Jean-Jacques Cornish

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"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

A good start, but is it really a beginning

There was not much talk at my running club this week about the climate summit being hosted by US President Joe Biden. We were concentrating on who would be getting in the next round and discussing the many ailments that runners tend to prattle on about. Swedish climate activist Greta

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Take the advice of the Mozambique Catholic Bishops

Trying to understand what’s happening in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado, I’m taking the sage advice of two of the best analysts on South Africa’s eastern neighbor. Jasmine Opperman and Joseph Hanlon are adamant that on this matter one should not believe everything one reads. Since what one reads

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We don’t know exactly how Idriss Deby died at the hands of rebels

We don’t know exactly how Chad’s President Idriss Deby died while visiting troops in the north of his country on Sunday. Africa’s fifth longest service President who won Sunday’s election with 79,3% of the vote, elected to be with his soldiers rather than attend a ceremony celebrating his sixth term

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South Africa sends troops to evacuate nationals trapped in Mozambique

headline: South Africa sends troops to evacuate nationals in Mozambique President Cyril Ramaphosa is in an urgent meeting with his Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapsia-Nqakula today following his announcement that he’s sent troops to Mozambique to evacuate South Africans trapped there by ISIS-affiliated jihadis fighting government forces. At least on South

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Bafana Bafana is beaten by a sense of entitlement

So Bafana Bafana are out of the Afcon Cup to be played in Cameroon next January and February. Losing 2-0 to Sudan in last week’s qualifier was the final nail in the coffin. The team slunk home and very little has been heard from them. I will spare their blushes

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Refusing to speak to the media makes one look silly

A disturbing piece of television during national women’s month. A female student talking-to a television reporter is bearded by a male colleague.  “We are protesting,” he says. “No interviews” and with that he pushes her in the small of her back into the throng of toy toying youth. She doesn’t

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