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    Features

    Is Obama keen on relations with barons of Kenya or with the people?

    Horace G. Campbell (2015-07-24)


    cc Wiki
    While there is real joy that Obama is visiting Kenya, this moment should provide another platform for progressives to push for the demilitarization of the relations with Africa. This calls for the dismantling of the US Africa Command, the withdrawal of the Special Forces from Somalia and the end of drone strikes.

    My private letter to President Obama

    Alemayehu G. Mariam (2015-07-21)


    cc SB
    Thousands of political prisoners, journalists, activists and other citizens languish in Ethiopia's official and secret dungeons. The violently repressive regime has thrown a pall of paralyzing fear over the entire nation. Will President Obama ignore this crying shame when Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hosts him next week? Will he continue with his policy of parroting high ideals but embracing ruthless and corrupt African strongmen?

    Letter from an Ethiopian-American son to President Obama

    Obok Okello Akway (2015-07-21)


    cc N24
    Next week, President Obama will visit US client state Ethiopia, ruled by a despotic regime that locks up anyone who dares to speak out against its mass atrocities. Mr. Okello Akway Ochalla, the former governor of Gambella, is one such. His son now appeals to Obama to secure Ochalla’s release from jail.

    An open letter to Obama: A historic opportunity to denounce international racism

    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. (2015-07-22)


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    Africans have heard plenty from world leaders about the lack of democratic institutions and the human rights abuse in their continent. It is time that the world talks about the absence of democratic principles in the international economic and political order and the prevalence of rampant international racism.

    Paul Kagame crowned life-president

    Theogene Rudasingwa (2015-07-21)


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    With the decision by parliament to remove constitutional term limits to allow Kagame to rule for life, Rwanda has now entered a dangerous period of escalation. Anger, frustration, miscalculation, another wrong decision or unforeseen event could easily trigger another round of devastation.

    The real danger: Letter to President José Eduardo dos Santos

    Rafael Marques de Morais (2015-07-22)


    cc Zi
    José Eduardo dos Santos - who shares with Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema the infamy of being Africa's longest-ruling president - is becoming increasingly tyrannical as his regime faces growing popular resistance. In this open letter, Angolan ward-winning investigative journalist and human rights activist speaks out his mind about the political situation in the oil-rich southern African nation.

    Saying Europe, meaning Eurafrica

    Marco Zoppi (2015-07-22)


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    The current relationship between Africa and Europe may seem to have moved past colonialism, but a dynamic of economic subordination of the first to the second persists. The vision of Eurafrica, in fact, is built on the legacy of colonialism and positions Africans as the eternal Other.

    The clampdown on resourcing: Comparing civil society and business

    Maina Kiai and Maria Leissner (2015-07-21)


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    Governments around the world are increasing their hostility towards civil society organisations, but at the same time enacting laws and policies that promote business investment. While CSO and profit-driven groups operate differently, and should be treated as such, they play important political and economic roles. Both need government support.

    Financing for development: A Pan-African perspective

    Odomaro Mubangizi (2015-07-22)


    cc Pz
    This year is the deadline for MDGs, and the global community is set to come up with new set of development goals SGs in September at UN summit in New York. The Addis Ababa 3rd International Conference on Finance for Development held last week laid a foundation for further conversation on how to end extreme poverty and pursue the other post-MDG goals.

    60 years: How the "Freedom Charter" betrayed Africans

    Motsoko Pheko (2015-07-22)


    cc Pz
    South Africa’s ruling party has recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter. That document, conceived by white colonialists, legitimised the white robbery of African land. Liberation icon Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe was spot-on when he described it as “a colossal fraud ever perpetrated upon the oppressed, exploited and degraded people.” That is the Charter's legacy.

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