Category archives for: Analysis

NDC than NPP in opposition – Yaw Boateng Gyan

Former President John Dramani Mahama is being blamed for NDC’s defeat in the general election. The simmering tension and anger in the opposition NDC after its defeat last year does not appear to have been tamed by the formation of a committee to probe the humiliating loss. Even before the committee comes out with its […]

Nkrumah stemmed inter religious conflicts

by Kofi Ayim Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah creatively used religion as a tool to weave a tapestry of political culture. In so doing he laid a foundation that basically spared inter-religious conflicts in Ghana that has been experience elsewhere in Africa and beyond. These observations were made March 26, 2017 by Dr. E. […]

Central African Republic: What’s gone wrong?

There was hope last year that the election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra would bring real change to the troubled Central African Republic. But 12 months on, he has been unable to extend his authority beyond the capital, Bangui, and the rest of the country is as lawless as ever. Fatimatou Issa and her family witnessed […]

Women’s empowerment meets male resistance, sexual exploitation in Nigeria camps

The camps for displaced people scattered across northeast Nigeria are supposed to provide safety from Boko Haram violence. But for many women the threat is no longer the jihadists: The danger is inside the camps, and stems from the attitudes of men in general. Fatima Mohammed* is the “acting women’s leader” in sprawling Bakassi Camp […]

Promoting peace by waging war: African interventionism

By Obi Anyadike Twitter Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor Africa, the world’s poorest continent, faces many security challenges. But its leaders are not slow to intervene in crises when they can, as Yahya Jammeh in the Gambia is now discovering. His refusal to accept electoral defeat on 1 December has culminated in a coalition of West […]

Migration trends to watch in 2017

By Kristy Siegfried It’s been a tumultuous year: shock election results, the Brexit referendum, a nervy global economy, and a raft of extremist attacks – all of which have had impacts on migratory movements and the way countries have responded to them. There is no sure way of predicting where the next refugee crisis will […]

Reprieve but no solution for Kenya’s Dadaab refugees

by Mohammed Yusuf and Obi Anyadike The Kenyan government has postponed its closure of the Dadaab refugee camp by six months, but the reprieve does not reverse its ultimate deci- sion to send home 261,000 Somali refugees, despite the loud protest by human rights groups. The international community appears to have given up on a […]

Why the NDC lost 2016

by Kwabena Opong In his concession speech, President John Mahama’s de- meanor showed a man hum- bled by surprise. Some viewers saw a man trying hard not to tear up. It is not clear if he was recalling the mistakes he made in his six and a half years as president of Ghana. The scandals […]

Europe pays out to keep a lid on Ethiopia migration. A $500 million investment aims to keep migrants at bay

By James Jeffrey The compound of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, is a microcosm of the region’s troubles. Set off a busy main road, it hosts refugees from the conflicts and struggles in South Sudan, Congo, Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea , Yemen, Burundi, and more besides. Ethiopia has a refugee population […]

Hillary Clinton Passes Stamina Test In First Presidential Debate

By Ukachi Uwadinobi New York AHEAD OF THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE at Hofstra University, New York, so much had been talked about the readiness of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Of the two presidential hopefuls, pundits described Clinton as the studious professional politician more experienced in debates than her rival Trump, a neophyte who’s not […]