Category: African Union

A Message from 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Denis Mukwege

Ladies and gentlemen, members of the Nobel Prize Committee; dear friends of peace, friends of humanity, It is with great humility that I learned of this news while I was in the middle of performing surgery in my hospital. At this time, my thoughts turn immediately to all survivors of rape and sexual violence in conflict zones around the world....

Shutting Down AFRICOM and the Scramble for Africa By Netfa Freeman

The U.S. military is all over Africa To mark exactly 10 years after the establishment of AFRICOM, short for U.S. Africa Command, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has launched U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM, a campaign designed to end the U.S. invasion and occupation of Africa. Although U.S. leaders say AFRICOM is “fighting terrorism” on the continent...

Rights group documents fresh South Sudan ‘war crimes’

A rights group on Wednesday accused the government of South Sudan and its allied militias of carrying out “war crimes” of “staggering brutality” during an offensive earlier this year.Amnesty International’s report, based on research following a government offensive on Leer and Mayendit counties in the northern Unity State between April and June, catalogued the testimonies of around 100 civilians who...

Can the Ethiopian/Eritrean Alliance Bring Peace To South Sudan? By Thomas Mountain

All roads to peace in the Horn of Africa seem to run through theEritrean capital of Asmara these days,  with the latest peaceinitiative allying Ethiopia and Eritrea looking like it will bebringing peace to South Sudan. To understand the South Sudan civil war you must look no further thenthe Chinese oil fields, the only such owned and operated in Africa,and...

Roots of Aretha Franklin, proletarian culture and the rise of black Detroit

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul was an outstanding manifestation of the African American struggle for dignity and freedom. Detroit artist and social activist Aretha Franklin passed into her ancestral realm on Wednesday morning 16 August while surrounded by family and friends in her Detroit Riverfront condominium downtown. It had been announced the previous week that Aretha was gravely ill...

Ethiopia has taken an unexpected step towards peace with long-time enemy Eritrea By Abdi Latif Dahir

Ethiopia’s premier just made the surprise announcement that it’s going to make peace with its enemy Eritrea. In a statement made last night (June 5), the ruling coalition declared that it will fully accept the terms of an agreement signed in 2000, which ended the war between the two nations over a disputed border. Recognizing the deal is a huge...