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

Trump behaves like a brazen African dictator

Invited by the U.S. Embassy to watch the results of the 2008 election, I was thrilled to see Americans elect Barak Obama, their first black President. I was also deeply irritated to have a U.S. official point out that the result has been  accepted without any last-minute deals to keep

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Probe into death of iconic codebreaker

“Fall Of Man In Wilmslow,” by David Lagercrantz is a detective novel about the investigation into the death of iconic English codebreaker Alan Turing. The procedural genre, best left to Swedish writers in my opinion, draws one deeply into the investigation. The quintessential Englishness of this book, written in Swedish,

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French Trade Minister’s visit is the first since South Africa re-opened its borders post the COVID 19 lockdown

The first foreign cabinet minister to visit South Africa since the COVID 19 lockdown was lifted has ended a three-day visit. France’s  Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness Minister Franck Riester, reaffirms his country’s commitment to stand by South Africa in these challenging times and to support mutual economic partnerships with

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Americans won’t be able to say they did uot know

The excuse of the uniformed: “We did not know “ has eroded as technology makes the facts inescapable. Surely in this age of social media that gossamer thin excuse has disappeared. Some Germans might have claimed they did not know about the Nazi genocide until the Nuremberg trials painfully mapped

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Is Joe Biden taking a knife to a dishonest gunfight?

Western movie buffs cannot agree on who first  warned combatants not to bring a knife to a gunfight. The message: never go into a fight under weaponized ,is indisputable. Many of Joe Biden’s supporters fear he will be doing this when he meets Donald Trump in the Presidential campaign debates

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Tik Tok forced sale won’t happen

In these deadly serious days of the pandemic and the U.S. presidential poll, one has to search for the laughs. Happily Tik Tok is providing mine. Yes, yes, I know it is designed for younger consumers. But it is not the content that provides my chortle. It is the belief

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Congo declares world’s worst measles outbreak is over

Not one but two pieces of excellent medical news out of Africa this week. The Democratic Republic of Congo announces that the world’s worst measles outbreak which killed more than 7000 children under five-years-old is over. The announcement by Health Minister Eteni Londondo  still requires authentication by the World Health

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Africa is free of wild polio

Humanitarians Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote are today celebrating with Presidents from  the World Health Organisation’s Africa Region the eradication of wild poliomyelitis. There should 47 Presidents involved in the virtual fest. But Mali’s Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta who was deposed in a military coup last week, remains in detention. The

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