Kenya’s Impending Ban on Plastic Bags

A regional ban on plastic bags is likely to come into effect after Kenya, which had been adamant, outlawed the paper bags effective September this year. Kenya’s Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu announced the ban on Tuesday. “The CS for Environment and Natural Resources has with effect from six months from date…

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Ahmed Kathrada: Veteran Communist and National Liberation Icon in South Africa Dies

“Kathy”, as he was popularly known, was elected to parliament in 1994  but declined to seek re-election five years later. He wrote an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, suggesting that perhaps he should step down due to widespread corruption in government. Zuma did not attend Kathrada’s memorial, citing the wishes of the family of…

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Israel’s African Darling: Paul Kagame

In May, Paul Kagame will be feted for his outstanding friendship with the Jewish people. That friendship chiefly entails cynical use of the Rwandan genocide to advance U.S. and Israeli interests in Africa and the Arab world. Kagame was the only African head of state to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He has…

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Why Are African Men and Women Still Fleeing to Yemen?

Conflict has been raging in Yemen since 2015, yet people from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea remain undeterred to thread on the perilous routes only to encounter dangerous conditions when they get there. To paraphrase the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, they continue to flee their lands, as home won’t let them stay. Just how dangerous this…

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Morocco Fails in First AU Test on Western Sahara

The Chair of the Kingdom of Morocco was empty during the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC)668th Meeting, held on Monday 20 March 2017, despite an official invitation extended to the kingdom to attend the discussion of briefings on the situation in Western Sahara. “Morocco failed in the first AU test” of its willingness…

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Somali Refugees Massacred in the Red Sea off Yemeni Coast

An American manufactured helicopter attacked a vessel carrying Somalis fleeing from the war-torn state of Yemen killing 42. Somalia supports the US-backed Yemeni regime against the Houthi forces. But it is well known that Yemeni forces and their allies continue to target civilians in the war and prevent the transport of essential goods and services…

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