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Ghanaians paying VAT on other taxes, but are unaware

During the 2016 election campaign, the current Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia heralded a call – a move away from taxation to production, because, as he argued then, Ghanaians were being overtaxed. He said, if voted into office, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government would move the country away from taxation …

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Niger must cease the unjust persecution of investigative journalist Moussa Aksar

Journalism is no crime. Effectively, the work of journalists has been shown to have lighted the dark paths of nations, guided the steps of peoples and brought justice to the oppressed. It is therefore, depressing as one follows the constant persecution of one of Niger and Africa’s remarkable journalists, Moussa …

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The man JJ Rawlings

This article was first published in the Ashanti Independent, a sister paper of The Independent in May 1995 with the title, ‘The man JJ Rawlings: Yesterday and today’. The newspaper doesn’t exist anymore. The article has been slightly edited, and it is meant to only be a peek into the …

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Learning from the TB Pandemic

As countries around the world—from Kenya to Canada, South Africa to Sweden—relish the prospect of an unofficial transition of COVID-19 from pandemic to endemic and start to ease pandemic-related restrictions, many of us in the tuberculosis (TB) community find it hard to relate. In TB, we know what can happen …

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Meeting Ferdinand Ayite: Trials and tribulations of independent journalists in Africa

Africa is arguably one of the richest continents in the world. Endowed with precious minerals like gold, diamond, bauxite, iron ore, manganese, lithium, graphite, oil, among others, and yet it is always constrained economically, and so many of its citizens are living in poverty. Africa’s wealth is also known to …

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Africa can be world leader by putting nature at the heart of finance 

“We are all asset managers,” writes Professor Partha Dasgupta in his seminal study on the economics of biodiversity. “Whether as farmers or fishers, foresters or miners, households or companies, governments or communities,” we all influence the store of value held in our most precious asset—the natural world around us. We …

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We need a sustainable feminist recovery – UN Secretary-General

As the world moves ahead to mark International Women’s Day, the clock on women’s rights is moving backwards. All of us are paying the price. The cascading crises of recent years have highlighted how women’s leadership is more crucial than ever. Women have heroically confronted the COVID-19 pandemic as doctors, …

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How far would the Ghana State go to pin a criminal offence on Barker-Vormawor?

Ghana has been held as the standard for a stable democracy in Africa for decades. But Ghanaians are divided over whether the country is a true democracy or it is a façade? In the last couple of weeks, some citizens including radio presenters, reporters and prominently, an activist have been …

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If Martin Luther King Jr was alive today…

Had he lived to see 2022, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. might well have been discouraged about our country’s present state and future trajectory. Between soaring levels of inflation, the exploding number of COVID cases, the woefully incomplete fulfillment of King’s dream of interracial understanding, and the continued Republican-led assault …

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How would you respond to the economy in 2022?

Hello, I am rather not carrying good news on the outlook for the year 2022. Your religious morality; Christian, Islamic or whatever, would be tested this year, (I will explain that further shortly), in your attempt to cope with the realities of the economy. If you do not cut down …

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