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Angolan Muslims Denounce Human Rights Violations

Angolan Muslims Denounce Human Rights Violations

Aisha Lopes, the fashion designer, and her husband Angelica Bernardo da Costa (also known as Mujahid Kenyata) are Angolan nationals who converted to Islam in 1996. Aisha, a diabetic, was nursing her 26-day-old infant delivered via high-risk Caesarean surgery when security forces raided the family’s apartment at 5 am on December 2 nd , 2016. […]

‘We Are (Not) the ANC of Mandela’

‘We Are (Not) the ANC of Mandela’

At the ANC’s policy conference last week, Secretary=General Gwede Mantashe stated that: “The mistake we are committing as South Africans is this thing of thinking we are the ANC of (Nelson) Mandela … Therefore we are darling of everybody in the world. It’s a big mistake. There is no such, a country which is a […]

The Real Problem Behind South Africa’s Refusal to Arrest Al-Bashir

The Real Problem Behind South Africa’s Refusal to Arrest Al-Bashir

Last week the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that South Africa erred in its decision not to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his controversial visit to the country in 2015. Two South African courts had come to the same conclusion, and so the decision of the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber II on […]

Lungu tries to have his cake and eat it: a state of emergency in all but name

Lungu tries to have his cake and eat it: a state of emergency in all but name

For 24 hours rumours swirled through Zambia that President Edgar Lungu planned to initiate a state of emergency. When he finally took to the airwaves to make a special announcement he did something different. Invoking Article 31 of the constitution – Declaration Relating to Threatened Emergency – rather than Article 30 – Declaration of Public […]

Crafting an African Victory for the World

Crafting an African Victory for the World

On May 25, 1963,  Africans gathered in Addis Ababa to create the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to today’s African Union. It stood tall in the minds of Africans who decided to unite for a common cause. It demonstrated our ability to set aside differences in order to make the world a better place. […]

‘It’s Time to Get Tough on Eritrea’

‘It’s Time to Get Tough on Eritrea’

In the course of the all-embracing efforts to pursue regional integration in the Horn, the Eritrean regime’s belligerent behaviour towards it neighbours and its unholy marriage with insurgents is posing threats to regional stability and peace. The Asmara regime’s recent incursion in the disputed area along the Djibouti border is raising a red flag. And […]

Culture of Political Discourse in Contemporary Ethiopia

Culture of Political Discourse in Contemporary Ethiopia

Negotiations in any society presuppose the existence of any polarized or even antagonistic and contradictory views, ideas, strategies and philosophies or political views of any kind. Having negotiation on issues or conflicting ideas and views or making attempts to redress faults or compensations have always been a major component of Ethiopia’s culture. The establishment of […]

Preventing Election Violence Is a Priority for Africa

Preventing Election Violence Is a Priority for Africa

It’s a busy time for elections in Africa, with countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe and Kenya gearing up for the polls. And as elections increasingly become the legitimate way to acquire political power on the continent, winning votes has become a matter of life and death for the political elite […]

EU Musn’t Ignore Human Rights in Giving Eritrea Aid – Activists

EU Musn’t Ignore Human Rights in Giving Eritrea Aid – Activists

Eritrean activists visited Brussels this week to lobby the European Union over alleged human rights abuses committed by the authorities in Asmara. The campaigners are worried that the EU is ignoring violations committed by the Eritrean government and continues to provide development aid with no strings attached. The European Parliament is expected to vote on […]

Are Chinese Investors in Standard Gauge Railway Project Neo-Colonial Predators?

Are Chinese Investors in Standard Gauge Railway Project Neo-Colonial Predators?

Chinese investors in Kenya’s standard gauge railway (SGR) project generally responded fairly to challenges, and should not be regarded as “neo-colonial predators,” a study by US-based researchers has found. The Kenyan government and the country’s political culture are seen, in contrast, as the source of many of the problems and conflicts that arose during construction […]

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