Africa

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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FALSE COMPARISONS

Nov
22
By Okot Nyormoi, Editor

African DiversityIt is often pointed out that Africa is the riches in natural resources. It is a fact that cannot be disputed. But then, the argument proceeds with a comparison with countries which are comparatively poor in natural resources. Look at South Korea. It had lower GDP than many African countries at independence but look at it now. The same, they argue, is also true of Singapore. Or they turn to size. How come tiny countries like Israel, and Japan are economically and technologically more advanced than African countries. So, what is wrong with Africa?

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ONE STEP FROWARD, TWO STEPS BACK

Nov
22
By the Editor

One Step Forward Two Steps BackIn forming United Nations and colonized nations becoming politically independent, the world took one step forward. However, by retreating to extreme nationalism and engaging in violence to solve national and international problems, the world is taking two steps back.

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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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EXILED SCHOLAR RETURNS TO AFRICA

Aug
19
By John Otim, novelist and journalist

Student Reading

The dalliance with the Strongman was bound to backfire.  Soon Ali Mani found himself on the run. For a while he taught at the University of Illinois. He worked hard. Churned out publications like crazy. Became a popular and a much sought-after speaker on the lecture circuit. Soon he moved on to an Ivy League college as head of the Institute of Globality. Ali Mani had arrived. But now he was on his way back to Africa.

 

 

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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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HOW THE USA ELECTION WILL AFFECT AFRICA

Oct
22
Anonymous

One may fault the United States’ brand of democracy for many other things but not for the regularity of its presidential election that occurs every four years. This November 3rd will be the 59th presidential election. It is sometimes said that when Washington sneezes, the world catches a cold. To some extent, that cliché is true because of the USA’s enormous economic and military presence across the globe. As such, a US presidential election has consequences which go far beyond its borders. This year the expectation is even greater when one considers that the incumbent is the controversial real estate mogul, Donald Trump. Here, I will confine my comments to the effect of the election on Africa only.

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Army Cook Who became His Excellency the President

Jun
24
John Otim

Most of the previous night there were shooting and shelling and gun fights all over town. As dawn broke and the sun rose smoke billowed over the city. On radio and on television marshal music played all morning long. All regular programs were canceled. Then came the coup announcement. And as the news spread the new dictator rode into the city in great style in an open army jeep and gladly

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