Africa This Month: Pan-Africanism Means Colonial Borders Must Go

July 31, 2016

This month, the African Union launched the first African passports to boost free movement of goods, services and people even as grim challenges buffet the continent. Pan-Africanism is alive and kicking. The idea that all of Africa must come closer together has suffered setbacks but still retains...

Africa This Month: Dreams of Unity in Uncertain Times

June 30, 2016

The free movement of people is about to begin in Africa even as Brexit buffets African economies, Nigeria falters and South Sudan faces disaster. In many parts of the world and Africa, church bells toll the knell of the passing of the first half of the year. This month has been eventful....

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...

The World This Week: Genocide, Cannibalism and Forest Fires

October 31, 2015

Genocide in Myanmar and cannibalism in South Sudan are mere trifles compared to the catastrophic forest fires in Indonesia. The brown and yellow races mingle where the borders of Bangladesh, Myanmar and India meet. Less than seven decades ago, these lands were part of the British Empire. Largely...

Your Guide to Africa’s Elections

February 18, 2015

The world will be watching Africa as countries around the continent head to the ballot box throughout 2015. The number of electoral democracies mushroomed in Africa over the past two decades — a far cry from the days when incumbents would postpone elections for as long as it pleased them. But...

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...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

January 31, 2014

Fair Observer's five best articles of January. Barely in a blink, January has sailed by and 2014 has got off to a cracker. Weather patterns are changing around the world. North America has been hit by a "polar vortex," causing temperatures to drop to -51°C. Australia is experiencing record...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

January 28, 2014

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. The past week saw the World Economic Forum gather in Davos to supposedly ponder the perilous year ahead. While Davos wallowed in platitudes, Nobel laureate Michael Spence penned one of the...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

January 28, 2014

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. The past week saw the World Economic Forum gather in Davos to supposedly ponder the perilous year ahead. While Davos wallowed in platitudes, Nobel laureate Michael Spence penned one of the most incisive...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

January 07, 2014

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. Weather patterns across the world are becoming increasingly erratic. After the floods in Brazil, comes the “polar vortex” in North America. Temperatures have dropped to -51°C, flights have...

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