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UN envoy to Libyan leaders: Resolve impasse, do not fail the people

Despite recent legislative progress, Libya’s political landscape remains fraught with power struggles, as key figures attach conditions to taking part in crucial talks, the UN envoy to the north African nation said on December 18. Abdoulaye Bathily, UN Special Representative for Libya, told ambassadors on the Security Council that the mood in the country “is ripe for a new political deal, a...

African nations growing more sympathetic to crisis in Gaza

African countries began walking a diplomatic line after the October 7 Hamas attack in Israel that included strongly held principles, diplomatic expediency, and empathy in the wake of unfolding carnage in the region. Ghana’s foreign affairs minister stated that it “unequivocally condemns” attacks by Hamas and called for the group to withdraw its fighters from Israel. Rwanda issued a similar...

For Africa, 2023 was a year of conflating issues and events

Conflating numerous events that appear dissimilar is how Africa in 2023 must be viewed. South Africa’s BRICS economic summit, the country’s stance on Israel’s incessant bombing of Gaza as “genocide,” the coup d’états in seven African countries, which have been described as a sign of failed democracies, are just a few of the major events that impacted the Motherland...

Kenya marks 60 years of independence, and the president defends painful economic measures

NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya’s president on December 12 defended the high taxes the government recently imposed, calling them a “necessary sacrifice” in helping the country deal with ballooning foreign debt which now stands at $70 billion. Speaking at celebrations marking 60 years since Kenya’s independence from Britain, President William Ruto said East Africa’s largest economy was no longer at risk of defaulting on...

Mandela’s legacy is much more than the ‘non-racial’ society attributed to him

What are South Africa’s first Black president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela’s achievements? December 5 marked 10 years since the freedom fighter died at age 95. A decade after his death, what is the legacy left by the icon who ushered in an era of hope and inspiration to an apartheid-divided country? In this current geopolitical world of growing global...

Is the West pushing a birth control agenda on the continent?

In its history of promoting a “Godless ideology,” lacking in the moral fiber inherent in the rich culture that is Africa’s historical identity, Western donor nations and their organizations have, in the name of the “sexual revolution,” inflicted much pain and suffering on the continent’s rich legacy.  According to Obianuju Ekeocha, president of Culture of Life Africa, the continent in...

Reflecting on the accomplishments of African Women

As 2023 comes to a close we reflect on the accomplishments of African women, a demographic whose voices and contributions often receive too little coverage and insight. The increasing presence of African women as public leaders for example, in positions in the World Trade Organization, African Union and United Nations and as head of state in Tanzania, and foreign...

Congo and the UN sign a deal for peacekeepers to withdraw after more than two decades and frustration

KINSHASA, Congo—Congo’s foreign minister and the head of the United Nations stabilization mission in Congo signed agreements Nov. 21 to end the presence of UN peacekeepers after more than two decades in the Central African nation. Congolese Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula told national television that the ceremony marked the end of a collaboration “which has proved its limits in a context of permanent...

South Africa’s ruling party backs motion in parliament to close Israeli embassy

According to media reports, South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), “given the unfolding atrocities in occupied Palestine …” is backing the country’s opposition party’s motion to shut down its embassy. The ANC said in a statement it would support the motion “to close the Israel Embassy in South Africa and suspend all diplomatic relations with Israel...

Forced displacement of Palestinians concerns Arab and African countries

South Africa and Chad have recalled their ambassadors to Israel for consultations, joining a growing list of nations that have withdrawn diplomatic personnel in protest of Israel’s brutal military assault on the Gaza Strip and its 2.3 million civilian population. According to South Africa Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor, South Africa is extremely concerned about the continued killing of children...