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From slave ships to migrant boats

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Elmina. It is supposed to be Portuguese. Portuguese to mean Mina. A mine in English. There is no Gold. There is only salt mining. It is a fishing town in Ghana.  Wooden fishing canoes have flags lined up like the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Country flags. Football club flags. The village is on the […]

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Conversations on flight 337

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It is 2:40am on Sunday. We are taxing. As they refer to it in the aviation sector. It is flight 337 on Ethiopian Airlines from Entebbe International Airport to Addis Ababa. A late night flight is often coupled with coldness. Within minutes, we are airborne. The view from the window is beautiful. That is because […]

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What Free Market. You shutdown mobile money – just like that.

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“But as the sun sets on the first decade of the 21st century, that story has already become ancient history. The power of the state is back,” Ian Bremmer, The End of the Free Market. —————————————————————————————————————————————- On Election Day, frequent users of mobile money woke to a shut-down of the service. Without notification, users were […]

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The art of “fear-mongering”

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt Isingiro. A district lacking a proper water supply system. It has a new tarmacked road. Constructed by the Chinese. A population engaged in agriculture. A population that is poor. High voltage electricity lines crisscross their land. They have limited access to electricity. […]

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Press and Journalists Act “violates the freedoms of speech, expression, the press and other media” – Petition

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… from The African Center for Media Excellence  PRESS RELEASE On Friday March 14, 2014, the Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL), in cooperation with the Human Rights Network for Journalists and the Eastern Africa Media Institute, a tripartite initiative known as the Partnership for a Free and Independent Media, filed a constitutional petition challenging major sections of the […]