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Ghana Election 2012: No Dogma Or Purity Among the Political Parties

Ghana Election 2012:

No Dogma Or Purity Among the Political Parties

 

By Kofi Akosah-Sarpong

Campaigns for elections in the impending December 2012 general elections are deeply heating up. Issues, policies and programs are increasingly dominating the campaigns.

Why Charles Taylor Deserves his 80 years in Prison

Why Charles Taylor Deserves his 80 years in Prison

 

By Lansana Gberie, PHD, Addis Ababa

On 16 May, convicted war criminal, Charles Taylor, delivered a 30-minute speech – part plea for clemency, part lubricious defence of his actions, and part grandstanding – before his trial judges at The Hague as he awaits sentencing on 30 May.

Africa Struggles For “Democratic Deepening”

Africa Struggles For “Democratic Deepening”

 

“If our political parties fail, our democracy will suffer.” - Michael J.K. Bokor, Ghanaian assistant professor of English at Long Island University, USA

 

By Kofi Akosah-Sarpong

Forget about the democratic hiccup in Mali, once one of Africa’s emerging democracies. Or the fact that Mauritius is the only African country ranked as being “full” democracy by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual democracy index. Or the Economist Intelligence Unit also saying the shiny Botswana democracy is “flawed.”