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Articles from July-August

African Foundations of World Religions. (Religion)
We conclude, with Part 3, Femi Biko's series on how world religions were based on, or borrowed heavily from, African religious systems and repackaged the source they had borrowed from. The last instalment in our May issue ended with the influence of...
African Liberation Day Marked in Style. (Diaspora)
This year's African Liberation Day (25th May), the 43rd in the series, was observed in a big way throughout the African Diaspora -- from Belfast in Northern Ireland to Aalborg in Denmark, and all over America. In London, UK, the Day was observed...
Africa -- the World's Comfort Zone. (Western Media/Africa)
There is more to the persistent negative portrayal of Africa by the Western media than meets the eye. The African mind, wherever it lives around the world, is preyed upon to regard the continent as a lost entity, filled with dying people, with no future,...
Aids and Poverty: Doctors in Africa Appear to Have Forgotten That Many of the Sick They Encounter Have Always Satisfied the Bangui Definition of Aids. (Medical/Aids)
That tuberculosis (TB) is a disease largely associated with destitution and poverty is beyond dispute. Its prevalence diminishes as social and economic conditions improve. Sub-standard housing, shacks and overcrowding favour the risk of massive...
Discrimination Goes on Trial: The Stage Is Set for a Potentially Explosive UN Conference on Racism in Durban. (Cover Story/Slavery)
South Africa. The setting could not have been better for the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. The choice of South Africa is well founded. Iris the birthplace of apartheid, the...
France Finally Owns Up. (Cover Story/Slavery)
At long last, the French are admitting their role in slavery. A law to declare slavery a "crime against humanity" is making its way through the French parliament, but paying reparations for that despicable crime is proving too difficult for the French...
From the British Media: Germany Approves Slave Labour Payout
The German parliament recently approved DM10 billion ($4.6bn) compensation payments to more than one million survivors of Nazi-era slave labour. The survivors, mostly from Eastern Europe who missed out on earlier compensation, are each expected...
Go South My Son. (South Africa)
"They are taking our women!" The familiar cry resonates across the land as black South African men rise up in arms against their brothers from up north. Sometimes literally. Coupled with the idea of foreigners stealing jobs, relationships between...
Guilty as Charged? (Cover Story/Slavery)
At last, the Dutch are building a monument to slavery in Amsterdam. But is it an attempt to come clean about their past or just a show to cover the sins of the fathers?, asks our Amsterdam correspondent, The Dutch know all about the usual heroes:...
Home Truths by European Journalists. (Cover Story/Media)
"In Uganda, we allow Museveni to get away with ruling very autocratically but we don't allow Mugabe to do [the same]. I think there is an awful lot of hypocrisy, not only in the media coverage but also in Western foreign policy which also dictates...
How UNDP Sees AIDS in Africa: "Half of All 15-Year Olds Alive Today [in Africa] Will Eventually Die of the Disease, Even If New Infection Rates Drop in the Next Few Years!". (AIDS/Africa)
June marked the 20th anniversary of the first clinical diagnosis of Aids, which at the dawn of the 21st century had emerged not only as the most devastating epidemic the world has ever known, but also as the greatest development challenge to ever confront...
Just an 'Appalling Tragedy'? (Cover Story/Slavery)
If they could get their way, Britain, Spain, USA, Canada and Portugal would want the UN conference in Durban to only "affirm that slavery and the slave trade are an appalling tragedy in the history of humanity". They say slavery was legal at the time,...
Liberia-The 'Big Scapegoat': Larry Luxner Interviews Liberia's Ambassador in Washington. (the Interview)
Liberia's flag resembles the Stars and Stripes of USA, its capital city is named after an American president, its constitution is patterned after the U.S. constitution and its official language is English (with an American accent of course). The...
Lumumba: The Truth Comes Slowly. (Congo/Belgium)
The Experts whose report will form the basis of the Belgian parliamentary Commission of Enquiry into Patrice Lumumba's assassination on 17 January 1961, are making good progress. They presented their interim report to the Commission on 6 June, and,...
Marriage Made in Heaven? (Zambia)
The shock waves over the recent marriage of the controversial faith-healing Catholic archbishop, Emmanuel Milingo, to a Korean doctor, Maria Sung, are still reverberating. But the 71-year-old archbishop says he has no regrets. He exchanged vows...
Oromo -- the Forgotten People? (Ethiopia)
The Oromo Liberation Movement (OLF) which claims to represent the 28 million people of Oromo (who make up nearly half of the total population of Ethiopia), has, for the past year, intensified its armed struggle against the government in Addis Ababa....
Readers' Letters
Germany's first African footballer The Germans seem to have decided to follow the recommendations of New African (May) by taking the first step you had proposed, ie, to start by getting blacks into the national team as one of the steps to uproot...
Slavery Memorial Day. (Cover Story/Slavery)
The Jewish people call theirs the "Holocaust Memorial Day". It is observed every year by Jews all over the world, and it has many advantages. First, it helps them not to forget where they have come from, especially the horrendous suffering at the hands...
The Gospel According to William Lynch. (Cover Story/slavery)
William Lynch was a slave owner in the Caribbean. In 1712, he was invited by fellow slave owners in the then Colony of Virginia in USA to speak about slave control. Lynch's message is still so true today, 289 years later, that his words ought to be...
The Refugee Speaks. (Baffour's Beefs)
Godwin Ndhlovu: "If Africa (and Zimbabwe in particular) is so nice, what are you doing in the UK?" To which Mrs Gill Townsend adds: "I find it in very poor taste to turn on the very country (Britain) which has given you refuge... and accuse it of arrogant...
The Union Marches on. (Africa)
African heads of state will celebrate a rare victory, the formation of an African Union, at a historic OAU summit in Lusaka in July -- the first, since the Union became a reality. The Union brings to fruition the long cherished dream of uniting...
What to Do with Rawlings? (Ghana)
Ghanaians everywhere must have listened with dismay, when former President Jerry Rawlings warned of a possible coup if the new government that replaced his, continued with the "harassment" (a euphemism for the corruption trials) of former members of...
When People Become Disappointed. (British Elections)
I voted for the British Labour Party the first time I ever voted in Britain. [But] when the recent elections were held on 7 June, I did not vote. If I wanted the Conservative Party, I would vote for it, not a pale shadow of itself. I do not know...
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