Why Switzerland’s war crimes unit dragging its feet

Seven years after Switzerland’s war crimes office was established, it still has not completed any cases and one of its detainees has been in jail for more than four years without trial. What’s behind the inaction?  Prosecutor Laurence Boillat is a former head of the war crimes unit who says she was fired for thinking […]

Njie: Africans are targets for racial abuse in Sweden

Preparations are well on the way for a February 23 demonstration, expected to be attended by thousands, against violence and discrimination by police and other law enforcement agents against people of African descent living in Sweden.   The event will now be held at Kunsträdgarden, a park in central Stockholm, not Sergels Torg as has […]

Sweden: Internal border control continues

The Swedish Government has decided to continue internal border control for three months. The control will continue until 11 May 2019. The decision is based on the government’s assessment that there is still a threat to public policy and internal security. The decision was taken in accordance with EU common legislation and is based on the […]

Nigeria elections: Personality before issues

“Political power is very much centralised in Nigeria. That’s why everyone strives to be close to the winning candidate in the presidential election. This survivalist strategy has gained prominence. In addition, recent electioneering has focused less on issues and programmes, and more on personalities” says Victor Adetula, head of research at the Sweden-based Nordic Africa […]

An overview of elections in Africa this year

Africa is set to host two dozen national elections in 2019. This reflects a now established norm of elections as the recognized means for selecting African leaders. The quality of these elections continues to vary widely, however, with some merely serving as a perfunctory ritual by which leaders maintain their claim on power. Nonetheless, a […]

Full text of President Weah’s annual message

On Monday, January 28, Liberian President George Weah delivered his first annual State of the Nation Addresss in Monrovia, the Liberia capital. Below is the full text: Six days ago, through the Grace of the Almighty God, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) was blessed to celebrate our first anniversary as an incumbent political party. […]

Culture Minister Lind opens Gothenburg Film Festival

On Friday, January 25, Sweden’s Minister for Culture and Democracy Amanda Lind opened the Gothenburg Film Festival: Film-lovers, My name is Amanda Lind and this is my first speech since being appointed Minister for Culture and Democracy last Monday. Thank you for the invitation – I’m very happy to be here in Gothenburg and celebrate […]

Nordic investors visit Tanzania

Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania Elisabeth Jacobsen and the embassy staff last Tuesday met with investors from Norway and Sweden who travelled to the East African country under the auspices of MTI Investments. MTI Investment is an East African/Nordic Investment Company. They use their university-based approach to make micro-investments in businesses and utilize their academically based […]

Weah: Free speech, press freedom critical to peace

Liberian President George Weah has avowed his government’s continued commitment to the sustenance of peace, free speech and media freedom. He indicated that the enjoyment of press freedom and free speech by Liberians and those within the borders of Liberia is critical to lasting peace and development. The Liberian Leader made the remarks Tuesday, January […]

Fake medicines are a threat to Africa

Substandard and fake medicines pose a significant threat to Africa. These products contribute to the global threat of drug-resistant illness and undermine Africa’s ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They often have a tragic impact on individuals in need of effective antimalarials, antibiotics and other medicines. The European Union-funded ENACT project’s research findings […]