Dependency is at the heart of African insecurity

David Emeka Ogbogu Sub-Saharan Africa

Although the African Union has something of collective ‘force’, African security has been inexorably bound to external intervention that in many cases has left a state of greater instability and insecurity among states which even after such interventions, continue to struggle with the very internal conflicts it sought to contain.

Bono Celebrates Largest Multilateral Investment in Global Health in History

Op Ed ESG, World Politics

Pledges to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria are expected to save 8 million more lives MONTREAL — World leaders came together this weekend to make the largest multilateral commitment to a global health project in history, raising nearly US$13 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund is a public-private partnership …

Africa’s Soaring Demand for Energy Creates Oil Storage Opportunities for Investors

Op Ed ESG

Africa’s annual appetite for gasoil and gasoline is expected to climb by as much as 8%, while demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has hit double digits. The continent’s growing home-grown energy supply will help satisfy some of the burgeoning demand. Africa produced 8.2m b/d of crude last year – 76% came from Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Angola, according to …

Yes, ‘migrants’ are human- why are media outlets only discussing this now?

Soumaya Hamdi Western Europe

In April already 1, 700 men, women and children had died crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of starting a better life. The death toll has now reached 2, 500. Why is it then that only the mainstream media outlets are discussing the human angle of being one of those desperate enough to undertake this perilous journey?

Migrants are human. We in the UK need to learn that.

Soumaya Hamdi Europe, UK, Western Europe

The migrant saga has exposed a glaring hypocrisy amongst us Europeans, particularly here in the UK. For whilst our leaders revel in our international role in promoting democracy, human rights and good governance, we are unable to accept that doing so has in many instances created instability and sown the seeds for internal warfare…

Why Liberia’s Natural Resource Curse is More Dangerous than Ebola

Ismail Qaiyim Liberia, Sub-Saharan Africa

As the world monitored the deadly Ebola disease in Liberia with heart wrenching concern amidst daily coverage, underlying conditions that entrench Liberia in a deathly cycle of poverty remain detached from the public narrative. A newly released report on the political economy of the mining sector reveals that Liberia’s heavily militarized extractive industry earns too little from its iron ore …

The Battle of Adwa that shook Africa

OmarZ Sub-Saharan Africa

The 1st of March, 2015, was the 119th anniversary of the Battle of Adwa in which the Ethiopian Empire defeated the Kingdom of Italy. Not only did this battle secure Ethiopia’s sovereignty but ensured its unique status of being the only African nation not to be colonised following the ‘Scramble for Africa’. The victory at Adwa which resulted in Ethiopia’s …

London Film Festival Review: Timbuktu

Pritam Anada Culture and Arts, Film

  This review may contain spoilers. Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu follows his 2006 cinematic offering ‘Bamako’, and surely sets him as one of the most important directors in African cinema. The film begins in the desert following a rag-tag group of soldiers huddled onto the back of a pick-up truck in their attempts to shoot down a gazelle. This scene is immediately …