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Articles from No. 434, November

Behind the Scenes at the WTO
When African delegates return from WTO negotiations with not much on their plates, they are often criticised for their "spinelessness". But, as Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa reveal in this extract from their book, the sheer bullying, arm-twisting...
Big Brother Is Watching!
"There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well-prepared to meet the enemy"--former US president, George Washington. For those who for the first time heard, in this column last month, about the ECHELON spy project, welcome to another...
Bush: 'We Stand for Peace and Human Rights'
"The American people respect the idealism that gave life to this organisation [the United Nations]. And we respect the men and women of the UN, who stand for peace and human rights in every part of the world. During the past three years, I've addressed...
Caribbean: In the Eye of the Storms; This Year's Hurricane Season in the Caribbean Basin Has Undoubtedly Been One of the Most Intense of Recent Times. the Countries of the Region Experienced Mixed Fortunes, Some Faring Much Worse Than Others. but Why Has the 2004 Season Been So Ferocious? Is It Indicative of Things to Come? Stuart Price Reports
For many in the Caribbean, this year's hurricane season (August to November) has been the most prolific and devastating in many decades. An unusually high number of hurricanes have smashed through the region in close succession, causing widespread...
Darfur Another View; the Americans Insist That Genocide Is Being Committed in the Darfur Region of Sudan. the African Union Says No. Here, Bob Astles, an Old African Hand, Supports the AU: "It Has Not Been Genocide but a Mass Movement to Safety Well Away from a Rebel War," He Writes
Events in the western Sudanese province of Darfur have hit the headlines under US pressure for weeks now, although there are other explosive issues in Africa that are continuing to cost far more in terror and life agony but of which there is little...
ECOWAS New Monetary Zone Will Take off If
In 1999, ECOWAS decided to fast-track its integration process through a second monetary zone. This is expected to merge in the future with the CFA Zone that already exists for Francophone West Africa. Called the West Africa Monetary Zone (WAMZ),...
Ghana: Courage Is Kufuor's Greatest Asset; Whether He Wins Re-Election on 7 December or Not, Ghana's President, John Agyekum Kufuor, Can Take Pride in the Fact That over the Past Four Years He Has Remained Steady and Calm at the Helm of a Peaceful Country, Writes Cameroon Duodu
President John Agyekum Kufuor's courage has been admirable. He first offered himself to be elected president in 1996 in circumstances that would have deterred other politicians. And when he was defeated by the incumbent, Flt-Lt Jerry John Rawlings,...
Humans Are Not the Sole Intelligent, Thinking Beings on Earth
Dame Jane Goodall, the British primatologist and world's foremost authority on chimpanzees, lived for 30 years in the wilds of the Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Nobody knows chimpanzees better than her. And she says, emphatically, that humans are...
Kenya: A Shining Example
On 8 October, Professor Wangari Maathai, the endearing environmental activist and campaigner, and currently Kenya's deputy environment minister, became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In announcing the decision, the Nobel committee...
Kofi Annan: 'Today the Rule of Law Is at Risk around the World'
"Every nation that proclaims the rule of law at home must respect it abroad; and every nation that insists on it abroad must enforce it at home. Yes, the rule of law starts at home ... The vulnerable lack effective recourse, while the powerful manipulate...
Mbeki: 'It Is Perhaps Time That We the Poor and Powerless Abandon Our Wheelchairs and Begin to Walk Unaided'
"In the Millennium Declaration, we used inspiring words to sum up our response to [the world's] problems. We said: 'We have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level. As leaders we...
Mugabe: 'The West Should Spare Us Their Lessons on Human Rights
"At the 58th Session [of the General Assembly], I spoke about the need to reform the United Nations and its related bodies so as to make them more democratic. I stressed the perils inherent in the status quo, particularly with regard to the dominance...
Nigeria: The Rebel Who Outfoxed Obasanjo; He Sneezed and the World Oil Price Soared to $50 per Barrel, and President Olusegun Obasanjo, Known for His Scorched Earth Tactic in Dealing with Opposition Groups, Wilted. Meet the Rebel from Nigeria's Rivers State. Pini Jason Reports
His name is Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, an Ijaw from Buguma, Rivers State, and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF). On 27 September, he issued an ultimatum to the international community to withdraw their nationals from the Niger...
Sierra Leone: Martyr of Press Freedom? Paul Kamara, Editor of Sierra Leone's Popular Newspaper, for Di People, Has Been Jailed for the Second Time in Two Years. This Time, His Supporters Say He Is a Victim of a Government Witch-Hunt. an International Campaign for His Release Is Already Underway. Mike Butscher Reports
Paul Kamara's newspaper, For Di People, is the longest surviving private newspaper in Sierra Leone, but the future of the paper is now in doubt after Kamara was sentenced to two years imprisonment on 5 October, having been found guilty on two counts...
South Africa: Gone with the Wind; Edward D. Fagan, the Flamboyant American Personal Injury Lawyer, Who Made International Headlines with Both the Holocaust and Apartheid Claims Cases, Has Gone to Ground, Leaving His South African Clients in a Huge Lurch and Damaging Their Cases in the Process. Terry Bell Reports
Edward D. Fagan has disappeared from sight, accused by his former South African colleagues of being "a destructive opportunist" and dumped by his erstwhile American partners. Now there is a $3.2m malpractice judgement against him issued by the Manhattan...
The Times of Utopia: "Now Do Not Dream; Good Patient Friend; That You Have Seen; the Search's End; That's beyond Me; That's out Ahead! by You-To Be Continued ..."
The revolutionary slogan "Aluta continua!" (the struggle goes on) was echoed throughout Southern Africa at the time of independence in Mozambique and Angola in 1975. Now, after nearly 30 years of disappointments, many in the two countries describe...
What Africa Wants from Tony Blair: Africa Is Tired of Being Handed Down Readymade Solutions to Problems That Concern It. Africa May Be Poor, but It Doesn't Mean It Has No Sense
Tony Blair may be sincere in his desire to help Africa sort out its serial blood-letting, by calling for the establishment of a European military force that could intervene, at short notice, in conflicts like Darfur's. I wonder, though, whether Blair...
Why Africa Is Treading Water
Trade, not aid, makes the world go round. In Africa, sadly, the reverse is true. But, as Osei Boateng reports, if Africa is to make any real progress economically, the current global trading system presided over by the PWorld Trade Organisation (WTO)...
WTO: A Game of High Intrigue; A Revealing Insight into How Big Power Pressure and Inducements Carry the Day at the WTO, Including Even the Appointment of Director Generals. Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa Report
The 1994 Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO provided for a Secretariat to support the organisation's work. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat has around 550 regular staff, headed by a director-general (DG). They are divided among 23...
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