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Archive for 'West Africa'

Then and Now

Richard Littlejohn in 1994:
Does anyone really give a monkey’s about what happens in Rwanda? If the Mbongo tribe wants to wipe out the Mbingo tribe then as far as I am concerned that is entirely a matter for them.
Simon Jenkins in 2012:
This is planning in the age of Barclays, an oligarchy of wealth, a [...]

Different Approaches to Jihadism in Nigeria

Although it loses something in the translation, it can be seen that Ibraheem Zakzaky of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is pushing the line that Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad as a Western creation to discredit Islam in Nigeria and re-colonize the entire African continent.  In response, members of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad view [...]

In Ghana, fightback begins against homophobic attacks

This is a cross-post from LGBT Asylum News
By Paul Canning
After initially trying ‘quiet diplomacy’, Ghanaian LGBT have formed an alliance with civil society supporters to oppose an increasingly vociferous anti-gay campaign in that country.
International attention has focused on the call by the Chief Minister of the Western Region for the arrest of gays but Ghanaian [...]

In Ghana, is it getting worse for LGBT?

This is a cross-post from LGBT Asylum News.
By Paul Canning
Law lecturer Kissi Agyabeng of the Ghana Law School explains the position of the law vis a vis homosexuality, lesbianism, and sex crimes in Ghana. He spoke with Dzifa Bampoh of the Radio Station JoyFM.
A reported call by the Western Regional Minister in Ghana, Paul Evans [...]

Slavery in the UK

Despite a description of the Huffington Post as a “galley rowed by slaves” by Tim Rutten of the LA Times, significant differences exist between contributors and the victims of this creepy case.
Anthony Harrison, a former Newham council janitor has been sentenced to 20 years for his role in ‘importing’ and attempting to ‘export’ two Nigerian [...]

What Clinton’s lawyer did next…

Pressure is building on Gbagdo, with talk of a military intervention by neighbouring African states to enforce the result of the recent election in the Ivory Coast.
The presidents of Benin, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde are expected to deliver an ultimatum to Gbagbo that includes the threat of his removal by force.
Gbagbo continues to defy [...]

Côte d’Ivoire Edges Back to Bloody Mayhem

With prevention of a slide into bloody conflict in the Côte d’Ivoire, once one of the most developed economies in sub-Saharan Africa, becoming more dependent on the determination of the international community, observers might be forgiven for fearing the worst.
Although economic output and internal security even since the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission, UNOCI [...]

Private Eye Wins the Trafigura Challenge

I am pleased to learn, by way of Richard Wilson (no, not that one… or that other one either), that Private Eye has become the first British-based media outlet to report fully on allegations of what Trafigura got up to before their lawyers attempted to do what even Oliver Cromwell did not: subvert Parliamentary privilege [...]