Africa

12.02.2019

TAKE ACTION: Strike a blow against corporate power in 2019

TAKE ACTION: Strike a blow against corporate power in 2019

Under ISDS corporations and the rich have sued governments for billions of euros – for anything from introducing health warnings on cigarettes to banning dirty oil drilling. Citizens, campaigners and social movements are uniting in 2019 to put an end to this parallel justice system for big business. You can… »

11.02.2019

If the whole world wants cobalt, and all the cobalt is in Congo, why are people in the country dying of hunger?

If the whole world wants cobalt, and all the cobalt is in Congo, why are people in the country dying of hunger?

The paradox of one of the world’s most resource-plentiful countries, with huge riches but a population in dire straits. Finding a treasure when digging a latrine. If that sounds like an old fairy tale, it really can come true in the Democratic Republic of Congo – a place with all… »

30.01.2019

How Today’s Crisis in the Congo Began

How Today’s Crisis in the Congo Began

By Vijay Prashad, Kambale Musavuli This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.   The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is both one of the richest countries in the world, and one of the poorest. It is one of the richest countries… »

29.12.2018

Africa Poverty Clock Launched on UNECA’s 60th Anniversary

Africa Poverty Clock Launched on UNECA’s 60th Anniversary

By Devendra Kamarajan ADDIS ABABA (IDN) – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at its 60th anniversary celebrations in Addis Ababa has launched the Africa Poverty Clock, a customized version of the world poverty clock developed by World Data Lab, aimed at monitoring progress against extreme poverty, an aspiration of the United… »

19.12.2018

Africa – Realising The Promise of the Demographic Dividend

Africa – Realising The Promise of the Demographic Dividend

Viewpoint by Graça Machel The author, who writes this piece following the recent publication of the Africa Report on Child Wellbeingand the African Child-Friendliness Index, is the widow of Nelson Mandela and former First Lady of both South Africa and Mozambique. She is Chair of the International Board of Trustees… »

14.12.2018

Ethiopia: Historic reforms encouraging; country’s displaced must not be forgotten

Ethiopia: Historic reforms encouraging; country’s displaced must not be forgotten

In the wave of historic reforms that have swept Ethiopia this year, the needs of the country’s displaced people must not be forgotten, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Friday on a visit to the country. More people were newly internally displaced in Ethiopia… »

14.12.2018

EU Urged to Evacuate Eritreans from Libyan ‘Death Camps’

EU Urged to Evacuate Eritreans from Libyan ‘Death Camps’

By Ramesh Jaura BRUSSELS (IDN) – When the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed in July a peace deal after two decades of war and ensuing violent border clashes, “a new era of peace and friendship” was felt to have begun in the Horn of… »

13.12.2018

2018 Nobel Peace Prize highlights need to prevent rape as a weapon of war

2018 Nobel Peace Prize highlights need to prevent rape as a weapon of war

In their talks at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo on 10 December 2018, the co-laureates, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege urged concerted global action to stop rape and sexual violence as weapons of war. Dr Denis Mukwege has become an eloquent spokesperson… »

29.11.2018

EU-Tanzania clash: follow the money?

EU-Tanzania clash: follow the money?

Until a couple of weeks ago, there had never been so much talk of Tanzania in the Western media. Many people wonder if behind the scenes there is something more relevant than African homofobia. In fact, they invite you to follow the canonical path, that of… »

29.11.2018

EU versus Tanzania: the cultural paradox

EU versus Tanzania: the cultural paradox

The official declaration by Federica Mogherini, head of the EU diplomacy, is known. The facts behind those statements are less clear. The interpretation probably most close to the factual reality is offered by Ansbert Ngurumo in Sauti Kubwa, Nov 2, 2018: “…TANZANIA President has ordered the Head… »

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