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African groups discuss goals ahead of U.S.-Africa summit

A collective of organizations met days ahead of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to discuss several pressing crises on the African continent that they said the Biden Administration should focus on during and after the gathering. At Final Call presstime 49 African heads of state, civil society, diaspora communities across the United States, and the private sector were gathering for...

Progress of West African nations must be forged through cooperative economics

Last month Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, called on member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to remove what he described as “outdated physical and psychological boundaries and other colonially-inspired differences” for the region to progress economically. Buhari, who because of the two-term limit cannot run again for a third-term in the upcoming February...

Sudan’s military regime wants U.S. support for stability, but at what cost?

Sudan is geo-strategically important to the United States’ interests in both Africa and the Middle East. The country’s military rulers are the October 2021 coup leaders, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and his deputy, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (also known as ‘Hemedti’). They are seeking to press the Biden administration to focus its Sudan policy on “stability,” rather than supporting...

Sudanese protesters call for end to foreign interference

Sudanese protesters have called for the expulsion of the United Nation’s representative to Sudan and a stop to foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs. Protesters from civilian groups gathered outside the United Nations office in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, to condemn the interference of foreign countries in their country’s internal affairs. The demonstrators were opposed to UN efforts to...

Libya: Some leaders ‘actively hindering progress towards elections’, Security Council hears

Efforts continue to get political leaders in Libya to overcome their differences so that long-awaited presidential and parliamentary elections can finally take place, the Security Council heard on Nov. 15.  UN Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily briefed ambassadors on the ongoing impasse and other obstacles to the vote, which was postponed last December.  Libya has been divided between two rival administrations in the aftermath...

Africa News Briefs Mali sanctions lifted, France withdraws, but the military regime remains 

The stability of the Sahel region of Africa was due to Libya and its leader, the late Muammar Gadhafi. The events that led to destabilizing of the Sahel, including Mali, was the illegal overthrow of the legitimate Libyan government and its leader, by the United States and France, with the backing of NATO. According to the online news site iol.ca.za,...

The history of British treachery in South Africa

       Take up the White Man’s Burden — Send fourth the best ye breed — Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives’ need; To wait in heavy harness, On flattered folk and wild — Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child. —Rudyard Kipling Winston Churchill as a young war journalist, would go on to become Great...

Children of African descent ‘not considered children at all’, rights experts charge

In a report issued on November 8, UN human rights experts outline how discrimination affects Black boys and girls worldwide to the extent that they are not considered children, even in the eyes of the law.  They said unresolved legacies of trade and trafficking in enslaved Africans, as well as colonialism, post-colonial apartheid and segregation, continue to harm these children...

The importance of exploring the cultural history of Islam in the Motherland 

In W.E.B. DuBois’ 1939 book, “Black Folks Then and Now,” the prolific author, scholar, and convener of Pan African Congresses explains the substance of the continent of Africa during pre-colonial times and during the heyday of global imperialism. While on my many trips to Egypt and Sudan, my last time in 2021 having spent two months living in the capital...

The legacy of violence by the British Empire in Africa and beyond  

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam, once said, “You can’t fathom the depths of Satan.” Caroline Elkins in her 2022 book, “The Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire,” gives much substance to Mr. Muhammad’s weighty words. But if not for Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, who as a child spent much time...