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The Poverty of European Migration Policy

The Poverty of European Migration Policy

Policy on migration in Europe bears more relationship to ideology than evidence. And humanity is sorely lacking. By Moritz Baumgärtel | The AfricaPaper Brussels – The Monday morning of 15 September saw another two migrant boats sink, with more than 700 people—mostly from Syria, Egypt and Sudan—killed on their way from Africa to Europe. What […]

EBOLA: Hell in the Hot Zone

EBOLA: Hell in the Hot Zone

As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the virus’s path—and the psychological contagion that […]

TEARS FOR MADIBA MANDELA

TEARS FOR MADIBA MANDELA

By Professor Timothy Wangusa | The AfricaPaper Let the flags of all the nations On whom the sun shines upon its way – Fold and droop at half mast   To salute Africa’s monumental son!   From northerly Algeria to Azania, From westerly Senegal to Somalia – Let there be a hush across the sky […]

WORLD VIEWS: Samatar’s Hero’s Welcome in Somaliland

WORLD VIEWS: Samatar’s Hero’s Welcome in Somaliland

By Bashir Goth | The AfricaPaper Hargeisa, Somaliland – Professor Ahmed Samatar represents different things to different people, but one thing that undeniably dominates his character is that he is an eminent scholar seeking to revive common decency and good values in the Somali people. However, the rapturous welcome and adulation that he received during […]

SIERRA LEONE: The Opportunist

SIERRA LEONE: The Opportunist

There is a certain kind of man who, in unspeakable human suffering and chaos, sees an opportunity to make himself rich. Take, for instance, the diamond war of Sierra Leone. Nick Karras couldn’t get there fast enough. And just look what happened to him. By John H. Richardson | The AfricaPaper HOW MANY BOTTLES OF […]

AQIM: MAGHREB to MALI, and BACK

AQIM: MAGHREB to MALI, and BACK

By Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou | Geneva The crisis in Mali highlights the distinctive character and trajectory of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. A group forged in reactivity and ambiguity, marked by fluid leadership and unarticulated doctrine, finds itself at a crossroads, says Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou. The consequences of France’s armed intervention in Mali in January […]

Sierra Leone’s Vagabond King

Sierra Leone’s Vagabond King

By Simon Akam | Sierra Leone Freetown – When 25-year-old Valentine Strasser seized power in Sierra Leone in 1992, he became the world’s youngest head of state. Today he lives with his mother and spends his days drinking gin by the roadside. What went wrong? There are two ways to drive inland from Freetown. The […]

Council Visiting Mission to Africa: Sierra Leone

Council Visiting Mission to Africa: Sierra Leone

The AfricaPaper | Security Council Sierra Leone –  Council members arrived in Sierra Leone, the final leg of their visiting mission to West Africa, on Wednesday morning (23 May). The UK and South Africa were the co-leads on this leg. Council members had just one day in Freetown before heading back to New York on […]

Bringing cultures and communities together in Dakota County

Bringing cultures and communities together in Dakota County

   The AfricaPaper | Minnesota “I will say the turnout is great,” said Binta Kawu, surveying the Dakota County Community Action Council (CAC) cultural festival and resource fair on January 12. “Up ’til the last minute, people were calling to say that they wanted to be part of it.” The fair, hosted at a Burnsville […]

Senegal Waits for a New President

Senegal Waits for a New President

As Senegal prepares for a run-off election, our correspondent in the capital, Dakar, reports on President Abdoulaye Wade’s quest for a third team and his quarrel with his people. The AfricaPaper | Senegal DAKAR – As the sun beats down in Senegal, thousands march through the capital, Dakar, protesting against President Abdoulaye Wade who refuses […]

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