South Sudan: A fight to the death?

If the fighting in Juba between the forces of President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar marks South Sudan’s return to civil war, it won’t be for a lack of warnings over the shakiness of the peace. The power-sharing agreement that saw Machar return to Juba in late April was always going to be […]

African goals in Swedish premier league

The Swedish premier football championship, Allsvenskan, resumed last weekend after the Euro finals break. Nigeria’s John Owoeri struck twice as BK Hacken beat Hammarby 4-2 at home on Saturday. The striker pounced in the 37th minute and added another in the 63rd in this win that gave Hacken 19 points from 13 games and a 7th place on the […]

Liberian group in Europe supports Veep Boakai

A group of Liberians in Europe has described the election of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai as presidential candidate of Liberia’s ruling Unity Party as a manifestation of his “longstanding record of excellent public service.” Liberian Patriots in Europe (LPE), chaired by Michael G. Mueller, in a short press release issued on July 10, said VP Boakai’s […]

Double standards shape refugee policy

The Kenyan government threatens to close the largest refugee camp in the world. Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) researcher Sirkku Hellsten hopes this will trigger a serious discussion among EU and UN policy makers about general responsibilities on refugee issues. So far this has not been the case. if almost half a million people are forced to […]

CPJ: Liberia shuts down critical radio station

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned the decision by Liberian authorities to shut down the privately owned station Voice FM and called on the government today to allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately. The Liberia Telecommunications Authority, a regulatory body that issues frequencies in the country, ordered Voice FM, a local political station, […]

Kenyan rights activist wins Swedish award

A 24-year-old Kenyan grassroots activist Rachel Mwikali Mueni has been named Lobbyist for Change 2016 by a Swedish non-governmental organization for her fight for the human rights of young women. “I am honored. This award strengthens our fight for equal rights for young women in urban areas, and the equal rights for Kenyan grassroots activist”, says Rachael […]

Sweden adopts development strategy for Africa

Sweden has adopted a development cooperation strategy with sub-Sahara Africa that is intended to contribute to increased regional integration and strengthen capacity to face cross-border challenges and opportunities at regional level.   According to a release issue by the Swedish Government, the strategy will apply for a period of six years (2016–2021) and comprises a total of  2.7 billion Swedish […]

Liberia takes responsibility for its security from UN

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Farid Zarif, Friday lauded the people and Government of Liberia for reassuming full control of the country’s security. The achievement is testament to the progress Liberians have made in the past 13 years of peace, he said. “Today, 1 […]

Trouble in the heart of Mali

The Algiers Accord isn’t dead, but a year after the peace agreement was signed between the government and two coalitions of armed groups in northern Mali, it is badly bruised. The Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) takes its cue from the National Liberation Movement of Azawad (MNLA), drivers of the Tuareg insurgency in January […]

Bowier: Liberian church has lost direction

A former Liberian Information Minister says waiting for a law now to turn Liberia to a Christian state would mean that the church has lost direction and is looking up to man to chart its course. Rev. Emmanuel Bowier said Liberians don’t need to look to politicians to pass laws legislating Christianity as a national religion.Rev. […]