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The UN’s Failure to Act on Race

KWAME AKONOR Racism is not only an American problem but a plague that people of African descent have had to endure since time immemorial. Rather than seizing this historic moment to act decisively, the United Nations, the world’s highest platform for human rights, dithered on the issue when it was called on to establish a […]

Germany debates troop deployment to Africa’s Sahel

DANIEL PELZ German politicians largely agree that Germany should play a broader role in the volatile Sahel region to improve security, but they are divided about how to go about it. On Thursday – May 14 – Germany’s Parliament, the Bundestag, debated mandates governing the deployment of its troops in the Sahel, a vast swath […]

The pandemic can be a catalyst for decolonization in Africa.

As the West focuses on its own survival, Africans have the opportunity to complete what their ancestors started. DAVID MWAMBARI The Western “brand” is suffering from what many see as a “slow and haphazard” response by Western governments to the COVID-19 outbreak. As the epicenter of the pandemic moved from China to Europe and now […]

Ghana Can Be Self-Sufficient in Food Production

It is welcome news that the government of Ghana plans to cut the importation of rice by 50% – and we think 50% reduction even in the short to medium term will be a remarkable achievement. – and drastically reduce same to basic imported items. It’s a step in the right direction albeit long overdue. […]

ROPAA in 2020 – We Demand the Constitutional Instrument Now! And not another committee, says PAM

by Dr. Kofi A. Boateng  I write for the New York City-based Progressive Alliance Movement that filed and won the High Court case to compel the Electoral Commission to develop the mandated constitutional instrument (CI) to implement ROPAA by December 31, 2018. That is exactly what is needed now. The order of mandamus (meaning you […]

A Tribute to Busumuru Kofi Annan – On Behalf of Ghanaians Living Abroad

by KOFI A. BOATENG      Those of us who have lived awhile in the New York Metropolitan area were aware of a Ghanaian who held a high position at the United Nations.  Most of us had not met the gentleman but his name was incontrovertibly Ghanaian, and that sufficed to hail this Kofi Annan who […]

Africa’s Desperate Youth Are Getting High on Opioids and Anything They Can Get Their Hands On

Sitting in a dingy café in the crime. The actual details of the death of a young man called “Kenneth aka Dagba Junior” from the Lagos suburb of Ketu remain murky, but local news reports are clear on the culprit: gutter water. His friends say Kenneth had gone out for the night at a local hotel and decided to indulge in the potent […]

Congo-Brazzaville’s Hidden War Rages On

The shells of burnt-out vehicles rust in the rain and crumbling houses poke out through the overgrown brush. The village of Soumouna in Congo-Brazzaville’s southern Pool region lies empty and guarded by soldiers, but there’s undeniable evidence of what happened here 20 months ago. Isma Nkodia, 25, said she was passing through the village at four in the afternoon when government […]

Does drone technology hold promise for the UN?

Drone technology appears to be taking off at the United Nations, with unmanned aer- ial vehicles (UAVs) being used for various purposes, including in humanitarian, de- velopment and peacekeeping operations. Although this technology is not a magic solution, “the promise of drones is really tremendous,” said Christopher Fabian, principal advisor on innovation at the UN […]

Chinese, Italian firms reach deal to refill fast-shrinking Lake Chad

By Kimeng Hilton Ndukong – Peoples Daily Hopes have been revived for the 40 million people who depend on Lake Chad for their livelihoods following the signing last June in Hangzhou, China, of a deal between Chinese construction giant, PowerChina and the Italian firm, Bonifica Spa. However, the news was only made public at the beginning […]