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    Cuba, a shining example of innovative research

    Peter Anyang' Nyong'o

    2015-05-21, Issue 727

    Despite a crippling US blockade lasting more than five decades, the Cuban revolution has stayed intact. Cubans have curiously excelled in technological development and innovation where much more advanced countries have achieved dismal results.

    Presidents in designer suits, citizens in rags

    Burundi, a mirror of the leadership crisis and legacies of war in the African Great Lakes

    Namakula E Mayanja

    2015-05-21, Issue 727

    The twin forces of poor leadership and collective war trauma seem to be pushing the Great Lakes Region into endless conflict, creating a self-perpetuating circle of power-chasing and abuse. Namakula E. Mayanja considers why this is the case, and what the region needs to break this vicious cycle.

    International Museum Day: The advancement of learning and culture

    Rene Wadlow

    2015-05-21, Issue 727

    Museums allow objects to speak, to bear witness to past experiences and future possibilities and thus to reflect on how things are and how things might otherwise be.

    Dump ‘Carding’ into the cesspool of history by refusing to talk to the cops

    Ajamu Nangwaya

    2015-05-13, Issue 726

    Carding is an act of state and police violence. It must end through the mass refusal of the people of Toronto, especially Afrikan Canadians, other racialized peoples and the white working-class, to share their personal information with the cops.

    Western imperialism and the recolonization of Africa

    From national independence and regionalism to neo-colonialism

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    The increased expansion of Empire in Africa now requires a re-examination of the theories of Pan-Africanism and Socialism as advanced by Kwame Nkrumah and other anti-imperialist leaders of the 1950s-1980s. Africa cries out for unity now more than any other period of the post-independence era.

    French hypocrisy on whose lives matter

    While France shuts down its own coal-fired power stations to cut carbon emissions, it invests in the building of a coal plant in South Africa.

    Dominique Doyle

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    A thousand protesters will march on the French Consulate in Johannesburg on May 15 against France's plan to build a toxic coal-fired power station in South Africa. African lives, it seems, are only worthy of sacrifice to coal boilers.

    No land, no freedom

    Munyonzwe Hamalengwa

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    Land ownership and its reclaim are the next phases of Africa's struggle for total freedom. Do not now begin to sell off Africa to foreign landownership. No other continent does.

    Violation of economic, social and cultural rights in Ethiopia

    Statement by the Arid Lands Institute given out and read at the 56th regular session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in Banjul, Gambia, on April 26, 2015

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    If the economic and human rights situation in Ethiopia is really as rosy as it is painted by the EPRDF government, how come hundreds of thousands of its youthful population are risking their lives to flee the country and die in the deserts of the Sahara, Sinai and Arabia, beheaded by fundamentalist lunatics in Libya and killed in South Africa?

    Other economies are possible!": Building a solidarity economy

    Ethan Miller

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    In the search for alternatives to capitalism, existing democratic economic projects are frequently painted as noble but marginal practices, doomed to be crushed or co-opted by the forces of the market. But is this inevitable?

    The African drugs trade

    Cocaine threatens to destabilize economic and political advances

    Gemma Thomas

    2015-05-07, Issue 725

    Economic growth in West Africa is badly threatened by the cocaine trade. The power of cocaine cartels is enormous, and the scope of their business to pervert and corrupt society at every level is making itself felt.

    Xenophobia at odds with SA ’rhetoric of inclusivity and human rights’

    Francis B Nyamnjoh

    2015-05-07, Issue 725

    If belonging is articulated in rigid exclusionary terms, where everyone however mobile, is considered to belong to a particular homeland somewhere else, a place they cannot outgrow and which they must belong to regardless of where they were born or where they live and work, then South Africa can only belong to one group of people, those who were there before everyone else: the San.

    Zwelithini's lice comment only deflects attention for parasitic royal households

    Alexander O'Riordan

    2015-05-07, Issue 725

    The real parasites in South Africa are institutions such as the moribund royal households that are maintained in luxury by taxpayers without delivering any meaningful public good.

    Glebelands: Dereliction and denials

    …justice is blowing in the wind

    Vanessa Burger

    2015-05-07, Issue 725

    The police and public watchdog institutions are increasingly unwilling to hold government accountable and to protect the constitutional rights of citizens.

    Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon for displaced women and children

    Gwain Colbert

    2015-05-07, Issue 725

    Thousands of persons displaced by Boko Haram attacks in northern Cameroon are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. But they have virtually been forgotten by the Paul Biya government whose attention is focused - rather disproportionately - on refugees.

    Africa’s social movements present opportunities, not threats, for rights groups

    Lucia Nader and Akwasi Aidoo

    2015-05-07, Issue 725

    To maintain their relevance, African rights groups will have to become more innovative and nimble. They must keep their ears to the ground, forging new and more creative partnerships with the activists of new social movements.

    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.

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