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Wed,23Jul2014

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African Angles: That age-old Hypocrisy over Ukraine

Anti-Yanukovich protesters wave a Ukranian flag atop a Ukranian Army Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) outside the parliament building in Kiev February 27, 2014. Activists gathered outside parliament in Kiev as deputies vote for a new national unity government to govern the country until elections in May. Photo©ReutersThe US government is stuck in a Cold War mentality and using Ukraine for its own geopolitical goals.

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Foreign policy: Germany's all inclusive package for Africa

Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti (left) and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier (right) during a press conference at the Foreign Office in Berlin, June 4 2014. Photo©Yamila CastroGermany is caught between hard interests and soft values as it tries to find its way into the African market. But is Chancellor Angela Merkel's government doing enough?

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Rwanda: An African giant rising from the ashes

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame's leadership with its impact on the lives of 12 million Rwandans has made him a rising star among his peers. Photo©ReutersAs the world commemorates 20 years after genocide this year, has made huge development strides, but more needs to be done to enhance human rights and democracy.

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A South African victory without a silver bullet

The face of Mandela is a priceless branding tool for the ANC; substituting that of Zuma amounts to sleight of hand. Photo©RAJESH JANTILAL/AFPNew and reformed faces? The election to watch may be in 2019. This election may have been the end of the first phase of democratic South African politics.

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Agriculture pays: Open letter to AU heads of state - Kanayo F. Nwanze

Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural DevelopmentJudging from the daily outpouring of commentary, opinions and reports, you would think that there were two African continents. One of them is the new land of opportunity, with seven of the world's 10 fastest growing economies, offering limitless possibilities to investors. There is, however, this other image: a starving and hopeless continent, hungry and poor, corrupt and prey to foreign exploiters.

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For a new approach in US-Africa relations

US President, Barack Obama's policies have the potential to be innovative and serve as a game changer as he repositions the traditional role ascribed to Africa. Photo©ReutersUS President Barack Obama is fully engaged in building his legacy, as he enters the final two years of his second term in office. And as his recent speeches indicate all 10 of his fingers are busy at work, with one pointing directly at the African continent.

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