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Ghana still lives in the poverty threshold HIPC or no HIPC

The hullabaloo surrounding whether Ghana has been classified as HIPC or not is characterised more by partisan and emotional pronouncements than rational and fair reportage and comments. Political spinners are spinning. The strategists are relentlessly strategizing. What more, the Government has given its own interpretation. Opposition parties have also given their interpretation. And the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sent ...

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Addressing violence against women and children through the SDGs

Violence against women is usually executed by close relations mostly men; in some instances, we see women attacking their fellow women. This constitutes one of the biggest violations of human rights, a dent on dignity and the foremost impediment to achieving the Global Goals. Surprisingly, there are instances where women have committed violence against other women, in most cases against ...

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Human rights, poverty and development

Ogochukwu C. Nweke, lawyer

The subject of human rights is one that cuts across many aspects of our universal reality. The Declaration of Rights to Development, endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1986 and in Article 1(1) reiterates the fact that every human being has the right and deserves access to economic, social, cultural and political development, both in terms to participation and ...

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Kennedy Agyapong’s fight against biblical illiteracy in the reactionary culture

Hon. Kennedy Agyapong

No one here is claiming Honorable Kennedy Ohene Agyapong the MP for Assin Central Constituency is Martin Luther, William Tyndale, John Wycliffe, or any of the classical thinkers/reformers, whose persistent efforts set in motion one of the most consequential reforms in the Christian and Biblical history, starting from the Middle Ages and beyond. Admittedly, Luther, Tyndale, Wycliffe, Huss, and many ...

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I speak of black freedom

In these crazy times that have seen the killing of George Floyd attract global outrage, one question stuck in my mind for my race is: How do we get out of this? We are marching, protesting, demanding justice and equal opportunity. Well, we have done all these things before – Civil Rights Movement, Million Man March – and now Black ...

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41 years after June 4 uprising: Any lessons learnt?

Former President Jerry John Rawlings

The June 4, 1979 Uprising aka June 4th Revolution arose spontaneously in response to corruption, bad governance, economic hardship and frustration experienced within the general population in addition to high levels of indiscipline within the Ghana Armed Forces. JJ Rawlings as a young Flight Lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, together with some soldiers had attempted a coup d’état on ...

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China’s ambition to neo-colonise Africa – an Open Secret

Economic relations between China and Africa began in the 7th Century and this has continued until today. The population of China is close to 1.3 billion and they are now in Africa to seek resources for their growing consumption, while African countries also seek funds for their infrastructural and developmental projects. The Chinese willingly grant soft loans for large infrastructural ...

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Coronavirus: A double burden for women in conflict areas, on the frontline

Since COVID-19 broke out in December 2019, it has continued to spread across the globe unabated, with countries at different phases along the curve. Public health emergencies worldwide, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impacts, affect women and men differently, but take a disproportionate toll on women. Even more so in conflict-affected countries and post-conflict contexts, where the ...

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The paradox of a Northern politician

The South is best understood as an exceptional region inside Ghana, with a unique political and cultural milieu birthed by the intersection of progress and development. This region has created the best of productive citizens, if not excellent to say. This pictorial description of how flourish the South is, is due to the character and behavior of the inhabitants of ...

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Robbing the poor to feed the rich – Contrast John Mensah-Sarbah

On the occasion of Ghana @63, I remember the brave, honest and selfless: John Mensah Sarbah, Paa Grant, Ephraim Amu, Esther Ocloo, Leticia Obeng and a few others. For them, it was not “me, my tribe and my party”. They placed nation and personal honour above wealth. With thoughtless policies by succeeding governments that have left millions on the breadline, ...

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