Nbr. 436, January 2005
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- We need an African Al-Jazeera.
- South Africa: don't postpone land reform.
- The spirit of Aggrey lives on.
- Celtel wins International Finance Corporation Client Leadership Award.
- Talk is cheap.
- South Africa: the great debate; Desmond Tutu vs Thabo Mbeki.
- R.W. Johnson Mark II: unable to find anything really shocking to say about the first decade of the ANC government, including corruption on a scale comparable to that of even other Western democracies, R.W. Johnson turns to Aids. Africa will overcome. Happy New Year and Happy New Century.
- Ghana: four more years for Kufuor; Apparently happy with President John Agyekum Kufuor's first term in office, the Ghanaian electorate, who went to the polls on 7 December, rewarded him with further four more years. Baffour Ankomah reports from Accra.
- Great Lakes Region: back on the brink of war? Following reports of Rwandan military incursions into Congolese territory, there is the fear that the whole region might slip back into full blown conflict, reports Tom Okello.
- Africa/UN: knives out for Kofi Annan; Recent indications from Washington have exposed the Bush Administration's desire to see the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, removed from office. This is happening at a time when the UN is seeking to reshape itself for the 21st century. Stuart Price reports.
- East Africa: united we stand; A federation of East Africa moved a step closer to fruition when the presidents of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania agreed at the end of November to fast-track the implementation process. Stuart Price reports.
- Liberia: Weah for president; Debate is heating up across Liberia following the announcement by one of the country's most famous sons, ex-footballer George Weah, to contest the presidential election in October 2005. Jarlawah A. Tonpo reports from Monrovia.
- Moroccco: US policy shift on Western Sahara; The outgoing US deputy secretary of state, Richard Armitage has said his government "supports the territorial integrity of Morocco." This marks a shift in US policy on Western Sahara, reports J. A. Mundy.
- 'In dreams begin responsibilities': Ola Sheyin reviews the past year and hopes that in 2005, Africa and its peoples will not waste their energies persuading the West that we are not as hopeless as they suggest, but rather concentrate our efforts on getting to where we need to be.
- Nubia: welcome to "God's Land'.
- I want my file: Britain's long-awaited Freedom of Information Act is finally coming into effect. On paper, it is supposed to affect over 100,000 public authorities and open the doors of government secrecy. But don't kid yourself that you will ever get access to your files held by the intelligence agencies. They are exempt. And you know why.
- Zambia: the effect of just a [pounds sterling]20 loan; A programme offering small-scale entrepreneurs loans and the chance to develop their businesses is changing lives in Africa and beyond. Tamsin Morrison reports on one such success story in Zambia.
- How Africa came to grow tea (2).
- The origins of mixed race populations: while rape played a huge part in the origins of Africa and the Diaspora's mixed race populations, it is wrong to attribute it all to rape, argues Carina Ray.
- St Lucia: legend and leisure; Clayton Goodwin takes us to the Caribbean nations of St Lucia and St Vincent & the Grenadines. Get your gingerbread biscuits and saffron buns ready, you may be lucky to meet the Legend of St Lucia.
- Namibia: cold discourse upon chronic pain; There are still some lingering questions about the genocide in Namibia under German rule. Vezera Kandetu quotes the current German ambassador to Namibia as having said: "if Germany were to admit that it was genocide, then the case for reparations will find basis in merit.".