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    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.

    Have US human rights violations soared in the 9/11 aftermath?

    Joash Ntenga Moitui

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    Since the events of 11 September 2001, US policies that were supposed to prevent further atrocities have in fact encouraged them. The US, aided by its ally nations, has committed untold numbers of human rights violations under the guise of ‘the war on terror’. These policies need to be re-examined.

    Putting power on the grid: An Alternative lesson in development

    Fumani Mthembi

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    The development of South Africa’s renewable energy sector provides a case study for understanding the inter-relationship that exists between social and economic development.

    Improving the investment architecture for Africa’s youth in 2015 and beyond

    Emmanuel Edudzie

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    Changing the situation of Africa’s youth will require high levels of commitment both within the nations of Africa and the rich countries of the world. Fortunately, across Africa, there is growing recognition of the centrality of youth issues in the development agenda

    Africa Rising: Debunking the imagery

    Blessol Gathoni

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    Africa has been rising a long time. This is the continent that liberated itself from the shackles of European colonialism. It is the land of glorious ancient civilizations. But the new ‘rising’ parroted around nowadays is merely about the monetary fortunes of foreign looters and their local lackeys.

    Egypt: Dreams and tales of building nuclear industry

    Kester Kenn Klomegah

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    Russia is looking to extend its footprint in Africa by supporting the construction of a huge nuclear power plant in Egypt. Nuclear energy is seen as a viable option for African economies.

    Fact Sheet on police violence in the Jane-Finch community of Toronto

    Ajamu Nangwaya

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    In spite of communities such as Jane-Finch being in the low-to-medium range for violence-related requests for law enforcement’s intervention, they are targeted and over-policed by the cops, especially the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy police division, an occupation army-like formation.

    UN and ANC legitimise colonisation of Western Sahara

    Peter Kenworthy

    2015-03-18, Issue 718

    What was the real intention behind Morocco’s decision to hold an international forum in occupied Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony? Peter Kenworthy judges it to be a legitimization of Morocco’s occupation by both the occupier and the attending heads of state and international figures.

    Ambiguous application of affirmative action leaves South Africa untransformed

    Anna Majavu

    2015-03-16, Issue 718

    Talk of affirmative action is now being replaced by “diversity.” This vague concept of diversity paves the way for an increase in the daily use of institutional racism, not only by employers but by other white people in powerful positions.

    Does Dr Cuno really believe what he writes?

    Kwame Opoku

    2015-03-19, Issue 718

    The influential American scholar falsely attributes to the UN cultural agency UNESCO a mandate it clearly does not have. What is more, he supports an outdate and unfair system that allowed rich countries which financed many explorations and excavations of archaeological sites to loot artefacts.

    African Women’ s Decade 2014 Report

    Four years since the launch of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020, where are we?

    Rainatou Sow

    2015-03-18, Issue 718

    While some African countries have made significant strides in expanding opportunities for women and girls, continued inequalities remain, particularly in the areas of women's political participation and economic opportunity. Gender inequalities are still deeply entrenched in many societies.

    Many virtues of patience

    Abdulrazaq Magaji

    2015-03-18, Issue 718

    The recent diktat by Nigeria’s first lady that her husband’s political opponents be stoned is yet another red flag that the bungling government in Nigeria is not sincere in conducting violence-free elections.

    Exuberant irrationality driving Afrikan-Canadian support for Deputy Police Chiefs

    Ajamu Nangwaya

    2015-03-16, Issue 718

    To what extent can an Afrikan police chief be realistically more committed to fighting institutional racism than a white one? Merely having an Afrikan person at the helm will not end police brutality.

    What would Senegal have become had President Wade been re-elected in 2012?

    Mandiaye Gaye

    2015-03-17, Issue 718

    With his vast wealth provided by tax payers and intolerable acts the man should be consigned to an old-folks home, not a position of power.

    Socialism is still the way forward

    Combating neo-liberal imperialist lies

    Danny Haiphong

    2015-03-18, Issue 718

    Every neo-liberal ideology promotes the false belief that there is no alternative to capitalism. But although socialism has been persistently assaulted by imperialists over the years, people who live under this system are by far better off than those who do not.

    Why Odora-Obote and Rwandan regime attack ICTR defence lawyers

    Beth S. Lyons

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    Dr Odora-Obote’s arguments and the positions of the Government of Rwanda aim to ensure that the Rwandan people, who were victims of the genocide and continue to be victimized by the regime at home and outside, will never be afforded the right to know the truth.

    Holding Africa accountable for the education of the girl-child

    Kimberly Brown and Lydia Muthiani

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    Ensuring the education of the girl-child must be achieved through a crosscutting strategy that links various development priorities and engages a variety of stakeholders.

    International Women’s Day: Making it happen

    Okeoma Ibe

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    Now is a good time to re-evaluate individual and collective efforts at “making it happen” for women and girls. It is not enough to shout the slogan.

    The future Gaddafi foresaw

    Libya, ISIS and the unaffordable luxury of hindsight

    Ahmad Barqawi

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    The “revolutionary” lynching and sodomization of Gaddafi amidst manic chants of “Allahu Akbar”, lauded by many at the time as some sort of a warped triumph of the good of popular will over the evil of dictatorship, was nothing but a gory precursor for the future of the country and the region.

    Help, Zambia is dying!

    Charles Mwewa

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    Zambia’s new President Edgar Lungu, elected less than two months ago, collapsed last weekend and was flown out of the country for specialized treatment. In a country that has lost three presidents in ten years, why did the voters ignore reports about Lungu’s poor health?

    Kenya: Anomalies of the position of Attorney General

    Yash Pal Ghai

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    Attorney General Githu Muigai has armed himself with such massive powers that he has virtually secured impunity for himself and his staff. This megalomania, which flouts the constitution, seems designed to protect the interests of the increasingly tyrannical Jubilee government.

    Burkina Faso courts allow exhumation of Sankara remains

    Investigation is needed which would be international in scope

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    The courts in Burkina Faso have paved the way for a proper identification of the remains of the martyred revolutionary leader who was buried in 1987 without an official ceremony or an explanation of the circumstances of his death. His widow Mariam is demanding a broader inquiry into the assassination of the much-adored revolutionary.

    How to plant a billion trees in Morocco

    Yossef Ben-Meir

    2015-03-04, Issue 716

    A billion indigenous trees of different varieties hold the potential to significantly reduce widespread poverty among Morocco’s farming communities. The government is establishing community tree nurseries. It is an initiative that the people should wholeheartedly embrace.

    South Africa's new food and nutrition policy fails to address constitutional right to food

    Busiso Moyo

    2015-03-04, Issue 716

    The proposed food policy shies away from confronting capital interests within the food value-chain. Apart from acknowledging that the emerging agricultural sector is in need of assistance, the policy is silent on the influence of big-business in the food system.

    Interesting, this shutdown of some Kenyan TV stations

    Susan Onyango

    2015-03-04, Issue 716

    Four top TV stations have been off air for about three weeks following a dispute with Kenya’s telecommunications regulator over digital migration. The plight of these mainstream media outlets has attracted little sympathy from the public, as Kenyans are increasingly losing confidence in corporate media as reliable allies in their democratic struggles.

    President Lungu needs to tolerate dissent

    Henry Kyambalesa

    2015-03-05, Issue 716

    Just over a month after being elected president on Jan 20, Zambia's new head of state has said he will crush members of the ruling party who will not be happy with his decisions. A Zambian commentator finds this threat disturbing.

    Electricity Company of Ghana a victim of government policies

    Yao Graham

    2015-03-05, Issue 716

    The Ghanaian government's failure to pay its bills has affected the ability of the country’s national power to provide electricity to its customers, despite Ghana’s much-touted participation in the Millenium Challenge Compact. It is time to demand accountability.

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