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Archives by Tag 'Africa'
The Real Story About Bush, HIV/AIDS and Africa
ROB PRINCE
The thin thread – the pretext – for offering George W. Bush what  was originally entitled an “Improving The Human Condition Award”, now referred to as `a Global Service’ award (by the University of Denver) – is his supposed work to fight AIDs in Africa. ...
Ethiopia: Lives for Land in Gambella
GRAHAM PEEBLES
To many people land is much more than a resource or corporate commodity to be bought, developed and sold for a profit. Identity, cultural history and livelihood are all connected to ‘place’. The erosion of traditional values and morality (which include the observation...
Homophobia in Nigeria
IJEOMA EKOH
According to Nigeria’s Ministry of Information, its web portal was attacked on Jul...
Seeking Peace in Dadaab
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Many people living outside Africa, most perhaps, have never heard of the Ogaden (or Somali) region of Ethiopia, they know nothing of the murders rapes and destruction that the ethnic Somali’s allege are taking place there. We all have our problems and wh...
Obama’s Hypocrisy and CNN’s Blind Spot Over AIDS
GREGORY R. GRANT
CNN reported on Monday that “The U.S. government’s response to the epidemic in South Africa began in 2003”.  That is actually not true.  According to the Guardian August 9th, 1999, a heated controversy started in 1997 between South Africa and the ...
Africa Crashing
PATRICK BOND
Durban. Barack Obama’s weekend trip to South Africa may have the desired effect of slowing the geopolitical realignment of Pretoria to the Brazil-India-Russia-China-SA (BRICS) axis. That shift to BRICS has not, however, meant deviation from the hosts’ ...
The New Wild West
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Dancing to the tune of their corporate benefactors, governments of the ruling G8 countries are enacting complex agriculture agreements delivering large tracts of prime cut African soil into the portfolios of their multinational bedmates. Desperate for foreign inves...
Obama in Africa
HORACE CAMPBELL
In recent years, the United States has increasingly been sidelined in areas of deep economic transformation in Africa because US engagement with Africa has been primarily through militarism and military relations. The visit of US President Barack Obama to Africa should be...
Seeds of Change in Ethiopia
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Thousands march in the capital The people of Ethiopia have been suppressed and controlled for generations. Under the current EPRDF government, freedom of expression has been curtailed and an atmosphere of fear and intimidation fostered. Peaceful assembly has...
Zimbabwe: The Revolution Examined
ERIC DRAITSER
As I sit down to write the second part of my series on Zimbabwe, I am struck by the difficulty of the task before me. In the first article, Zimbabwe: The Revolution Continues, I atte...
Ogaden Refugees Fleeing Government Persecution
GRAHAM PEEBLES
The Ethiopian military and paramilitary forces, operating in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, are, it is alleged, carrying out extra judicial killings and gang rapes; falsely arresting and torturing innocent civilians; looting and destroying villages and crops in a systemat...
Zimbabwe: The Revolution Continues
ERIC DRAITSER
The coming elections in Zimbabwe are no mere referendum on the leadership of the coalition government. Instead, the decision before Zimbabweans is a clear one: continue on the revolutionary path of Mugabe and ZANU-PF or follow Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T an...
The Language Wars of France
SERGE HALIMI
Paris. A single market, a single currency, a single language? The doors and bridges shown on Euro notes already reflect the fluid nature of deals between businessmen with no home and no history. So should students be free to cross borders, using English a...
Another Stolen Kenyan Election
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
That the fix was in was confirmed when the Godfather himself, son of a Kenyan, Barack Obama, called Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for “Crimes Against Humanity” by those minions of Pax Americana, the International Criminal Court, to congratulate him for successfully conduct...
Nigerians in Obama’s America and Back Home
CHARLES LARSON
Years ago, before the country’s independence in 1960, Nigerians referred to a countryman who had spent time in England as a “been-to,” especially those who affected British mannerisms, sometimes after the briefest of visits.  In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest ...
South Africa’s Sub-Imperial Seductions
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. Thanks are due to an odd man, the brutally-frank Zambian vice president Guy Scott who last week pronounced, “I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States”, and to our own president Jaco...
France and Mali: Hollande’s Bush Moment
BARRY LANDO
Paris. As Colin Powell famously warned George H.W. Bush...
East African Opposition, Really?
ANDRE VLTCHEK
In the three Western outposts of the eastern part of Africa – Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya – the opposition had either been totally smashed or is rotting in jail. Alternatively, it has ‘ceased to exist’. In East Africa, those who are in power and those who ...
Why France Won’t Intervene in the Central African Republic
SASHA ROSS
The French seem to have taken an active interest in rescuing Africa from itself. They struck Libya in the name of democracy and moved to invade Mali a year later under the same premises. So now that former French colony, the Central African Republic, has been overrun by r...
China Finds Its Place
VIJAY PRASHAD
An old colonial saw worries about the entry of the Asians into European colonies in Africa and its settler colonies (of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) – they will arrive to be field labor and shop-keepers, multiply by migration and by procreation and then supp...
Firebombing Eritrean Centers in Sweden
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
On Sunday night February 24 three Eritrean community centers in Stockholm, Sweden were firebombed and burnt to the ground following a vicious attack on the Swedish Eritrean population by a program broadcast by Stockholm television station SVT. The pogrom style “d...
Achebe’s Legacy
CHARLES R. LARSON
Chinua Achebe—Africa’s greatest novelist—has died in a hospital near Boston. When Achebe’s ...
Harare: Is It Really the Worst City on Earth?
ANDRE VLTCHEK
For a change, I don’t want to discuss politics. I don’t want to debate whether big bad Mugabe is actually an African national hero, as many on this continent believe, or some brutal dictator, as we are told relentlessly by the BBC, The Economist and virtually t...
The Green Green Gold of Ethiopia
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Ancestral land that for generations has served as home and livelihood for hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in Ethiopia is being leased out, on 99-year renewable contracts at nominal sums to foreign corporations. The land giveaway or agrarian reforms as the gover...
An Interview with Michael Klare
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Michael T. Klare is the author of the book, The Race for What’s Left (2012), in which he...