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Making powering Africa a reality

Ranjit Deshmukh and Grace Wu

2016-02-03, Issue 760

A new electricity system paradigm is emerging that’s not only low carbon, but is also cost-effective and holds great promise for Africa. A recent study has found that at least two-thirds of all countries in East and southern Africa have enough wind and solar power potential to meet their full projected 2030 electricity demand.

Terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou

The jihadist explanation is an unacceptable distraction

Moumina Chériff Sy

2016-02-03, Issue 760

The terrorists’ goal was to destabilize Burkina Faso. But why now? The most plausible hypothesis is that they wanted to regain a rear base they lost when a popular uprising overthrew Blaise Compaoré in November 2014.

Conference Report: African nationalism, history and development

Matthew Quest

2016-02-03, Issue 760

At York University, in Northern Toronto, from Nov 5-6, 2015 an international gathering of scholars meditated on themes related to African nationalism, history and development.

20 African countries still do not treat women as equal citizens

Flavia Mwangovya

2016-02-03, Issue 760

National legislation should be revised so that women and men can equally extend citizenship to each other and to their children, whether their children are born in or out of marriage, at home or abroad.

Uganda: Oil and gas was tie breaker at presidential debate

James Muhindo

2016-02-03, Issue 760

Uganda’s oil and gas are at the heart of campaigns for presidential elections taking place this month. But the resources are shrouded in mystery, as no one, except the Museveni regime, knows the details of the contracts the government has signed with multi-national companies. Ugandans need to keep an eye on these resources and demand answers on how they will be used to better their lives.

The trumpeter and his trumpet

Abdulrazaq Magaji

2016-02-04, Issue 760

In a world where more people are busy buying and blowing their trumpets, Mr. Trump knows he is the appropriate person to blow his own trumpet. And boy, has he made a success of his new found vocation.

Vernon Dahmer (1908-1966): An unsung martyr of the civil rights struggle

Abayomi Azikiwe

2016-02-03, Issue 760

The story of Vernon Dahmer remains largely unknown and sometimes misunderstood by some people who have read about him. The efforts he made against the oppression of an entire community by powerful governmental authorities and their racist backers make Vernon a true martyr.

Former Danish PM didn’t save the children

Peter Kenworthy

2016-01-20, Issue 758

Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s appointment as chief executive of Save the Children has made headlines in Denmark because of her anti-immigration position and her party’s support of a new immigration bill. Many have criticized her policies, including the Danish branch of Save the Children.

Corruption fights back: Magu vs. reactionary elite

Chido Onumah and Godwin Onyeacholem

2016-01-20, Issue 758

Finally, it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel in Nigeria. Corruption is now firmly in the focus of a man who could for ever change the face of politics and indeed a country. Ibrahim Magu is taking on the big guns and he has no intention of backing down, not matter who or what the criminals employ to cover their actions.

‘Detention lite’ and the dimensions of freedom: The case of former Guantanamo Bay inmates resettled in Ghana

Sam Okyere

2016-01-21, Issue 758

The status afforded them by the government is shrouded in secrecy; whether they are visitors, refugees, asylum seekers or another category altogether. They do not appear to have the right to work and to family reunion. Worse still, they are actually not permitted to leave Ghana for 2 years.

What will we vote for in Ghana come 7 November 2016?

Akyaaba Addai-Sebo

2016-01-21, Issue 758

Ghanaians are going to the polls on November 7. What will they be voting for? What do they hope to achieve? There are thoughtful lessons from a former president whose legacy remains controversial, though.

On Western views about Chinese policy in Xin Jiang

Samir Amin

2016-01-13, Issue 757

Western powers and their media clergy have no right to give lessons of democracy to China. They should first correct their ugly behavior in the places they control.

Ghana’s acceptance of the ex-Guantanamo detainees is reckless

Cameron Duodu

2016-01-11, Issue 757

Why does Ghana want to be put on a list of countries who have defined themselves as those who tacitly approve of senseless US actions that often cause the deaths of innocent people, including women and children? Did this African country consider its own security when accepting the Al Qaeda men?

‘What do the Igbo want?’, asks head of Nigerian regime

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

2016-01-14, Issue 757

In Nigeria today, there is renewed agitation for the creation of the separatist Biafra republic. The 3-year Biafra war led to the death of some 3 million Igbo people, according to Biafra supporters. Here is a summary of five Igbo demands, each one a memorial symbolising their resilience in surviving five decades of the longest, continuous running genocide of recent history.

God will bring down the rains

Peter Kenworthy

2016-01-12, Issue 757

Climate change has brought on a severe drought in Swaziland. The solution to the crisis is literally to pray for rain, says the country’s absolute monarch. No, we need a democratic government that does not treat its people as enemies, says a young activist.

Kenya's top paper suspends editor for criticizing government

Denis Galava

2016-01-08, Issue 756

East and Central Africa’s largest media house, Kenya’s Nation Media Group, has this week sparked a national storm after suspending a senior newspaper editor for publishing an editorial sharply critical of the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyans are wondering whether the disciplining of Denis Galava indicates NMG’s growing coziness with the scandal-ridden regime that is relentlessly dragging the country back to dark days of dictatorship. Below is the controversial editorial published by Daily Nation on January 2, 2016.

The military, ‘Zaria massacre’ and a defective federation

Chido Onumah

2016-01-08, Issue 756

At least 300 Shia sect members, and likely many more, were killed and hundreds more injured in December when the Nigerian army confronted the group in the north of the country. This deadly encounter reveals – once again – a country that is sleepwalking to a catastrophe.

Islam: Dishonest leaders, overzealous followers

Abdulrazaq Magaji

2016-01-08, Issue 756

Islamic militancy which targets non-Muslims, often Christians, is deeply rooted in the historical discord that exists within Islam itself. Prophet Mohammad preached peaceful co-existence particularly with Christians. Muslims who promote wanton violence in the name of their religion are simply misguided about its true teachings.

The Emperor's new clothes?

Henning Melber

2016-01-08, Issue 756

Namibian President Geingob's image as a flamboyant intellectual filling the shoes of a skilled statesman is showing wear and tear. Intolerance and temper limit his ability to engage with critical views constructively. Add to that an aloof and dismissive attitude bordering on arrogance, and the people of Namibia have reason to worry about the prosperity promise.

The original sin of the first generation leaders: A lesson for the new generation

Munyonzwe Hamalengwa

2016-01-08, Issue 756

The first generation of African leaders had some excellent qualities like nationalism, patriotism, vision and less corruption. But they suffered from the grave original sin of staying in power too long by undemocratic means. The continent is still harvesting the sour fruits of their legacies in the likes of Mugabe, Museveni and Kagame.

Re-locating and re-connecting: Keys for the re-imagining of an ambitious new legal agreement

Michele Maynard

2015-12-06, Issue 755

Our identity no longer resides in the nation-state but is located rather as human earthlings within the unfolding evolutionary journey of the universe. A new ethic of care and compassion to build our common home – the Cosmos - is essential.

Climate justice: Is a new ambitious climate regime a possibility?

Richard Grossman

2015-12-07, Issue 755

A child born in the U.S.A. will consume more—and cause more greenhouse gas emissions—during his lifetime than several children born in a developing country. It is no longer in doubt that there exists a clear link between population and the climate crisis.

Walter Rodney and the three regimes

Statement from Justice for Walter Rodney Committee on the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry

2015-12-06, Issue 755

The government-appointed Commission was wound up last month and directed to compile its report by 30 November. The report is expected to be published on 15 December. The Commission faced a lot of huddles deliberately thrown on its way including a campaign mounted by government figures to discredit it.

Human rights are never domestic

Henning Melber

2015-12-15, Issue 755

It is a matter of international solidarity to side with the oppressed, advocating their rights and thereby also promoting fundamental human rights universally. Namibia itself benefitted from such solidarity in its struggle for freedom. So how come the country is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court?

On the 21st anniversary of our National Day of Reconciliation…

DO NOT SPEAK TO ME OF RECONCILIATION

Vanessa Burger

2015-12-15, Issue 755

As the violence escalates to a kill a week – sometimes more - illegal evictions continue unabated, women are are raped by gun-toting triggermen, and freedom of movement and association has ground to a halt in this poor South African neighbourhood, anyone who suggests ‘bringing warring factions together at the ‘negotiation table’ has clearly been drinking Molotov cocktails, or they are on the thugs’ payroll.

How China can succeed in its ‘win-win’ cooperation with Africa

Cameron Duodu

2015-12-15, Issue 755

China’s cooperation with Africa promises great benefits for the continent. But the Chinese government owes it to its people not to allow the fruits of the suffering of the Chinese to be monopolised by corrupt African elites. They must carry out thorough due diligence before they give the Chinese people's money as loans to African regimes.

The myth of Canada’s benevolence to Uganda

Yves Engler

2015-12-15, Issue 755

Self-described Africa scholar Gerald Caplan’s recent praise of Canada’s relations with Uganda is superficial and misleading. He ignores Canada’s support for imperialism in East Africa that goes back to the days of the slave trade.

The dialogue that disappeared

Peter Kenworthy

2015-12-15, Issue 755

In September, there were high hopes in some parts of Swaziland’s civil society and democratic movement that a dialogue with the county’s absolute monarch King Mswati III was on the table. Not least because of pressure from the Commonwealth, the USA and the EU. Three months later no such meeting has taken place and that hope seems all but shattered.

Kabila's speech to the nation: A path to president-for-life in Congo?

Kambale Musavuli

2015-12-06, Issue 755

Joseph Kabila is doing everything to remain in power in DR Congo. He knows that he cannot hold on to power solely by force, hence he is in a mad pursuit to establish any form of legitimacy to justify holding on to the presidency. His options are increasingly limited and in the end, his schemes are likely to fail.

A generation of conformists

Oladele Oluwasogo

2015-12-15, Issue 755

In my interactions with the youth, I have discovered that we are in a very serious situation in this country. The average Nigerian youth is not independent, but their mind is focused on conformity and adherence to the rules. If the youthful minds of our country are busy doing what they have been told, then who will challenge the status quo?

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