OPINION / SPEECHES

African Passport Represents the Resumption of Decolonisation Process

The African Union, at its just concluded summit in Kigali, Rwanda, has unveiled the African passport which is expected to increase the momentum towards a united Africa under AU’s Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.

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CAPE TOWN: A Tale of Two Cities

The ANC mayoral candidate for the city of Cape Town, Comrade Xolani Sotashe, has reinvigorated the narrative of “A Tale of two Cities” recently when he painted a vivid picture of a city that is extremely divided along class and racial lines.

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US Neo-Nazi Leader Says Donald Trump ‘the Real Deal’

Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and reality TV star who has called Mexicans rapists and proposed barring Muslims from entering the United States, is currently leading every national poll for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination

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So far, the plot to destroy ANC has failed

On Wednesday, South Africans of voting age who are registered to vote will elect a new government in the fifth general election since independence in 1994.

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The Fidel Castro That I Know

His fondness for words. His power of seduction. He hunts for a problem wherever it is. The impelling force of inspiration is befits his style. The breadth of his tastes is very well reflected in his books. He gave up his cigars so as to have the moral authority to fight smoking.

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South Africa: Human Rights Day evokes memories of Sharpeville Massacre

Since 1994, when South Africa achieved independence from “Colonialism of a Special Type”, the 21st day of March every year has been celebrated as Human Rights Day. Equally, for the same reason as South Africa, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) marks the day as the yearly International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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Basing Nigeria Centenary on January 1, 1914 is wrong

Since the first day of this year, Nigeria has been in a celebratory mood, though this has been overshadowed by the constant flow of news about the dastardly acts of the terrorist Boko Haram sect. But that has not stopped the celebration of the so-called Nigeria’s Centenary.

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Speech at the meeting of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid 1981

Speech by Oliver Tambo at the meeting of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid

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“I Am Prepared To Die”

In 1962, Nelson Mandela, leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) the armed wing of the African National Congress, was convicted by a South African court of traveling outside the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike. He was sentenced to five years in prison and had begun serving his term when in 1964 he was charged with treason.

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Saro-Wiwa: Silence is Treason

Global Environmental Justice Advocate Nnimmo Bassey remembers the late Ken Saro-Wiwa, a martyr of the Global Environmental Movement and the erstwhile leader of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), who was hanged in Nigeria with eight other of his comrades eighteen years ago today by the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha.

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Stopping the False Nutritional Kite

A Paper presented by Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at a Workshop on Stopping the False Nutritional Kite & Understanding the Convention on Biological Diversity organised by HOMEF and held at Protea Hotel Apo Apartments, Abuja on Tuesday 08 October 2013.

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A Funeral Oration during the interment of the late Cde. Jeremiah Njanja “Tshepo wa Dikapeso” Semudi

The funeral oration given by by the Deputy National Secretary of the YCLSA Alex Mashilo during the interment of the late Jeremiah Njanja “Tshepo wa Dikapeso” Semudi, the Commissar.

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Kofi Awoonor: Remembering a Ghanaian poet

Kofi Awoonor was attending a literary festival in Nairobi when he was killed in a siege at a Kenyan shopping centre. Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene looks back at the life of one of the most prominent men of letters in Ghana:

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Egypt and the elephant in the room

The dust will not settle soon from the politics of the coup in Egypt. It is now the textbook case of how to fail at transitioning to democracy. Much like South Africa is the textbook case of how to succeed at transitioning to democracy.

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Why a Mugabe Victory is good for Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe belongs to a dying breed of politicians on the African continent. Molded in the crucible of politics of nationalism, he emerges as the surviving face of African nationalism radicalised through armed resistance to settler colonialism.

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Two Years after UNEP Report: Ogoni Still Groans

Two whole years after the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issued a damning assessment of the Ogoni environment, the Ogoni people are forced to continue wallowing in the toxic broth that their lands and waters have been made to become.

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Speech by Nelson Mandela after his release from Prison

In 1990 the South African Apartheid government released Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster Prison in Paarl, after more than 28 years of incarceration including more than 20 years in South Africa's most notorious prison, Robben Island. Here is the speech he gave in Cape Town, South Africa on February 11, the day of his release.

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The Meaning of Leadership in a Divided Society: Lessons from the Life of Govan Mbeki

A Memorial lecture in honour of Govan Mbeki delivered in East London, South Africa, on 11 July 2013 by Blade Nzimande, the General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

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"What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?"

Frederick Douglass, one of America’s great abolitionists, was in 1852 asked to deliver a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of American Independence. Below are excerpts from the speech.

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Kwame Nkrumah: A True Champion of African Unity

Ghana gained independence from the British colonialists on 6 March 1957 and became a republic on 1 July 1960. As the first sub-Saharan African country to become independent, Ghana, under Kwame Nkrumah, inspired the rest of Africa in the pursuit of independence.

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