Seeking Truth and Reconciliation in America

April 21, 2021

After over 50 years in the US as an immigrant from the UK, of which 40 have been spent in Washington, DC, I thought I had seen it all. Clearly, I was wrong. The mob invasion of the Capitol on January 6 was a historic first. Thankfully, it was followed by President Joe Biden's peaceful inauguration...

Africa This Month: Democracy Deepens Amidst Economic Woes

August 31, 2016

Elections, free, fair and not-so-fair, at a time of economic crisis mark a deepening of democracy in a continent where Big Men once ruled with impunity. Power abhors a vacuum. In many parts of Africa, independence from European imperial powers was just a ceremonial transfer of power to local...

Africa This Month: Taking Stock of Strides in Justice, Peace and Prosperity

April 30, 2016

South Africa’s highest court spoke truth to power, while the ICC made a fool of itself as South Sudan declared a frosty peace. As Africa sits astride the equator, the seasons offer the end of April as a time to reflect. In many parts of Africa, the harvest is starting to come in and a new...

Africa This Month: A Welcome Time For Change

March 31, 2016

Benin’s successful elections and peaceful transfer of power along with the ICC’s first conviction for rape as a war crime set new precedents for Africa. In times of crisis, two heads are usually better than one. It seems that leaders of the two largest African economies, Nigeria and South...

Africa This Month: Democracy on Trial

February 29, 2016

Despite economic woes, Africa still presents opportunities, and despite challenges, democracy is marching forward in the continent. As per an ancient African proverb, the prettiest flowers bloom amidst the sharpest thorns. Amara Konneh, the finance minister of Liberia, is one such flower. This...

Africa This Month: Global Economic Slowdown Afflicts Africa

January 31, 2016

The IMF predicts lower growth rates for Africa because of lower commodity prices and higher borrowing costs. Africa is the birthplace of humanity and the continent with the oldest history. Yet it is the youngest continent still seeking its tryst with destiny. Africa’s storied narrative is as...

Al-Bashir’s Escape: Why the African Union Defies the ICC

June 15, 2015

Omar al-Bashir left South Africa as a court dragged its feet over whether to stop him. After days of wrangling to try have him arrested, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has left South Africa before a court there could decide whether to arrest him. The International Criminal Court (ICC)...

The World This Week: Triumph of South Africa’s Spirit Against Adversity

April 24, 2015

Even as economies slow down and jobs dry up, South Africans march against xenophobia to demonstrate admirable solidarity. News on Africa is usually about violence, corruption and poverty. When positive developments occur, they are often ignored. Such is the case this week as well. Every major...

The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and Its Cultural Consequences

July 30, 2014

Do South Africa’s new laws on censorship constitute a major departure from the Apartheid era? Undoubtedly the most peculiar feature of the repressive system the Nationalist government set up in 1963 is that it put an inordinate, if not wholly unlimited, amount of power in the hands of a group...

South Sudan Turns Three: Gaza, Obama and South Africa

July 10, 2014

With carnage in Gaza, party politics in the US and injustice in South Africa, where does South Sudan stand today? I was asked if I could write an opinion piece about South Sudan’s independence day, as I have in previous years. But when asked, I realized I had nothing to say (yes, outspoken...

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