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    Enclosing our own terror

    Wangui Kimari

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    A lot of questions remain unanswered about Kenya’s 700-kilometer wall now being constructed on the Somali border ostensibly to keep out Al Shabaab militants. The consequences are serious for the Somali people in Kenya and across the border. It is an apartheid idea derived from Kenya’s military partners: America and Israel.

    Ethiopia: Economic growth, political repression and ISIS

    Fikrejesus Amahazion

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    With national “elections” close - periods historically marked by boycotts, corruption and vote-rigging, violence and repression – Ethiopia merits attention. It’s a country characterized by widespread torture, oppression and crackdowns on perceived dissidents.

    Any hope for Nigerian students under Buhari?

    Wole Olubanji

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    With Buhari freshly elected, the higher education community in Nigeria has hope that their underfunded sector will reap benefits in the president’s honeymoon phase. But students and educators must not relax now; they must take advantage of this changing of the guard to advocate for their needs with renewed vigor.

    Xenophobia: Blame the victim!

    Abdulrazaq Magaji

    2015-04-29, Issue 724

    Maybe President Zuma and his xenophobic countrymen are right, after all. Why would a Nigerian close his barber shop in Karmo ghetto to go operate the same in Soweto? Why would a second degree holder prefer to travel to Johannesburg to be a cabbie when that line of business would have been more profitable in Lagos?

    American responsibility for global refugee crises

    Margaret Kimberley

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    When refugees from the Indian subcontinent, sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America and other places risk their lives for a chance at low-wage precarious labor in Europe or the US, it's because of decisions taken at the center of global economic and political power, places like Washington D, London, Brussels and New York.

    UN, protector of corrupt officials who steal aid from desperate victims

    Rasna Warah

    2015-04-22, Issue 723

    The United Nations is notorious for not protecting whistleblowers, despite a 2005 whistleblower protection policy, and rarely, if ever, takes disciplinary action against corrupt individuals.

    Zambia: On changes in the retirement age

    Henry Kyambalesa

    2015-04-22, Issue 723

    The life expectancy of Zambians is between 48 and 56 years. So it doesn't make sense to raise retirement age to 65. Importantly, a law should be passed to enable retirees to get their pensions fast and easily.

    Don't let Hillary Clinton escape the blame for Libya's anarchy

    Michael Brendan Dougherty

    2015-04-22, Issue 723

    There are no consequences for the woman who could be the next leader of the “free world” for the deadly chaos she is responsible for in Libya. It is all part of America’s doctrine of humanitarian anarchy.

    Education under attack: #147NotJustaNumber #BringBackOurGirls

    Felogene Anumo

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    The decision of attackers to target institutions of learning where tolerance, co-existence and unity are fostered is both frightening and enraging. Together, we must strive to keep at bay these forces that endanger our dreams of a strong, educated and sustainable world for young people.

    Why Al-Shabaab kills

    Margaret Kimberley

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    When Barack Obama visits Kenya in July, he will no doubt mention Garissa and condemn Al-Shabaab as evil cowards who have no regard for human life. But he won’t mention how the United States has helped to kill up to 1 million people in Somalia through war and starvation – with the help of Kenya.

    Campus stampede reveals every Kenyan’s fears

    Nelson Morang'a

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    Despite the bravado routinely displayed by government officials and their backers every time a deadly al Shabaab attack happens, in reality the Somali-based terrorist group has fully exposed Kenya’s deep security weaknesses. Now everyone lives in mortal fear.

    Where is leading Zimbabwean rights activist?

    Dewa Mavhinga

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    In the months prior to his abduction, Dzamara had led a number of peaceful protests against the deteriorating political and economic environment in Zimbabwe, demanding the resignation of President Mugabe.

    King of Lagos in murder threat against Igbos

    Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    The whole world should today, now, register their unqualified outrage in response to this call by the Lagos hereditary monarch to murder the Igbo, based on the latter’s exercise of their choice in a seemingly democratic contest.

    Glaring loopholes in Uganda's Registration of Persons Bill

    Susan Mirembe Nalunkuma

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    While the proposed law is relevant to provide for and harmonize the process of collecting identification information, there are a number of loopholes around data protection and requirements for registration that arguably render it unconstitutional in its current state.

    Violation of the Constitution of Kenya by President Kenyatta

    An open letter to the Judicial Service Commission

    Peter Makori

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    The writer asks the commission to uphold the independence of the judiciary in Kenya and fight the continuous undermining of the constitution and the judiciary by president Kenyatta, the executive and the parliament.

    Casualization of labour in Zambia

    Henry Kyambalesa

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    Employers taking advantage of legal loopholes has resulted in a workforce that is so desperate to earn money they are taking on part-time and temporary jobs with no benefits.

    Social media revolutionizes Nigerian election

    Audu Liberty Oseni

    2015-04-08, Issue 721

    In the recent elections, citizens posted results from location almost simultaneously with the counting, making it impossible for unscrupulous players to attempt to tamper with the outcomes. Social media is now a powerful tool to protect democracy.

    150 years after the Civil War, the struggle continues

    Revolutionary promise of the demise of slavery remains unfulfilled in the 21st century

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    Even though there have been monumental changes within the political and economic system within the U.S. and the world since the slave period, fundamentally the U.S. is still a class dominated society with the corporations and banks controlling all social institutions.

    How to protect future elections in Nigeria

    Okachikwu Dibia

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    Nigerian elections are always marred by logistical problems, poor policing and episodes of violence. But by far the biggest failure is that of the police. Future election planning should exclude the police and instead deploy the defence forces.

    8TH Pan African Congress: Diaspora participation sabotaged

    Nana Kwame Gayle

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    In the absence of representation of the Repatriate Diasporan Community at the 8th PAC in Accra, Ghana, last month, the cry for a ‘law of return’ was successfully side-stepped and instead plans were proposed to restrict involvement of repatriates to certain organisations only, thereby facilitating infiltration, manipulation and sabotage.

    Time for change in South Africa's labour movement

    Steven Friedman

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    Unions must link with people and organisations beyond the formal workplace to become the voice of the excluded.

    5 major reasons why President Jonathan lost the 2015 elections

    Max Siollun

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    Goodluck Jonathan has earned the dubious distinction of being the first president in Nigerian history to lose an election. In many ways, Jonathan was the architect of his own downfall. He made critical mistakes that turned the public and allies against him, and led them to gravitate towards the opposition. Here’s where it all went wrong:

    Is it just Jacob Zuma?

    Shawn Hattingh

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    The danger of focusing solely on Zuma, and seeing all of the scandals as simply being linked to his clearly flawed personality, is that it runs the risk of missing the point that the events surrounding him are symptoms of much deeper problems.

    Why Kenya’s fight against corruption is morally corrupt

    Oyoo Sungu

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    Some say the tree of corruption in Kenya was planted by Jomo Kenyatta, watered by Moi, looked after by Kibaki and its fruits are now being harvested by the government of Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Has terrorism stepped into Africa’s political void?

    Mark P. Fancher

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    Western countries have relied heavily on military force in their purported war against terrorism, but the root causes of the proliferation of terrorist activity will not be addressed solely by military means. Social, political and economic factors need attention.

    Empire and colonialism: Rich men in London still deciding Africa’s future

    Colin Todhunter

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    Some £600 million in UK aid money courtesy of the taxpayer is helping big business increase its profits in Africa via the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. In return for receiving aid money and corporate investment, African countries have to change their laws, making it easier for corporations to acquire farmland, control seed supplies and export produce.

    Buhari: The burden of expectations

    Abdulrazaq Magaji

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    Nigerians are already looking beyond the March 28 presidential election, which the opposition All Peoples’ Congress and its presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari are expected to win.

    Nigeria: President Obama got it wrong on unity

    Osita Ebiem

    2015-03-25, Issue 719

    Obama is wrong to say that the country must remain united at any cost because he does not understand that underlying the fear of violence is the fact that Nigeria is a failed colonial fiction. Break up is the only way.

    Vendors just got a new defender

    Fambai Ngirande

    2015-03-25, Issue 719

    The intervention by President Mugabe’s wife in vendors’ clashes with the police is just talk. Vendors have become the vanguard of Zimbabwe's informal economy, but they lack recognition, support or protection from a State that disproportionately invests more in the formal economy and draws resources away from the poor.

    RIP SA human rights

    Vanessa Burger

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    The South African police force still carries with it the brutally violent culture and practices which characterised apartheid policing. These trends are unlikely to be reigned in by a government that is progressively paranoid of people power, leaving the boys in blue to become further removed from the law that they are supposed to uphold.

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