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    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.

    Land grabs in Liberia: The people rise up

    Ali Kaba

    2015-06-23, Issue 732

    The Liberian government’s refusal to recognize and respect rural people’s customary land rights is marginalizing and destabilizing local communities. The state has handed out millions of hectares to investors in recent years. Now emotions are flaring into full-scale conflict.

    Ending violence in schools and ensuring #JusticeForGirls in Africa

    Kimberly Brown

    2015-06-24, Issue 732

    Schools are places where girls should feel safe, supported and nurtured, rather than at risk of violence – particularly by teachers or school administrators, who owe them a particular duty of care.

    On the state of democracy in South Africa

    Steven Friedman

    2015-06-24, Issue 732

    South African democracy spans two very different worlds. In one, people complain loudly but enjoy full democratic rights – in the other, most remain unheard and battle for the right to speak. In both, life is difficult for those who do not conform.

    Government needs to do more for the Youth

    Oliver Meth and Gerard Boyce

    2015-06-25, Issue 732

    As South Africa celebrates 39 years since the June 1976 Soweto Uprising, more needs to be done to ensure that young people are educated, employed and empowered.

    Double talk from Washington

    Hama Tuma

    2015-06-24, Issue 732

    America knows pretty well that the regime in Addis Ababa is dictatorial and repressive down to its core, but US officials will never say so openly. Ethiopia is an important ally for the pursuit of US interests in the region.

    From Cape to Cairo: Africa rising with Tripartite Free Trade Area

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    2015-06-25, Issue 732

    The newly signed Tripartite Free Trade agreement bears great opportunities, especially in the areas of information technology, agriculture, social and intellectual capital. However, as with previous and future agreements its success depends highly on political will and stability in the countries involved.

    Senator Meredith’s problems are not a cross for the Afrikan community to bear

    Ajamu Nangwaya

    2015-06-23, Issue 732

    Politically aware members of the Afrikan Canadians should not be embarrassed by the alleged behaviour of a man who supports a capitalist system and the exploitation of the natural resources of Afrika by imperialist foreign interests.

    In a world obsessed with passport tiers, citizenship is personal and political

    Robtel Neajai Pailey

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

    Despite the rhetoric about globalisation’s free flow of ideas, capital and technology, the world remains obsessed with restricting the movement of people who don’t fit into neat boxes of what is tolerable or even desirable.

    British Museum “guards” looted Syrian object?

    Kwame Opoku

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

    It is strange that a museum that is under permanent criticism for holding looted objects of others or objects acquired under dubious circumstances now presents itself as “guardian” of looted artefacts.

    Again, Buhari goes to school

    Okachikwu Dibia

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

    To succeed as president, Muhammadu Buhari needs to quickly engage in deep and critical introspection to enable him re-align his personal strengths with the exogenous political, social and economic forces that invisibly rule presidential behavior in Nigeria.

    Adams Bodomo delivers Inaugural Lecture at University of Vienna

    Kwame Opoku

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

    Bodomo argued for the study of African languages not only for the languages themselves, as important as they are and for the cultures associated with them, but also from linguistic and literary perspectives.

    DNA test denied at World Bank to prove Black people are human!

    E. Faye Williams, Esq.

    2015-06-03, Issue 729

    The aggrieved African wanted World Bank Tribunal judges to understand that Black people are human and suffer the same emotional and psychological damages that people of other races suffer when subjected to sustained psychological abuse.

    The AU’s dependency on donors is a big shame

    Oyoo Sungu

    2015-06-04, Issue 729

    The African Union is still heavily dependent on foreigners for funding. Yet this is the organization that should be working tirelessly for the complete liberation of African people from the clutches of imperialism. How can this AU push its agenda in the global arena?

    A letter of congratulations on presidential inauguration

    Nigerians in Russia outline key issues in need of Buhari's immediate attention

    2015-06-02, Issue 729

    Expectations on President Muhammadu Buhari are many and very high. But he must straightaway tackle the problems of endemic corruption, insecurity and the power crisis.

    29 May 1966

    Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

    2015-06-04, Issue 729

    This is a day of meditation and remembrance in every Igbo household anywhere in the world for the 3.1 million murdered; for gratitude and thanksgiving for those who survived, and the collective Igbo rededication to achieve sovereignty.

    Somaliland’s moment of infamy

    Bashir Goth

    2015-06-04, Issue 729

    The returnees came from Yemen, haggard and tired, seeking only peace and tranquility. But the Somaliland regime refused them entry. What a shame!

    Likely illegal migrant? Top Ghanaian surgeon protests visa denial by Spain

    Agbeko Ocloo

    2015-06-02, Issue 729

    A consultant orthopedic surgeon at the KorleBu Teaching Hospital, Ghana, Dr. Agbeko Ocloo, has written to the Spanish Ambassador protesting the refusal of a visa to him without proper justification.

    African diet may stave off colon cancer

    Gemma Thomas

    2015-06-04, Issue 729

    A new study suggests that African diets, comprising an abundance of fruits and vegetables, high fibre foods, beans and cornmeal, and little meat, could keep away this health problem.

    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.

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