Election of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission: The AU at a crossroads

At the recent public ‘debate’, part from Senegal’s Prof Abdoulaye Bathily all the other candidates for African Union Commission Chair read from prepared scripts. They all had interesting things to say on the issues brought up, but clearly Bathily emerged as the more passionate and pan-Africanist candidate with a clear vision of what he would…

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Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot

Forty years ago, on Dec. 3, 1976, Bob Marley was shot in a gangland assassination attempt in the heat of a contentious Jamaican election campaign pitting the United States’ favorite (Edward Seaga) against the incumbent prime minister (Michael Manley). The shooting in Marley’s Kingston home—which also wounded his wife, Rita, and at least two others—occurred…

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Egypt’s Nubians: We Want to Reclaim Our Homeland

ASWAN, Egypt – Last weekend in Egypt’s south, Nubians launched an unprecedented challenge to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government by marching in protest to their historic homeland, more than 50 years after they were forcibly displaced by the state. The action was part of a new youth and activist-led movement that has been brewing since the…

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Indigenous Sengwer minority in Kenya oppose EU-funded

The water towers project is being implemented without free, prior and informed consent of the community, the leaders say. The forest community, whose rights have been repeatedly violated by the Kenya Government in brutal evictions, fear there will be more violations under the current project. 3rd November 2016 Delegation of the European Union to Kenya Union…

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Politics of Death – France in CAR and Mali

The so-called war on terror has provided a new justification for French military intervention in Africa. That explains the opposite outcomes of Paris’s recent interventions in the Central African Republic and Mali. The exaggerated counter-terrorism narrative is a boon to French politicians. With presidential elections in May 2017 fast approaching, France is likely to increase…

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Migration Dynamics, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa

On 19 September the United Nations General Assembly hosted its first ever High-Level Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to addressing the worst refugee crisis since the end of WWII.  The summit provided an historic opportunity to develop…

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