Articles Africa

  • Not Out of the Woods

    On 21 December 2011, at the opening of the “Dutch Winters” art exhibit at the Rijksmuseum located in Amsterdam’s chic Schiphol Airport, a painting was put on display that, for those following closely the International Criminal Court’s cases against six Kenyans, offered a starling omen. The ICC’s Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, initiated investigations after Kenya’s disputed presidential election in December 2007 led to two months of violence that left some 1,300 dead and several hundred thousand evicted from their homes. Ocampo fingered six men as “most responsible.”

  • Canadian Mining in Africa

    Africa

    If Canadians knew the price in terms of violations of the rights of communities and individuals affected by Canadian companies, would they be willing to say that these justify the short-term gains of those companies implicated and of their share holders?

  • Web Exclusive: Seven Days in December

    The International Criminal Court’s naming of six Kenyans suspected of committing crimes against humanity has opened up a gulf between members of the country’s political class and ordinary citizens

  • Digging for Gold, Mining Corruption

    Africa

    In the heart of Africa, did a Canadian mining company cut a deal with an infamous and violent African militia that played a major role in the Rwandan genocide of 1994? According to one expert of the militia, known as the “FDLR,” or the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, the mining company has no other choice if it wants to safely dig up billions-of-dollars worth of gold for themselves and their investors.

  • Fool me twice? Labour Politics in South Africa

    Campaigning on a platform of “A People’s Contract to Create Work and Fight Poverty,” the ruling African National Congress (ANC) received nearly 70 per cent of the popular vote in South Africa’s third democratic election in March, 2004.

  • Virginity Testing: Zimbabwe’s Response to AIDS

    In one corner of the village, the sun shines through the dusty and cracked windows of the village’s one-room assembly hall. Sitting on the building’s cement floor are 60 girls and young women, the reason for today’s celebration. The day is a chance to teach the young women an important lesson that may one day save their lives.

  • AIDS Fighters confront Ignorance and Hypocrisy

    It makes you wonder what’s wrong with those who have the money – the power to write a different ending to this story. It could be their heads aren’t screwed on quite right. It could be, perhaps, that their shoes are too tight. However – to continue to paraphrase Dr. Seuss – maybe the most likely reason may be that their hearts are two sizes too small.

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