Jean-Jacques Cornish


"The low down on African affairs"

Journalist, Editor and authoritative commentator on African Affairs. Radio talk-show host and prominent guest speaker.

Recent African News

Striving to become the anti-vax poster boy

He could have stopped the expulsion process dead in its tracks. All Novak Djokovic had to do was stop by a medical facility and get a COVID vaccination. He could have done this while being kept in a migrant detention facility at the start of his ill-fated latest visit to

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A diplomatic career spanning both sides of a historic divide

“African Viking,”by Pierre Dietrichsen. Dietrichsen is one of that dwindling band of diplomats who represented both the apartheid regime and South Africa’s new democracy led by President Nelson Mandela. His memoir contains gems of a unique history that includes the complex and often exasperating transition between the two. Dietrichsen writes

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Terrifying new COVID variant emerges from Botswana

South Africa’s National Institute For Communicable Diseases has confirmed that a new possibly vaccine-resistant COVID strain with 32 mutations has been detected.  Virologists are calling it the most evolved COVID strain ever, and fear it could be worse that the Delta strain. A COVID expert says what has been dubbed

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Don’t shoot the pragmatist

The nation’s flags fall to half staff today as South Africa begins a four-day official mourning period for its last white leader F.W. de Klerk. President Cyril Ramaphosa calls this a mark of respect for a predecessor. A State memorial service for de Klerk will be held a date to

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EU top court bloodies Morocco’s nose over Western Sahara

The European Union has legally bloodied Morocco’s nose by annulling the North African Kingdom’s trade deals involving the Western Sahara it has illegally occupied since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations. Significantly the EU’s top court acknowledges that the government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)  is the

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On our Women’s Day a modern tragedy unfolds in Afghanistan

There is something about a brave woman that leaves me grappling for words. Growing up in the Boys Own generation, I was conditioned to respect and emulate courageous men. The women came later as I learned about women fighting and dying  against the Nazis. And even later as we learned

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