Category archives for: Commentary

Chinese fishing fleets in Indian Ocean accused of abuses

YUCHEN LI & CHIA-CHUN YEH A recent investigation has revealed evidence that China’s distant-water fishing fleet, the world’s biggest in scale, commits environmental and labor abuses in the southwest Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. “There was no such word as ‘rest’ on Chinese fishing vessels,” explained a former crew member to a […]

It is Time to Declare a Traditional Holiday in Ghana

A. AYINIBISAH AYELAH A recent video of the Apetorku Gbodzi Festival went viral on social media reigniting the debate for a traditional holiday in Ghana. Traditionalists who are cognizant of their rights under the code of arms of Ghana, “freedom and justice” as well as the protections bestowed on them under Chapter Five, 21 (c) […]

Industrial Policy, East or West, for Development or War?

JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM       Developing countries wanting to pursue industrial policy were severely reprimanded by advocates of the ‘neoliberal’ Washington Consensus. Now, it is being deployed as a weapon in the new Cold War. Industrial policy vs colonialism Industrial policy is often seen as pioneered by Friedrich List. But List was inspired by George Washington’s first […]

New Grammy category for African music ignores almost all of Africa

IAN BRENNAN The 2024 Grammy awards will see the introduction of a new category: “best African music performance.” When the category was announced last year, Grammys CEO Harvey Mason Jr. stated that it would be “able to acknowledge and appreciate a broader array of artists” than the two existing global Grammy categories, where African artists […]

‘They’re targeting us’: Sudan’s army cracks down on democracy activists

In the midst of war, Sudan’s army is retaliating against activists for their role in bringing down the former regime. When the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces captured Sudan’s second-largest city, Wad Madani, tens of thousands of people fled and sought safety in regions still under the army’s control. Mohamad Osman* was among them, but military […]

With ECOWAS, not all dictators are equal

LASISI OLAGUNJU The Jerusalem Post is arguably Israel’s most-read English news website and best-selling English newspaper. On Wednesday, August 9 it published an interesting report of what it described as a “nature drama” involving a large black snake in the town of Shoham, halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The huge snake was “found motionless […]

Niger Needs Deeper Mediation Diplomacy, Not Military Intervention

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, a victim of a callous history and geography. After toppling the democratically elected Nigerien President, Mohamed Bazoum, on 26 July, the new military junta in Niamey, riding on a dizzying wave of orchestrated populist urgings, has suspended the constitution, detained the president (and his family […]

Black people presiding over the downfall of Donald Trump is poetic justice

ERIKA D. SMITH On Tuesday, August 1, a few hours before the latest indictment of former President Trump became public, Vice President Kamala Harris was in Florida, addressing a room full of mostly Black women. “Through your faith, you have helped to make real the promise of our founding principles, not just for some, but […]

A force for unity or simply toothless? The African Union at 60

The African Union is celebrating 60 years of unity in 2023. The organization has achieved much since its creation, but ongoing conflicts have exposed the difficulties it faces in bringing peace and prosperity to the continent. MELISSA CHEMAM The African Union is often criticized as an institution without real power, but for political analysts, the […]

The Food and Drink Items Airline Employees Avoid on Planes

When it comes to in-flight meals, no one knows better than the flight attendants who work on the aircrafts day in and day out. ANNA RAHMANAN Every type of traveler — from occasional to frequent flyers — has an opinion about food served on planes, whether they’re appreciative of the fare or starkly opposed to […]