New African

Articles from No. 520, August-September

Black Groups Challenge the ICC: A 27-Person Delegation from the New York-Based December 12th Movement, and the Barbados-Based International Association against Torture, Travelled to the Hague to Petition the ICC to Widen Its Net beyond African Indictees. Martin Mwale Reports
ON 18 JUNE, THE PRESIDENT of the Peoples Empowerment Party (PEP) of Barbados, David Comissiong, threw down the gauntlet to the International Criminal Court (ICC), when he and a group of Pan-African activists lodged a petition at the ICC's headquarters...
Corruption: A Greater Problem in the UK: As Part of the Survey on Corruption in Europe, Transparency International's National Chapter in the UK Did a Special Focus on "Corruption in the UK". the Results Were Damning: "Corruption Is a Greater Problem in the UK Than Is Currently Recognised", the Research Found. Osei Boateng Reports
ACCORDING TO RESEARCH conducted by Transparency International's UK national chapter (TI-UK), "corruption is a greater problem in the UK than is currently recognised", and while it is a "growing threat", the government's response is "inadequate". ...
Countdown to UN Tourism Assembly: With a Year to Go, Zimbabwe and Its Neighbour Zambia the Cohosts of the UN World Tourism Organisation (WTO) 20th General Assembly in August Next Year, Are Preparing Feverishly for the Event, Reports Tichaona Zindoga from Harare
EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE UNITED Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), one of the world body's 17 specialist agencies, based in Madrid (Spain), chose Zimbabwe and Zambia to host its next General Assembly - the 20th in the series. It is an event...
Freedom of Misinformation: Bashorun J.K. Randle Uses the Reporting of Nigeria in the American Media to Tell How Misinformation Destroys the Image of the Country and Distorts the Local Discourse
IN THE RUN-UP TO THE LAST American presidential election, when it looked as if the prospect of a black president was looming on the horizon, the Republican opponents of Barack Obama became utterly desperate. So much so that they insisted on inserting...
Good News AIDS Is on the Retreat
African governments and civil society must demonstrate political leadership by collectively defining their own journey in their response to HIV-Aids and demand that their development partners support that vision. Now is the time for change, argue President...
Hope & Change 2012: Based on President Barack Obama's Achievements So Far, Would I Vote for Him for a Second Term? Yes, If I Were an American. No, If I Had a Vote as an African
When President Barack Obama was elected four years ago, there was a widespread feeling that America had finally come to terms with its appalling racist past. However, as people celebrated the dawning of a supposedly post-racial America, they ignored...
How Corrupt Is Europe?
For many in Europe, corruption is assumed to exist only in other countries, particularly in places such as Africa. But recent surveys have shown that corruption is a "major problem" in Europe, and there is a strong correlation between corruption and...
If Music Be the Food of Love: Music Does Wonders for the Soul, That Is Why the Music of Africa's Old Masters Should Not Be Lost. They Should Be Digitalised and Made Freely Available
I have heard so much music in my life that if it was all put on to a giant vinyl record, I think its size would stretch from here to the surface of the moon! A good idea to bring the moon in, for it was during the moonlight hours that the girls of...
Is the AU Fit for Purpose? Cameron Duodu Concludes His Article (the First Part Was Published Last Month) on the Nomenclature of the African Union and Asks If the AU, Based on Its Record in the Past 10 Years, Is Fit for Purpose
ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO ORGANISATION in Africa that is as frequently "badmouthed" as the African Union (AU), it has done it again! At its summit in Addis Ababa in July, it voted four times before it selected the person who should head the commission that...
'I Want to See a New Sierra Leone'
Sierra Leone goes to the polls on 17 November. Incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma (pictured) is seeking a second term. Our correspondent, Lansana Gberie, interviewed him on the security situation in the country ahead of the elections, his relationship...
Lagos: Africa's Emerging Powerhouse: Lagos Has Not Seen Its like before. an Exciting State Governor Whose Inspirational Leadership Has Transformed a Once Difficult City and State into a Thriving Living Space in Just Six Years
Transformational leadership History has many stories of those who, singlehandedly or with others, have transformed their societies. Now, in Nigeria, another individual has emerged who, within six years has totally transformed a once difficult city...
Malawi Controversy over President's Death: Malawi's New President, Joyce Banda, Is Keen to Establish the "Truth" about the Death of Her Predecessor, Bingu Wa Mutharika, but the Late President's Family Is Not Too Happy with the Investigations. Prince Jamali Reports from Lilongwe
BARELY THREE MONTHS AFTER HIS sudden death, Malawi's former president, Bingu wa Mutharika, will be turning in his grave following the row that has ensued between his family members and the new government of President Joyce Banda over an investigation...
Michel Sidibe 'We Are Defeating AIDS in Africa': After Two Decades of HIV Running Riot in Africa, the Continent Now Appears to Be Getting on Top of It. This Was Revealed by Dr Michel Sidibe, the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) in an Interview with New African's Editor, Baffour Ankomah
THERE IS GOOD NEWS IN THE air. At the AU Summit in July, African leaders adopted a new roadmap to accelerate the continent's response to three killer diseases: Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. The roadmap, developed by the AU Commission and the NEPAD...
The Day I Agreed with Balotelli: After Nearly Three Decades Reporting Football, Osasu Obayiuwana, Our Football Editor, Uses the Prism of the Sport to Tell His Career - and Very Personal - Story, and Why He Agrees with the Italian Striker of Ghanaian Descent, Mario Balotelli (Real Name Mario Barwuah) about Fighting Racism in Football
AS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF my being a football reporter, writer, and broadcaster beckons, the subject of race, in life, as well as in football, is simmering in my mind. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is an appropriate accident of tate that I am writing...
The Meaning of Freedom: "Every Life Is Determined and Evaluated by the Inner Form of Love. Tell Me What You Love and I Will Tell You Who You Are"
On 12 April 1999, President Bill Clinton and his wife and members of the US Congress gathered in the East Room of the White House to listen to Elie Wiesel, the Romanian-born Jewish-American journalist, professor, writer, political activist, Nobel Laureate,...
'We Are Fed Up with Bad Treatment': African Immigrant Workers Marched across Europe to Draw Attention to the Exploitation of Their Labour by Unscrupulous European Employers. They Also Want EU Governments to Regularise Their Stay. Santorri Chamley Reports from Paris, Where the March Began in Early June
ON A SUNNY MORNING IN EARLY June, a large group of mostly West African undocumented workers assembled at a square in central Paris to prepare for an unprecedented, month-long march for mass legalisation of undocumented workers across several European...
'We Are Not against Africa': But Can She Bring Any Real Change to Africa-ICC Relations?
After the deluge of criticisms against the International Criminal Court's apparent bias or selective prosecutions against Africans, it is now the turn of the Court to talk back. And who better to do it than Fatou Bensouda, the first African to be appointed...
What a Grotesque System! Did You Know That World Football Can Have No New Rules without England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Saying So? Even FIFA, World Football's Governing Body, Can Do Nothing about It. but Why Should the Modern World of Football Allow This Grotesque System to Continue, Asks Ricardo Guerra
AFTER YEARS OF DELIBERAtions and resisting the use of any sort of technology to officiate football matches, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the preeminent lawmaking body of the game, recently approved new systems to help determine...
What Next after Atta Mills? Ghana's President, Prof John Evans Flifi Atta Mills, Died Suddenly on 24 July and Threw the Nation's Politics into Disarray. the Five Months from Now to the National Elections Scheduled for 7 December May Be Some of the Most Interesting in the Country's History, Reports Femi Akomolafe and Stephen Gyasi Jnr
GHANAIANS WERE SHOCKED when the news came on 2.4 July that President John Atta Mills was dead. The people were shocked because the president's death had been rumoured so often that it was difficult to accept that now it was real. But a terse press...
Where Are the Honest Ones? It Is Hard Staying Honest in a World in Which, by Some Accounts, Honesty Does Not Pay. Some of the People Who Run the World Are Dishonest. They Cannot Be Trusted to Keep Their Word on Anything They Say. So What Is the Motivation to Stay Honest?
Due to circumstances I would rather not go into, my beloved old banger is off the road. And I have been forced to result to one of my pet hates - travelling by public transport in London. I just don't know what it is, but I have a great dislike for...
Who Rules South Africa?
Some mempers of the ANC believe they will rule until the second coming of Christ. In 2008, Milton Morema, the mayor of Bushbuckridge, told are ANC-SACP rally that "the ANC will rule this country until Jesus Christ comes pack home". But. despite such...
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