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Grandpa, what do you make of the killings in Paris?

Cameron Duodu (2015-11-18)

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The West bombs other nations knowing what damage their powerful bombs can inflict on civilian populations, yet they complain when their civilian populations are targeted in revenge. The hypocrisy is beyond belief: As if the non-Europeans who are killed are not human beings.

Zionism, anti-Blackness and the struggle for Palestine

Jemima Pierre (2015-11-18)

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As the lynching of Zerhom reminds us, any Black person living within Israel can easily become a victim of ethno-supremacist Zionism. Attacks by individuals and mobs are bolstered by the equally disturbing racist language of some Israeli politicians as well as the punitive anti-Black actions by the Israeli state.

GM crops and the developing world: Opposing sides miss the bigger picture

Sally Brooks (2015-11-14)

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Debates about whether GM crops or any single technology are “good for the poor” or can “feed the world” are becoming tired. They tend to discuss GM technologies as if they can be isolated from the wider socioeconomic and political context.

Malta summit seeks to solidify African leaders as gatekeepers for Europe

Abayomi Azikiwe (2015-11-17)

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Rather than address the actual causes of dislocation, migration and the refugee problem, the imperialist states in Europe and their allies are seeking to contain the crisis within the oppressed nations which they have destroyed through centuries of enslavement, colonization, neo-colonization, super-exploitation and militarism.

Drums of hate: You reap what you sow

Augustine Ekeno (2015-11-17)

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Hate speech is on the rise in Kenya, reflecting deepening animosity based on ethnic identities. A number of politicians and other public figures have either been charged with or are being investigated for propagating hate. Social media is awash with virulent commentary. Clearly, the country has not learnt any lessons from the post-election violence of 2007/8.

His-story is not My-story

Trevor P. Hall (2015-11-17)

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The translated manuscripts present a revisionist view of early Atlantic slave trading, by showing that the human trafficking was a Portuguese creation. This challenges the accepted HIS-STORY that since the European slavers only moved the slaves from the African coast to their destination in the Americas, the supply side of the trade was entirely in African hands.

Letter to World Bank president

Re: Arrest and prosecution of Pastor Omot Agwa in Ethiopia (2015-11-14)

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Several international organisations have written to the World Bank president expressing their concern at the Bank’s silence regarding the arrest and detention of an Ethiopian who worked as translator for the institution last year. The organisations want the World Bank to intervene in case of Pastor Omot and his companions who face long prison terms on false terrorism charges.

Russia: Attempting a bridge to Africa

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2015-11-14)

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While Russia's interest in sub-Saharan Africa is nothing new, Russian authorities have realized that it’s time to move back primarily to reclaim its economic footprints and to find old Soviet-era allies, but that step comes with new challenges especially from other foreign players and the changing internal political and economic conditions in Africa.

Is it time for military deployment at Glebelands?

Venessa Burger (2015-11-17)

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As another two men fight for their lives in hospital after being shot in the head shortly after midday today, some residents are calling for the army to stabilize the situation as violence spirals out of control at Glebelands Hostel.

Addressing uncertainties and risks in development projects in sub-Saharan Africa

John O. Kakonge (2015-11-17)

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Any project bears possibilities of unforeseen difficulties and surprises, but adequate preparation, good governance and transparency are key to managing these. Looking at a number of common mistakes from previous development programmes can prevent repeating them and remind of important lessons often taken for granted.

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