Category archives for: African News

Chinese Social Media Platforms Fail to Control Racism Against Black People: Report

WILLIAM YANG A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that racist content denigrating Black people is increasingly common on the Chinese internet, and that major social media platforms and Chinese authorities have failed to address the issue systematically. HRW analyzed hundreds of videos and posts on popular Chinese social media platforms, including Bilibili, Douyin, […]

UAE Deploys Military Vehicles to Chad

JERRY CHIFAMBA The United Arab Emirates dispatched military vehicles and other security equipment to Chad, the oil-rich Gulf nation announced, saying it was in order to help with border security and counter-terrorism activities. Niger, where one of the few pro-Western leaders in the terror-racked Sahel region was overthrown in a coup in July, is a […]

‘The country is going in the wrong direction’: Eswatini majority unhappy with monarchy, survey finds

LENIN NDEBELE An Afrobarometer survey has found that many citizens of Eswatini are unhappy with the standard of living in the last absolute monarchy in Africa. According to the survey report, “overwhelming majorities say the government is performing poorly on key economic issues”. The overwhelming majority (84%) “say the country is going in ‘the wrong […]

Ghana approves green minerals policy to develop lithium industry

EKOW DONTOH Ghana approved a green-minerals policy to help manage the exploitation and production of lithium, a step toward tapping into the multibillion-dollar global industry. The cabinet approved the policy document July 27, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Samuel Jinapor said in an interview. It’s expected to be passed by parliament before the end of […]

Côte d’Ivoire is launching its first satellite for Earth observation – and it’s locally made

David Baratoux, Aziz Diaby Kassamba, Marc Harris Yao Fortune, Marie Korsaga, Pancrace Aka Côte d’Ivoire has announced plans to launch its first satellite within the next two years. A team of scientists in the fields of astrophysics and geology tell The Conversation Africa about the potential benefits of this development and how the country plans […]

Contaminated cough syrup sold in Cameroon: WHO

The WHO has raised the alarm over syrup suspected to be contaminated in Cameroon. The World Health Organization has said a batch of cough and cold syrup sold in Cameroon under the brand name Naturcold contained extremely high levels of a toxic ingredient, the latest in a series of recent warnings about contaminated cough syrups. […]

Yet Again, Tunisia Accused of Ill-Treatment of Black Refugees

JERRY CHIFAMBA Tunisia’s President Kais Saied dismissed criticism of his government’s handling of Black African refugees after hundreds of Black African migrants were apprehended by police and left on the Libyan border, Al Jazeera reports. On July 9, Saied said the migrants are being treated humanely, as a result of what he called “our values”. […]

UK’s Rwanda deportation plan ‘unlawful,’ court of appeal rules

ALEX HARDIE, LINDSAY ISAAC, SANA NOOR HAQ & LUKE McGEE The UK government’s plan to deport some asylum-seekers to Rwanda is unlawful, the Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday, June 29, in a major blow to ministers’ controversial immigration policies that have been roundly condemned by humanitarian bodies. In a three-judge decision, the court overturned […]

India increases Africa lending in the race to counter China

India has become the second-largest issuer of credit to Africa, after neighboring China. Over the last ten years, the country has extended $32bn in credit across 42 African nations. India has projected $12bn across Africa, three times the number it has within its own area. In comparison, China has loaned $134.6bn to African nations, nearly […]

Ugandans sue TotalEnergies in France, accusing it of human rights violations

Twenty-six Ugandans sued French oil giant TotalEnergies in Paris on Tuesday June 27 for reparations over alleged human rights violations at its megaprojects across the country. Joined by five Ugandan and French aid groups, the Ugandan people from the affected communities say the French energy firm TotalEnergies caused “serious harm”, especially to their rights to […]