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Kidnapped girls become tools of US imperial policy in Africa

Glen Ford

2014-05-21, Issue 679

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The Nigerian military has been carrying out atrocious extra-judicial killings of Boko Haram suspects. The Chibok abductions are serving the same US foreign policy purposes as Joseph Kony sightings in central Africa and will better grow AFRICOM with client states in Nigeria and the West African region in a very long war

Imperialists host conference on Nigerian security in Paris

Reports of mutinies within the army mount while tensions escalate

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-05-21, Issue 679

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The growing threat of Boko Haram has regional implications and led to a conference in Paris with the leaders of Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad participating. The conference is representative of the burgeoning militarization of the continent led by the Pentagon and NATO forces and does not augur well for the long-term security of Africa’s people

Boko Haram and the West’s intervention

Kola Ibrahim

2014-05-21, Issue 679

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Western imperialists, now posing as saviours in the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria, are using the opportunity to consolidate their meddling in the country’s public life. The West’s military intervention cannot defeat terrorism, which is a product of capitalism. Only a socialist revolution can offer lasting solutions

Boko Haram: Jonathan economical with the truth

Audu Liberty Oseni

2014-05-21, Issue 679

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With the abduction of the Nigerian girls, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has refused to exchange the girls for imprisoned Boko Haram members. Whilst the government has been in dialogue with some sect members in regards to amnesty and clemency, it seems the insurgency brings political gains to the government

Open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator

2014-05-21, Issue 679

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In an open letter to the President of Nigeria, a loyal citizen of Nigeria demands the President Goodluck Jonathan resign and give way for another leader who will defend the rights and lives of the citizens of Nigeria

ANC Victory: Inequality of opportunity and the myth of revolution in South Africa

Madalitso Phiri

2014-05-21, Issue 679

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South Africa is a much better place to live in under the ANC, but the former liberation movement delegitimizes itself by failure to redress growing structural inequalities and injustice rooted in apartheid. A leftist party is needed to drive a true democratic revolution

South Africa’s 5th national elections

Sanusha Naidu

2014-05-22, Issue 679

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There was no question about the ANC winning this election, despite disaffection with its performance. The opposition parties have not worked hard enough to convince voters that they are a better alternative.

The real story of South Africa's national elections

Dale T. McKinley

2014-05-22, Issue 679

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In 20 years, the population which has chosen not to vote has increased by 9.4 million. What does this largely hidden tale tell us about South Africa’s political system and its democracy?

On sub-imperialism and BRICS-bashing

Yash Tandon

2014-05-21, Issue 679

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Critics of the BRICS base their arguments on empirical observations. But they need to go further beyond this and provide a deeper analysis of their theory of sub-imperialism. Otherwise their critique is a distraction from real issues of concern to progressive forces

The corporate take-over of fisheries policy making

Ricarda Reuter

2014-05-21, Issue 679

In discussions on fisheries policy-making in Africa and globally, private sector interests overshadow the needs of small-scale fisher peoples. The numerous initiatives represent only the ideology of a small elite backed by millions of US dollars

Rwanda: A political epistemological enigma in the heart of Africa

Odomaro Mubangizi

2014-05-21, Issue 679

The complex history and ethnography of Rwanda that has its roots and fruits in the rest of the Great Lakes Region could hold the key to the country’s prosperity and ultimate survival. In this regard it might be helpful to deconstruct some of the dominant narratives

What is Boko Haram and whence did it arise?

Gary K. Busch

2014-05-15, Issue 678

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The terrorist group Boko Haram is a vital element in the fight over state power by various political groups in Nigeria. Both Nigeria’s continued politics of corruption and the Al Qaeda link to Boko Haram point to a grim future of continued insecurity

Is Obama on the right side of (Ethiopian) history?

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2014-05-15, Issue 678

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The American president likes to hector those he believes are not ‘on the right side of history’. But a look at his administration’s engagement with Ethiopia and Africa reveals that in fact Obama is on the wrong side of history

Ethiopia: Human rights, repression, carrots and sticks

FikreJesus Amahazion

2014-05-14, Issue 678

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With U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Ethiopia, the recent spate of harsh crackdowns in the country has raised serious questions about the U.S. and international community’s ongoing support for the Ethiopian government

Do no harm: seven pathways to fix broken US policies in Africa

An open memo to Secretary of State John Kerry

Theogene Rudasingwa

2014-05-14, Issue 678

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In an open letter to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, who recently made a tour of several African countries, the Secretary of State is asked to address US policies towards Africa that are broken, counter-productive, and harmful

Rise and shine, Saharawi campers

Peter Kenworthy

2014-05-14, Issue 678

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The Saharawi people have for over 40 long years managed to establish a functioning society in the refugee camps in the Algerian desert, near Tindouf. They are ensuring the survival of their people and for the time when independence is won

Celebrating the 20th birthday

South Africa’s 'very good story' of social democracy needs a few tough-love questions

Patrick Bond

2014-05-08, Issue 677

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The ANC will likely win with a landslide once again in the elections held this week, as the country marks two decades of the end of apartheid. But the ruling party’s ‘very good story’ is in reality a tall tale of tokenism

A new Mozambican political system in the making?

An interview with top MDM politician Lutero Simango

Fredson Guilengue

2014-05-07, Issue 677

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Mozambique will hold national elections in October. Politics in the southern African nation has been dominated by two parties, FRELIMO and RENAMO. But now a young party is causing waves across the country, pledging to focus on ‘a development agenda’

Misplaced opposition to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Minga Negash, Seid Hassan and Mammo Muchie

2014-05-07, Issue 677

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Ethiopia’s dam project has evoked strong rejection by Egypt, which fears for her water-related benefits arising from skewed colonial-era treaties on sharing of the River Nile. However, considering the legal, historical, economical and environmental issues, Egypt’s opposition to the dam is baseless. To avoid water wars, Nile riparian countries need to agree afresh on fair water sharing

Africa’s number one economy, for wealth evaporation

Patrick Bond

2014-05-01, Issue 676

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Nigeria’s ‘rebased’ GDP now beats South Africa’s in theory – but how does this measure up against the country’s actual wealth? Patrick Bond examines some of the biggest fallacies of the neoliberal investment prospects of the 2000s - BRICS, MINT and CIVETS, and why citizens are rising up in spite of the hype.

Understanding the genesis and impact of recent legislation in Uganda

J. Oloka-Onyango

2014-05-01, Issue 676

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Most commentary on Uganda’s Anti-homosexuality Act has been narrowly focused on its unjust implications for sexual minorities in the country. In order to fully understand what the act means for Uganda, it needs to be analysed alongside two other new pieces of legislation and read with relation to the volatile political context.

Illegal logging persists in Liberia

Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor

2014-05-01, Issue 676

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Samling Global and Atlantic Resources Limited ignore presidential decree, continue illegal logging, and fail to pay fees owed to forest communities

Will other holders of Benin bronzes return them?

An interview with Prince Edun Akenzua of Benin

Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu

2014-05-01, Issue 676

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A Briton has promised to return a looted bronze artifact he inherited from his great-grandfather to Benin. Thousands of such bronzes are held illegally in a number of Western museums. They should be returned to their rightful owners.

Hubert Harrison: Keep alive the struggles and memory of this giant of Black History

This week marks the 131st anniversary of his birth

Jeffrey B. Perry

2014-05-01, Issue 676

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Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) is one of the truly important figures of twentieth-century history. A brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic, and political activist, he was described by the historian Joel A. Rogers, in World’s Great Men of Color as “the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time.”

Rwanda: 20 years after the genocide, a state of fear

Henry Makori

2014-04-24, Issue 675

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Rwanda has made remarkable progress to rebuild after the genocide. But the country is in the grip of a ruthless Tutsi oligarchy that has silenced everyone who doesn’t agree with President Kagame. His critics are either dead, in jail or exile. The struggle for a just and free nation should be intensified

Absolute power at any price

The end-game strategies of President Kagame and the Rwandan Patriotic Front

Theogene Rudasingwa

2014-04-24, Issue 675

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General Paul Kagame ordered the shooting down of the plane in which President Habyarimana and President Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi, French citizens, and all others on board were killed on 6 April 1994. This assassination triggered the genocide. Since then President Kagame has imposed a reign of terror to keep himself and the ruling party in absolute power.

The peace that was not: Rwanda 20 years after the genocide

Alice Gatebuke

2014-04-24, Issue 675

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It is 20 years since the genocide. The former rebels who ‘liberated’ the country now preside over Rwanda. But everywhere one sees evidence that the freedom they sought as rebels remains out of reach for the general population. An equal and just Rwanda is needed

Danger of criticising Rwandan government in post genocide era

Rene C Mugenzi

2014-04-24, Issue 675

20 years after the end of the genocide in Rwanda, Rwandans both at home and abroad still live in fear of their government, which goes to unimaginable lengths to hunt down and kill dissidents. The international community must band together to uphold the freedom and human rights of all Rwandans worldwide.

Kagame and the murder of millions in Congo and Rwanda

Glen Ford

2014-04-24, Issue 675

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For 20 years, Kagame has posed as the soldier who stopped the Rwandan genocide, when all evidence and logic point to him as the main perpetrator of the crime

20 years of trying to cover up the truth in vain

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2014-04-24, Issue 675

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Despite powerful backing from the West and strong media influence, there have emerged some important facts which call into question the widely-accepted narrative of what really happened in Rwanda in 1994 and the identities of those responsible

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