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    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.

    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.

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