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The axis of shevil: Does Africa need Gayle Smith?

What do Gayle Smith, Wendy Sherman and Susan Rice have in common?

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2015-06-25, Issue 732

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Without the support of America's top women Smith, Sherman and Rice, many African dictators would not remain in power for a single day. Smith's appointment to head USAID is a boon to the despots.

The ICC is now an instrument of imperialism

Motsoko Pheko

2015-06-25, Issue 732

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Former US President George W Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair destroyed entire countries in their military adventurism. Yet they are free men enjoying their retirement without any fear of international justice. The ICC must have the substance and manifestation of justice and fairness.

How the UN fails whistleblowers

2015-06-24, Issue 732

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Despite having clear policies to protect whistleblowers, the UN’s internal system of justice hardly implements those policies. Some whistleblowers have been fired or demoted; others have been subjected to subtle forms of abuse like non-renewal of contracts or sudden transfer to distant duty stations. Many others have been forced to leave the world body to save their livelihoods, health and reputations.

EU’s military strategy will intensify Mediterranean tragedies

Nizar Visram

2015-06-24, Issue 732

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Europe and NATO are responsible for the huge crisis of refugees attempting to enter Europe. Having destabilised other countries through militarism and plunder of resources, they are now converting the Mediterranean Sea into a mass grave for poor people fleeing the turmoil they created.

IDPs face increasing sexual violence in Mogadishu

Abdifatah Hasan Ali

2015-06-23, Issue 732

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Sexual violence remains one of the most pressing problems faced by the IDPs who live in insecure areas controlled by armed militias in the Somali capital. The rainy season has already started and those forcefully evicted by the government are once again suffering from the cold weather.

Soweto Declaration

From the 5th Africa Unity for Renaissance Conference

2015-06-24, Issue 732

This Declaration contains some of the salient ideas from delegates who hailed from across the continent, as well as from the rest of the world, to articulate what is required for the creation of a united, liberated, renascent and prosperous Africa.

US foreign policy a reflection of racism and national oppression

Charleston massacre represents a long line of crimes against humanity that extend around the globe

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-06-24, Issue 732

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Why is the American government constantly at war with one enemy or another abroad and at the same time failing to foster peace and stability inside the country? It has everything to do with US imperialist militarism around the world and systemic racism at home.

Closing the historical circle: White terrorism at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Ajamu Baraka

2015-06-24, Issue 732

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African Americans are slowly coming to the conclusion that it does not matter whether it is the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson: the non-white-other is the enemy who must be stopped.

52 years since OAU founding, Africa still colonized

Malainin Lakhal

2015-06-19, Issue 731

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The fate of Western Sahara, under brutal occupation by Morocco and whose resources are plundered by this colonial power working in cahoots with Western and even some African governments, remains a big shame in Africa’s quest for total liberation and unity. Africa is not free as long as the Saharawi people remain under colonialism.

AU asks UN to set referendum date in Western Sahara

Malainin Lakhal

2015-06-19, Issue 731

The African Union position on Western Sahara is getting stronger day after day, but it also reveals all the weaknesses of Africa when it comes to imposing its own decisions and positions on critical issues.

Open letter to the AU on resurgence of xenophobic violence in South Africa

Presented on the occasion of the AU Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, June 2015

2015-06-19, Issue 731

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More than 130 civil society organisations have written to the African Union urging the continental body to call upon the South African government to take concrete steps to end attacks against foreigners, prosecute perpetrators and protect migrants and refugees living in the country from violations of their human rights.

For AU Agenda 2063, think agenda now now

Steve Sharra

2015-06-19, Issue 731

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Africa’s future is too important to be left to the African Union alone. Much more work needs to be done for ordinary people to own the process of the continent’s renewal, working side by side with the Pan-African body.

Cottoning on to a lie

Genetically modified cotton will harm, not help, African smallholder farmers

Haidee Swanby

2015-06-19, Issue 731

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After years of resistance, some governments and local producers appear convinced that GM technology will boost competitiveness of African cotton. But a look at how GM cotton has fared where it has been tried, particularly its socio-economic impact on smallholder farmers, reveals a tragic tale of crippling debt, appalling market prices and a technology prone to failure.

Media propaganda and governance by slogans

Osita Ebiem

2015-06-19, Issue 731

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Nigeria’s new leader is the subject of much hype. He is being hoisted up to the status of a cult figure. Apparently, he is the man Africa’s giant needs to solve its extensive problems. But Muhammadu Buhari’s history and thinking suggest otherwise.

The making of an unusual hero

Lawson Oviasogie

2015-06-19, Issue 731

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The election of Muhammadu Buhari is an overwhelming expression of the will of Nigerians. Sometimes depicted by his critics as a dour, rustic disciplinarian with poor oratorical skill, the new president’s message of change and his personal commitment will transform the country.

Kyasano, a biodiversity sanctuary

A paradigm for sustainable rural development in Africa

Odomaro Mubangizi

2015-06-19, Issue 731

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Development is often viewed as top-down: Principally the work of government, international actors and other institutions. This village on the Rwanda-Uganda provides a case for focus on the rural political economy as the engine of bottom-up sustainable development.

“Am I free to go?”

The refuseniks’ campaign to resist police street harassment

Ajamu Nangwaya

2015-06-19, Issue 731

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After years of suffering under the carding regime, the Afrikan-Canadian community and other affected peoples should initiate a mass campaign aimed at refusing to share their personal information with the cops when they are stopped in non-criminal encounters.

BRICS Bank could be game-changer

Kester Kenn Klomegah

2015-06-19, Issue 731

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The bank will invest primarily in infrastructure projects in both BRICS and non-BRICS countries. The establishment of its first regional office in Johannesburg will give access to the Africa, where infrastructure development needs are highest.

Introduction: Essay competition about the African Union

Paul Mwangi Maina

2015-06-11, Issue 730

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This special issue contains analysis of some of the AU instruments that are the focus of the State of the African Union (SOTU) campaign. The essays were among the best submitted by students at the University of Nairobi as part of activities to celebrate this year’s Africa Liberation Day.

The Maputo Protocol: Evaluating women’s rights

Mukumu Wairimu Irene

2015-06-11, Issue 730

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Africa’s first women’s rights legal framework has the potential to benefit millions of women when governments not only ratify but also ensure its domestication in national laws, with accompanying resources for its implementation.

Is AU’s agriculture policy working?

Sevelin Katoto

2015-06-11, Issue 730

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The strength of the agricultural sector affects the standard of living for a broad swath of citizens across Africa. Thus measures aimed at strengthening agriculture, such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), must be evaluated thoroughly. Inventing such programs is not enough; they must be effectively implemented.

Running ahead: Food security and agricultural development

Kamau Margaret Njeri

2015-06-10, Issue 730

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Agriculture has the potential not only to feed all of Africa’s people but also to earn the continent revenues for development. There are numerous practical ways in which this can be achieved.

Conservation of nature and natural resources

Peter Kinuthia Murimi

2015-06-10, Issue 730

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Africa is the target of resource grabs by foreign powers that have remained active in the continent despite the end of formal colonialism. Natural resources are under threat from other forces as well. The African Convention on Conservation Nature and Natural Resources provides adequate guidelines for sustainable use.

African performance on human rights

Eva Anambo Ongoche

2015-06-10, Issue 730

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Almost two decades after adoption of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, the record of adherence to its provisions across the continent is mixed. Some countries have made notable progress, but others show persistent serious violations of human rights.

African nations have let down their youth

Vincent Mirang'a Mwangi

2015-06-10, Issue 730

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Young people form the bulk of Africa’s population and have great potential to transform the continent. National youth policies exist, in addition to the continent-wide protocol developed by the African Union. But these policies mostly remain on paper.

Ethiopia: Making sense of 100 percent election victory

Messay Kebede

2015-06-03, Issue 729

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The 24 May election was worse than a sham. In turning the poll into a process of complete elimination of the opposition, the government and the ruling party have loudly told the Ethiopian people that any hope of change through peaceful means is just an illusion.

The West and Ethiopia’s elections

Fikrejesus Amahazion

2015-06-03, Issue 729

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Unsurprisingly, international reaction to the charade that was Ethiopia’s elections has been mild, with the West instead trumpeting the country’s economic growth. Oppressed by the regime for so long and abandoned by the world, the only option for change left to Ethiopians seems to be open resistance.

Can “authoritarian developmentalism” be tested at the ballot box?

Eyob Balcha Gebremariam

2015-06-03, Issue 729

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In today’s Ethiopia, the government seeks to legitimize its rule by delivering on socio-economic aspects and justifying its actions against civil and political rights of citizens as a price paid for peace, stability and development.

Pan-Afrikanism and the quest for Black Power today

Has Afrika achieved the kind of liberation that the founders of the OAU envisioned?

Veli Mbele

2015-06-03, Issue 729

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Instead of championing Afrika’s liberation from white supremacist monopoly capital, the African Union dedicates its time to fighting for Afrika’s integration into the global imperialist system. A thorough rethink of pan-Afrikanism in the 21st century is urgently needed.

The remaining task in Africa's unfinished liberation

Garikai Chengu

2015-06-03, Issue 729

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African ownership of African resources is important but exposing and dismantling financial imperialism, which prevents African economies from thriving, is the crucial second stage of African liberation.

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