New African Review June 2012

African Update – 16/06/12

Is Taylor guilty as charged?

New African’s cover story for the month is about the conviction of former Liberian president, Charles Taylor who was indicted in June 2003, arrested in March 2006 in Nigerian and taken to the Hague for trial. After a trial lasting three years and 10 months, Charles Taylor was found guilty by the Special Court for Sierra Leone on 11 counts of “aiding and abetting” crimes committed in Sierra Leone by rebel forces between 1996 and 2002. But as the court acquitted him of the most serious charges of “joint criminal enterprise”, “command and control”, “instigating” and “ordering” the crimes, how is it possible that he was found guilty on all 11 counts in the indictment, and not only on some of them? Did superpower politics have a say in the verdict? In this report, New African reporter Osei Boateng takes a look at the contradictions.

Will Zuma survive the battle of Mangaung?

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), will in a few months’ time, hold its elective conference to decide who leads the party in the general election fixed for 2014. Already daggers are drawn for the incumbent, President Jacob Zuma, who is determined to have a second term. But with his political enemies gathering for a combative showdown, in addition to a media backlash, will Zuma, the man who has shown himself to be a wily political survivor with help from friends, survive? Pusch Commey takes a look at all the permutations and predicts that the world will witness a factional dogfight that will make Polokwane (the ANC’s last elective conference in 2007 that dethroned ex-president Thabo Mbeki) look like an afternoon walk in the park.

Zambia and Zimbabwe: Living next door to King Cobra

Zambian President Michael Sata is a man not afraid to speak his mind – to the point where some say he lacks etiquette of diplomacy and good neighbourliness. On a visit to Zimbabwe at the end of April, the man affectionately called King Cobra was in his element, charming his hosts with his franc-parler. In this special feature by Tichaona Zindoga, Michael Sata, the new President of Zambia met President Mugabe in the Zambian border town of Livingstone and “discussed unity” and “Unity of Africa”.

Kenya: They came, they saw, they stayed!

Kenya has attracted European and other “expatriates” for centuries. They come, they like it and stay – even to the extent that some of the harshest critics of Kenya, who happen to be European and American diplomats refuse to go home when their tour of duty ends. Some stay for good, and some even take on Kenyan nationality. What is it about Kenya that they like so much? In this special feature, New African special correspond Wanjohi Kabukuru reports from Kenya why Americans and Europeans choose to stay whenever they visit Kenya.

When Europeans were refugees in Africa

Today, when African refugees flee to Europe to seek asylum, they meet with hostility at European borders. But there was a time, s uch as before and during World War II, when European refugees flocked to Africa to seek sanctuary. New African correspondent Curtis Abraham, has been touring some such refugee camps in Uganda, which for more than a decade was home to thousands of Polish, Ukrainian and Russian World War II refugees. The first group of an estimated 17,000 – 19,000 Polish refugees arrived in Africa in 1942. According to the writings of Rennie Montague Bere, a Cambridge University educated colonial officer in Uganda who was later put in charge of two refugee camps; there were an estimated 35,000 Polish Refugees in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Author: Stephen Atalebe, African student of Economics, Mendel University Brno, Czech Republic

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New titles in our library 12/2016

Our library has aquired a number of new and interesting books. Here is the list of the latest titles.

  • Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
  • Fashion Cities Africa by Hannah Azieb Pool
  • Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanismby Christopher Lee
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Robinson, James A., Acemoglu, Daron
  • Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures With the Ever-Living Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee
  • A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present by Richard J. Reid
  • Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture by Sarah Van Beurden
  • Children in Slavery through the Ages by by Gwyn CampbellSuzanne MiersJoseph C. Miller
  • Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control by Tamara Giles-Vernick
  • Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary  Stewart
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 1: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 2: The Modern Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Cahier d'un Retour Au Pays Natal by Aimé Cesaire
  • Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 by Karen Elizabeth  Flint
  • Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies by Antoni Verger
  • Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry by Matthew M. Heaton

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