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U.S. role in Africa driven by lust for resources, not fear of terrorism

The senior military leader of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) recently expressed fears of an increasing danger of terrorist groups active throughout the continent. But the reality behind why the U.S. is moving in the Motherland is not linked solely to fear of terrorists. General Stephen J. Townsend expressed concerns to journalists at the completion of U.S. led war...

Africa’s largest journalism organization condemns Israeli human rights violations

The continent’s largest journalist organization, the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), recently called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against journalists and media outlets during its recent attacks in Gaza and elsewhere in occupied Palestine. The call came at a conference hosted by President Nana Akufo of Ghana. The conference was organized by the FAJ...

Ghana foresees end to neocolonial trading relationships starting with cocoa

(GIN)—At a state visit to Switzerland last year, Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo put his cards on the table. The second largest cocoa producer would no longer ship the raw material to Switzerland if by doing so, it would trap the country in poverty for the next century. Ghana and the Ivory Coast supply 70 percent of the cocoa beans, but...

Nigeria: A nation in turmoil due to internal conflict and external interference

In light of constant chaos and crisis within Nigeria, some observers and experts question if it should be considered a failed state? They point to a myriad of destabilizing security issues, endemic corruption, and a deteriorated public trust within the country. Some western analysts have already signed Nigeria’s death certificate. They argue the country has fallen and needs further assistance...

Israel, Egypt, Ethiopia and convoluted U.S. foreign policy

Israel and Egypt are America’s principal Middle East and North Africa watchdogs of United States foreign policy. Why else would Israel be endowed by Washington with $3.8 billion in aid plus $8 billion in loan guarantees annually. Coming in a distant second is aid to Egypt, which according to the State Department’s website has long played a central role...

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...

South Africa chief rabbi’s ‘blind spot’ to Israeli apartheid

In South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent weekly column, the former anti-apartheid activist expressed his angst at the “total disregard for successive United Nations Security Council resolutions that call for an end to the occupation (by Israel) of Palestinian land and the denial of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.” The South African president added, that without a willingness to...

Zimbabwe unveils statue honoring anti-colonialist heroine

HARARE, Zimbabwe—Zimbabwe’s president on May 25 unveiled a towering bronze statue in the center of Harare, the capital, honoring a 19th-century Black anti-colonialist heroine who was hanged for leading a rebellion against White occupation. President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to press for the return of her skull from Britain. Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana, more widely known as Mbuya (grandmother in Shona) Nehanda, was hanged...

Thousands in path of erupting volcano in Congo flee to Rwanda

(GIN)—An erupting mountain of fiery red flames from one of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes shook residents of the city of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, sparking a panicked exodus by thousands to neighboring Rwanda. A din of people and honking horns could be heard in videos taken early May 23 of the red-glowing eruption shared on social...

Internal emails reveal WHO knew of sex abuse claims in Congo

BENI, Congo—When Shekinah was working as a nurse’s aide in northeastern Congo in January 2019, she said, a World Health Organization doctor offered her a job investigating Ebola cases at double her previous salary—with a catch. “When he asked me to sleep with him, given the financial difficulties of my family … I accepted,” said Shekinah, 25, who asked that...