A blog on sub-Saharan Africa to report the many realities of a macro-region that is assuming an increasingly central role in the international arena, but still struggled by serious security and underdevelopment problems. It is edited by the Africanist Marco Cochi @afrofocus
"Opening a new chapter in the Sino-African economic partnership", said the title of the second China-Africa Investment Forum (CAIF), held last week in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, bringing together 505 high-level Chinese and African economic decision makers and business leaders.
The coup in Zimbabwe is a watch for other African 'Presidents for Life', such as Biya in Cameroon, or dynastic heirs such as Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their survival, in addition to the military and the people, also depends on foreign powers. And China weighs more and more
The official announcement of the start of AMISOM's withdrawal from Somalia arrived Tuesday from the head of the African Union's peacekeeping mission, Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira of Mozambique, who during a press conference in Mogadishu, explained that to safeguard security of the local population the withdrawal will be gradual and will be completed by the end of 2020.
The terrorist attack on Mogadishu, where at least 358 people were killed last October 14, and the ambush on October 5, in the southwest of Niger, near the border with Mali, where four U.S. Army Green Beretand five Nigerien military have lost their lives, marked a new escalation in the Trump's war on terrorism in Africa.
On the eve of last August's Rwandan presidential, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, correspondent for the New York Times, explained that President Paul Kagame's authoritarianism is tolerated by the international community because counterbalanced by prosperity and economic growth.
While international media are focused on the independence instances of Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia, many ignore that there is also a country in Africa where the secession wind rushing blows. This is Cameroon, where a year of hard state repression has not weakened the claim of independence in two of the ten country's regions.
After half a century, the issue of Biafra's independence still sparks tension in Nigeria's diplomatic relations. The last controversy came last Monday when President Muhammad Buhari's executive rejected the criticisms of the United States and the European Union, regarding the decision to classify as a terrorist organization the secessionist movement of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
"The dense rainforests of Ivory Coast and the animals that living in are disappearing at great speed due to illegal cocoa plantations." This is revealed by a new report entitled "Dark Chocolate's Secret" by the non-governmental organization Mighty Earth, which denounces how a large amount of cocoa used by leading chocolate companies like Mars, Nestlé, Ferrero, Lindt and Cadbury is illegally cultivated in national parks and in other conservation lands of the world's leading cocoa production country.
While North Korea has successfully executed its sixth nuclear test, the fact that al-Shabaab's Islamic extremists would have captured critical surface exposed uranium deposits in the autonomous Galmudug region and are strip mining triuranium octoxide for transport to Iran, takes on an even more disturbing tone.
Electoral promise by Nigerian President Muhammad Bukhari's, severely ill for months, to definitively free the nation from Boko Haram's terror and bring peace back to being abstract, as confirmed by repeated attacks by the Nigerian extremist group.
"From the outbreak of the political crisis in Burundi, 1,200 people were killed, between 400 and 900 victims of forced disappearance, many thousands were tortured, several hundred or even thousands of people tortured, and over 10,000 people arbitrarily detained. More than 400,000 people have fled to neighboring countries."
"More than 200 million migrant workers economically support about 800 million family members worldwide, while in the current year, one-in-seven people in the world will be involved in either sending or receiving more than US$450 billion in remittances."
Radio is enormously important to the African continent. Designed for mass consumption, it is perhaps the most popular and affordable of the media. Music and entertainment programs, as well as educational and insights across a range of topics have all been a major source of inspiration for a large radio audience that has been built up thanks to a strong and predominantly oral tradition of storytelling.
Some of the highest representatives for international politics and nine African leaders on Monday participated in the conference on strategic partnership with Africa, promoted in Berlin by the German G20 presidency in view of the summit scheduled in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July next.
"The June 1st announcement, by which President Trump declared the United States' exit from the World Climate Agreement, signed a year and a half ago at Cop 21 in Paris, could represent an opportunity for Africa to start addressing directly the issue of climate change".
Fifty years have passed since 30 May 1967 (although some sources point to May 29), when Lieutenant Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu declared Biafra's independence, breaking the unity of Nigeria into the foundations and triggering a bloody conflict between the central state and the Biafran forces.