Category Archives: Egypt

Ghana/ Ethiopia: When leaders’ death tests institutions’ strength

Across Africa, we have witnessed time and again countries where sudden death of a leader has been cause of a major human tragedy. This was the case in Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Egypt only to name a few, and this at different times of their recent or past history.

Unfortunately, not many cases have differed from that dramatic picture, which associates death of a leader with that of a sizable number of their subjects like in ancient pharaonic myths.  Continue reading

An Egyptian revolution still in the making

I am not Egyptian.

Nevertheless, Tahrir Square raised my hopes that change can happen anywhere.

Not necessarily in the way change-makers anticipate it to evolve, as this is always the case and everywhere.

Shaking the foundations of a despised system to build new ones, that is what matters most.

We are all Egyptians Continue reading

Rwanda steps up fear for communication into its citizens

The recent Rwandan laws limiting the use of internet in the country and having to pay for receiving telephone calls have scaled up the level of oppression that Paul Kagame regime is inflicting to his citizens since the day his forces invaded Rwanda from Uganda back in October 1990. Continue reading

Why are exploiters worried by democracy?

It can take away all their sources of profit. And this does not only apply to developing countries. Continue reading

New ideas that sparkle social revolutions

Mahmood Mamdani is one of those African intellectuals you read and then you feel proud of being African. Of course only when you are a real son or daughter of Africa, carrying your motherland concerns in your heart.

His contribution here referred to is part of articles brought together by Pambazuka Press in their collection titled ‘African Awakening: the emerging revolutions,’ on the changing social and political landscape of the continent that started in 2011. Continue reading