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20 Sep 2010 description

September 20, 2010 | by Adam Hussein Adam

"Are my documents in order?" I asked the official. This was my fifth attempt in ten years to obtain a Kenyan passport. Now I was before the Criminal Investigations Department for an in-person "vetting."

"Identification cards could be forged, and so people's pictures," was the official's response. Of course, the vetting process, which has existed in Kenya for the last 20 years, targets only members of select ethnic, religious, and racial groups.

06 Aug 2010 description

August 6, 2010 | by James A. Goldston

In recent weeks the International Criminal Court has once again sparked controversy, first by charging Sudan's President Omar-al-Bashir with genocide, then by threatening to abort its first trial and free a Congolese warlord. Shortly thereafter, the African Union refused the ICC's request to open a liaison office in Addis Ababa, and called on member states not to arrest Bashir.