Ramaphosa welcomes India’s Modi as BRICS gets under way

Ramaphosa welcomes India’s Modi as BRICS gets under way

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has arrived for the BRICS Summit in South Africa, where he was greeted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Modi arrived in Johannesburg after a two-day visit in Uganda, where he met with President Yoweri Museveni, and a stop in Rwanda for talks with…

Report finds African energy investment is financing fossil fuels

Report finds African energy investment is financing fossil fuels

The African continent is attracting some USD$20 billion in energy investment from government-backed development institutions across the world each year – but far too much of it promotes fossil fuels rather than the shift to renewable energy. That’s according to a new analysis from Oil Change International, an advocacy organization based in…

UNAIDS: West and Central Africa fall behind in progress on HIV

UNAIDS: West and Central Africa fall behind in progress on HIV

A new report from UNAIDS warns that HIV infections are on the rise in nearly 50 countries, with West and Central Africa lagging behind on reducing infection rates and securing access to treatment. “We are sounding the alarm,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS. “Entire regions are falling behind,…

After success against ISIS, can Haftar stabilize Libya?

General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has recaptured Derna, the last bastion of Islamist forces in the country’s east. The victory is not only an important strategic breakthrough in Haftar’s four-year-long campaign to rid Libya of extremist militias, but also carries important symbolic value: Derna, after all, was the…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

France’s World Cup win celebrated across Africa

France’s 4-2 victory in the 2018 World Cup Final match in Moscow gave the country its second title, giving Les Bleus the trophy and a new two-star jersey along with jubilant throngs in the streets of Paris. There was much celebration across Africa too, as fans honored no less than…

EU approves €800 million for Africa, regional investment

As part of its External Investment Plan, the European Union has approved €800 million for investment earmarked for Africa and the regional “neighborhood” countries, a number of which also are North African states. The funding will support programs including a new lending alternative for refugees or the internally displaced, who…

China-Africa security forum concludes in Beijing

Military leaders from nearly 50 African countries – The Gambia, Mali and South Sudan among them – completed on Tuesday a two-week conference in Beijing hosted by China’s Ministry of National Defense. The China-Africa Defense and Security Forum began June 26, with a focus on the security situation in Africa…

India, with an eye toward Africa

Sushma Swaraj of India is one of five foreign ministers meeting in Pretoria this week as the BRICS ministers convene ahead of the full summit in Johannesburg in July. On her way to the meeting, she stopped in Mauritius to visit Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, affirming their close cultural…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Kabila’s latest gambit: stacking the DRC’s constitutional court

While health workers race to protect his people, almost 8 million of which are already on the verge of starvation, from a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Congolese leader Joseph Kabila is—as usual—looking after his own interests. A year and a half after the official end of his…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Head of Cape Town’s new African art museum resigns under pressure

Mark Coetzee, the executive director for the acclaimed Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, has resigned following “an inquiry into Mr. Coetzee’s professional conduct,” according to the museum’s board of trustees. Coetzee had recently failed to respond to questions about institutional practices at Zeitz MOCAA, according to ArtThrob South…

UN Security Council hears from African peacekeeping unit leaders

The commanders from three United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa briefed the UN Security Council on Wednesday on the evolving security challenges they face in their respective roles. Jean‑Paul Deconinck, commander for United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), was joined by Frank Mushyo Kamanzi, the commander of United…

World Press Freedom Day and the state of African media

This week Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid will be awarded the 2018 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize during World Press Freedom Day, hosted this year by Ghana. As with the many recipients before him, he won’t see the conference sessions or attend the gala dinner in Accra. The Egyptian, known…

Study finds asthma and allergies are on the rise across Africa

New research from Ain Shams University in Egypt finds that allergies are on the rise in Africa, but with a parallel increase in immune deficiency diseases and not enough specialists to treat people, the findings are worse than anticipated. Across Africa, many communities are faced daily with sewage-contaminated water supplies,…