Monthly Archives: January 2015

Land and seed laws in Africa – Who is pushing the changes?

Planting rice in Mali: the common trend, across numerous initiatives to change land laws, is towards titles that will allow communities and small landholders to sell or lease land to investors. (Photo: Devan Wardell/Abt Associates)

By Mohamed Coulibaly A battle is raging for control of resources in Africa – land, water, seeds, minerals, ores, forests, oil, renewable energy sources. Agriculture is one of the most important theatres of this battle. Governments, corporations, foundations and development agencies are pushing hard to commercialise and industrialise African farming. Many of the key players are well known. They are committed to helping agribusiness become the continent’s primary food commodity producer. To do this, they are not only pouring money into projects to transform farming operations on the ground − they are also changing African laws to accommodate the agribusiness agenda. Privatising both land and seeds is essential for the … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo ‘claims’ another four lives – this time in Africa

A man holds a placard reading

Four people were killed in protests turned violent in Niger on Friday, after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published more cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammad a week after Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people at its offices in Paris. Protests also erupted in Pakistan and Algeria resulting in several injuries. Elsewhere, peaceful marches were held after Friday prayers in the capital cities of former French colonies Mali, Senegal and Mauritania. The Niger government said four were killed as police clashed with a crowd that attacked a French cultural centre and set churches ablaze. Protesters in the poor West African country’s second-largest city of Zinder in the south set French … Continue reading

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Questions arise over hosting of Africa Cup in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea President for 35 years, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

Equatorial Guinea has been chosen to host the next Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, to be held from 17 January to 8 February 2015, although its president figures prominently on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo continues to appear at international events without ever being challenged over the appalling way he has crushed freedom of information in his country. During the tournament you will see the football stadium turf, the players and the excited public and you will hear the cheers, the scores and interviews but you will not hear anything about the poverty, corruption or political crackdowns because freedom … Continue reading

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Ugandan deputy Speaker accused of lacking impartiality

Jacob Oulanyah, Uganda

By Nkonge I Kaggwa – Kampala Uganda The Ugandan deputy speaker of the parliament Jacob Oulanyah has once again publically pronounced his support for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s actions through objection to have presidential term limits. Oulanyah was reacting to a call from the leader of opposition in parliament, Philip Wafula Oguttu, who appealed to the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga that her deputy be withdrawn from chairing parliament proceedings during and when the constitutional reform process is tabled. Oulanyah has always claimed that President Museveni is a blessing to Ugandans and his personal hero. In the plenary session last week, he said Museveni had made a lot of transformation to the … Continue reading

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