Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Italy Must Confront Its Past to Stave Off the Far-Right

24.May.2016 · Posted in Opinion

This year’s seasonal springtime rise in temperatures is expected to deepen Europe’s refugee crisis by bringing about a significant rise in the number of harried migrants approaching its shores. Italy, with its long and porous coastline, remains among the most severely affected countries; 15,000 people have sought refuge in the country in the past three ...

This year’s seasonal springtime rise in temperatures is expected to deepen Europe’s refugee crisis by bringing about a significant rise in the number of harried migrants approaching its shores. Italy, with its long and porous coastline, remains among the most severely affected countries; 15,000 people have sought refuge in the country in the past three months— a year-upon-year increase of 43%.


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The Road to Garissa

07.April.2015 · Posted in Opinion

Shailja Patel stresses some historical facts which led to the late killings of Garissa, Kenya. By Shailja Patel 2015 the morning after a massacre   2014 #KasaraniConcentrationCamp: ”Operation Usalama Watch was launched on April 2, 2014, following a major terrorist attack last year and a series of smaller bombings in Nairobi and Mombasa. The name “Kasarani ...

Shailja Patel stresses some historical facts which led to the late killings of Garissa, Kenya.
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#KasaraniConcentrationCamp: ”Operation Usalama Watch was launched on April 2, 2014, following a major terrorist attack last year and a series of smaller bombings in Nairobi and Mombasa. The name “Kasarani Concentration Camp” comes from Kasarani Stadium, which was turned into a police station early in the operation, and where an unknown number of people are still being held. (Numbers have been a huge problem this whole time; those who have passed through the stadium are said to be in the thousands, those held at any given time in the hundreds). The detainees include women, children, and the elderly. Conditions at the stadium and police stations where people are held are atrocious. Humanitarian organizations have been told to keep out.”

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Nigeria: the Imprint of Boko Haram on the Campaign

21.February.2015 · Posted in Opinion

Olabisi Shoaga The forthcoming elections in Nigeria will be special in at least two ways from the preceding ones. First, they are the first elections since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999 that will be contested by two similarly matched political parties: the People’s Democratic Party of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and ...

Olabisi Shoaga

The forthcoming elections in Nigeria will be special in at least two ways from the preceding ones. First, they are the first elections since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999 that will be contested by two similarly matched political parties: the People’s Democratic Party of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and the All Progressives Congress of his main contender, the Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari. Secondly, they will be the first elections in which candidates’ campaigns not only center on the usual pledges to end poverty, unemployment, inequality and insecurity but also curb the violent Islamic insurgency in the North-East.

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Paris-France and Baga-Nigeria: Two Crimes, Two Standards

20.February.2015 · Posted in Opinion

Olabisi Shoaga International reaction to the attacks on the  satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and the Hebrew shop in Paris, in which seventeen people lost their lives, is not comparable to the attention for the Boko Haram massacre of an estimated two thousand people in Baga, North Eastern, Nigeria, earlier that same week. While international leaders ...

Olabisi Shoaga

International reaction to the attacks on the  satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and the Hebrew shop in Paris, in which seventeen people lost their lives, is not comparable to the attention for the Boko Haram massacre of an estimated two thousand people in Baga, North Eastern, Nigeria, earlier that same week. While international leaders and media fixated on the killings in Paris, sending messages of support and sympathy to the French people and authorities, the massacre in Nigeria was largely ignored even though the devastation was on a much broader scale and intensity. Asides from the killings, thousands of people were displaced and there was immense destruction of property. More carnage occurred a few days later when three young female suicide bombers were used to carry out attacks in crowded markets. Yet, there was a dearth of press coverage on the Nigerian tragical events. How this disproportion can be explained?

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Rwanda’s Untold Story. A Commentary on the BBC Two Documentary

15.February.2015 · Posted in Opinion

Criticism of current Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his administration is on the rise. This twist in the premier’s uncontested 20-year reign has mostly been sparked by the exodus of many of his closest allies speaking up in exile, at great risk to their lives, to reveal a different story from the one the world ...

Criticism of current Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his administration is on the rise. This twist in the premier’s uncontested 20-year reign has mostly been sparked by the exodus of many of his closest allies speaking up in exile, at great risk to their lives, to reveal a different story from the one the world has come to accept regarding the 1994 genocide. A recent and controversial BBC Two documentary, Rwanda’s Untold Story [1], began a thunderclap reaction when it questioned the official version of the genocide’s history that places the blame entirely on ethnic Hutus.

Nicoletta Fagiolo

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New world order after Ivory Coast and Libya

02.January.2012 · Posted in Opinion

CASUALTIES OF IVORY COAST AND LYBIA HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT A NEW WORLD ORDER By Jean-Paul Pougala(*) Translated in English by Franclin Foping (Douala Cameroon) In 1945, the United Nations was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. Today a new world order is being established after the heaviest sacrifice of Africa, after the ...

CASUALTIES OF IVORY COAST AND LYBIA HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT A NEW WORLD ORDER

By Jean-Paul Pougala(*)
Translated in English by Franclin Foping (Douala Cameroon)

In 1945, the United Nations was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. Today a new world order is being established after the heaviest sacrifice of Africa, after the shock of thousands of deaths registered in Ivory Coast with 1,200 inhabitants of Duékoué and dozens of thousands of casualties in Lybia, despite the fact NATO is still insulting our intelligence by claiming that there was no casualty from their bombing campaign which includes 26,323 sorties, 9,658 air strikes, 7,700 bombs and missiles fired by NATO on the Lybian people, with the complicity of the United Nations that was meant to protect them. (more…)

NGOs, new form of espionage in Africa

28.December.2011 · Posted in Opinion

On Monday January 24, 2011, the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament had voted for the opening of a parliamentary inquiry about the source of funding to associations and non-governmental organizations in operation on Israeli territory. ...

On Monday January 24, 2011, the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament had voted for the opening of a parliamentary inquiry about the source of funding to associations and non-governmental organizations in operation on Israeli territory.

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SHOULD AFRICA BE AN ALLIED OF THE WEST OR CHINA?

27.December.2011 · Posted in Opinion, politics

The past 12 months were very intense on the African continent. Some very important elections stirred- up a whole lot of interests. Those interests went far more outside of the African borders for the simple fact that the outcome of each one of those elections defines the new frontiers of the shared zones of influence, ...

The past 12 months were very intense on the African continent. Some very important elections stirred- up a whole lot of interests. Those interests went far more outside of the African borders for the simple fact that the outcome of each one of those elections defines the new frontiers of the shared zones of influence, which are being renegotiated between the old powers of the world, the Western, and the new power, China.

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