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Is the Pandemic Causing A Surge in Female Genital Mutilation?

MARIA GODOY In early December, Christine Ghati Alfons taught a menstrual hygiene class to a group of girls, 10 to 15 years old, in the ethnic Kuria community in Migori County, an impoverished, rural area in southwest Kenya. Normally, she says, the class has 25 students. On this day, only 17 girls showed up. “We […]

Is Mass Vaccination the Best Strategy for All Countries? A Doctor’s Surprising View

COVID-19 is now the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. for 2020. The virus has killed more than 90 people per 100,000, reports Johns Hopkins University. But in other parts of the world, the virus hasn’t been such a big problem. It’s not a top killer. Some global health experts are beginning to ask […]

Triumph of Democracy over Demagoguery

UCHENNA EKWO American people poured out to the streets in their millions across major cities on Saturday to greet the outcome of the historic 2020 presidential election. The same outpouring of excitement occurred in major world capitals in London, Paris, Abuja, and Berlin etc. In a tweet, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo exclaimed: “Welcome […]

Macron Is Paying the Price for France’s Bloody History in Africa

ANIA NUSSBAUM The severed heads of the resistance fighters were displayed in a market square first. Then they were shipped back to private collections in Paris. For decades, they were boxed up in a museum basement and finally, this July, Emmanuel Macron sent them home. As the Algerian military transport taxied to halt, the country’s […]

Is Africa a victim of bias by international investors?

ASHUTOSH PANDEY African leaders are flagging “unjustifiably” high borrowing rates charged by global investors. International organizations such as the IMF and the World Bank are equally complicit in perpetrating the bias, experts say. The economic blow dealt by the coronavirus pandemic has reignited a sentiment that Africans have shared for years: Their growth is inhibited […]

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 […]