Africa

The Tip Of An Iceberg: Engineered Indifference, Systematic Dehumanisation

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Bureaucracies the world over have in-built cruelties, something which Palestinians in particular know all about, writes Professor Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees New Matilda The humiliation experienced by the citizens of many countries occurs in encounters with officials who represent bureaucracies. When inquiring about… The Tip Of… Read More »

The sweep of perpetual famine?

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The media is presenting us with images of the mother of all famines, stretching from Yemen to Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and northern Nigeria. Jonathan Power Arab News There have been bad famines in the not-so-distant past, such as the Ethiopian one in 1985 that triggered rock star Bob Geldof to organize a global popular response. In 1974 at… The sweep of… Read More »

The largest humanitarian crisis since the UN’s creation

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UN officials are usually known for their measured and understated approach, even in the face of major crises and upheavals. Yossi Mekelberg Arab News Hence we must take with the utmost gravity the warning by Stephen O’Brien, undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, that “we stand at a critical point in history. Already at the… The largest humanitarian… Read More »

The G20: a necessary evil that can deliver some benefits

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Surprisingly there is one issue on which US President Donald Trump and his many progressive critics around the world could find common ground. Danny Bradlow The Conversation While their reasons will differ, they all question whether the current arrangements for global economic governance remain fit for purpose. For years, politicians… The G20: a… Read More »

Das Knowhow Kapital

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JOHANNESBURG – It has been a quarter-century since apartheid ended, and 23 since the African National Congress took power in South… Ricardo Hausmann Project Syndicate But, as President Jacob Zuma reported in his recent State of the Nation Address, the country’s whites remain in… “White households earn at least five times more than black… Das Knowhow… Read More »

Dictatorships cannot solve African leadership problems

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The election season seems to bring some of the strangest ideas. Maina Kiai Daily Nation It bothers me when supposed intellectuals suggest that Kenya and Africa need benevolent dictators to solve our problems. It bothers me… Dictatorships cannot solve… Read More »

On bullying, country’s best-kept secret out

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The explosive revelation of bullying at Alliance High School, long considered the nation’s citadel of academic achievement and chivalry, has lifted the lid on one of the country’s best-kept secrets — that most public schools are simply no longer what they used to be. Kariuki Waihenya Daily Nation Vices such as cheating in examinations, setting buildings on fire, sodomy, drug abuse and bullying have become too prevalent. In the 1970s… On bullying, country’s… Read More »

Humans may have transformed the Sahara from lush paradise to barren desert

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Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. David K Wright The Conversation There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe… Humans may have transformed… Read More »

On the Trail of Uganda’s Arrow Boys

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As part of Crisis Group’s research on civilian defence forces, Horn of Africa Analyst Magnus Taylor spoke to former fighters in Uganda known as the Arrow… Magnus Taylor ICG The group played an instrumental role in routing the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army when rebels attacked Teso in eastern Uganda in… Musa Ecweru’s office is on the top floor in the Office of the Prime Minister in… On the Trail… Read More »

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

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The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan Democracy Now Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald… Facing Famine, 20… Read More »

Why Egyptians lost interest in Mubarak’s case

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak looks towards his supporters outside the area where he is hospitalized during the celebrations of the 43rd anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, at Maadi military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSR2Q6

The Egyptian Court of Cassation issued a ruling March 2 acquitting ousted President Hosni Mubarak of the killing of protesters during the outbreak of the January 25 Revolution in 2011. Muhammed Magdy Al Monitor On March 13, an Egyptian prosecutor issued a decision to release Mubarak for the first time since his ousting six years ago. This raised speculation… Why Egyptians lost… Read More »

EU’s New Consensus on Development needs support

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With national discourse becoming increasingly insular, few politicians are brave enough to make the case for multilateralism on the domestic stage. Werner Hoyer Euractiv But the need for multilateral action and effective support of development and growth outside Europe has never been greater, argues Werner Hoyer. Werner Hoyer is… EU’s New Consensus… Read More »

The needs of the land and the needs of the people can’t be separated

Environment - The Con-ion

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. For the trees have no tongues – Dr Zeuss Robert Scholes The Conversation The national conversation about land, always simmering in South Africa, has come to the boil again. What’s often missing… The needs of… Read More »

The Guardian view on South Sudan: don’t punish the starving

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Parts of the country are already experiencing famine. The Guardian The government won’t help its people – we must Even in the… The Guardian view… Read More »

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

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Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns… Associated Press The Guardian The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and… World faces worst… Read More »

New Libyan Militia’s Oil Strike Risks Wider Conflagration

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Libyan factions are once again fighting for control of key oil installations in the Gulf of Sirte’s “oil crescent”. Claudia Gazzini ICG The latest offensive risks reducing Libya’s oil production and is undermining efforts to broker a peace deal. In this Q&A Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst for Libya, assesses the fallout. New Libyan Militia’s… Read More »