Jonathan Power

  • There was a time, not that long ago, when African leaders insisted that it was politically incorrect to discuss tribalism. Tribalism was the face of old Africa that the modernisers, inheriting their domains from the departing colonialists, refused to accept. Today’s African leaders have ...

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  • When Nelson Mandela first came out of jail he talked of the need for massive nationalisation and forcible wealth re-distribution. When president, having learnt a thing or two about what had been going on in Africa, he began to preach another message. He saw that most of Black Africa had adapted ...

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  • The Geneva deal can graduate into a template for peace The agreement signed by Iran and world powers – the US, UK, China, Russia, France and Germany – is more than a milestone, it changes the world. Perhaps.It is bitterly opposed by Israel whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems ...

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  • Now that Iran and the United States have agreed to negotiate over Iran’s nuclear programme hopes are rising that a deal can be made that will end the 34-year-long mutual estrangement.But wait a minute. Before we discuss the possibilities of such a deal coming to fruition lurking in the wings ...

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  • Good riddance! I wonder what their Maker will conclude? Last week saw the death of one of the world’s worst practitioners of crimes against humanity — Jorge Rafael Videla, aged 87, the former military dictator of Argentina. He died while serving a life sentence.Last week also saw the ...

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  • American presidential candidate Jimmy Carter described arms sales as a “cancer”. But once in office he achieved little in controlling them. In President Bill Clinton’s first term Amnesty International questioned the US government about the use of American military helicopters and ...

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