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South Sudan peace talks: Possibility of re-locating to South Sudan?

Josephine Chandiru Drama

2014-10-23, Issue 699

The South Sudan peace talks which are currently taking place in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) are inadequate and badly suited to the task at hand. Citizens are completely absent from the process, warring groups feel no pressure to halt the violence and huge sums of money are being wasted. The peace process should be taken back home.

Libya war continues three years after Gaddafi assassination

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-10-23, Issue 699

Libya is still in turmoil. The present situation is the direct result of the war of regime-change led by the CIA, the Pentagon and NATO during 2011. U.S. policy is designed to overthrow all of the sovereign and anti-imperialist governments throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Deductions from a BBC documentary

Probably only 5 percent of the human skulls at Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre are Tutsi. The rest are Hutu and Congolese

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2014-10-23, Issue 699

A new BBC documentary has sparked international debate about the facts of the Rwandan genocide. This week legislators in Kigali voted to ban the BBC in Rwanda, outraged by the documentary, which deconstructs the official narrative. But the documentary actually tells the truth the Kagame regime suppresses.

Deadly economic violence of the big banks

Vanessa Burger

2014-10-23, Issue 699

Parasitic banks, unscrupulous credit providers and their leech-like attorneys, spawned by an obscenely bloated capitalist system, suck the life-blood from increasingly impoverished lower classes in South Africa with utter impunity. Some 11 million over-indebted people are victims of this economic violence

The (Socialist) Malala Yousafzai the US media doesn’t quote

Ben Norton

2014-10-22, Issue 699

The Pakistani teenage girl won the Nobel Peace Prize this year. US corporate media is engaged in a sinister plot to deliberately silence her in the way it doesn’t report her criticism of US. Even more insidious is the media’s complete disregard for her clearly socialist politics.

The naked class politics of Ebola

James Robb

2014-10-23, Issue 699

Imperialist responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have featured high rhetoric and fear-mongering. It is these same forces that are responsible for the plunder of Africa that exposes the continent to epidemics. In contrast, Cuba has shown outstanding internationalist solidarity.

Tourism, white privilege and colonial mentality in East Africa

Samira Sawlani

2014-10-22, Issue 699

White persons are revered in East Africa. Local black people go to ridiculous lengths to please whites, thereby promoting the baseless concept of white supremacy. It is a practice deeply rooted in colonialism.

The pain - and surprising triumphs - of being transgender in Africa: A moving Kenyan story

Audrey Mbugua

2014-10-23, Issue 699

Early this month, a young Kenyan man who has been fighting for the right to be a woman, won an important victory. A court ordered the national examinations council to issue her with a new certificate with a female name and without a male gender marker. Here is her incredible story, in her own words:

Cosmic State Theory: An inquiry into the rationale and possibility of cosmopolitics

Odomaro Mubangizi

2014-10-16, Issue 698

Evidently, the existing nation-state model does not successfully handle the global challenges facing humanity. Cosmic state theory proposes a different human organization: a supra-state transcending family, state, market, school, gender, race, party, religious and tribal affiliation. The cosmic state is founded upon the values of peace, justice and sustainable human progress.

Scotland: Britain has never protected non-British interests

Motsoko Pheko

2014-10-16, Issue 698

Britain has a long history of protecting its own interests over the interests of the nations it has occupied, most notably in Africa. This legacy has become relevant recently during Scotland’s referendum for independence. Did Britain adhere to history and intimidate Scotland into voting ‘No’?

The reality of injustice

Vanessa Burger

2014-10-16, Issue 698

The most horrific police brutality targeting ordinary citizens is a deeply distressing reality in ‘liberated’ South Africa. There is no justice for those who fall victim to these agents of state terror –reminiscent of the dark days of apartheid. How long will this go on?

Much ado about nothing: Kenya’s historic and costly non-event

Njonjo Mue

2014-10-14, Issue 698

President Kenyatta had invested over a year of his presidency badmouthing the ICC to only recently sit subdued in The Hague for his case proceedings. But this was only after much national ‘fanfare’ and grandiose but empty symbolisms and rhetoric that pretended to pursue and protect the sovereignty of the state and people of Kenya

Can Kenya see its transformative constitution as a law of “maybe”?

Humphrey Sipalla

2014-10-16, Issue 698

Kenyans have vested much hope in their new constitution to bring about social justice and manifest the rule of law. Four years after its promulgation, questions arise as to how much that hope is justified

Where can Kenyan women be at home?

Wambui Mwangi

2014-10-16, Issue 698

To be a woman in Kenya is to be repeatedly un-homed. This society refuses the right of women to be at home, as the increasingly frightening statistics on domestic violence indicate

Clan Federalism: The worst option for state building in Somalia

Mohamud M Uluso

2014-10-16, Issue 698

The much-canvassed clan-federalism as a strategy for state building in Somalia will yield disastrous results for the country. Clan federalism is not supported by the Constitution, which prescribes that Somali territory and sovereignty are inviolable and indivisible

Caribana festival neatly packaged to misrepresent social inequality

Lisa Tomlinson

2014-10-15, Issue 698

The annual festival has been exploited and co-opted to promote Canada’s multicultural agenda that pushes an illusion of social cohesion and equal opportunity despite widespread discrimination against racialised communities

Race and militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americans

Ajamu Baraka

2014-10-15, Issue 698

The white supremacist, colonial/capitalist, patriarchal ruling classes of the U.S. and Europe are clear, even if we are not, that war and repression will be used with brutal efficiency to maintain their hegemony.

The threat of Ebola and Russia's response

Kester Kenn Klomegah

2014-10-08, Issue 697

Russia has provided funding for the purchase and supply of medical modules, medicines and disposables for 60,000 people in countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak. More medics and volunteers are expected to go to West Africa in the coming days

From Amilcar Cabral to Shailja Patel: Masking no difficulties, claiming no easy victories

Aya de Leon

2014-10-08, Issue 697

There can be no excuse for the sexual assault of woman. And no one should be silent regarding the violence allegedly perpetrated by Kenyan columnist and writer Tony Mochama

Civil society situation analysis on the socio-political turmoil in South Sudan

Peter Lasu Ladu

2014-10-08, Issue 697

Global attention to the crisis that broke out in South Sudan nearly a year ago has almost entirely disappeared. But difficult negotiations are ongoing, despite periodic outbreaks of fighting. To find lasting solutions, the stakeholders need to appreciate the complex realities leading up to the crisis

Stop the political persecution of Aristide and Fanmi Lavalas once and for all

Danny Glover

2014-10-08, Issue 697

Is the government scared of facing Fanmi Lavalas party in a free and fair election? It seems so. President Martelly was elected in 2011 and parliamentary elections have been due for three years. Aristide’s party presents a clear problem for the US-backed regime

Nigeria, the 2015 general elections and the rest of us

Amenaghawon Joseph Idahosa

2014-10-08, Issue 697

Elections are coming up in Nigeria in February. A quick look at the situation in the country today shows that the elections is ill-prepared for a successful exercise in terms of personnel and funding. But there are also other worrying concerns nationally that will likely complicate the mammoth exercise

Karuturi still going down

Dutch branch goes bankrupt, farm in Ethiopia sold off

2014-10-09, Issue 697

Karuturi has seemingly lost control of its operations in Kenya, the Netherlands and Ethiopia, there is not much left for the company to hold onto, except some small operations in India – and a whole lot of debt.

Russian markets attracting African exporters

Kester Kenn Klomegah

2014-10-09, Issue 697

As a response to the Ukraine crisis, Western countries have imposed bans on exports to Russia, which have especially affected the country’s food import. President Putin turned to other nations and African countries are ready and willing to fill in the gap.

Mexico: The struggle to protect maize continues

Adelita San Vicente Tello

2014-10-08, Issue 697

Small farmers and seed sovereignty activists have for years stood against Monsanto and other GMO giants, the Mexican government, the US government, and the World Trade Organization in a protracted resistance to protect the staple food, maize. They have won some difficult victories

New rapes and massacre further expose Museveni, Kagame

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2014-10-01, Issue 696

Ugandan troops are part of the African Union peacekeeping force that was recently accused of sexual violence against women in Somalia. The silence from the international community is shocking - but not surprising. One only needs to look at the activities of presidents Museveni and Kagame in DR Congo and inside their own countries to understand

Will America's Black political class join in the rape of Congo?

Andy Young & Jesse Jackson say it's OK.

Bruce A. Dixon

2014-10-01, Issue 696

Pictures of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson shaking hands with the bloody handed dictator of Rwanda, of Andy Young pontificating on stage in Atlanta, are the clearest signals yet that America's black political class are being welcomed to join in the profits made at the Africa end of global supply chains, the profits of 5 million dead in DR Congo.

UN forms Ebola emergency team, but international response still poor

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-10-01, Issue 696

Much more needs to be done to prevent the spread of the virus and to effectively treat the thousands who have already been infected. Support services will also be needed for the affected families where many children will be left as orphans.

God's war in Middle Africa

Akong Charles Ndika

2014-10-01, Issue 696

Although the civil war in the Central African Republic now a religious character, it is not religious in origin. Decades of bad governance and political instability have accentuated sectarian sensibilities which revolve around distribution of dwindling resources in a zero-sum proposition.

Army leadership and its convicted warriors

Adewale Stephen

2014-10-03, Issue 696

Discipline, loyalty and duty are among key values of any military in the world. But the recent mutiny in Nigeria and the harsh punishment meted to those involved warranted a deeper assessment of the military as whole

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