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Can we do more to better Zambia?

2014-07-16 06:55:21

Credit: Pambazuka News By Charles Mwewa, Toronto, Canada.* In a few months, Zambia will turn 50. A sober assessment of how the country has fared since independence would show that some notable progress has been achieved. But serious challenges still persist. Zambia now needs new blood, new formulae and new commitment to drive its economic and political agenda In 2011, I published ‘Zambia: Struggles of My People’. In this book I rather presciently predict the future of Zambia (...)Read the full story »

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 (...)

A Golden Era of Healthcare delivery in Sierra Leone

20 June 2011
By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, UK. Sierra Leone is renowned as a country where children and women (due to childbirth) are dying more than any other country in the world. This has, in the past, shamefully contributed to our bottom position in the Human Development Index. Anecdotal evidence has it that, most of the deaths in our vulnerable women and children are as a result of physical and economic barriers to quality healthcare services. In April 2010, the country’s political elites, (...)

Africa: New Dimensions of Human Security

7 May 2011
By Binneh S. Minteh, USA. From its traditional notions of national security, that has the nation-state as the soul guardian of security around realist motivations of appropriating both military and economic power over the pursuit of ethics and ideals, a paradigmatic shift to new dimensions of security emerged in the last three decades. These new dimensions are defined under parameters of human security, “symbolizing security from the threat of disease, hunger, unemployment, crime, (...)

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Let’s Consider ICT in tackling Ebola

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, UK. Sierra Leone is at the helm of a serious and very challenging public health issue that has the propensity to reverse the gains already made in the public (...)


Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)