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Obama: Can he live up to the promises made in his Cairo speech?

Obama: Can he live up to the promises made in his Cairo speech?

In his 2009 Cairo speech President Obama acknowledged that tensions between the Western and Muslim worlds have “been fed by colonialism that denied rights...
International recognition vital for Southern Sudan

International recognition vital for Southern Sudan

Last Saturday evening the week long referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan ended. Polling stations closed, ballot boxes were sealed and over the coming...
Mama Grizzly Palin Mauls Smokey the Bear

Mama Grizzly Palin Mauls Smokey the Bear

Even Mama Grizzly, who brags about using helicopters to blast wolves with assault rifles, knows the mantra of that famed American outdoors icon Smokey...
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Top 5 2010 celebrity ups and downs

2010 was a year juicy tabloid year. To be brutally frank, the downs -- and dirty -- proved more entertaining than the ups. After...
One year later, Haiti still reeling from the pain

One year later, Haiti still reeling from the pain

The rubble has cleared off the streets but the problems remain. On January 12th, Haiti will be commemorating its first year anniversary since a...
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WikiLeaks copycat reveals Indonesia’s bloody secrets

Stefan Simanowitz reports on how the appearance of IndoLeaks has led to speculation that documents may emerge to throw light some of the darkest...
Honoring the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Honoring the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

December 17th marks the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Sex workers and their allies, clustered in intimate gatherings in cities around...
Africa’s big social media explosion

Africa’s big social media explosion

In the mid-1990s, as the use of mobile phones spread in much of the developed world, few thought of Africa as a potential market....
Police Brutality – Big human rights abuse in America

Police Brutality – Big human rights abuse in America

The election of the first black President in the United States and his elevation of the first Latino to the U.S. Supreme Court did...
Sudan referenda uncertainty breeds talk of conflict

Sudan referenda uncertainty breeds talk of conflict

With Sudan moving towards a referendum to determine whether the south remains part of the country or secedes, the United Nations and the rest...
Effective utilization of oil revenue, transparency and accountability

Effective utilization of oil revenue, transparency and accountability

I recently delivered two lectures on the Effective Utilization of Oil Revenue, Transparency and Accountability and Local Content issues at the annual conferences of...
What has commonsense got to do with it?

What has commonsense got to do with it?

I have seen too many things that are so hard to say: A woman with severe high blood pressure, who against her doctor’s advice,...
The rebirth of Africa: The way forward

The rebirth of Africa: The way forward

‘Only where there is life is there also a will not a will to live however, but so teach I thee a will for...
Wikileaks could create Iranian isolationism

Wikileaks could create Iranian isolationism

Revelations from leaked U.S. diplomatic cables that some Arab countries called on the U.S. to take military action against Iran and that Israel's Mossad...
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When Alicia Keys morphs into a “Chameleon”

African American singer-songwriter, actress, Alicia Keys, who gave birth to her first son, Egypt, last month, posed for the November 2010 edition of Vogue...
Sierra Leone youth call for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

Sierra Leone youth call for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

The perspective often missing in the debate regarding female genital mutilation (FGM), a harmful traditional practice involving the partial or total removal of the...
The role of tradition in African democracy

The role of tradition in African democracy

“Democracy works only when it has evolved within a specific socio-cultural environment and fused into the traditional political systems such that it is seen as an...
Kate Middleton: An unlikely class warrior

Kate Middleton: An unlikely class warrior

Whilst the candor and the maturity of those two young people describing their intention to spend the rest of their lives together was surprisingly...
Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

“I feel as if I have witnessed something miraculous,” says 75 year-old Ross Sinclair as he gazes on the ice shimmering against the fairytale...
Obama, Indonesia and human rights

Obama, Indonesia and human rights

“The rise in economic freedom in China has been hugely beneficial to China and to the world. I hope in time this will lead...
Burma election: ‘Where’s the story?’

Burma election: ‘Where’s the story?’

Like the old philosophical conundrum about the noise made by a tree falling in a deserted forest, so the upcoming election in Burma raises...
Kevin Prince Boateng: The story of a genius in the making

Kevin Prince Boateng: The story of a genius in the making

If imitation is the measure of success then I am a genius, a paraphrased quote from Oscar Wilde credits mavericks and loners whose behaviour...
Tea Party ‘Talk’ tainted by racial bigotry

Tea Party ‘Talk’ tainted by racial bigotry

Tea Party members across America bristle at charges that racial bigotry flows within their ranks but the core rhetoric of this insurgent conservative political...
How the politics of polarity affects the African continent

How the politics of polarity affects the African continent

At any given moment in the global political order power is distributed in a way and manner that favours certain states more than others....
The tragedy of remaining a slave: The art of Black on Black hatred

The tragedy of remaining a slave: The art of Black on Black hatred

Diatribe it is not. Certainly not vitriolic. Anger at a sad situation? Maybe. Fury at our inability to be free? Perhaps. Here I am,...
“Obama’s Failure: Not Flaunting His Record Of Achievements”

“Obama’s Failure: Not Flaunting His Record Of Achievements”

US President Barack Obama grudgingly gets credit for bringing the America economy back from brink of total collapse yet he’s slammed from the left...
A Snap shot of the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings:  How to achieve a world without poverty!

A Snap shot of the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings: How to achieve a world without poverty!

The World Bank and the IMF have not had many friends in the developing world since post-Structural Adjustments days, when their advice and interventions,...
Africa’s remarkable fight against poverty

Africa’s remarkable fight against poverty

Much of the recent reporting about Niger could lead readers to believe that beyond political turmoil and tragic famine, nothing else is worth the...
International Donors Must Fund Female-Controlled HIV Prevention Gel

International Donors Must Fund Female-Controlled HIV Prevention Gel

After over twenty years of searching in the scientific wilderness, researchers have developed an effective vaginal microbicide gel that can block HIV transmission. ...
Running the gauntlet: Silent Saharawis protest on streets of Western Sahara

Running the gauntlet: Silent Saharawis protest on streets of Western Sahara

“They tore off my clothes leaving me naked in front of their ferocious eyes,” twenty year-old Nguia El Haouasi tells me describing an ordeal...