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Human rights defenders beaten at Western Saharan airport

Human rights defenders beaten at Western Saharan airport

Four human rights defenders were injured, one seriously, by Moroccan police in Western Sahara after returning home from an international conference in Algiers yesterday....
Why Good Governance Matters More in Africa Than Aid

Why Good Governance Matters More in Africa Than Aid

Heads of state from across the developing world arrived in New York last week for the annual United Nations meetings. Heading up the agenda...
Algeria-Morocco: Violent clash averted in Western Sahara stand-off

Algeria-Morocco: Violent clash averted in Western Sahara stand-off

“I have just lived through one of the most terrifying experiences of my life” renowned Spanish actor Willy Toledo, tells me over the phone...
Ghana: Say NO to Protectionism, Dr. Kwesi Nduom!

Ghana: Say NO to Protectionism, Dr. Kwesi Nduom!

Dr. Kwesi Nduom, former presidential candidate of Ghana's socialist party, the Convention People’s Party (CPP), and now “Shadow Finance Minister” in the newly created...
Dissecting the Tea Party

Dissecting the Tea Party

We first saw it as a throng of people taking to the streets, venting their anger against taxes and vociferously showing they were not...
Beneath the Islamic beards and burqas

Beneath the Islamic beards and burqas

The most striking scene in Nick Broomfield's powerful 2007 film Battle for Haditha is not one of violence but a simple love scene. A...
Three African Vignettes: Nigeria, Benin, Rwanda

Three African Vignettes: Nigeria, Benin, Rwanda

The following three “vignettes” are based on private journal entries written in Nigeria, Benin, and Rwanda between 1999 and 2004. They highlight the...
Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi speaks very good english

Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi speaks very good english

An intelligent dictator in my view point is as incandescently oxymoronic as an idiot savant, a fine mess, a little pregnant, or accurate rumors....
The historic retreat of African autocrats

The historic retreat of African autocrats

Never before had pictures of endless lines of enthusiastic voters in front of polling stations defined Guinea’s international image. But on 27 June —...
Of Gaddafi and Arab racism towards Blacks

Of Gaddafi and Arab racism towards Blacks

"We don't know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and...
The plight of the Tenant in Ghana

The plight of the Tenant in Ghana

Somewhere in a suburb of Accra, one property-owner triples the size of his or her house in three years, with new construction work underway...
Sydney, Australia

Australia and New Zealand: Where are the natives?

I recently traveled through two beautiful countries, Australia and New Zealand. And as English speaking countries that share a common geographic location, I expected...
Al Qaeda in Yemen

Al Qaeda in Yemen

On Wednesday the Washington Post reported that CIA sources now believe that Yemen-based group, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), now represents a...
How I stumbled on my Facebook spy

How I stumbled on my Facebook spy

In the week that Eric Schmidt, Google CEO warned of the danger that the Internet could strip current and future generations of their privacy,...
Africa’s women turn 50

Africa’s women turn 50

Fifty years ago, 17 African countries threw off the brutal and degrading yoke of colonialism. The 50th anniversary of African national liberation is...
Why we can’t be charitable to Blair

Why we can’t be charitable to Blair

Whilst Tony Blair may have decided to get charitable with his money, it seems that the British public remain less than charitable in their...
A call for sex workers’ rights in Africa

A call for sex workers’ rights in Africa

African governments must reconsider their legal and policy posture towards sex work in order to respect and uphold African sex workers’ human rights. ...
Rwanda: Free press, post-genocide

Rwanda: Free press, post-genocide

Regardless of Rwanda’s presidential election outcome on August 9th, one thing is certain – an independent press will not monitor the election results. ...
Ethiopia: U.S. foreign policy and unsafe abortion in Africa

Ethiopia: U.S. foreign policy and unsafe abortion in Africa

United States foreign policy abortion restrictions have often hampered African NGOs’ efforts to reduce deaths and disabilities associated with unsafe abortion procedures. In a...
Ethiopian asceticism from India: Could this be the way out?

Ethiopian asceticism from India: Could this be the way out?

The last of my three part series deals with asceticism as practiced in India, especially after Yogi Prahlad Jani's 70 year fast. It holds...
Ethiopian government goes bankrupt: Could this be the way out?

Ethiopian government goes bankrupt: Could this be the way out?

The second of my three part series, exposing some of our problems and what could be a possible way out, seeks to explore the...
Antique Dutch law for Somali pirates: Could this be the way out?

Antique Dutch law for Somali pirates: Could this be the way out?

Some people accuse us old guards of not adopting new ways and new solutions even to old and persistent problems and I think it...
U.S. news media still can’t get it right on race

U.S. news media still can’t get it right on race

The information age in America provides citizens with a dizzying array of broadcast, print and web choices but it continues the practice of purposefully...
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“Intervention will harm Iran’s democratic movement”

The head of BBC Persia Service, Sadeq Saba told an audience in the British Parliament on Monday that “any foreign intervention in any shape...
Funeral

Death Becomes Him

I have created vivid scenes of my funeral in my mind many, many times. No, I am not imagining or conjuring up scenarios of...
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South Africa’s promising success

I was lucky to attend the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa. Even though the Bafana Bafana were no longer competing, the enthusiasm...
Manipulating the memory of the Rwandan genocide

Manipulating the memory of the Rwandan genocide

The Rwandan government has made remarkable strides in infrastructure, the economy, healthcare, and gender equity in political representation, but their continued attack on independent...
Can Obama pull it off?

Can Obama pull it off?

Two years after a scintillating boisterous win in November 2008 and in the aftermath of three major reforms -- stimulation plan, health care and...
7/7 Bombings showed we do not know our enemy

7/7 Bombings showed we do not know our enemy

For most Britons 7th July 2005 will be remembered as the day that al Qaeda terrorists attacked London. But five years on, no link...
South Africa’s World Cup untold story

South Africa’s World Cup untold story

Less than seven miles from the carefully crafted glitter of Soccer City, the host complex for the World Cup, two legendary South African football...