OPINION

Don’t forget Afro-European victims of Third Reich — European Parliamentarian

People of African Descent who were victims of fascist violence during the Third Reich should not be forgotten, writes Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana*. The European MP narrates her efforts in the past twenty years to promote an increased awareness of the ‘other’ victims of Nazi barbarism who are often neglected in the mainstream history books and argues why it’s important to …

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Nigeria 2023: Why Atiku is Best for the Job

As Nigerians prepare to elect a new president come 25 February, Anthony Ekene Onwuka, a Germany-based lawyer and international project consultant, makes his case for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and candidate of the main opposition People’s Democratic party (PDP), in this opinion piece —- On 25 February 2023, Nigerians enfeebled by economic woes of almost eight years …

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Mahsa Amini: Dead because of a lock of hair

Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, MEP, pays tribute to Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old young Iranian woman who died on 16 September 2022 in police custody following her arrest for violating the Islamic dress rule for women. Her death has led to widespread protests in the country for greater rights. According to Iran Human Rights, at least 201 people have been killed by …

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Opinion: Why US should lift South Sudan oil sanctions, By NJ Ayuk

By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber Four years have passed since the US imposed sanctions on South Sudan’s oil industry. The goal had been to prevent oil money from funding the civil war that had been raging in the country since 2013. By curtailing the ability of businesses and organizations to provide revenue for the South Sudanese government, …

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Ukraine: What EU should do for African students displaced by war, by Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, MEP

Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament representing Germany on the platform of the Greens, writes on the reports of discrimination against Africans fleeing the war in Ukraine and she makes specific demands from the European Union on the situation of African students displaced by the conflict —— On behalf of ARDI, the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup, …

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OPINION | Why We Need African Energy Banks. Now

NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber, argues against those pushing for a halt to new investments in Africa’s oil and gas industry. The majority of those making these demands are based in industrialized nations that were built on fossil fuels, he argues. For more than a year, the African Energy Chamber has been pushing back against steadily building pressure …

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What Africa needs to do to make AfCFTA succeed

It is projected that under the African Continental Free Trade Area, extreme poverty will significantly decline across the continent, writes Zion Adeoye, Managing Director for Centurion Law Group’s AfCFTA Desk, and he lists what Africa has to do to realise the potential of the trade agreement — Established in 2018, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents perhaps Africa’s …

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Opinion: Mauritius’ efforts to become plastic free through private-public collaboration

Mauritius is set to become a plastic free island that will help protect the nation’s wildlife and place the country on the path to a green economy. Early this year single use plastics were banned in and over the next three years the Mauritian government will be putting in place further regulations and restrictions to rid the island of plastics. …

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Opinion: What the EU owes the women and girls in Afghanistan — MEP Herzberger-Fofana

Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament representing Germany on the platform of the Green Party, writes on the Taliban takeover of power in Afghanistan and the moral debt of the free world to the people of the country —– We are all in shock, stunned, following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. We are faced with a state of …

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How to fight poverty and not the poor

Collins Nweke is a Councillor in the Belgian town of Ostend. The Nigerian-born communal politician narrates his experience of fighting poverty in his community and he reveals the institutional practice that has deliberately kept many families from accessing state support due to them ———– By Hon. Collins Nweke* We had our first son shortly after moving to Belgium. By the …

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Analysis: Why Ethiopia presents major challenges to Biden’s Africa foreign policy

By Prof David Monda* On July 4th, 1776, the preamble to the American Declaration of Independence emphasized the centrality of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to the ideals of the new American nation. While America advanced lofty ideals on this day, the reality of balancing its ideals and its interests in Ethiopia, almost a century and a half later, have …

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Shrinking Spaces: Democracy in Danger in Ghana

Our contributing editor and Duesseldorf-based journalist Tina Adomako writes on the deteriorating climate for human rights and democracy in the West African country that traditionally enjoys the image of a role model for democratic governance in the continent Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed – better known as Kaaka – was part of a group of civil society activists in Ghana. Using the …

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West Africa in 10 years – An optimist’s view

What will West Africa look like in ten years? Will the region continue on the path of slow advancement, or will technology be a catalyst that could see it create a technologically advanced society such as the one embodied by Wakanda in the Black Panther movie? Titilayo Adewumi, Regional Sales Director: West Africa at SAP, takes a view of West …

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