photo: A white rhino and her calf on a game farm in the Waterberg district, some 350km north-west of Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 September 2010.  Photo: EPA/JON HRUSA

ISS Today: Wildlife crime – Why diverse data will drive better responses

Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (L) accompanied by his wife Grace (R) arrive at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, Zimbabwe, 26 August 2017. Mugabe attended the joint burial of Politburo member George Rutanhire and Maud Muzenda, the widow of Zimbabwe’s first Vice Prime Minister Simon Muzenda. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

The SADC Wrap: Former Lesotho deputy PM flees to SA, Zanu-PF supports Grace, and Zambia’s ‘silent emergency’

Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Lesotho: Main shareholder of a large company accused of ‘extensive manipulation of financial statements’

By MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism
Photo: Dr Sylvanus Ayeni at a school on his recent lecture tour of Nigeria. Photo: Supplied

Op-Ed: Turning Africa’s lights on should be a homegrown priority

Photo: A supporter of The National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga sits on top of a street sign post that has been relabeled 'Judge Maraga Street', referring to Chief Justice David Maraga, and 'Orengo Street', referring to NASA's lawyer James Orengo, in front of the Supreme Court in central Nairobi, Kenya, 01 September 2017. Kenya's Supreme Court on 01 September overturned the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ordered a re-run of the election within 60 days, citing irregularities. Ecstatic opposition supporters marched through the city to celebrate 'historic' court decision. EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya: Supreme Court annuls election outcome, orders new poll within 60 days

Photo: Diane Rwigara

Rwanda: Where is political activist and Kagame’s opponent, Diane Rwigara?

By Brandon Finn
Photo: A photograph taken on 19 November 2015 shows Internally Displaced Person (IDP) women working at Saint Sauveur IDP camp. EPA/STR

Op-Ed: Central African Republic – a fractured failed state slipping towards the unthinkable

By Frank Charnas
Photo: Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the Zambia opposition party United Party for National Development (UPND), sits in the public gallery listening during a question and answer session with president Jacob Zuma (not pictured) in parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 31 August 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Hakainde Hichilema, DA call for an end to South Africa’s quiet diplomacy

Photo: Mozambican immigrant workers from South Africa take a warm drink at the Boane refugee camp in Moamba, Mozambique, 17 April 2015, after fleeing from the xenophobic attacks committed in South Africa. EPA/ANTONIO SILVA

Op-Ed: Myths and misinformation obstruct path to a better migration environment

Main photo: Princess Diana, wearing a heavy duty protection vest and face shield, is accompanied by a mine clearing expert of the Halo Trust during her visit to the minefields in the high plateaux near Huambo, to watch mine-clearing operations in an area once on the frontline of the country's civil war, 15 January 1997. (EPA)

Twenty years after her death, Princess Diana's Angolan visit is still remembered

By Mercedes Sayagues