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Ibrahim Seaga Shaw went to interview the first African-American (in fact the first American of any colour) secretary general of Interpol, Roland Kenneth Noble, at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France. He reports on how Interpol is wiring up Africa to its new ultra-modern communication system to combat African and international crime.

A new World Bank research report has warned that HIV/AIDS causes far greater long-term damage to national economies than previously assumed, arguing that by killing mostly young adults, the disease is robbing the children of AIDS victims of one or both parents to love, raise and educate them, and thus undermines the basis of economic growth in the long term

LURD rebels reportedly fought their way into the western suburbs of the Liberian capital Monrovia over the weekend as tens of thousands of residents took to their heels towards the city centre to escape from a deadly hail of mortar bombs and gunfire.

SPECIAL REPORT: ExpoTimes Executive Editor Ibrahim Seaga Shaw just back from Zimbabwe reports on what he discovered about Tourism in Zimbabwe

"I cannot stop you from making the trip but you need to be very careful as Zimbabwe is no longer a safe place to visit especially for journalists; you may be killed and nothing would come out of it." These words quickly flip-flopped my mind as the Air Zimbabwe Boeing 747,on which I and five other colleagues from Europe were flying to Harare, became air-borne.

The 17th Chamber of the French high court in early June threw out on technical grounds the libel suit filed by Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, against the investigative Cameroonian journalist and author, Charles Onana.

For Africa to achieve economic dependence it needs a pool of its people capable of using their skilles and talents to lubricate the productive sectors of the economy. This underscores the importance of education in promoting development in African countries where such trends are whoppingly lacking.

By Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, Paris, France - 16/06/2002

The struggle for press freedom in Africa received a major boost in Paris on June 3 when the 17th chamber of the French high court threw out on technical grounds the libel suit filed by Rwandan President Paul Kagame against investigative Cameroonian journalist and author Charles Onana.


"There has been impressive progress over the last year, and results are here," said Callisto Madavo, World Bank Vice President for Africa, adding: "We are also encouraged by the continued commitment of the Government to move the economic reforms further ahead and we wish the Congolese people great success in this endeavour, together with their efforts to bring about peace in the country".

 "What must governments do to ensure economic security for their citizens? How to shape globalisation to the benefit of all, and ensure that the poorest are not left behind? What role can education play in building tolerant, democratic and prosperous societies? How to ensure a quick come back in economic growth?"

The 17th chamber of the French high court in Paris was the scene of a chain of dramatic flip-flops on 8 April as the court began to hear a case brought by the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, against the Paris-based freelance journalist and author, Charles Onana.

By Ibrahim Seaga Shaw  - New AfricanJan 2001

Dr Abass Bundu, former executive secretary of Ecowas and leader of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) of Sierra Leone, tells our guest sub-editor, Ibrahim Seaga Shaw.

New African: The recently launched Grand Alliance of opposition parties is said to be gathering momentum in and outside Sierra Leone. As a member of this movement, what is the rational behind its formation and what do you hope to achieve? 

By Ibrahim Seaga Shaw - 21/09/2000  New AfricanSep 2000  

Christmas has come early for President Mugabe. Under pressure at home and abroad to drop his controversial land reform policy, Mugabe's hand has been strengthened enormously by leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) who gave him unflinching support at their 20th Summit held in Windhoek, the Namibian capital, on 6-7 August.

By Ibrahim Seaga Shaw - 15/08/2000  - New AfricanJul/Aug 2000

Despite all the chest-beating in London about British intervention, the Sierra Leone peace clock is still ticking anticlockwise on a fast track to square one. Recent events - the hostage drama and the detention of Foday Sankoh - have ignited a new round of war. Now in tatters, even feared dead, is the Lome Peace Accord signed in the Togolese capital in July 1999.

By Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, Paris, France - 16/04/2000 

Ten months after the Lome Peace Accord, Sierra Leoneans may be heading to the polls by November. Although elusive, the deputy secretary of the Interim National Electoral Commission (INEC), A. B. S. Samura hinted to New African: "We've not been officially informed but the talk is gaining momentum".