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To me, this action on the part of the minister is an insult to the Liberian masses. The average Liberian lives on less than US$1.00 a day. McGill's loan to acquire a mansion, sends a bad message to everyone and solidifies the notion that the only quick way to get rich is working for government. This action on the part of the Minister of state undermines the "Pro-poor Agenda" News Politics 

Gone to the dogs: George Weah will be the ultimate American puppet president!?

  Why Are Africans Good at Electing and Celebrating Bad Leaders? From the celebration of Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s white-farmers President, to the raucous ululating of Ramaphosa as ANC Leader and 2018 white-monopoly candidate, and now the praise heaped on George Weah as new Liberian President and American puppet; one wonders where and when this mass madness and celebration of the inept, corrupt and mediocre leaders will end? Weah therefore comes as no surprise; for in Africa, you can always count on the masses to choose unwisely! It is therefore criminal and utterly stupid of the Liberian…

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The life and struggles of Malcolm X

The name of Malcolm X still evokes mixed feelings. Some people classify him along with the black radicals advocating ´inside out´ racism, others seen him as a mere demagogue who turned all in favour of his views. However, there are also those for whom he is the immortal legend of the struggle for human rights. The findings from the underworld Malcolm Little (1925-1965) was born in Nebraska at the time when the strict laws of J. Crow of the United States were regulating the relations between ´black´ and ´white´ citizens….

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Africa for optimists: 2017 in review

It’s easy to get beaten down by negative headlines, and there are more than enough of those to go around. But look carefully and 2018 has given Africa Editor Simon Allison plenty of reasons to be optimistic about Africa’s future. West Africa’s democratic renaissance There are two reasons to be excited about the exit into exile of long-term Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh in January.The first is obvious: after voting him out in an election, one that even Jammeh failed to rig, Gambians were finally rid of the man who had…

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The ANC, Ramaphosa and the end of Zuma

What Cyril Ramaphosa must do next Johannesburg – After a bruising battle that engaged ordinary South Africans in a manner reminiscent of the heady combination of fear and hope that galvanized the country after Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years of incarceration in 1990, Mandela’s ruling African National Congress party has chosen a new leader to try to lift the country’s veil of sleaze. Cyril Ramaphosa, at present serving as a deputy to the controversial and widely-despised President Jacob Zuma, is now the shoo-in as the party’s candidate to…

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Nationalism in Africa after World War ll

The next significant event in the development of African nationalism was World War II. Nearly two million Africans were recruited as soldiers, porters, and scouts for the Allies during the war. When these soldiers returned home, they returned to colonial states that still considered them inferior. Many veterans had expected that their dedication to colonial governments would be recognized and they would be rewarded accordingly. This was not to be, and these soldiers returned home to conditions worsened by a weak global economy. Because they had fought to protect the…

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Cameroon Escalates Military Crackdown on Anglophone Separatists

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Cameroon’s government has ordered thousands of villagers to leave their homes in the Anglophone Southwest region as it deploys troops to root out armed separatists who have vowed to loosen President Paul Biya’s long grip on power. The deployment marks an escalation of Biya’s year-long crackdown on peaceful protests in the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions that has killed dozens of civilians and forced thousands to flee their homes in fear of reprisals. Now, the government is using force to confront an insurgency that has sprung up…

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Miss Jamaica’s afro that brought the house down

Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett may have been the second runner-up at this year’s Miss Universe pageant, but she might as well have taken home the first place win if Twitter has anything to say about it. And, oh, do they ever. The 23-year-old philanthropist and model wowed the crowd and viewers everywhere, not to mention sparked an instant conversation on social media, when she stepped out wearing an Afro. That’s right: Amidst the abundance of the all-too-expected blowouts and straight-hair looks, Bennett proudly wore her natural hair for the competition…

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African history is a discipline on the rise

    African history is a discipline on the rise — and one that raises many questions  African history has gone through many incarnations as an academic discipline. Most recently, there’s been a global turn in African historiography. This shift has been prompted by a greater awareness of the powerful forces of globalisation and the need to provide an African historical perspective on this phenomenon. This has helped to place the continent at the centre of global – and human – history. It’s important to explain the role of Africa…

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Pres. Buhari: wait for the verdict of the Liberian Supreme Court

LAGOS, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday expressed optimism that the current political challenges in Liberia will be resolved through constitutional means. He also urged all parties in the crisis to exercise patience while waiting for the verdict of the Supreme Court. Buhari gave the assurance in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital when he received President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, who is the current Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He expressed hope that the outcome of the country’s Supreme Court verdict would be acceptable to…

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Neo-Colonialism: The US Military is expanding in Africa

The British Empire, which at the end of the 19th century ruled one quarter of the earth’s land surface, is long gone. But its robust successor and heir, the United States, has set about enlarging it. As I sought to explain in my last book ‘American Raj – How the US Rules the Muslim World,’ the US imperium exerts its power by controlling tame, compliant regimes around the world and their economies. They are called ‘allies’ but, in fact, should be more accurately termed satrapies or vassal states. Many states are…

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