Mali – a regional mess in the making

Posted on January 20, 2013

Just like Libya, the “good guys” in Mali – the government army – are being accused by Amnesty International of extra-judicial killings. Today the Observer reports first-hand accounts of human rights abuses and sexual crimes, once again raising the question of whose side, if any, the west should be on. Or whether – as I argued a few days ago - it should be Africa finding solutions to the Mali crisis. (more…)

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Well oil be damned

No sooner has the bunting been cleared away following Barack Obama's re-election then news emerges of efforts by his administration to help Shell oil company avoid being sued in connection with human rights abuses against the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. (more…)

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Black History Month: Far from token

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of speaking at a Hackney Liberal Democrat debate entitled 'Black History Month: Is It Just a Token Gesture?'  It was a lively, positive and heartfelt discussion. Please find below a video of my opening statement before the Q&A (apologies for the sound quality!) (more…)

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Black History Month debate on Vox Africa TV

I was delighted to take part in a studio debate about Black History Month on the Pan-African TV network Vox Africa. Please find the links below to watch the Hotseat show with presenter Akintayo. My fellow guests were businessman Romeo Effs, solicitor Bridgette York and Simon Woolley from Operation Black Vote. The show is divided into three videos, part one, part two and part three. My thanks to Vox Africa for staging this debate, ...

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The essence of Black History Month

Three little words can mean so much... and so little. Black History Month, like that other famous three worded phrase, can be said with genuine love and passion. It can also be insincere. Some people even have trouble saying it due to internalised issues they can barely grasp. (more…)

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Escalation in drone attacks on Somalia could create a new generation of radical terrorists

As President Barack Obama ratchets up drone attacks on al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia, experts are questioning whether drones could replace Guantánamo Bay as the recruiting tool of choice for militants. (more…)

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What is Tony Blair doing in Africa?

What is Tony Blair doing in Africa? Some have posed the same question about his role as a Middle East peace envoy given the never ending turmoil in the region. Last week, as Blair gave evidence to the Leveson inquiry, he answered one question by claiming his work in Africa meant he had not been on top of domestic political affairs since leaving office before adding - almost as an afterthought - the Middle East as well. So what is he actually ...

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Africa can say “no” to drone attacks

As David Cameron arrives in Washington, Barack Obama's drones continue to attack Somalia. Is it any wonder African nations are so keen to clasp the hand of China, when Europe and America seem more interested in bombing them than providing genuine aid and investment? (more…)

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Africa’s first dictator

Meet Africa's first dictator. Sir Percy Anderson, the head of the British government's insensitively-named Slave Trade department, wielded breathtaking power. (more…)

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Did slavery really exist in Africa before the transatlantic slave ‘trade’?

Posted on February 4, 2012

The huge gulf between the kind of “slavery” than existed within Africa and the bloody horrors inflicted by Europeans is once again coming under the spotlight. (more…)

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