Millions of malnourished children in West and Central Africa have been overlooked by UN estimates – new data

by Misha Ketchell

The Conversation | November 08, 2019

Children who experience multiple forms of malnutrition are at the greatest risk of early death. JLwarehouse/Shutterstock

Four years ago the United Nations (UN) members states created a list of international development targets, known as the Sustainable Development Goals. These included 17 urgent calls for action aimed at improving the lives of people around the world. Tackling poverty and food insecurity were placed at the top of the list.

One region where hunger and poverty continue to blight the lives of millions, affecting the survival and development of children in particular, is in West and Central Africa.

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Towards a working-class environmentalism for South Africa

by Carilee Osborne & Bruce Baigrie

Africa Is A Country | October 28, 2019

On September 21st, thousands of protestors led by high school activists, marched in Cape Town in support of the international climate strike. The strike was part of an international movement led primarily by young people to call on world leaders to take radical action to halt the climate crisis.Read More »

Looking back to move forward: The first Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algeria, 1969

by Abayomi Azikiwe

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Lamola’s decision: Is South Africa promoting the rule of law or pleasing the Greeks and Trojans at the same time?

by Fredson Guilengue

Pambazuka News | August 07, 2019

To halt the decision to extradite Mozambique’s former Finance minister, Manuel Chang, could be a test case for President Ramaphosa’s long-term ability to bring about real change in South Africa’s regional relations by potentially making it a good example for the fight against corruption.

The decision by South Africa’s newly appointed minister of Justice and Correctional Services, David Lamola, to halt his predecessor’s decision made in May this year to extradite Mozambique’s former Finance minister, Manuel Chang, to Mozambique rather than to the United States of America is open to various interpretations. This volte face by South African authorities, which may have significant regional political implications, can be interpreted as part of President Ramaphosa’s domestic and regional effort to strengthen the rule of law and therefore a major effort for regional stability by the newly elected administration.

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Protests rock Sudan against massacre of school children

Peoples Dispatch | August 01, 2019

Protests rock Sudan against massacre of school children
Mass demonstrations have broken out in the capital of major States. Photo: Radio Dabanga

Tens of thousands of people are taking to the streets across Sudan today, as mass demonstrations continue against the shooting of school students in the North Kordofan State on Monday.

In the meantime, talks between a section of the opposition alliance and the military junta, which were set to resume on Tuesday, were put on hold. The leaders of this alliance, which is known as the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF), visited North Kordofan’s capital city of El Obeid to express their condolences to the families of the victims.

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Second coup attempt in Sudan to foil transition to democracy, Army Chief and Islamists arrested

 | July 25, 2019

Sudan’s army chief and at least a dozen high-ranking army officers and Islamists have been arrested in a second coup plot, the country’s military said Wednesday. The coup was hatched to foil transition to democracy in the African country.

Sudan’s military said on Wednesday that it was a plot to restore the party of ousted autocrat President Omar al-Bashir to power, who is despised for his iron-fisted rule and repression on women.Read More »