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Symbolism or substance? African Union granted seat in the G-20

The Group of 20 leading industrial and developing nations concluded their annual summit of leaders in New Delhi, India, recently, under the theme: “One Earth, One Family, One Future.” World leaders held talks on issues ranging from climate change and green growth to gender equality and countering terrorism. Among major outcomes in the closing G-20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration...

Coups in African countries described as ‘signs of failed democracies’

Africa’s coup belt is growing. The coup d’état in seven African countries has been described as a sign of failed democracies in the affected countries. According to a report in the Daily Maverick, censuring leaders for coups is only a first step. Businessday.ng, a Nigerian business and financial news website, describes the seven countries experiencing “military interregnum,” including Guinea, Burkina...

Uniting Africa and the U.S. Black diaspora to forge a new global economic destiny

ATLANTA— Bridging the gaps between the African continent and the coast-to-coast diaspora was a big discussion point at the National Black Business Conference, which recently took place. The conference, hosted by the National Business League, the National Black Chamber of Commerce and The World Conference of Mayors, welcomed African representatives from all over the continent. Present were the Minister of...

African states’ resistance against global colonialism prove their vigilance, prudence: Iran president

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has praised African nations for their steadfastness in resisting global colonialism, calling it a sign of their vigilance, prudence and recognition of modern-day requirements. In a meeting with Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso Olivia Rouamba in Tehran on September 4, Mr. Raisi said Iran has been developing positive relations with African states after the victory of...

Coups or revolution? African nations at a crossroads and throwing off Western colonial shackles 

Military leaders in the Central African nation of Gabon announced that they had taken power, ousted the government, and placed its longtime President Ali Bongo under house arrest. The officers introduced themselves as members of the Committee of Transition and the Restoration of Institutions (CTRI). They annulled the official results from the Aug. 26 presidential election, closed borders, and...

Summit shows growing strength of BRICS alliance which challenges Western-dominated global order

Many observers and analysts framed the recent BRICS Summit held in South Africa as a challenge to the Western-dominated global order. The group’s increasing economic clout included the addition of six more nation-states, making it “BRICS Plus.”  Economist Redge Nkosi, the Pretoria-based founder and executive director of First Source Money and Public Banking of South Africa, who participated in the...

BRICS Summit, with new proposed members, represents one-third of the global economy

The 15th BRICS Summit was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 22, to 24. BRICS is currently comprised of the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This year’s summit was hosted by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and over 60 global leaders and political heavyweights were invited. Not only was this the largest in scale summit since...

Africa’s 2023 awakening has been dramatic but also inspirational

Africa’s awakening in 2023 has been perplexing, at times disturbing and dramatic, but also inspirational. It can be summed in the “twoness” or duality of the sojourn of American Black folks as expressed in the sudden awaking to their colonial and neocolonial past. This “twoness” was defined by Pan-Africanist and activist scholar W. E. B. Du Bois in his...

Africa can become new global supply chain force: UNCTAD

African economies should seize the opportunity to better integrate into technology-intensive global supply chains and boost prosperity, but this depends on their ability to harness key market and investment trends, the UN’s trade and development body, UNCTAD said on August 16. In a new report, UNCTAD shows that Africa can become a major exporter of higher value-added goods, creating growth and jobs, and fueling...

‘Great steps’ taken to consolidate ties as Iran FM visits South Africa

The top Iranian and South African diplomats have exchanged views on important bilateral and international issues on the sidelines of the 15th Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation. The meeting took place between Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor in Pretoria on August 10. The joint commission was being held after a...