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Articles from March

Aids: Rhetoric and Reality. (Feature/Aids)
Baffour Ankomah was in Senegal in early February on a one-week trip organised by the UNDP for 30 journalists across the world to see how Senegal is winning the war against HIV-Aids. Not entirely surprising to him, he found practical examples of how...
Anger over Police Killings. (around Africa - Tanzania)
Amnesty International has called on both the Tanzanian and Zanzibari governments to institute an impartial investigation into reports of the excessive use of force by the police, and to punish those responsible for the killing of at least 37 members...
A Visit Too Soon? (around Africa - Togo/Ghana)
Togo and Ghana had a frosty relationship during the days of Rawlings. So when the new president John Agyekum Kufuor took over, his first port of call was Lome, the Togolese capital. But instead of praise for his mission of peace that came barely six...
Celebrating 45 Dynamic Years. (Special Report)
Tunisia celebrates 45 years of independence on March 20. This is a brief span of time in terms of the age of a 3,000 year old civilisation; but in terms of achievement, those 45 years have surely been the most dynamic of any century. Over the last...
Clipping the Monarchy's Wings? (around Africa - Swaziland)
Labour unions in Swaziland have for many years used their ability to hold public meetings to push for democratic reforms in this small kingdom where political gatherings were banned 28 years ago. However, last November the unions overstepped the...
Did He Jump, or Was He Pushed? (around Africa - Zimbabwe)
The Zimbabwean government is set to appoint a black chief justice after it announced that the country's incumbent chief justice would quit the bench in June. Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced in mid-January...
'God Will Hear Our Suffering': Cathy Majtenyi, Back from the Nuba Mountains, Tells How the Protracted War in Sudan Is about More Than Just Religion. (Feature/Sudan)
One of Mark Omar's first assignments after becoming a catechist in Kumieti village two years ago, was to minister to church-goers whose relatives were abducted or their food and other supplies raided, and houses burned by Sudanese government soldiers....
Himba on Film: Beverly Andrews on Kin, the Film That Puts the Himba People in the Frame. (Arts & Culture)
As communities throughout Africa struggle to find answers to the problem of wildlife conservation, the South African-born film director, Elaine Proctor, uses this thorny issue as the backdrop to her latest film. Kin explores the contradictions between...
How Long, Oh Lord?: The World's Oldest Fossilised Remains of a Hominid Were Recently Found in Kenya. and Where Were They Unveiled? Paris! but Why Paris? (Opinion)
I don't know about you, but my blood began to boil as soon as I read the following report in the British daily, The Guardian, on 7 February: "Scientists from France, Britain and Kenya who found what is believed to be the oldest fossilised remains of...
Kabila 44 Months Are a Long Time in Politics. (Cover Story/Congo)
"We are going to capitalise on the current strife by increasing our presence and our land holdings in the country... Cecil Rhodes must be spinning in his grave at the opportunities he is missing". Baffour Ankomah presents the forked-tongue of the British...
Rawlings, the Untold Story Part 2: In This Final Instalment, Major Kojo Boakye Djan Tells Osei Boateng How, and Why, Rawlings Became a Member of the Free Africa Movement. (Cover Story/Ghana)
According to Major Boakye Djan, Rawlings was brought into the Movement primarily because of the threat that the Ewe dominance of the Ghana Armed Forces posed to the country and the aspirations of the Movement itself as far back as 1975. At the time,...
Stormy Days Ahead for HIV. (around Africa - South Africa)
The conflict between the South African government and powerful pharmaceutical interests took a murky turn in January when a group of more than 40 Aids drug companies pooled resources to sue the government over the importation of generic HIV-Aids drugs....
The Joseph of Kinshasa: Will He Last the Course? or Better Put, Will He Be Allowed to Last the Course? Francois Misser Looks at the Permutations. (Cover Story/Kabila)
There is no doubt that Joseph Kabila, (aged between 29 and 32, according to which side you are on), was caught by surprise in Lubumbashi by the announcement of his father's sudden death and his own appointment as successor. His father's closest...
The Need to Rewrite South African History. (Opinion)
If reconciliation is to succeed, the rewriting of South African history must be considered a priority. A committee should be formed to rid the history books of 'objectionable material' as this will ensure reconciliation and set a healthy attitude for...
The Person with Sickle Cell Disease. (Medical Themes)
I was most heartened when, after reading the first article on The Inheritance of Sickle Cell Disease (NA, Jan), a Ghanaian lady wrote this to me: "My son has the 'AS' Trait. We both understood the article. Thanks a lot". So, "AS Trait"! Reader,...
Third Term Blues. (around Africa - Zambia)
Until last October, President Frederick Chiluba never missed an opportunity to affirm that he would retire at the end of his second term in October this year. However, there are signs that he is now interested in a third term. Since October when...
Wade: 'I Won't Build My Politics around Foreign Aid'. (around Africa - Senegal)
President Abdoulaye Wade may be 75, but his views are as refreshing, and sometimes highly controversial, as a young man's. Meeting a group of 30 journalists from across the world in the presidential palace in Dakar on 2 February, Wade said he had no...
Was It Murder by Order?: Several Versions of How and Why Kabila Was Murdered Circulated after the Assassination. Francois Misser Discusses the Different Theories. (Cover Story/Kabila)
According to the official version provided four days after Kabila's death by Congo's minister of information, Dominique Sakombi Inongo, at 1.45 pm on 16 January, one of Kabila's bodyguards, Rachidi Kasereka, walked into the president's office and shot...
What Can't the IMF Do? (around Africa - Kenya)
African governments are free to draft their own laws, but it appears the IMF is influencing the law making process in Kenya. On 23 January, Kenya's attorney general, Amos Wako, held a press conference in his office in Nairobi and spilled the beans....
When the Masters Meet. (Arts & Culture)
For the Pan-African Circle of Artists (PACA), the continent-wide association of art scholars, the year 2000 was easily the busiest in the 10-year existence of the association. Their conference in Enugu in August dubbed Africa Heritage 2000, was...
Where Kabila Went Wrong. (Cover Story/Congo)
Throughout his career, Laurent Kabila had been at the mercy of unpredictable forces larger than himself. Always there were others, pursuing their own agendas and breathing down his neck. Alan Rake looks back on Kabila's life. It was a sudden and...
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