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Zimbabwe launches ‘gold’ currency to replace dollar

Zimbabwe has introduced a new national currency aimed at stabilizing the economy and countering the devaluation of the local dollar in the southern African nation. Harare has also appealed to the United Nations for $2 billion in aid to help with food insecurity. The “structured currency”—Zimb Gold (ZiG)—will be anchored mainly on gold and foreign currency reserves, Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank...

Namibia still fighting for reparations from Germany

In March, the Turkish parliament speaker thanked Namibia for its international stance in condemning Israel’s genocide atrocities in Gaza. “I would like to express that as the Turkish nation, we greatly appreciate Namibia’s stance in the international arena against the ongoing atrocities, which have reached the level of genocide, perpetrated by Israel in Gaza for nearly six months,” Numan...

Is South Africa prepared to embrace a coalition government?

As South Africans approach their upcoming national elections, scheduled for May 29—some with reservations—a plethora of critical issues loom large over the country’s political landscape. One that is getting a lot of attention is whether Africa’s most influential nation-state is possibly prepared to embrace coalition governance on a national scale. According to the South African news site Isolezwe, more...

Senegal’s president-elect pledges to fight corruption 

DAKAR, Senegal—Senegal woke up March 26 to a new president-elect, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, a former tax inspector and political newcomer who inspired voters, including many unemployed youth, with a vow to fight corruption and reform the economy. Mr. Faye, 44, was catapulted into the presidential campaign when he was backed by the popular opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who had been barred...

South Africa’s Naledi Pandor visits the U.S. and Jamaica

Dr. Naledi Pandor is South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. From March 18-26, she embarked on a working visit to the U.S. and Jamaica. During her visit, she was scheduled to engage in high-level discussions with various stakeholders, including members of Congress. She also addressed a reception in honor of anti-apartheid activists and the South African diaspora,...

Historical roots and ties of apartheid and colonialism

According to the Financial Times, South Africa has a population of nearly 50,000 Jews, the majority of whom are Ashkenazi. The country has a history of Zionist Jews that supported South African apartheid but also has a history of anti-apartheid, anti-Zionist Jews, including Koni Benson, a member of South African Jews for a Free Palestine, and Andrew Feinstein, a...

Israel’s spyware, cyber warfare were used on Palestinians and exported to Africa

Late last year, journalist Antony Loewenstein told inkstick.com, “In the last 10 years, Israel has made significant efforts to build relationships with Africa, but these are mostly transactional and a way to hopefully win support in the UN and other international forums.” Loewenstein, who was based in South Sudan in 2015 and Jerusalem between 2016 and 2020, is the author...

Activists urge Nigeria to delay Shell’s $2.4 B sale of assets in deeply polluted Niger Delta

ABUJA, Nigeria—Local activists and international environmental groups want Nigeria’s government to delay approving the sale of oil company Shell’s onshore assets, claiming Shell is trying to shirk its environmental and social responsibilities in the highly polluted Niger Delta. The London-based company is trying to sell its subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company—which operates its onshore assets in the delta—to Renaissance Africa Energy Company,...

Senegalese leaders propose June elections after court rejects president’s 10-month delay

DAKAR, Senegal—A group of Senegalese civic and religious leaders proposed holding elections in early June, the first new date offered since the president attempted to push elections back to the end of the year. President Macky Sall who faces term limits at the end of his second terms, said in early February he was postponing an election for 10 months, just...

Trillions of dollars in mineral resources but still poor

Despite being rich because of $24 trillion in mineral resources that are ready to be turned into consumer electronics and batteries in electric cars for Western industrialized democracies, the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest in the world. In fact, according to the World Bank, the DRC is among the five poorest nations...