Politics

AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD

Nov
22
By Mesfin Genanaw, a college professor in Texas, USA

Mother AfricaAfrica has been depicted as the "hopeless continent" by Western media and the public. But Africa is more diverse and bigger than most people think, with a land area exceeding Europe, the United States, and China combined and a three trillion-dollar economy. According to UNDP, Africa has 1.34 billion people (17% of the world pop), home to some 30 % of the world's mineral reserves, 40 % of the world's gold, 90 % of its chromium and platinum, 12 % of the oil reserves, largest reserves of uranium in the world and 65 % of the world's arable land. Despite such a long list of natural resources, Africa can't fully feed itself.

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DESPITE BREXIT EUROPE WILL CONTINUE TO COME TOGETHER

Oct
21
By Jonathan Power, International & Foreign Affairs weekly columnist

Jonathan PowerThe lorries have no drivers. The supermarket shelves are emptying. The poor are having their subsidies cut. The British government ties itself in knots trying to square what is a circle in Northern Ireland. Brexit–the leaving of the EU–is failing the nation. But Europe itself is not failing. In fact, it is about to get stronger. Writing in 1751 Voltaire described Europe as "a kind of great republic, divided into several states, some monarchical, the others mixed but all corresponding with one another. They all have the same religious foundation, even if divided into several confessions. They all have the same principles of public law and politics unknown in other parts of the world."

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WILL BIDEN AND AMERICA DISCARD THE WILD WEST DOCTRINE?

Oct
21
By Ocaya p’Ocure, a social media commentator, Uppsala, Sweden

Horses and Whips at the borderOne must accept that international politics as we read about and knew it then has died a natural death since the coming down of the Berlin wall leaving us with only the Chinese wall. This means, there is no need for President Joe Biden’s Administration to pursue either his own foreign or national policies or the “Make America Great Again” policies of former President Donald Trump. A few months ago, there were images at the US border with Mexico which spread on social media which were not different from those seen during the Trump Administration.

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AFRICA SHOULD BREED ITS OWN TYPE OF DEMOCRACY

Sep
21
By Crispin Kaheru, a socio-political commentator

Wednesday, September 15, was the International Day of Democracy. It was established through a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2007, encouraging governments to strengthen and consolidate democracy.

 

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GUINEA COUP: ECOWAS MUST NOT DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE

Sep
19
Harold Acemah, a political scientist and a retired career diplomat

Guinea has been in the news lately because of a military coup which took place two weeks ago. When I saw the breaking news on Al Jazeera about that daring event, I remembered a popular 1960s Ghanaian highlife tune by ET Mensah whose lyrics extol Ghana, Guinea, and Mali as “the nucleus of the great union” namely, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) founded in 1963, and the African Union founded in 1999.

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OUT OF AFGHANISTAN

Aug
22
By Jonathan Power, a weekly columnist on Foreign Affairs

The Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 and withdrew, exhausted and demoralized, 10 years later. In Moscow a joke had long circulated: “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” Answer: “We are still looking for the people who invited us”.

The same is true for the Americans and NATO who are now moving through the exit door. They came to obliterate Al-Qaeda after 9/11, 2001. 

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DENMARK WANTS TO OUTSOURCE THE ENTIRE ASYLUM PROCESS TO AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Jul
17
By Ocaya p’Ocure, a social affairs and political commentator

Danish ParliamentThe proposed new Danish immigration policy is to receive zero refugees.  The idea sounds insane, but if Denmark succeeds in making it work, it could be the future of Europe’s immigration policy. In the last few days, the Folketing–Danish Parliament will decide whether to adopt the Social Democratic government’s very radical proposal, which has already incurred the wrath of the UN, Save the Children Fund and Amnesty International.

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PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IS DROWNING INTERNATIONAL POLITICS IN THE SAND DUNES OF THE MIDDLE EAST

Apr
16
By Ocaya p’Ocure, a social affair and political commentator, Uppsala Sweden 

President BidenAfter being in office for less than a month, in a virtual conference with Western World leaders, President Joe Biden, excitedly declared that “Diplomacy is back”. 

 

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