New African

Articles from No. 444, October

Africa: The 1884 Scramble Was for Resources to Develop Europe; Rotimi Sankore Examines the Partition of Africa and Explains Why Africans Must Appreciate Its Historical Significance
Despite its pivotal role in entrenching the huge obstacles preventing Africa's political and economic development, the 120th anniversary of the partition of Africa by the Berlin Conference (of November 1884 to February 1885) passed largely unmarked...
Africa: 'We Want the World to Listen to Us'; African NGOs Met in Libya in Late August under the Auspices of the Gaddafi International Foundation (GIF) and Resolved to Do More to Improve Living Conditions in Their Countries. Samson Oduana Reports from Tripoli
"We are not happy with the present situation in Africa" was the leitmotiv of the African NGO representatives who attended the Gaddafi International Foundation's symposium in Tripoli. "We need regular financing to be able to fulfill our various objectives...
Breathing the Free Air of Africa: "Roaming in Africa, I Encounter a Customs Officer at the Johannesburg Airport Who Wants to Fleece Me of My Money. but I Was Damned If I Was Going to Help Corruption to Grow in the New South Africa and Become a Way of Life, as It Has Become in West Africa. Besides, If I Succumbed, What Would Happen to Travellers with Less Muscle Than I Had, as a Journalist?"
London-Johannesburg. It's an 11-hour flight, but South African Airways makes it feel as if it's but a minor hop--the food is excellent; the business class seats recline fully; the wine is good and the cockpit service is as smooth as you like. [ILLUSTRATION...
Britain: The 'Sex Problem'
National, regional and local archives throughout Africa, Europe and America contain a wealth of information about Africa's past. Inspired by the wisdom of the Sankofa bird, our new features column, "Tales from the Archives", written by Carina Ray,...
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
This is a true story as told by John Perkins, in his new book Confessions of An Economic Hit Man. What is an Economic Hit Man (EHM)? Perkins, who was an EHM himself, says an EHM is a person recruited and trained by the American intelligence community...
Economic History That Africa Must Not Repeat: The Economic Success of the Asian Tigers Is Often Held Up as an Example to Africa, but as Dr Lawrence Akwetey Writes Here, Africa Should Study the History of the near Collapse of the Asian Tigers in 1997 in Order Not to Repeat Their Sad Ordeal
After the G8 summit in Gleneagles and the deal on debt relief, the question that comes to the fore is whether such promises (sometimes backed by no action) constitute the real panacea for Africa's problems. Is it more aid or trade that Africa really...
How Africa Developed Europe and America
By cancelling Africa's debts, the G8 countries are supposed to be doing Africa a favour in helping to develop the continent. While this is partly true, the other half of the truth has not been told ... and it is that without Africa's wealth and resources...
If Africa Should Stop Developing Other Continents: By Kwame Nkrumah, the First President of Ghana-An Extract from His Groundbreaking Book, Neo-Colonialism-The Last Stage of Imperialism, Published in 1965, That Angered America and Europe So Much
Africa has failed to make much headway on the road to purposeful industrial development because her natural resources have not been employed for that end but have been used for the greater development of the Western world. This has been a continuing...
'I See Myself as a Zimbabwean Standing Up for the Rights of Other Zimbabweans': Roy Bennett (Pictured below), the Former MP of the Opposition MDC, Who Was Jailed after a Brawl in Parliament, Talks about His Time in Prison and Other Matters of State. Stuart Price Interviewed Him Shortly after His Release during a Recent Visit to London
For a man who spent eight months in prison for a crime whose punishment he thinks was hardly befitting, Roy Bennett is not a bitter man. At the end of June, he emerged from Chikurubi Prison a very different figure from the one who entered. Although...
Liberia/Tanzania: Elections Galore! Liberia and Tanzania Go to the Polls in October to Elect New Leaders. Ramadhani Kabale in Dar Es Salaam and Jarlawah Tonpo in Monrovia Report That the Political Temperatures in the Two Countries Are Rising
The election date in Liberia is 11 October, while in Tanzania, voters will have their chance on 30 October to decide which of the nine men and one woman vying for incumbent President Benjamin Mkapa's mantle, will occupy State House. Mkapa is stepping...
Nigeria: The 'Cold War' at the Presidency; in Spite of Frantic Efforts by Their Aides to Deny the Quarrel between President Olusegun Obasanjo and His Deputy, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, Their "Cold War" Has Now Spilled into the Open. Pini Jason Reports from Lagos
A little over two hours into the main plenary session, which had been resumed after a 15 June walkout of delegates from the South-South, the National Political Reforms Conference (NPRC) was adjourned indefinitely. The unceremonious end did not surprise...
South Africa: Land Issue Winter of Discontent
Any radical attempt by the government to redress the vexed land issue will cause concern in the capital markets and lead to capital flight. On the other hand, the continued lack of progress on the land question will surely cause political and social...
We Were Neither Fish nor Fowl: "Our Pattern of Education Has Been Aligned Hitherto to the Demands of British Examination Councils. above All, It Was Formulated and Administered by an Alien Administration Desirous of Extending Its Dominant Ideas and Thought Processes to Us. We Were Denied the Knowledge of Our African Past and Informed That We Had No Present. What Future Could There Be for Us?" Discuss
Extracting information from dead black males who wrote is a task unsuitable for the unprepared. Passing on knowledge gained from them becomes a dangerous minefield. But gold lies in their philosophic heels. It's real easy to grasp wisdom when you're...
What We Owe to Africa: The "Rich" West Owes More to Africa Than Africa Owes to the Rest of the World. without African Contribution, the Portuguese Would Not Have Held or Developed Brazil. Happy Birthday Angola
Thirty years after the independence of Angola in 1975, which marked the end of the Portuguese empire in Africa, it is about time we Portuguese, and the West in general, acknowledge we owe more to Angola than has been recognised. The oil tankers that...
When Italy Invaded Ethiopia ... 70 Years Ago
The modern age in international politics could be said to have begun 70 years ago this month. On 3 October 1935, the Italians invaded Ethiopia (known then as Abyssinia)--just seven years after the two countries had signed a treaty of friendship. The...
Without Congo's Diamonds, World War II Could Not Have Been Won
DRCongo, the world's biggest diamond producer for many decades before it was overtaken by South Africa and Botswana, played a most crucial role in Britain and its Allies winning the Second World War. In this slightly edited extract from Janine Roberts'...
Zimbabwe: A Nation of Many Surprises
From the international media, you may be forgiven for thinking that Zimbabwe, demonised as a failed state, is about to collapse. Baffour Ankomah was there again in August, and reports that the rebuilding programme launched after the recent controversial...
Zimbabwe: Why Western Donors Cannot Stand Free Speech ... New African Editor Banned from Book Fair
This year's Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF), held in Harare in early August, ended in acrimony as Western donors who fund the Fair, threatened to pull their funding at the end of this year because they were not happy with the list of speakers,...