archives : Opinion editorial 2010

     

Ivory Coast - Ghana
The current political development in Côte d’Ivoire, and the manner in which it will be resolved, will serve as either a clear indication of how tenuous the democratic process still is on the African continent, or a joyous testament to how far the continent has traveled in its promotion of peace and advancement. - Wednesday 22 December 2010


The arrest of Mr. Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikilleaks over the release of thousands of leaked classified diplomatic cables, is undemocratic, and Western governments run a risk of bringing to disrepute the very core of what they represent. - Friday 17 December 2010


Ivory Coast
As Côte d’Ivoire is in a unique situation with two presidents of the republic, beyond the short-term analysis of the scourges of the titanic struggle that awaits the country, we can lead the debate on the pathways that could allow the limitation of absolute power that intoxicates leaders to the point of making them forget they only are the servants of their people. - Tuesday 7 December 2010


Ghana - International
Two decades ago, the rest of the world saw Africa as a hopeless continent. Today Ghana is one of Africa’s success stories. Its economy, spurred by a thriving private sector, has grown on average by over 6 percent a year for the past five years. A significant part of this growth has been fueled by the success of the country’s palm oil industry, with over 300,000 hectares of land currently under cultivation. - Wednesday 1 December 2010


Panafrica - South africa - Botswana - Cameroon - Ivory Coast - Ghana - Kenya - Tanzania
A growing number of sub-Saharan African countries – South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and more recently, Ghana – now require that the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card in a mobile phone be tied to the user’s name. The main reason: to combat crime. But I am afraid that with its narrow rationale and focus, this exercise misses the big picture; i.e., a golden opportunity to develop a good database that could become the building blocks for stronger institutions and economic transformation. - Saturday 6 November 2010


Seth Walsh was thirteen years old when he walked into the garden of the home he shared with his family in Tehachapi, California last month and hanged himself. Before taking the tragic decision to end his life, he had endured years of homophobic taunting and abuse from his peers at school and in the neighbourhood. He is one of six teenage boys in the United States known to have committed suicide in September alone after suffering at the hands of homophobic bullies. - Tuesday 26 October 2010


Nigeria
As Nigerians celebrate 50 years of nationhood today, the promise of independence- a nation of free people living at peace with itself and neighbours, undergirded by individual and economic well being is still a distant dream. The President and his Governors may cut mammoth cakes and pop champagne and toast to success, perhaps personal success. Yet, this artificial success is derived from plunder and supervised penury foisted on the poverty industry and fueled by years of bad governance. - Friday 1 October 2010


Cameroon - Central African Republic - Congo - DR Congo - Gabon - Equatorial Guinea - Chad
As the proper role of government continue to debated in much of the free world, Africans, and in particular Central Africans can only wish they lived in relatively free economic and political environments, instead of the increasingly morbid fear that characterise their daily lives. - Tuesday 7 September 2010


Governments world-wide are struggling to solve the problem of deficiencies in their schooling systems. Politicians, teachers, educationists, administrators, employers, parents, politicians, policy analysts and students have differing ideas on how the problem should be solved. All agree that something is wrong. All have ideas on the kind of tinkering that is needed to fix the problem. The framework within which schooling functions is seldom or ever questioned; a framework that is little changed since schooling was nationalised in England in the late 19th and in the US in the early 20th centuries. - Friday 27 August 2010


South africa - Zimbabwe
Considering the new wave of xenophobic attacks against black Zimbabweans, some black South Africans now have conceded that they are a brood of insecure, spineless cowards. - Thursday 26 August 2010

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