The Norwegian Council for Africa

The Norwegian Council for Africa

The Norwegian Council for Africa is a solidarity organisation which sees dissemination of information as its most important tool in its contribution towards justice and development in and for Africa. Read more >

Watch our new film: The Norwegian Paradox - oil in Angola

 

Angola is Norway’s “biggest and most important economic partner in Africa” says the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Angolan continental shelf is the largest contributor to Statoil’s production outside Norway, and last year the company paid NOK 30 billion in taxes to the Angolan government – more than the sum total of Norwegian development aid. But what happens to all the money? Does it contribute to development and strengthen human rights? Or does it help to keep a corrupt regime in power?

We travelled to Angola to follow the money.The film is directed by Even Stormyhr.

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Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara

Are Kenyans Ready For The Coming Storm?


"Show me a man's friends, and I'll tell you who he is," said American essayist, lecturer, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. And this week, the Jubilee administration has shown us who its friends are. 
“Civil society, media and leaders from across our political social spectrum have come together and made their views known and in the hearts of every Kenyan we know that we must win this war [on corruption]” declared President Uhuru Kenyatta when welcoming Pope Francis on his maiden visit to Africa. At The Hague and in New York, however, his minions were using very different language.
At the former, the government, with the support of the entire political establishment, was engaged in an effort to get the Assembly of Parties to the Rome Statute to dictate to the International Criminal Court how it is to interpret the rules of evidence. The fuss was brought on by the Court’s decision to apply rule 68, which allows for the consideration of recanted testimony, to the cases facing Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang.
Setting aside for a moment the merits of the government’s argument that it was assured this wouldn’t happen (for which there appears some… ( Read on! )
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Leaders respond to dissent and terror threats with brutal force, says Amnesty report

Nairobi (Kenya) - Authorities, faced with mounting security challenges and the prospect of losing power in upcoming polls, are responding with brute force to crush terror threats and dissent in East Africa, a report by Amnesty international says. Read more >

The East African (Kenya), by Trevor Analo / 9.3.2015

What would a meaningful agenda for Human Rights Day look like?

Johannesburg (South Africa) - On 21 March 1960, the apartheid police opened fire on a crowd of protestors in Sharpeville, killing 69 people. Read more >

South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS), by Jane Duncan* / 9.3.2015

More war, more talks

The escalation of violence by 'Islamic State' in Libya over the past month has contributed fresh horror to an already bloody conflict. Read more >

Africa Confidential / 9.3.2015

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