Geoffrey York, The Globe and Mail

Geoffrey York

The Globe and Mail

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

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Recent articles by Geoffrey:

South African President Ramaphosa likely to resign in wake of damning inquiry into mysterious cash payment

Ramaphosa, who has positioned himself as an anti-corruption campaigner in the past, was likely to address the nation soon, South Africa media reported → Read More

Canada keeping small peacekeeping unit in Mali as many others pull out

Canada started the year with just 23 military and police personnel in Mali and now has only five soldiers and eight police in the mission → Read More

Barrick Gold faces Ontario lawsuit for alleged killings and abuses at Tanzanian mine

The case is the first to be pursued against Barrick in Canadian courts for alleged human rights violations at its mines abroad → Read More

Canadian-owned armoured vehicle producer sparks concerns with new Uganda deal

Streit Group’s deal with Uganda’s government is particularly controversial because it follows a series of deadly crackdowns on protests in recent years → Read More

World’s longest-ruling dictator to extend his 43 years in power

President Teodoro Obiang has jailed many of his opponents and ruthlessly maintained his grip over Equatorial Guinea, despite corruption scandals and extreme economic inequality → Read More

African Union’s bid for second G20 seat fails

Despite support from at least four of the summit’s member states, the African Union was unable to win a full-time seat at the G20 table → Read More

ReconAfrica says Namibia well test yielded no commercial oil, but vows further drilling

ReconAfrica is continuing to explore for oil in the Kalahari region of Namibia, despite disappointing results and concern from environmentalists → Read More

Congo Basin, world’s second-biggest rainforest, now reported to be facing rapid destruction

Oil and gas exploration in the Congo Basin poses a threat to the region’s rainforests, which are considered crucial to the climate because they are a vast carbon sink → Read More

Recognize genocide in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, experts urge Canadian committee

MPs say they will push ahead with their Tigray report as urgently as they can, spurred on by witnesses who described mass rapes and starvation → Read More

Glencore hit with $314-million in penalties for elaborate Africa bribery scheme

Corruption was ‘endemic’ in the culture at the company’s West Africa trading desk, bribery was accepted as a way of doing business and the sophisticated scheme was sustained for a prolonged period, Justice Peter Fraser said in his ruling → Read More

African drought zones expanded 40 per cent since 1980s, triggering worst drought in decades, report says

Despite expanding drought zones, satellite data indicate increase in groundwater storage in some African countries, possibly due to intense rain seasons → Read More

Ethiopia and Tigray sign peace agreement in bid to end devastating war

Both sides acknowledge it’s only a first step, but the pact is seen as a major breakthrough after several failed negotiating efforts → Read More

Rwandan-backed rebel offensive throws eastern Congo into chaos

About 40,000 people have fled their homes in the past week as the M23 militia launched its latest offensive → Read More

With made-in-Africa mRNA vaccines, a small Cape Town company stands up to Big Pharma

By early next year, Afrigen Biologics & Vaccines hopes to start manufacturing its own drug that will protect people across the continent against future waves of COVID-19 → Read More

In its latest rivalry with Russia, the U.S. wins a West African promise

A senior U.S. administration official says she has secured a promise from Burkina Faso’s new president that the country will refrain from recruiting Russian mercenaries → Read More

Surge of dehumanizing hate speech points to mounting risk of mass atrocities in northern Ethiopia, experts say

A report by the International Crisis Group shows a wave of hate speech by prominent Ethiopians calling for Tigrayans to be ‘wiped out,’ suggesting the looming possibility of genocide → Read More

New offensive in Tigray brings heavy death toll for civilians

Researchers have estimated that as many as 500,000 Tigrayans have perished from the war and related causes → Read More

Congo’s civilians, displaced and hungry, pay the price for proxy war

The struggle between Rwanda and the DRC to control a resource-rich region has pitted ethnic armies against each other, driving thousands from their homes → Read More

African allies bolster Chinese President Xi as he prepares for third leadership term

China has recruited many African politicians to help deflect Xi’s critics ahead of Sunday’s Communist Party Congress → Read More

Africa losing the hunger battle as inflation and drought hit home, World Bank says

World Bank downgrades its forecast for African growth to 3.3 per cent this year, compared with 4.1 per cent last year → Read More