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Ethiopian drone strike kills 17 on day of Biden-Abiy call

NAIROBI, Kenya—An Ethiopian drone strike has killed 17 civilians in the country’s Tigray region on the day that President Joe Biden during a call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed concern about such attacks in the ongoing war, local authorities say. A report by the zonal administration said women at a flour-grinding mill made up most of those killed in...

Activist: Sudan’s kleptocratic military system won’t stop the people’s movement from rising

Sudanese activist, educator Nour Tawir Aburass Anti-military coup, pro-democracy marches occurring in Sudan with growing numbers and increasing frequency since October show there is a renewed, unquestionable call among the people for civilian rule. The growing protest movement is a sign, this writer was told by longtime Sudanese activist educator, Nour Tawir Aburass who hails from the Nuba Mountains, that the...

Libya: Tensions as armed groups mobilize in Tripoli

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed concern over the unfolding security situation in the capital, Tripoli, where forces affiliated with different armed groups have been deploying. The development came as Libyans awaited news about the postponement of long-promised landmark elections, which was announced Dec. 23. Appeal for dialogue The current mobilization “creates tensions and increases the risk of clashes...

Israel doesn’t belong in the African Union: scholar

“If Africa is to realize her potential for the benefit of her sons and daughters, she must arise and be active in all sectors in the global arena,” said Dr. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, commonly known as “P.L.O. Lumumba.” The professor of law is an internationally recognized attorney, human rights activist, Pan-Africanist and public speaker whose orations focus on...

Sudan’s prime minister departs amid unrest; UN special representative regrets resignation

The Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Sudan, Volker Perthes, expressed regret that Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok recently decided to resign. According to news agencies, Mr. Hamdok resigned Jan. 3 after another day of mass protests that rocked the capital of the country, Khartoum. After being detained during the Oct. 25 military takeover, along with senior officials and...

Europe and U.S. return of stolen African artifacts is questionable

In 1974 Ghana’s Asante royal family requested the United Kingdom script and pass legislation that would encourage the return of its looted treasures. The reply was “very racist and rude,” recalled author, filmmaker, and art historian, Nana Oforiatta Ayim. The request was finally presented to the House of Lords. In response to the suggestion that sacred Ghanaian objects that embody...

Ethiopia’s woes and America’s hidden hand

Dubious U.S. meddling in Africa is being played out in Ethiopia as bloodshed and mayhem have gripped the Horn of Africa country since November 2020. The conflict depicted as a civil war is layered, nuanced, and further complicated by American involvement under the pretext of making peace. President Joe Biden is beefing up U.S. military personnel by sending 1,000  National Guard...

Africa 2021: Perplexing, horrendous, dramatic and inspiring

Africa’s year 2021 was perplexing, horrendous, dramatic but also inspirational. It can be summed in the “two-ness” of the sojourn of American Black folks as expressed in W.E.B. Du Bois’ inspirational writing about Black lives and how they matter, published in 1903, in “The Souls Of Black Folk”:    “An American, a Negro; two souls, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals...

Kenya marks ‘Jamhuri Day’ with Independence Day speeches, military bands

(GIN)—Jamhuri, the Swahili word for “republic,” was celebrated across Kenya on Dec. 14— when the country attained its independence from the British in 1963 and became a republic in 1964. That was followed by a flurry of new national holidays. Some survived, others are being questioned and maybe heading for the dustbin of history. The now-abolished Moi Day was created to...

Sudanese coup leaders’ riches feed military power

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (also known as Hemedti), head of Sudan’s feared Rapid Support Force, pledged over $1 billon to help stabilize the Sudanese Central Bank after an economic crisis and overwhelming protests which led to the military ouster of President Omar el-Bashir in 2019. His promise two years ago is a sign of how Sudan’s military coup leaders have...