African leaders welcome Bolsonaro, but concerns over the ‘new’ Brazil

African leaders welcome Bolsonaro, but concerns over the ‘new’ Brazil

Among the first heads of state to congratulate Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Monday was President João Lourenço of Angola, leader of one of the six Lusophone nations in Africa that share membership in the Portuguese-speaking community (CPLP) and its most influential. Lourenço said he hopes the Bolsonaro victory will…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

WHO pollution data shows sobering impacts on African children

WHO pollution data shows sobering impacts on African children

Every single child on the African continent under five years old is breathing air tainted by levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution higher than the World Health Organization air quality threshold. That’s according to a report released Monday by WHO that looks at the “silent killer” of air pollution…

Russia reaffirms SADC ties, support for UNSC reform and C.A.R.

Russia reaffirms SADC ties, support for UNSC reform and C.A.R.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Russian government have signed a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of cooperation, the latest evidence of Moscow’s interest in the African continent and its development. SADC head Stergomena Tax and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed the document as African leaders…

Africa’s micro firms are key to sustainable wood trade

Thousands of African businesses that rely on forests, whether to sell timber, make furniture or produce charcoal, need more support to ensure that woods are sustainably sourced and their work leads to better market access. That’s according to a new report from the Global Timber Forum (GTF) released in London…

New wildlife research makes case for funding African parks

People may think that African wildlife is already facing enough threat from climate change or illegal trafficking, but the continent’s preserves are facing up to USD$2 billion in funding shortfalls that threaten protected areas. That’s according to Peter Lindsey, director of the Lion Recovery Fund and co-author of new research…

Khashoggi, the Gulf’s Qatar crisis and implications for Africa

Twelve days after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, there are still no definitive answers about what happened to the widely respected critic of Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the kingdom. What is clear is that what began as an incident involving Riyadh and Ankara after Khashoggi’s fateful visit to an…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

UNGA: Trump speaks 35 minutes, never mentions Africa

President Donald Trump of the United States spoke for 35 minutes at the United States General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, and never once mentioned Africa or its people. Trump’s speech drew laughter at the outset as he bragged about U.S. achievements under his administration – laughter the…

Corruption fuels African conflict, experts tell UNSC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic serve as examples of how corruption is at the root of conflict, making war “good business” for profiteers who perpetuate atrocities. That’s according to John Prendergast, who with actor George Clooney co-founded the investigative work at The…

Africans step up at RISE for Climate marches

Thousands of climate activists across Africa participated Saturday in the global RISE for Climate marches, as people from 95 countries on six continents took to the streets to demand action on a sustainable future for all. The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), one of Africa’s leading civil society environmental…