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Reflections on the death of an unpunished dictator

2014-10-20 23:07:23

Credit: Pambazuka News.
By Patrick Sylvain, Boston, USA.*
I was barely five years old when François Duvalier died and his nineteen year-old-son was sworn in as President in April 1971. This was done after the Haitian constitution was amended with neither national referendum nor proper parliamentary procedures to account for the dramatic change in the age requirement, from forty years of age to nineteen.
I remember my mom dressing me up for school: I had on a new pair of ankle-high black (...)

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Values, Personality and Character

10 June 2013

By Miguel Zapater.
Nowadays, because of existing relativism, there is a deep moral crisis of values that are affecting different society dimensions (economic crisis); hence the need for an emphasis on education in values.
As we know, according to his nature, man is a person composed of a sensitive and material body and a spiritual and rational soul. The expressions of man through thought, word and deed in each of his activities is called personality.
Etymologically, the term character (...)

Abortion Damages Mental Health

5 June 2013

Opinion
By Gabriel Rosello, Spain.
The intentional killing of infants is called infanticide. The presence of human life, in the moment of conception, is a scientifically-proven certainty, emphasized Natalia López Moratalla, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She said that removing life from the mother’’s entrails causes a deep trauma.
According to her abortion is a tragedy for a mother: "Voluntary abortion is called Post-traumatic syndrome, a set of serious (...)

God in Haiti

29 October 2012

By Alejandro Benedicto, Teruel, Spain.
Faced with the human—though not humanitarian—catastrophe in Haiti, many people say “God doesn’t exist, because if He existed and were like they say, He would either not send an earthquake or prevent it altogether, even more so considering that Haiti is such a poor country with so few resources, which will make the tragedy even worse.
First, God does not send catastrophes. Nature, called “mother” by some people, is (...)

Tony Blair and Sorious Samura

20 April 2012

Sorious Samura is a citizen of Sierra Leone. Sorious, who thirteen years ago was a relatively low-level SLBC TV camera man, went stratospheric when he risked his very life filming gruesome scenarios of drug-crazed rebels who would have dismembered him for sheer hilarity during the cataclysmic invasion of Freetown on January 6, 1999 – the blood-chilling video of freshly-cut stumps of the victims of our ‘rebel war’, the summary execution by foreign troops of children (...)

At last, African Culture in Mainstream Thinking

22 November 2011

By Kofi Akosah-Sarpong, USA.
The “City Forum on Culture and Development,” a policy orientated venture held in Accra to openly strategize the African culture for African progress reveal the increasing attention being given to the African culture.. For almost 50 years, the African culture, either because of colonialism or bad intellectual savvy by African elites, has not been purposely appropriated for policy development and bureaucratization.
Over time, it has made Africa (...)

Is Rwanda the Singapore of Africa?

2 November 2011

By Alfred Sorie Kargbo, Netherlands.
Education is the heartbeat and power-engine of development. To have a cutting edge and sustainable development African countries should allocate more funds on Science, technology and telecommunication. In the business world time is essential and these areas mentioned are vital to use time effectively and efficiently.
The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, a big thinker, is setting the pace in Africa by penning an agreement on 16 September 2011 with (...)

Justice must underpin democracy to sustain national development

7 October 2011

Titus Boye-Thompson, Development Consultant, London, UK.
Ours is a fledgling democracy. In the course of recent events that engulfed Sierra Leone, it is without doubt that instances of grave injustice and human rights abuses occurred. The rule of law was sacrificed for wanton abuses of individual and community rights as the state machinery failed woefully to function effectively especially in relation to protecting the citizenry. Amongst all the multiple ills, people in power and authority (...)

Russia/Africa: Economic Diplomacy Needs New Strategies

27 September 2011

By Kester Kenn Klomegah, Moscow.
Russia is losing ground to China in developing the African market, although the continent has some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, says Jimmy Saruchera, a Director at Schmooze Frontier Markets, an investment fund that works to support small-and-medium sized businesses in new emerging markets. A native of Zimbabwe, Saruchera’s experience as an entrepreneur has stretched from New Zealand to the UK, hitting many points in between. He (...)

Whose dictator is Gaddafi?

22 August 2011

By Yash Tandon.
Credit: Pambazuka News
Yash Tandon explains the contradictions of ‘imperial finance capital’ in controlling neo-colonial states like Libya. While Gaddafi was being ‘accommodated’ by imperial powers, the ‘Arab Spring’ forced their hand, he says.To put the West’s case bluntly and simply, it has apparently intervened in Libya to ‘protect the people’ from the ‘dictator’ Gaddafi. This begs the question: whose (...)

Edward Wilmot Blyden, grandfather of African liberation

9 July 2011

By Cameron Duodu, London, UK.
While George Padmore is well known as the ‘father of African emancipation’, Cameron Duodu reminds us of the life and ideas of Edward Wilmot Blyden, ‘the grandfather of African emancipation’.
In my recent report on the unveiling of a plaque at No. 22 Cranleigh Street in Camden in North London to commemorate the years that the premises were the residence of the Trinidad-born writer, George Padmore, I mentioned that Padmore was regarded (...)

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EDITORIAL

Sex in the Time of Ebola

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)

OPINION

Television and Learning

By Arthur Ramo, Madrid, Spain. Television is a technological medium of great importance in the lives of people, because it provides information and entertainment, among other things. However, (...)