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Articles from No. 428, April

A Different Kind of Coup: As Portugal Seeks to Build New Partnerships with Its Former African Colonies, We Should Not Lose Sight of the Importance of the 25th April 1974 Coup in Lisbon. It Even Speeded Up the Demise of Ian Smith's Regime in Zimbabwe and Apartheid in South Africa
Having been deeply involved in the struggle against colonialism, I still think that the final verdict on the 25th April 1974 Lisbon coup (see NA, March) that brought about the radical withdrawal of Portugal from its African colonies, is a sober "better...
Angola: No Elections Yet; It Has Been 12 Years since Angola Last Held National Elections, but It Is Unlikely That the Country Will Do So Soon, as the Ruling MPLA Party Insists on Completing Its 14-Task Programme before Elections Are Held. Gina Jere Reports
Last month, around 30 opposition groups and non-governmental organisations teamed up to persuade the government to hold elections in 2005. But the government argued that it would be imprudent to rush the elections without laying the proper foundations,...
Apartheid Sinners Face the Music: The Recent Arrest of Gideon Nieuwoudt, a Former Apartheid Policeman Allegedly Implicated in the Death of Steve Biko, Has Suddenly Thrown the Spotlight on the Apartheid Sinners Who Slipped through the Fingers of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. the Net Is Now Closing in on Them, Reports Pusch Commey
When South Africans sought to reconcile and find the way forward after years of apartheid, they devised the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which promised full amnesty for confessions. But some apartheid sinners slipped through the net because...
Aristide's Ouster, African Lessons
The African Union (AU) and the government of South Africa have added their voice to the demand by the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) for a UN investigation into the ouster of the Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. "Aristide's removal...
A Unique Business Opportunity in the Health Care Industry; Dynamic and Fast Working Imported OXYCELL[TM]-Super Immune System Modulator Our Motto: Every Man Has a Right to Live!
Fast working natural super-ionised mineral & oxygen supplement--not a drug to boost your immune system. It is made from only bioactive natural ingredients. What does it do? A team of American scientists and researchers have discovered that...
Biya, the Life President? as the October Elections Approach, the Ruling Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM) Is Split Down the Middle on the Issue of Whether or Not to Limit the Presidential Term. Tansa Musa Reports from Yaounde
For sometime now, top conservative and reformist members of the ruling party have been haggling over the issue of whether the 1996 constitutional amendment which limited the presidential term to two seven-year stints was the right thing to do. [ILLUSTRATION...
Botswana: A Role Model for Southern Sudan? in Search of a Model, a Group of Southern Sudanese Has Been to Botswana to Find out Why the Southern African Country Is Such a Prosperous and Stable Nation. Our Correspondent, Jacob Akol, a Southern Sudanese Himself, Went along with Them. This Is His Report
The Botswana are well prepared for us. An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations meets us at Sir Seretse Khama Airport and clears us through the VIP lounge, where we are served with coffee and tea. It is a welcome most...
Economy on the Up: Despite Severe Negative Weather Conditions That Have Led to Food Shortages, Lesotho's Economy Performed Well in the 2002/03 Fiscal Year. Janet Jere Reports
According to a recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) review, quoted by the UN's Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN), Lesotho's economy grew by almost 4% last year. Much of the improvement was attributed to strong textile exports to the...
Garner as Hope: Ghana, Down in the Doldrums Just a Decade Ago, Now Shows What Democracy Can Do for Any Country That Takes It Seriously. Peter Ezeh, after a Recent Trip to Accra, Compares His Native Nigeria with the Ghana He Saw
The three of us: Dr Kunle Filani of Lagos State College of Education; the Rev Jaco Sieberhagen, the remarkable pastor/sculptor from South Africa and I, had a relatively smooth time on our way to Accra from Lagos. I was already familiar with Jaco's...
Happy Anniversary, South Africa; What Will the Next 10 Years Bring for South Africa? Already I Sense a Creeping Desire-Not Yet a Process, but One Can Feel the Urge-A Need in Some Corners to Separate South Africa from "The Rest of Africa". but Here Is a Reminder: South Africa Is African
I have been trying but I just can't work out exactly what it is about South Africa that makes me veer from one extreme emotion to another, sometimes on the same day; sometimes, even within a matter of minutes. One moment insanely, deliriously happy,...
How Could the Mercenaries Get This Far: The Sad Story of Foreign-Paid African Mercenaries on African Soil Has Raised Its Ugly Head Yet Again with the Arrests of Alleged Mercenaries in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea Last Month. Janet Jere and Chipo Shoko Report on How Dangerously Easy They Could Have Got Away with Their Plot to Murder
The ease and impunity with which the African mercenaries arrested in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea last month could have accomplished their foiled feat, raises worrying questions on the state of national security on the African continent. Although...
Kenya: The Rainbow Shows Its True Colours; Changing the Constitution and Devolving His Powers, Were Some of President Mwai Kibaki's Campaign Pledges, but If the March Events at the Constitution Review Conference Are Anything to Go by, This Promise Threatens to Bring His Entire House Down, Reports Janet Jere
As we went to press, it seemed most likely that after 12 months of deliberations, Kenya's Constitution Review process had finally been battered enough to reveal how divided the country's coalition government really is. In one of the most acrimonious...
Land Reform: Namibia Moves into the Fast Lane; after Years of Going Slow on Land Reform, the Namibian Government Is Now Moving into the Fast Lane to Bring Some Equity into Land Ownership in the Country. for Namibia, This Is a Very Radical Move. Uazuva Kaumbi Reports from Windhoek
The night of 25 February 2004 will go down in Namibian history as a watershed moment. Speaking on behalf of the Namibian government in a special live TV and radio broadcast, the prime minister, Theo-Ben Gurirab, informed the nation that the government...
Nigeria: Next President from the North? John Paden, One of America's Foremost Africanists, Has Revealed That President Obasanjo Has Convinced His Ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) to Field a Northern Candidate for the Next Presidential Elections in 2007. Jim Fisher-Thompson Reports from Washington DC
At a time when Nigeria "lost its moral compass", spiralling into sectarian violence, President Olusegun Obasanjo, helped preserve national unity by encouraging Northern Muslims to continue working within the political system. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Nigeria: Oil Sector Review, as Economy Grows; Nigeria's Economy Grew by a Record 10.75% in 2003 Due to a Rise in Oil Output, According to a Report by an IMF Visiting Team. Janet Jere Reports
The good news on the Nigerian economy came on the heels of local newspaper reports claiming that the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo had launched a review of the Joint Operating Agreements (JOA) with its multinational oil partners aimed at...
No Longer Shall They Kill Our Prophets ... (2): "The Only Way to Express Ourselves in the New World Is Being Together. I Don't like to Be a Colony. If We Don't Get Together, We Will Disappear from World History"-Romani Prodi, President of the European Commission, Speaking in London on 6 February 2001 on the Need for European Unity
First, my apologies to the Beefs faithful who missed their usual portions in last month's issue. My wanderings in Africa got the better part of me. But here we are, another month, another Beefs. In Ghana, our elders say: "Ani-tete sen abodwese panin"...
'No Vietnamese Ever Called Me a Nigger': Celebrating 40 Years of the Greatest Boxer of Them All
25 February 1964 ... It is 40 years since the young, brash Cassius Clay (later changed to Muhammad Ali) upset the boxing form-book by taking the world heavyweight title from the fearsome Charles 'Sonny' Liston. Neither boxing nor the world has been...
Russia: Attacks on Foreigners on the Rise; "We Will Kill All Foreigners, Russia Is for Russians", Shout Skinheads Who Appear to Have Licence to Roam, Maim and Kill. Nassor Ali Reports on the Harrowing Experience of Africans and Asians in Russia
It is slightly more than a decade since the 70-year-old communist iron curtain was torn down. But ethnic minorities are reaping bitter fruits of the Russian version of freedom and democracy which has opened a highway for extremists to go unchecked....
Soldiers Sue for Pay: Soldiers Who Served in the Uganda Army under Former Presidents Milton Obote and Idi Amin Are Suing the Museveni Government for $470M in Payment Arrears. Bamuturaki Musinguzi Reports from Kampala
Under the auspices of the Uganda Army Service Men Development Association (TUASMDA), 45,000 former soldiers have sued President Yoweri Museveni's government for salary arrears, allowances, gratuity, pensions and damages, spanning a period of over 23...
South Africa: Farm Violence, Enough Is Enough; Two Recent Incidents of White Farmers Throwing Their Black Workers to Lions or Driving Their Pick-Up Vans over Them, Have Outraged the Whole Nation, Particularly Cosatu, the Largest Trade Union in the Country. Gift Sipho Siso Reports
Cosatu, the South African trade union, has angrily condemned the "outrageous" sentence of a R36,000 fine and a two-year suspended jail term imposed on a white farmer who killed his former black worker by dragging him alongside his pick-up van until...
South Africa: The Dilemma of Western Economics; the Figures Look Great on Paper, the Economy Is Growing but the Gains Are Trickling Up Not Down as It Should Be. and the Number of the Poor Is Increasing. Pusch Commey Reports on South Africa's Election Year Budget
It was a subdued Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, the former socialist turned free market guru, who acknowledged that despite all the fine figures that showed that South Africa's economy was in fine form, the gains have simply not trickled down. That...
The Fear of Vaccines: Fear That a Vaccine Used by the WHO to Combat Polio Can Cause Sterility in Both Men and Women, Has Spurred Some Northern Nigerian States to Block a Crucial Vaccination Campaign That Is Aimed at Eradicating the Disease from West Africa by the End 2004. It Reminds Me of My Boyhood in Ghana
I bear on my forearm, two deep scars. I can never forget how they came to be there. Our school was vaccinated--I don't know against what, though I guess it must have been small pox--and I ended up with those two huge scars. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
"Ti France" Bows out after 27 Years: Last Month, President France Albert Rene Finally Announced His Retirement, but as Fletcher Erwood Reports, Rene Will Still Remain the Top Man Calling the Shots Behind the Scenes
Even as the outstretched arm of cyclone Galifo swept across the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles, downing power lines and flooding roads, its trauma paled in comparison to the jolt that President France Albert Rene's announcement that, after 27 years...
To Buy or Not to Buy: A Lively Debate Has Erupted Following the Announcement by Kaiser International to Sell Its 90% Shares in the Tema-Based Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO) to the Ghana Government. to Buy or Not to Buy Is Now the Question Facing the Government. George Frank Asmah Reports
Suddenly everybody is talking about VALCO. The government and Kaiser signed a memorandum of understanding on 19 December last year for the transfer of the majority shares. The American multinational, Alcoa, which owns the remaining 10%, has the right...
Uganda's Vanilla Boom: Uganda Is Currently Experiencing a Vanilla Boom. and Growers Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank. Curtis Abraham Reports from Kampala
Vanilla, the spice produced from a tropical climbing orchid, used for cooking, has been grown in Uganda before, but its commercial success was short-lived, in fact interrupted by the Idi Amin regime (1971-78). Today, Uganda is enjoying a vanilla boom...
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