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    Celebrating Africa’s ‘Father of Geology’

    Hajiya Hafsat Magaji

    2015-08-14, Issue 739

    Baba has seen it all and conquered all. He is one of Nigeria’s most decorated intellectuals and certainly one of Africa’s best gifts to the world. He is a man widely respected across Nigeria and widely honoured abroad.

    Saved by a speech: Obama’s trip to Eastern Africa

    Mahlet Ayele Beyecha

    2015-08-11, Issue 739

    President Obama has been fiercely criticized for his claim at a press conference in Addis Ababa that the Ethiopian government is “democratically elected.” The facts on the ground do not support him. But his message of hope to the continent was well received.

    Buhari slips on human rights in US visit

    Uchenna Osigwe

    2015-08-06, Issue 738

    During his recent visit to Washington, the Nigerian president failed to acknowledge human rights violations perpetrated by the country’s soldiers in the ongoing war against Boko Haram. And his defence of Nigeria's draconian law against homosexuality was disappointing.

    Maxwell's trials and tribulations

    Peter Kenworthy

    2015-08-06, Issue 738

    The dissident Swazi student leader was released on bail after spending 14 months in remand prison for singing a pro-democracy song. He shares his experiences inside prison and his political convictions.

    Another Nigerian crisis called tertiary education

    Wole Olubanji

    2015-08-06, Issue 738

    Chronic underfunding of tertiary education has reduced Nigerian public universities into shameful outfits that are incapable of discharging their responsibilities of teaching, research and community service. The government of President Buhari must quickly raise education funding to 26% of the national budget as recommended by UNESCO.

    A hundred days too soon

    Tunde Oyetaru

    2015-08-05, Issue 738

    It is about a month to the 100-day deadline the Buhari campaign set for itself to achieve a raft of pledges made ahead of the March elections. There are notable signs of progress, but the new administration must strive to achieve more for the millions of Nigerians who pinned their hopes on Buhari. The people themselves must remain vigilant.

    Putting profits first

    10 labourers hospitalised after use of toxic pesticide at China-Zimbabwe farm

    Promise Ndlovu

    2015-07-28, Issue 737

    In a scenario reminiscent of the slave era, workers at this farm jointly owned by Zimbabwe and China have been exposed to high levels of a toxic chemical without adequate protection, in contravention of both local and international laws. Complaints have been met with deaf ears and some worker leaders have been dismissed for airing their grievances.

    The assassination of Sandra Bland and the struggle against state repression

    Ajamu Baraka

    2015-07-30, Issue 737

    The young black woman from Illinois, an activist with Black Lives Matter, was stopped for a minor traffic violation, beaten, jailed and found dead two days later in her cell. The official explanation about her death is unacceptable.

    Most post-disaster funding is a disaster: How to do it right

    Fatima van Hattum and Arianne Shaffer

    2015-07-29, Issue 737

    In the world of post-disaster funding, good intentions are at best simply not enough, and at worst, actually harmful. The crux is to be an engaged ally as much as a funder.

    Obama’s Nairobi visit should unlock American funding for climate change

    Mithika Mwenda

    2015-07-24, Issue 736

    As President Obama pays a visit to demonstrate his commitment to his brothers and sisters in Africa, he should bring with him a renewed commitment to help the continent adapt to climate change.

    The fight for a Socialist South Africa

    Glen Ford

    2015-07-21, Issue 736

    South Africa is failing, as a direct result of the neoliberalism embraced by the ruling Black elite working in cahoots with the white class since the formal end of apartheid 20 years ago. A true transition of power to the people is need.

    Third time unlucky

    Glebelands killers claim another life

    Venessa Burger

    2015-07-22, Issue 736

    The latest victim in the endless violence in a poor people’s residence in South Africa is a 55-year-old father of five who was chased and shot dead by a lone gunman in broad daylight. As in previous murders, the security forces deployed to the area were nowhere in sight.

    Bt cotton in Ghana: False claims and legal sleight of hand

    Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour

    Food Sovereignty Ghana

    2015-07-22, Issue 736

    The Bt cotton, which has no market, is just a way of getting the GMO foot in the door to pave the way for Bt maize. Most of the money made from Bt maize would exit Ghana, creating more wealth for foreign corporate interests.

    Letter from the graves: Murdered Gambians write to President Jammeh

    2015-07-22, Issue 736

    July 22, 2015 is President Yahya Jammeh’s twenty-first anniversary in power. To mark this day, the numerous Gambians murdered under the Jammeh regime are crying out for justice in a joint letter to West Africa’s King of Impunity. These victims, who are tired of waiting for justice, have expressed their suffering in the absence of accountability for The Gambia’s violations of human rights, including freedom of expression and press freedom.

    Why tackling illicit financial flows offers energy and climate opportunities for Africa

    Stephen Yeboah and Mohamed A. Sultan

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

    As world leaders converge in Addis Ababa this week to discuss financing for development, it is crucial that they find ways to stop the billions of dollars Africa losses each years in illicit financial outflows. They must also rethink climate adaptation and mitigation.

    Politics, Kenya style

    Yash Pal Ghai

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

    What is important for the Kenyan politician today is the economic resources of the state and the ease with which they can be used by them and their accomplices. The Kenyan state provides endless opportunities for this kind of exploitation.

    Sierra Leone takes huge leap forward for women and girls

    Kavinya Makau

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

    As we mark the 12th anniversary of the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, Sierra Leone gives us a reason to celebrate. Earlier this month, following years of prolonged advocacy from local and regional groups, it became the 37th African Union State to ratify what is also known as the ‘Maputo Protocol’.

    Obama’s prison charade

    Margaret Kimberley

    2015-07-16, Issue 735

    Obama is a master of appearing to do what he doesn’t do. That is not all marketing skill; he also relies on a compliant corporate media and a spineless black misleadership class to fool nearly all of the people all of the time. His sudden desire to look like the Great Emancipator is an ongoing publicity junket.

    Brief Report on police and government violations in Mathare, Nairobi

    2015-07-09, Issue 734

    Extra-judicial killings, disappearances and politically motivated detentions are being used by the Jubilee regime in Kenya to instil fear and frustrate human rights defenders and social justice activists.

    South Africa: The cost of living at Glebelands

    Three more women violently evicted from their rooms

    Venessa Burger

    2015-07-09, Issue 734

    Glebelands with its neatly constructed family units is one of the very few hostels that the government proudly parades as proof of its commitment to the eradication of apartheid’s social engineering. It is therefore shameful that this same government has permitted the persistent and excessive violence which has left over 30 people dead.

    Do not fight terrorism with terrorist means

    Yash Pal Ghai

    2015-07-09, Issue 734

    State authorities and their allies all over the world are conspiring to suppress the freedoms and rights of citizens and communities, achieved after struggles of centuries. Because almost all states are implicated in acts of brutality in the name of fighting terrorism, no state is criticised by another, or by UN agencies, much less brought to answer charges.

    I am ashamed

    Henning Melber

    2015-07-09, Issue 734

    Hundreds of people signed an online petition demanding an apology from the organisers of the popular Kuska Karnival that was held in Swakopmund, a city on the western coast of Namibia, saying the event stirred up racism and was insensitive to the feeelings of black people, after pictures of people dressed as Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members and some painted as black labourers appeared in the German newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung.

    Millennium Development Goals reveal mixed results

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-07-09, Issue 734

    While some improvements spelled out in the UN’s Millennium Development Goals have been reached, the majority of humanity in developing countries will not benefit from goals set within the global capitalist system. They remain prone to widening economic inequality, declining oil and commodity prices, and imperialist wars for resource extraction.

    The ICC and intra-African political relations

    Cameron Duodu

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

    In the Al-Bashir case, South Africa was caught between two conflicting arms of international law: the obligation to execute a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court and the obligation to respect the protocols governing mutual diplomatic relations between South Africa and Sudan.

    Women’s rights advocacy: Why am I involved?

    Gwain Colbert

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

    The twin struggle to end gender-based violence and achieve equal rights for women cannot be won without the efforts of men. Gwain Colbert, co-founder of A Common Future, challenges men to work toward a more just society by challenging their own problematic views on women.

    The Somali woman is dying

    Saynab Mahamud

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

    In a culture that privileges men, everyone relies on the Somali woman because she is loyal and responsible but there are very few she can rely on - many around her have never developed their sense of responsibility because she is given all the responsibilities.

    Africa needs to invest in its youth, education and agriculture

    Yaya Toure

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

    Promises to fund and deliver decent education, nutrition and boost agriculture have often been made. Africa’s people have been made so many promises. The challenge has been in the delivery.

    10 reasons why dual citizenship is good for Zambia

    President Lungu is on the right track on this issue

    Charles Mwewa

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

    Most people oppose dual citizenship because they think that people in the Diaspora already enjoy life there. As such, the addition of dual citizenship is seen as a bloated advantage. This is not correct.

    Democracy on a silver platter

    Peter Kenworthy

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

    Linus Mavimbela is a Swazi opposition politician who recently visited Denmark to observe elections there. He shares his views about that election and the state of politics in his country and Africa.

    Cuba eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

    The island is the first country in the world to receive WHO validation

    Nuria Barbosa León

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

    Experts verified that Cuban women receive more than 10 consultations during their pregnancy and health institutions provide HIV/syphilis testing, with competent laboratories to ensure correct results, a model for other countries.

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