National Days of “Dialogue”

Should we participate in the upcoming National Days of Dialogue? Here is a question that troubles many minds. Clearly, it is not the days themselves that matter. They will be like all other days in Nouakchott-- hot, windy, and shaken up by false applause.

For-Mauritania publishes the text of the Ultimatum of the Peace and Security Council and the African Union sent to the military junta.

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 151st meeting held at ministerial level, in New York, on 22 September 2008, considered the situation in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania following the coup d’Etat that occurred in that country on 6 August 2008.

A bad example? Africa’s reaction to the continent’s latest coup is being carefully watched

AFTER a decent election last year, Mauritania was held up as a fine new democracy for Africa. Alas, no more. The latest military putsch, on August 6th, put failed and successful coups in the last three decades into double figures and prompted a flood of international criticism, including suspension of aid and of membership of the African Union (AU). But will such remonstrations make a jot of difference?

Democracy's misfire in Mauritania, The US should have helped this African nation.

Washington - In March 2005, President Bush exhorted all free nations to "stand with the forces of democracy and justice that have begun to transform the Middle East." Having committed itself to an increasingly difficult war in Iraq, the administration searched for those forces in Baghdad – and missed them by nearly 4,000 miles. These forces were at work in the North African country of Mauritania. Some six months after the Bush speech, a group of officers overthrew Mauritania's long-reigning despot, President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, and launched an ambitious 19-month plan for democracy that began with a constitutional referendum and ended with a presidential election. Because the 2005 coup was condemned by both Western and African governments, the task of shepherding Mauritania's transition fell to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).