Africa
17.04.2024 Simon Chege Ndiritu

Black American’s Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s coincided with African’s fight for freedom from colonialists, and the response to both groups’ activities was similar in that the US and Europeans promised to allow the demanded rights but continued with exploitation. Martin Luther King Jr.’s (MLK) “I Have a Dream” speech (here) of August1963 occurred in the year when decolonization was occurring in earnest across Africa. Kenyans had secured internal governance in June, and would become a republic in December the same year…

14.04.2024 Mohamed Lamine KABA

Symbol of the perpetuation of French domination (slave trade or triangular trade, slavery, colonialism, deterioration of terms of trade, neocolonialism, etc.) over the peoples of Africa, Françafrique (soft-power, hard-power and smart -power) which has long served the interests of France in the black continent is heading straight to its grave thanks to the awakening of consciences of Africans. Having long served as a dairy cow for France from the royal era to the France of Macron, passing through that of De Gaulle, Pompidou, Estaing…

11.04.2024 Mohamed Lamine KABA

Since the beginnings of the victory of the Bassirou Diomaye Faye and Ousmane Sonko at the declaration of the official results giving the duo the winner by the electoral body of Senegal and confirmed by observers from serious countries deployed on the occasion, the French media and others of the Western line multiplied the insults to towards the new president Faye and the government team led by Ousmane Sonko…

09.04.2024 Viktor Goncharov

As Business Day, a Nigerian newspaper based in Lagos, the Nigerian capital, notes, US attempts to pressure Niger’s military leadership to “distance itself from Russia”, combined with an arrogant attitude towards long-standing partners, have ultimately had a counterproductive effect, leading to a serious strain in relations with one of its key allies in the region and an equally serious blow to the hegemon’s prestige…

05.04.2024 Viktor Goncharov

On 16 March this year, Niger’s military government announced the cancellation of its military cooperation agreement with the United States regarding the status of US Department of Defense personnel and civilians on Nigerian territory. In a statement on national television, Amadou Abdramane, a spokesman for Niger’s military leadership, said the agreement was imposed on Niger in 2012 in violation…

01.04.2024 Ivan Kopytsev

The trend in recent years and even months to talk more and more frequently and actively about the Global South as such, and about Africa in particular, may in some cases be seen as a fashionable, superficial fad, but it is not without a significant practical component. Even a cursory analysis of the dynamics of bilateral meetings and summits with an “African focus” is the most vivid illustration of the “turn to Africa”…

28.03.2024 Viktor Goncharov

As for China, the second global player in the region, although it has not openly interfered in Ethiopian affairs until recently, its weight and influence are very much felt here and are likely to increase. The American financial group Morgan Stanley estimates that the total cost of China’s “One Belt, One Road” project will rise to $1.2-1.3 trillion by 2027 alone. As Beijing sees the Horn of Africa as the “gateway to Africa” in the implementation of this project, Ethiopia, as the continent’s second…

27.03.2024 Yuliya Novitskaya

Today my interlocutor is Oleg Borisovich Ozerov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry and Head of the Secretariat of the Russia-Africa Partnership Forum. Our conversation turned out to be serious and topical. We touched on the question of how Russian-African cooperation can withstand the West’s harsh external pressure, talked about security challenges and discussed the catastrophic loss of the West’s position…

26.03.2024 Mikhail Gamandiy-Egorov

After the successive failures of the French regime in the Sahel region, it is now Washington’s turn to feel the true feelings of contemporary Africa. And this, both at the level of the new patriotic and pan-African governments and at the level of the popular masses. The time of illusions, when some might have thought that Washington’s policies could be different from those of European colonial metropolises, is now a thing of the past…

23.03.2024 Viktor Goncharov

In the current situation, it seems that the US, following Barack Obama’s African policy of “leading from behind”, seeing the willingness of Turkey, Egypt, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti to oppose the plans of Abiy Ahmed and Muse Bihi, decided not to openly intervene in the process themselves, but to let the leaders of these countries deal with the Ethiopian prime minister, who had become unpredictable in his foreign policy…

22.03.2024 Simon Chege Ndiritu

The Coalition for International Criminal Court (ICC) (here) reported tense relations that exist between the African Union (AU) and ICC, and hailed collaboration between both parties without showing concrete steps to enhance Africans’ access to justice. In 2017, the AU decried ICC’s racism against Africans and passed a nonbinding resolution encouraging its members to withdraw from the ICC (here). Earlier, Burundi, South Africa, and Gambia initiated a withdrawal process, but these countries abandoned these plans shortly afterwards (here)…

21.03.2024 Ivan Kopytsev

A year ago, any talk of a hypothetical alliance between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Fano would have gone no further than greetings, but today the situation has changed. Once at the forefront of the anti-Tigray forces, Fano’s Amharic nationalist organisation has come under attack from its new ally, the Ethiopian government led by Abiy Ahmed, while its former antagonist, the TPLF, has managed to restore peace with the federal centre…