Regions / Africa
People looking to get excited about American democracy in an election year needn't look further than the current proposals on poor country debt relief from multilateral institutions being put forward by the presidential campaigns.
Guns that had been silent for two years became active again in early November, with President Laurent Gbagbos government launching an all-out air attack on rebel positions, and in the process "mistakenly" killing nine French soldiers.
In the first week of January, Sudanese rebels and the Khartoum government signed a pact ending one of Africa's longest wars.
For the past two years, the destruction of Darfur has played out before the eyes of the world, and the member countries of the United Nations have remained largely paralyzed.
When historians look back over the past 25 years, one of the great crimes they will identify is the Third World debt crisis.
Jubilee campaigns and debt cancellation advocates can be proud of their efforts.
An overview of recent developments in global security.
Now, the hard work begins of pressuring leaders, including Bush and Congress, to make the actual content of U.S. proposals match the G8 summits lofty rhetoric.
Africa's expectations were quite clear: nothing short of a comprehensive treatment of debt, trade and development finance, along with removal of the constraints that have held back the continent's growth and progress.
According to World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, it is an extraordinary moment in historyi for Africa.