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AFRICA WATCH. Africa and its strategic balance in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Foreign Policy, a weekly digest of national security, defense, and cybersecurity news, recently reported that Africa is under pressure from European diplomats, to not allow Russia to use them to “evade U.S. and European sanctions.” One should ask, what one had to do with the other? According to Bloomberg, on the day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, that the foreign...

The toll of binge drinking on South Africa

The South African Alcohol Alliance (SAAPA), is a collaborative initiative of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that advocate for evidence-based alcohol policies in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the years the group has reported on the harmful effects of alcohol consumption. Its reporting included the fact that even though over 60 percent of South Africans do not consume alcohol, the population that does...

African Union closes summit with tasks ahead

Bush's Goal: Bring African leaders in line with US policy Gadhafi to western powers: Treat Africa as equal partnerFCN Editorial - The two faces of Bush Reports on the African Union     MAPUTO, Mozambique (PANA)–The newly-elected chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali, took the oath of office of the African Union (AU) shortly before the Union’s...

AU plans investment bank to bolster industrialization in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA)–The African Union (AU) recently announced plans to create an investment bank to finance private sector developments within the continent, as part of efforts to put the continent on a sound growth path towards its industrialization. AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Maxwell Mkwezalamba said talks on the formation of the continental development bank were underway to...

NATO intervention in Libya rooted in access to oil?

(FinalCall.com) - For decades European oil companies had enjoyed contracts that allowed them access to half of the high-grade crude produced in Libyan fields, reported the May 4, 2012 Wall St. Journal. “Some major oil companies hoped the country would open further to investment after sanctions from Washington were lifted in 2004 and U.S. giants re-entered the North...

South Africa Seeks Legal Change To Allow Taking Of White-Owned Land

GINNEWS (GIN)–President Jacob Zuma finally addressed the long-unresolved matter of land reform, a demand of thousands of Black landless people whose properties were confiscated in the apartheid era. In his State of the Nation address, President Zuma pledged to break up White ownership of business and land to reduce inequality. He called on parliament to change South Africa's constitution to allow...

Freed Nigerian schoolboys welcomed; calls for more security

KATSINA, Nigeria—Bleary, barefoot, apparently numbed by a week of captivity, more than 300 Nigerian schoolboys, freed after being kidnapped in an attack on their school, were welcomed by the governor of Katsina state and Nigeria’s president on Dec. 18. Reunions with their parents began late in the day. “Since this incident happened, I have not been able to sleep, but...

In letter to UN, Eritrea accuses U.S. of destabilizing Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh has blamed the United States for “stoking further conflict and destabilization” in Ethiopia’s Tigray through interference and intimidation in the northern region. In a letter to the UN Security Council (UNSC) circulated on June 7, the top Eritrean diplomat said that consecutive U.S. administrations had supported the armed rebels of Tigray People’s Liberation Movement (TPLF) for...

U.S. created the atmosphere in Sudan for military coup: Journalist

The United States created the political atmosphere in the Republic of Sudan that led to the military coup in the African country, according to African American journalist Abayomi Azikiwe. Mr. Azikiwe, editor at the Pan-African News Wire, warned in an interview with Press TV on Oct. 26 that there is no solution to the African crisis as long as imperialist...

Exploring Senegal and appreciating Africa

DAKAR, Senegal—“Bye, bye cold weather” and “As-Salaam Alaikum, Africa.” That’s what our group of 14, eight adults and six children, said as we boarded a nonstop plane to the Motherland for a 10-day trip to one of West Africa’s most popular destinations.  Let the excitement begin! The capital of Senegal in Dakar is famous for its lively markets, access to...