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Articles from No. 426, February

Bauchi State: The Home of Peace and Progress; Our Special Correspondent, Ben Asante, on a Tour of Northern Nigeria Writes about the Historic State of Bauchi, the Home of Tradition Still Making Strides
Bauchi State is the strategic gateway to five other states in northeast Nigeria. The state itself is a leading breadbasket, and also endowed with natural beauty. It abounds in rare species of birds and animals which remain at the centre of the state...
Blair: We Want Regime Change
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Abuja (5-8 December) resolved to "encourage and assist the process of national reconciliation" in Zimbabwe. But to the British prime minister, Tony Blair, (as he told parliament on 9 December...
Cameroon: Aids Vaccine: Doctor Cries Foul
When Professor Victor Anomah Ngu (above) announced in Yaounde in 2001 that he had developed an auto-vaccine therapy against HIV/Aids, his colleagues at home rubbished his claims. Now, he says an American company has taken his discovery. Tansa Musa...
Commonwealth: Whose Wealth?
There has been no shortage of news about the Commonwealth in the past two months. But how does the Commonwealth impact or benefit the ordinary African? In this article, Regina Jere-Malanda analyses the historical, political and economic essence of...
Ghana: The Real Kufuor; A New Biography of President John Agyekum Kufuor-Between Faith and History-Written by Ivor Agyeman-Duah, Reveals the Man Behind the Man at the Helm in Accra. Osei Boateng Has Been Reading It
President John Agyekum Kufuor, one of the tallest presidents to burst onto the African scene, is known as "The Gentle Giant" on account of his quiet demeanour. But two recent foreign policy decisions by him--supporting Zimbabwe's suspension from the...
Good Night, Good Knight: Dr. Jacob Hudson Carruthers, One of the Great African-American Scholars, Historians and Educators Died at His Home in Chicago, Illinois, on 4 January 2004, after a Long Illness. This Is a Tribute by the Kemetic Institute of Which He Was a Founding Member
For 32 years, Dr Jacob Carruthers was a professor of history and education at the Centre for Inner City Studies of Northeastern Illinois University. His leadership pioneered the development of both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Inner City Studies,...
Guinea: No Place for a Worn-Out President?
Despite his poor health, President Lansana Conte (right) was returned to power in the 21 December presidential election boycotted by the main opposition coalition. Yohannes Perry reports from Conakry. ********** The "Front Republicain pour L'Alternance...
Haiti the American Angle: To Understand the Current Troubles in Haiti (Even as It Celebrates 200 Years of Independence), One Might Have to Point His Binoculars in the Direction of Washington DC. Elombe Brath Reports from New York
Haiti (as correctly reported by New African, Jan 2004) is not the first black nation to declare independence. Palmares was. It was established around 1595 in northern Brazil by rebellious African slaves but it was destroyed in 1694 by Portugal. But...
History's Most Sordid Cover-Up
The history of the former European colonies' mixed-race populations is one of the world's biggest hidden scandals. How did these populations come about? We did not miraculously or biblically produce mixed-race babies from thin air. Most of the black...
Is It a Donation or a Loan?
Western countries and their agents--the IMF, World Bank, etc--call themselves donor countries or organisations. But what is a donation and what is a loan? According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, a "donation" is a "bestowal; present; thing presented;...
Kenya: Fury over Symbol
Otieno Aluoka reports on Kenya's new KSh200 banknote that depicts three sad-looking cotton-pickers, which could remind African-Americans of the terrible old days of their enslaved forebears who suffered for nothing on America's cotton fields. **********...
Mbeki: We Will Resist Regime Change
In this article, Thabo Mbeki, the South African president, tells why he fought stoutly for Zimbabwe's Commonwealth suspension to be lifted. He writes: "Those who fought for a democratic Zimbabwe, with thousands paying the supreme price during the struggle,...
Namibia: The Land Is Ours!
Uazuva Kaumbi, the chairman of the board of the Namibia broadcasting corporation, writes about the need for an equitable redistribution of land in Namibia, or Zimbabwe would look like a Sunday school picnic by comparison! ********** The smouldering...
No Longer Shall They Kill Our Prophets ... (1)
"I had preached to Feisal [king of Syria, 1920; and first king of Iraq, 1921-33] from the beginning that freedom was taken, not given"--T. E. Lawrence, the British soldier and writer, commenting on the Arab revolt of 1916-18 against the Turks, during...
Perfect Gift for Black History Month: For Africans at Home and the Diaspora Who Want Their Children to Know about Their Rich Heritage, Nothing Could Be More Helpful Than a New 34-Page Book, Black Scientists and Inventors Book II, Recently Published by BIS Publications, Based in London. Tom Mbakwe Reports
Written by Michael Williams and Ava Henry, the A4-size book is designed to be used by children between the ages of 7 and 16. It is written in simple language and covers some black scientists and inventors (not all), including Lewis Latimer (born in...
South Africa: 10 Years of Freedom
General elections, the third since the collapse of apartheid in 1991, will be held in April to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the demise of apartheid. The campaign is in earnest, and President Thabo Mbeki has already ruffled some feathers by...
Tatchell: "I'm Only Assisting the ZFM"
Contrary to your suggestion (NA, Jan), the new Zimbabwe Freedom Movement is not "driven by outside forces". I have no involvement in it. I merely helped communicate its message to the outside world. If the ZFM leaders had held their news conference...
The New Face of Imperialism
In the age of TV, new insidious disguises are being used to give imperialism a new face--namely the sudden upsurge of black, Arab, and Asian military and civilian spokesmen and women to deliver official statements or decorate photo-opportunities by...
The Official Goodbye
On 11 December, Zimbabwe's foreign minister, Stanley G. Mudenge (photo below), officially wrote to the Commonwealth secretary general, Don McKinnon, terminating Zimbabwe's membership of the Commonwealth. For the record, we publish the letter in full....
USA a Reverend with a Cause: February Is Black History Month in the USA. We Begin the Celebration Here by Looking at the Chances of the Rev. Alfred C. Sharpton Who Wants to Succeed Where the Rev. Jesse Jackson Failed-To Become the First African-American President of the USA. Leslie Goffe Reports from Washington
The Rev. Al Sharpton, like Jesse Jackson before him, has grand ambitions. But with only 3% of Americans saying they will vote for him, it is clear he won't get any closer to the Oval office than Jackson did. Sharpton, who is against President Bush's...
We Must Go the OPEC Way, If Necessary
Our economic "under-development" is not a curse of nature but a man-imposed act of injustice. If the OPEC countries, with all the intrinsic social conservatism that plagues many of them, have made the intellectual leap that has freed them from the...
What Our Readers Say: We Publish Here Some Readers' Reactions to the Commonwealth Crisis. Reactions Can Still Be Sent by Post, Fax or Email
Needed: a united African voice In view of Zimbabwe's withdrawal from the Commonwealth, it is timely to remember President Kwame Nkrumah's view of the Commonwealth. He held that there should be no political or economic grouping or blocs in Africa...
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