Mercenaries in Mali: From Russia Without Love

Mark P Fancher During the 1930s and 1940s, movies that featured the character Tarzan told far-fetched tales about an extraordinary white man who moved more easily through the African bush than the wildlife indigenous to the Congo region. In fact, elephants, lions, apes, and all other living creatures were loyal subjects of this white man,…

The Return of Coups in Africa: Is this a Footprint of Neo-Colonialism in the Continent?

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza For African democracy (and the perceived lack thereof), coups d’état have constituted perennial notoriety that has not portended an organic molding of contextual African democracy in the postcolonial era. Coups in Africa (particularly since the 1960s) have fortified stereotypes of poverty, poor governance, and a savior mentality as watered down from Western…

Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine and the Scandal of the Centuries

Salimah Valiani, PhD African nations might have produced a patent free vaccine that would have benefitted the whole world. Instead they purchased patented vaccines which enriched pharmaceutical corporations outside of the continent. This article is based on an interview conducted with Professor Christian Happi on August 30, 2021, as well as reports and articles hyperlinked…

20 Years After Durban: Africans and Afro-Descendants Colonized or Emancipated?

Mireille Fanon Mendes France The 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) is an opportunity to analyze the state of African descended people. Reparations for centuries of crimes against humanity must still be paid. At the end of the Durban -2001- conference, the international community, many NGOs, social movements and members of what…

South Africa: Not Even the Dead

New Frame Our history of violence accumulates into the present as time slips by, and taints the future too. There must be decisive action against all political murders, old and new alike. South Africa is one of the most violent countries on the planet. We have the highest rate of rape recorded anywhere in the…

Why Canada Must Confront the Myths of its Imperial Past

Yves Engler The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (1886-1889) emerging out of the dense forest onto the plains of Africa. Led in part by Canadian William Grant Stairs, the expedition helped Belgian King Leopold II conquer the resource-rich Katanga region of the Congo. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Troubling history of the Royal Military College and its…

Canadian Imperialism in Africa

Yves Engler Canadian imperialism in Africa has had a rare social media moment. On Twitter K. Diallo recently posted a map of the continent with the sum of Canadian mining investment in each African country under the words “75% of mining companies globally are now Canadian. Canada is a great source of corporate neocolonialism expansion.” The tweet…

Neocolonialism and Canadian Mining in Africa

Owen Schalk Much of West Africa continues to be dominated by the mechanisms of global neocolonialism. This neocolonialism is political (see the French hand in the murder of Burkinabé president Thomas Sankara, or the American role in the coup against Ghanian president Kwame Nkrumah), economic (evidenced by Global North control over important regional industries) and…

Earthquake Devastates Haiti: Canada Shouldn’t Make it Worse

Yves Engler With “friends” like Canada, Haiti is in deep trouble. Justin Trudeau’s statement that this country was “standing ready” to assist after a massive earthquake rocked the western part of Haiti yesterday is not reassuring. Over the past two decades Canada has done too much to undermine Haitian sovereignty, democracy and living standards to…