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    'Failed states' and 'ungoverned spaces': The thinking behind US foreign policy in Africa

    Mandisi Majavu

    2014-08-13, Issue 691

    The US-Africa leaders summit is a public relations exercise in pomp, ceremony and ritual meant to disguise the militarised foreign policy represented by AFRICOM. It is also aimed at countering the Chinese presence on the African continent

    US-Africa Leaders’ Summit – a legacy, business as usual and rhetoric

    Eyob Balcha Gebremariam

    2014-08-13, Issue 691


    cc VOA
    The US-Africa summit will serve the interests of many but ultimately not the African people. The themes of the summit are centred around investment and business which is nothing more than the continued exploitation of Africa for external beneficiaries

    US-Africa Leaders Summit: New rules of engagement?

    Edwin Rwigi

    2014-08-13, Issue 691

    It is quite evident that the much-hyped summit was not about how the US can help Africa, but rather how the US can reconstruct its relations with Africa for its own interests, especially in the light of the growing presence of the BRICS

    DRC: The centre of the sun’s radiance for the whole of Africa

    Antoine Roger Lokongo

    2014-08-14, Issue 691

    After decades of violent conflict, dictatorship, a weak state and massive foreign interference, one could give up on DR Congo. But the country is on course to restoration. It will indeed become the centre of the sun’s radiance for Africa

    The power of organisation

    How does the Congolese diaspora come together to create change?

    Samya Lugoma

    2014-08-14, Issue 691

    It is particularly in its failure to organize that the Congolese diaspora has been unable to bring sustainable support and change to the situation in their country. What needs to be done in order to organize effectively and bring to reality the change we want to see in Congo?

    Rape of bodies, rape of resources, rape of a nation

    Namakula Evelyn Mayanja

    2014-08-14, Issue 691

    The situation in DRC illustrates the deficiency of global ethics, selfishness and the longstanding failure to value the lives of the African people. Tackling the DRC’s impasse requires a comprehensive approach and involvement of national, regional, continental and international communities

    Israel’s murderous onslaught on Gaza and the struggle for genuine liberation

    Kola Ibrahim

    2014-08-14, Issue 691

    The conflict between Israel and Palestine, currently devastating Gaza, will continue without drastic changes. Workers and youths in the two nations and across the Middle East must unite against the system and build revolutionary democratic governments that serve the people

    Israel is 'innocent'

    Abdoulie Sey

    2014-08-14, Issue 691

    Where is the much-touted Responsibility to Protect with regard to Palestinians? Israel murders people in Gaza with impunity. The world has failed these defenceless and colonised people. It is a big shame

    Time for the CBC and our black political class denounce apartheid and ethnocracy in Israel-Palestine

    Bruce A. Dickson

    2014-08-13, Issue 691

    The contradiction between the supposed origin of our black political class out of the struggle against Jim Crow and its collaboration with Israeli apartheid can't be resolved. We can only save the good name of our own people by calling out the black US collaborators with apartheid, holding them up to derision and ridicule, by sustaining a storm of disapproval and opprobrium until they and the ethnocratic regime in Israel are no more.

    Fear not, ebola won't wipe us out

    Misanthropes are using the disease to spread unfounded fears

    Alex Dean

    2014-08-13, Issue 691

    There is ridiculously high fear-mongering about Ebola. Although this is a serious epidemic, the impression must not be created that humanity is at the brink of extinction. We will overcome Ebola

    Kenya a land of forceful evictions without dignity

    Julius Okoth

    2014-08-14, Issue 691

    Forceful evictions are rampant in Kenya. The government has never addressed the question of landlessness. Nor has anyone been held accountable in cases where fake titles are issued by government officials

    The beautiful smiles of the fallen children of Gaza

    Fazila Farouk

    2014-08-06, Issue 690


    cc SACSIS
    The many children who have been murdered by Israeli soldiers in Gaza are not just statistics. They are real human beings who shared loved ones, stories and dreams. Here is a selection of pictures of some of them

    From victim to colonial settler: Shifting the paradigm on Israel

    Ajamu Baraka

    2014-08-07, Issue 690

    An unacceptable ethical double-standard is evident, where the violent actions of the Israeli state are framed as legitimate, reasonable and deserving of support, and all acts of resistance on the part of the captured and oppressed Palestinians are seen as criminal, immoral and terroristic

    Gaza and the tasks of journalism

    Jane Duncan

    2014-08-06, Issue 690

    Coverage of the Israeli violence in Gaza is poor, especially in South Africa where the media relies on reports from international news organisations. There seems to be too much attention devoted to the rituals of journalism. The truth about the Israeli occupation ought to be told

    The Africa Summit should afford Africa a platform for greater voice in global forums

    Jesse Jackson Sr.

    2014-08-07, Issue 690

    Despite Africa’s rapid economic development, African nations are not fairly represented in groups such as the G-20 and the World Bank. The 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit is a prime opportunity to fix this systemic racism plaguing global economic fora.

    Pan African perspectives on the ICC, African elections and Western ire

    Zaya Yeebo

    2014-08-06, Issue 690

    As Africa seeks to reassert its independence, some forces in the West are doing all they can to stop “Africa rising.” As part of this, commentators who provide a different narrative from that of the West become a target of some western embassies in Africa. Those expressing views which seem to question western domination in Africa are particular targets

    Nigeria: Will 2015 matter?

    Chido Onumah

    2014-08-06, Issue 690

    Next year’s presidential elections will be a defining year for Nigeria with massive ramifications for the region and continent. Among the defining issues are the Boko Haram menace but ultimately how the elections will be waged and who will be the contenders? Will the giant of Africa continue to disappoint?

    The duty of the protector, the chagrin of the perpetrator

    Mutuyimana Manzi

    2014-08-07, Issue 690

    Rwanda pretends that it would like its refugees to return. But many of these citizens are scared of the Kigali regime, which is known to target refugees for assassination or abduction. Meanwhile, Rwanda continues to create new refugees as the tyrannical state cracks down on critics and Hutus back home

    Johan Galtung: On the 50th anniversary of the International Peace Research Association

    Antonio C. S. Rosa

    2014-08-06, Issue 690

    There are many roads to peace. But conflict resolution has the advantage that if well done it can have immediate impact: a conflict solved, less frustration, less aggression, less violence, more peace

    The devaluation of the Birr: A layman’s guide

    Seid Hassan

    2014-08-07, Issue 690


    cc NAZRET
    There is currently talk of devaluing the Ethiopian currency - again. Ethiopian authorities do not seem to realise that sound macroeconomic policies are the road for success and that continuous devaluation could not be a panacea for the country’s economic ills.

    The Al-Shabaab distortion

    Somalia’s real challenges lie elsewhere

    Dominik Balthasar

    2014-07-30, Issue 689

    The approach to Somalia’s problems and that of Al-Shabaab should go beyond militaristic solutions and lie in genuinely dealing with the socio-economic problems of the country in terms of job creation and participation of Somalis in institution building

    The opposition in Nigeria: How many divisions does it have?

    Uchenna Osigwe

    2014-07-30, Issue 689

    In Nigeria there is a dangerous perception among elements of the elite that elections are a form of warfare. Soldiers have recently been used in a few states by the incumbent political party to entrench the kleptocratic oligarchy by rigging elections

    11 years of the Maputo Protocol: Women's progress and challenges

    Faiza J. Mohamed

    2014-07-31, Issue 689

    Some significant steps have been made around Africa regarding the rights of women since the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa 11 years ago. But some challenges still remain, which require renewed efforts

    American and Israeli war crimes

    Margaret Kimberley

    2014-07-31, Issue 689

    How should one describe the U.S.-Israeli relationship? “Co-conspirators”? “Co-dependents”? “Frenemies”? “The corporate media in the United States and other western nations ignore, minimize or tell outright lies about the ongoing massacre” of Palestinians, but surely the Israeli media would do the same for the U.S. How about “Co-enablers in War Crimes”?

    Burundi: The wrong man behind bars

    Continued Detention of Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa signals bid to stifle critics

    Aloys Habimana

    2014-07-31, Issue 689

    The continued detention of a prominent human rights defender highlights worsening repression of state critics ahead of elections next year, an issue that has received wide condemnation even from the UN

    Eritrea’s continued progress in combating HIV/AIDS

    FikreJesus Amahazion

    2014-07-31, Issue 689


    cc Wiki
    Eritrea’s remarkable success in combating HIV/AIDS is founded upon a multisectoral approach that involves the targeting of harmful societal behaviors and traditions like banning child marriage and female genital cutting

    Interim report of the AU commission of inquiry on South Sudan below expectations

    Odora-Obote Alex

    2014-07-31, Issue 689

    The African Union-appointed commission set up to investigate the current conflict in South Sudan has been a virtual paper tiger to date. The commission needs to provide unflinching recommendations aimed at stabilizing the country’s social, political, economic and military situations.

    Rwanda: The forgotten victims

    Kaitlin Bardswich

    2014-07-31, Issue 689

    Two groups of people deeply affected by the genocide are rarely mentioned in the news or the academic literature: the Batwa and children conceived through rape during the genocide

    Battling impunity

    What next after the AU undermines the jurisdiction of its own court?

    Obote-Odora Alex

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    Leaders who fail to follow the law must be accountable for their actions before courts of law. But the Protocol adopted by African leaders on 4 July turned this basic legal principle on its head.

    When will Africa overcome the pitfalls of foreign investment growth?

    People want genuine development, as demonstrations, strikes spread across continent

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    With Africa firmly integrated into the international financial order, there is almost no potential within the existing political arrangements for substantial advancements in the socio-economic status of workers, farmers and youth.

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