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Articles from May

African Foundations of World Religions: "It Is to Inner Africa We Must Look in Order to Understand That Which Became Majestic in [Ancient] Egypt" -- Gerald Massey. Welcome to Part 2 of Our Series on Religion. (Religion)
Common patterns in the basic formulations of faiths worldwide makes it inevitable for scholars to conclude that the various religious systems were derived from earlier sources. The maxims of conduct, system of ethics, rituals, lore and myths since...
'Africa's Best Kept Secret'. (around Africa - Botswana)
Describing his country as "Africa's best kept secret", Botswana's president, Festus Mogae, drew attention to its economic success with a high profile launch in London last month, of an information campaign about Botswana's successful management of...
Are We Seeing Elephants Fly or What?: Congratulations, You Gentlemen from the IMF and World Bank; I Have Read Your Newfound Views on Africa with Great Joy. but Now, Do Please Put Your Money Where Your Mouths Are. (Opinion)
Much has justifiably been made about the first ever joint trip to Africa, in February, by the managing director of the IMF, Horst Kohler, and the president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn (see NA, April p11). In doing this, the Bretton Woods...
'Black Germans Do Not Exist'. (Cover Story)
Conventional history says the African presence in Germany goes back only a few decades. But that is not what the African-American historian, Paulette Reed Anderson, has just discovered. Her new work, Rewriting The Footnotes - Berlin and The African...
Complete Debt Relief Is Bad News. (around Africa - IMF/World Bank)
"If you advance the notion that you have complete debt relief, you will of course wipe out the World Bank [and] severely limit the IMF, and in the end it will come back on your governments," James Wolfensohn, the World Bank president, told the German...
Cooking the Draft. (around Africa - UN/Reparations)
As the 30th August opening of the UN conference against racism rapidly approaches, American and European attempts to derail the growing movement for reparations are escalating. Being held in Durban, South Africa, from 30 August to 7 September, the...
Dawn of Nationalism: Peter Ezeh Is Wowed by Obi Ekwenchi's Rendition, in Concrete, of a Massacre 50 Years Ago of 18 Coal Miners in Enugu by the British Colonial Police. (Art and Culture)
Usually when people narrate history, they do so orally or write. Now, Obi Ekwenchi, a Nigerian sculptor, has made a speciality of using hammer and chisel to achieve the same aim. His spectacular accomplishment in this genre has been what he called...
Holbrooke Told off. (around Africa - Africa)
The 114-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the single largest political group at the United Nations, has hit back at the former US ambassador to the UN, Richard Holbrooke, who urged African nations to break away from the group. South Africa, NAM's...
How George Washington Treated His Slaves. (Diaspora)
George Washington, America's first and most revered president, had his feet in both slavery and his highly acclaimed fight for freedom and justice for all. A bag of contradictions? Or shame? No wonder the world media has chosen to ignore the story....
Killing for Oil. (around Africa - Sudan)
A damning report about the complicity of international oil companies in Sudan's protracted civil war, says thousands of people have been killed or displaced from their homes to make way for the oil companies to exploit their concessions. Christian...
Land Issue Gathering Steam. (around Africa - Namibia)
President Sam Nujoma, quiet but hugely unhappy with the land situation in his country, has signaled that his patience is wearing thin. In a landmark speech at the end of March, he questioned the country's white community's claim over land, asking whether...
OAU Secretary General, Your Votes. (Readers' Response)
Time for woman SG It is time, in this new millennium, for the OAU to name a lady, a daughter of mother Africa, as secretary general. I nominate Elisabeth Toro, Winnie Mandela, Zindzi Mandela and Graca Machel-Mandela. Orsine Nicol Kingston,...
OAU - Will Salim Succeed Salim?: 25th May Is Africa Day but Who Will Become the Next OAU Secretary General? Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, the Initiator of Black History Month in Britain, Looks into His Crystal Ball. (Africa Day)
That the office and power of the OAU Secretary-General (SG) has not caught the imagination of the African people, for all these years, goes without saying. Under the current SG, the Tanzanian, Salim Ahmed Salim (whose unprecedented third term should...
Oh Dear! (the Interview)
"So President Mugabe invited me to Zimbabwe and I liked what I saw... That was the day that changed my life. No camouflage any more. Every person that I met in Zimbabwe wore a suit and was very smartly dressed, and that was the life I wanted to live......
Readers' Letters
Great stuff! Your articles -- Ancient Egypt: Africa's Stolen Legacy, They Came Before Columbus, and the Slavery and Reparation Series -- have caused such an academic interest at the University of Zimbabwe. We thank you for your articles that...
Shell in the Dock. (around Africa - Nigeria)
To the oil giant, Shell International, dousing the global flame of negative publicity is becoming as impossible as a woman becoming the president of America. Accused of collaborating with the dictatorial regime of General Sani Abacha, Shell has tried...
Tanzania: Tourism and Telecoms Mark Changes. (Country Focus)
The old, socialist Tanzania is disappearing by the day. Buoyed by a substantial debt cancellation and an upsurge in mining, Tanzania is eagerly embracing free-market policies and modernising its infrastructure. Tourism is expected to be the prime engine...
'The Darling of the West': The Big Powers Should Not Be Allowed to Run Africa like Their Chicken Farm. (View from the Editor)
Before I go to the weightier matters, let me first acknowledge receipt of two recent letters from D. Kamara in New York and Lonwabo Jordan in Umtata, South Africa. They have voted me for OAU secretary general (see nominations on p7). I am immensely...
The Globe Is Warming, but Don't Tell the Americans. (Feature/Environment)
"We will not do anything that harms our economy, because first things first are the people who live in America. That's my priority" -- George W. Bush on why America wants the Kyoto Protocol on climate change dumped. Saafu Khepra looks at what Africa...
The Price of Gold: Informal Mining in Zimbabwe Is Hard and Dangerous. "Discover Gold", Say the Adverts. but Chris McIvor Won't Take Up the Challenge. (New African Market)
I have recently come across an advert for gold jewellery in a glossy international publication. Like most of the world's precious stones and metals, no mention is made of its actual origins, of the role humans play in transforming a rather dull, lifeless...
Victory for Aids Dissidents. (around Africa - South Africa)
The long-awaited report of President Thabo Mbeki's Presidential Advisory Panel on Aids is out at last (on 4 April, albeit in an "interim" form), and though it does nor reach a definitive conclusion over whether or not HIV causes Aids, it is more a...
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