Zambia

Kenneth Kaunda, an African humanist who claimed to be a Gandhi – Part I

A few weeks ago the former president of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda passed away. Although he is not well known outside the English-speaking world, he deserves more than a brief paragraph in the history books. Kaunda was the leader of the…

Kenneth Kaunda: A Humanist Friend

A Humanist Friend Kenneth Kaunda the last of the pioneers of independence from African colonialism 1924-2021 I met KK, as he is affectionately called in Zambia, in 1989 when I accompanied Silo (Mario Rodríguez Cobos) on his official visit to…

Security and the human condition

As the United Nations General Assembly continues in New York, the First Committee, which deals with Disarmament and International Security, is listening to national statements. Our friends at Reaching Critical Will, are as ever doing the world a great serivce…

London is cloaking environmental racism in respectability – but Zambian villagers are fighting back

By Amy Hall 3 August 2017 for openDemocracy Zambian villagers await a landmark judgement that could help hold British companies to account for their actions abroad. Over 1,800 people from farming and fishing communities near Chingola, Zambia are waiting to…

Zambia’s election is too close to call

Thursday’s election in Zambia is a tight two-horse race between the ruling Patriotic Front and the opposition UPND. President Edgar Lungu and his main challenger Hakainde Hichilema are both keen to avoid a run-off. It has been described as an…

Zambia urged to release two men charged with same-sex sexual conduct

The Zambian authorities must immediately release two young men who have been denied bail after being arrested on charges of having sex “against the order of nature”, Amnesty International said. According to state media, police in Kapiri Mposhi in central…

Zambia – The Good, the Bad and the Chinese

China’s voracious appetite for natural resources has driven a boom of investments and aid to African countries. In the Southern African country of Zambia, Chinese companies are building roads, hospitals, sports stadia as well as reviving copper mines abandoned in…