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10 Forgotten Heroes of Tanganyika: #1 – Kleist Abdullah Sykes

The last decades of 1800 found Tanganyika in the midst of nationalist movements and wars against German invasion and occupation. One man behind the onset of these wars was Abushiri (Bashir bin Salim Al-Harthi from Zanzibar), who was based at Pangani, Tanga. Continue reading “10 Forgotten Heroes of Tanganyika: #1 – Kleist Abdullah Sykes”

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Abushiri: A true warrior who makes Zanzibar proud

By the time Sultan Said bin Sultan of Zanzibar and Oman died, it was already an open secret that the Europeans had already planned to take over all his territories in East Africa. They would do that step by step, but roughly and – of course – brutally. Continue reading “Abushiri: A true warrior who makes Zanzibar proud”

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British brutal aggression against Zanzibar

By Riadh Al Busaidi

The attack on the Sultanate of Zanzibar by the British Navy in 1896 has always been referred to as the “shortest war” in human history. This is a misnomer because it was not a WAR but a brutal aggression against a sovereign state in order to force a regime change. Continue reading “British brutal aggression against Zanzibar”

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30% West African, 1% Jew. Suprises From My DNA

No single human being is today geographically settled in a place where he used to be in 500 years ago. I was told this by my respected elder man, Professor Ibrahim Noor Sharif, some two years ago. He was trying to argue against those who opt for racial politics in Zanzibar, where the question of heritage and identity has been misused even in today´s politics. Continue reading “30% West African, 1% Jew. Suprises From My DNA”

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The ICC, Hypocricy and Our Draculas

On summer 2017, I and my colleague Aboubakr Jalloh were commissioned by our office to attend and cover a weekend conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, organized by Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Among our many interviews, we had an opportunity to have Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in our Facebook Live programm, and one of the questions I asked her was the famous (read infamous) cry amongst African leaders, the so-called anti-Africanism of the ICC. Continue reading “The ICC, Hypocricy and Our Draculas”

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In AU, Afrabia Is A Reality, Not A Confusion

President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt is taking over the African Union presidency from President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Meanwhile, an Egyptian politician Ahmed Abou Al Ghayt is leading the Arab League. Two Egyptians are, at the same time, leaders of two world bodies. Continue reading “In AU, Afrabia Is A Reality, Not A Confusion”