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29.11.2020

Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara — A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony as Ceasefire Ends

Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara — A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony as Ceasefire Ends

In this special rebroadcast of a Democracy Now! exclusive documentary, we break the media blockade and go to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco’s violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United… »

25.11.2020

Statement from a Coalition of Pan African Organizations on the War in Ethiopia

Statement from a Coalition of Pan African Organizations on the War in Ethiopia

By the United African Congress We are deeply disturbed by the escalation of violence following the declaration of war on the regional state of Tigray by PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia on November 4, 2020. We are New York-based Pan African advocacy and humanitarian organizations representing the interest of Africa… »

22.11.2020

COVID-19 Shatters Hopes for Industrial Advance in Africa

COVID-19 Shatters Hopes for Industrial Advance in Africa

But the Next Decade Might Trigger the Change Needed Viewpoint by Jenny Larsen* Industrial development in Africa has been sluggish for some decades. Now, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic kick in, hopes for better progress, at least in the short term, appear to be fading. But if countries… »

20.11.2020

FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel

FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel

Engineer, nurse, breakdancer, shepherd, human rights lawyer, journalist, musician and president are just some of the future dreams harboured by young displaced people in the Sahel region of Africa. Children across the region have been asked what they want to be when they grow up as part of a UN… »

19.11.2020

Kilimanjaro Threatened by Fires Which Shaped It

Kilimanjaro Threatened by Fires Which Shaped It

Viewpoint by Andreas Hemp In October 2020, firefighters in Tanzania had to tackle a number of fires on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain and the largest free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain and surrounding forests fall into Kilimanjaro National Park, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Andreas… »

18.11.2020

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

In July 2009, a woman brought her husband to the hospital where our colleagues work in western Kenya. She reported that for several years he had been behaving abnormally, sleeping poorly, hearing voices that no one else could hear, and believing that people were talking about him and plotting to… »

17.11.2020

Africa’s governance performance declines for the first time in a decade, finds 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Africa’s governance performance declines for the first time in a decade, finds 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, says: “This is a testing time for Africa. Pre-existing weaknesses and challenges in African governance, as uncovered by the 2020 IIAG, are exacerbated by COVID-19, which also threatens economic progress. Citizens’ dissatisfaction and mistrust with governance delivery are growing. African states have… »

16.11.2020

The New U.S. War on Western Sahara

The New U.S. War on Western Sahara

I’m not misusing the word “war” to mean something like the war on Christmas or drugs or some TV pundit whom somebody else insulted. I mean war. There is a new U.S. war in Western Sahara, being waged by Morocco with the support of the U.S. military. The U.S. military,… »

13.11.2020

IFOR Statement on the Current Situation in Western Sahara

IFOR Statement on the Current Situation in Western Sahara

Today, on November 13th 2020, several media outlets have reported that the Moroccan army launched an operation near the border crossing at Guerguerat against a group of Saharawi protesters.1 The representatives of the Saharawi people had previously stated that any such Moroccan action would be considered an aggression to which… »

12.11.2020

UN rights chief Bachelet condemns Tanzania election violence

UN rights chief Bachelet condemns Tanzania election violence

The people of Tanzania should be allowed to express grievances “without fear of reprisals” after nationwide elections, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. In a statement, the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that she had been disturbed by reports of continued intimidation and… »

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