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BALANCING RIGHTS IN THE ERA OF WAR ON TERRORISM WITHIN THE HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES OF THE WAR IN GAZA

by Maxwell Boamah AMOFA 1.1.        Introduction The United Nations, in adoption of its Resolution 2178 (2014) admitted that, “terrorism threat has become more diffuse, with an increase in various regions of the world’s adoption of terrorist acts including those motivated by intolerance or extremism, and expressing its determination to combat this threat.”[1] However, it is …

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LGBTQ+ Rights and Challenges in Ghana

by Maxwell Boamah Amofa Introduction: Ghana, a country with a rich cultural heritage and diverse population, has been grappling with issues surrounding LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance. In recent years, debates and discussions have intensified, bringing to the forefront the complexities of the LGBTQ+ situation in the country. Historical /cultural Context: Ghana, like many African nations, …

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President Vladimir Putin’s re-election and its implications for Africa

by Maxwell Boamah Amofa Introduction President Vladimir Putin’s re-election is a crucial juncture in global geopolitics with serious implications for Africa. With Africa comprising 54 diverse states, each state maintains its unique relationship with the Russian Federation. While countries like Ghana often associate their alliances with the United States and Western Europe, countries such as …

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Navigating Contentious Terrains in Mali

by Madhuvanti Gia Mukherjee Introduction The African Union (AU) and other regional governing organizations, such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), have assumed the leading role in advancing the operationalization of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle within the continent. These entities actively denounce impunity, while upholding the prerogative to intervene in …

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Is Chinese Investment in Mali’s Transport Sector influenced by Resource Interest?

by Paa Kwesi Wolseley Prah From the turn of the century, scholars have written much about China’s resource interest  and infrastructural investment in the transport sectors of individual African states labelled “resource-rich” or geostrategically relevant.  From a broader overview, China’s resource interest and in investment in railway/roads in Mali a  conflict/terrorism prone Sahel state largely …

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Elon Musk’s Free Speech Advocacy and Twitter Purchase

On April 14th 2022, business magnate -Elon Musk- announced that he had offered to purchase Twitter for $43 billion (and later increased his offer to $44 billion). He already owns 9.1% percent of the company’s stock, becoming Twitter’s largest shareholder. AS is common knowledge, Twitter is a microblogging and social networking service on which users …

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Quest for Empathy and More Humanised Physician-Patient Relationship in Africa

by Chukwudi Christian EGBARA egbarachukwudi@gmail.com Department of English University of Ibadan, Nigeria What other need could be more pressing to a physician than to tend to, and save, a patient who is dying in labour?   Why should a patient’s social status determine the level of medical attention paid to him or her in Nigeria and/or …

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Political Weaponisation of Poverty in Africa

by Ehinon Perez E. ARIKHAN Africa, for the most part, is bedevilled by the malignant viral spread of poverty. Ogundokun identifies material/structural poverty as one of the two salient killer diseases on the continent; the second being corrupt leaders.1 In contradiction to the expectations of many Africans, the rise of democratic systems has not helped …

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Guinea and Its Third Military Coup: can transitional justice really be ensured?

by Zoe Nneka Ejiofor On September 5, Guinea underwent a military coup, led by the head of the country’s military special forces, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. This resulted in the capture of the country’s president, Mr Alpha Condé, and the dissolution of the Guinean government and constitution. The military are now ruling the country. This is …

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Afghanistan: Whose Stake? Whose Dialogue?

by Zoe Nneka Ejiofor Afghanistan. Simply stating the name of this country conveys so many emotions, from sadness to anger, and downright despair. Many share in these emotions, with a particular feeling of desolation; especially when one thinks about those vulnerable under the Taliban- such as women and girls. The response by President Biden to …

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