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SPARKS FLY AS SIERRA LEONE’S VP EXPELLED FROM PARTY

An internal war is roiling the administration of President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, with Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana at dead center.

Guyanese political activist murdered months before election

With just two months to go before Guyana’s next general election, opposition activist Courtney Crum-Ewing was shot in the street last week while urging local residents to vote against the ruling party.

No backing down on reparations demands

Caribbean governments restated their intention to pursue Britain and other European nations that participated in the brutal transatlantic slave trade for reparations. Likewise, they want those nations to know that they should negotiate with the region in good faith.

DEBT BALLOONS OFF THE CHARTS IN GHANA, ANGERING CRITICS

The steady nation of Ghana could be heading for a painful train wreck as government borrowing raises the foreign debt to sky-high levels.

Obama, end the illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe now

March 3, President Barack Obama issued an executive order extending U.S.-imposed economic sanctions against the people of Zimbabwe for another year, claiming Zimbabwe “continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. foreign policy.”

Caribbean banks in deep trouble with US counterparts

Caribbean trade bloc governments have agreed to establish a special committee of finance ministers to probe reasons why American and European commercial banks are reluctant to conduct business with regional counterparts, saying they fear many will soon face closure if ...

AMERICAN MISSIONARY KIDNAPPED IN NIGERIA AS NEIGHBOR COUNTRIES SEETHE

With kidnappings and violent attacks almost a daily occurrence in Nigeria, the disappearance of an American missionary appears to have stirred a new wave of outrage among the international community over the worsening conditions in the West African country.

NAMIBIA’S ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE’ PRESIDENT TAPPED FOR LEADERSHIP PRIZE

A $5 million prize for exemplary leadership, good governance and defending human rights has been awarded to the president of Namibia, it was announced this week.

Lessons from the last colony in Africa

Last December, I was among a group of African-American journalists, scholars and filmmakers selected to travel to Western Sahara and Algeria. The excursion was financed and organized by Polisario, a Western Saharan movement whose mission is to secure independence for ...

SOUTH AFRICAN MINERS IN NEAR-DEATH FIRE AS INVESTORS EYE PROFITS

An early morning fire swept through the Kusasalethu Gold Mine, southwest of Johannesburg, trapping close to 500 workers on a Sunday shift.

OMALIS ARE ‘HANGING BY A THREAD’

After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the bombers, the motives and the official response.

SUPERSTAR KIDJO’S ‘EVE’ SPOTLIGHTS AFRICAN WOMEN’S MUSIC

African singer, showstopper and activist Angelique Kidjo, won her second Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album, which she dedicated to African women.

SIERRA LEONE PROMISES PROBE INTO MISSING EBOLA FUNDS

A full investigation will be conducted into multiple failures of accountability regarding the use of $5 million in funds sent for the fight against Ebola, the government of Sierra Leone has pledged.

REVERSING COURSE, US TO AID NIGERIA IN BOKO HARAM FIGHT

After a published plea from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for U.S. combat troops in the fight against Boko Haram, U.S. Africa Command appears ready to sweep aside its hesitation and jump in with both feet.

OUTRAGE WIDENS IN NIGERIA OVER POSTPONEMENT OF ELECTIONS

In a mounting chorus of voices, Nigerians from north to south, from the diaspora and at home, both Christian and Muslim, flooded Facebook, blogs and Twitter, and turned out in street rallies over the weekend demanding that the people be ...