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This weekend the African National Congress celebrates its centenary. The party, which played a pivotal role in the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa, has much to look back on with pride, and the celebrations include concerts, church services and a mass political rally.

Compared with other African liberation movements, the ANC had the unique ability to unite diverse groups. The others were formed on the basis of one ethnic or regional group, and could never transcend this. The ANC created a broad alliance that spanned the ideological spectrum, from shopkeepers to communists, and became what was called a "multi-class" organisation.

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President Mills returned from New York on New Year’s Eve to say that his Christmas trip was so successful that he had “killed two birds with one stone.” He didn’t exactly manage Zita Okaikoi’s feat of “killing two stones with one bird” on her trip to New York, where she had a baby and attended to some tourism duties. Our President, essentially, took an early holiday in New York in order to work during the Christmas break in New York. Bless him!

Koku Anyidoho, reportedly, briefed journalists at the Kotoka International Airport on Christmas Eve, the day of Mills’ surprise departure, saying that the President was returning to America, a week after his last trip there, to follow-up with some US investors he met at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

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Partners in Ghana's Jubilee offshore oilfield, operated by Tullow Oil, have bought a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel from Tokyo-listed Modec, Ghana's state oil company GNPC said on Friday.

Sources close to the deal said it valued the "Kwame Nkrumah" vessel, which was leased to the Jubilee partners for its first year of operation, at $750 million.

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The world has experienced phenomenal growth of financial services over the last couple of decades. This globalization has led to increased cross-border activities enhancing global financial intermediation. Unfortunately, this development has been accompanied by a spate of transnational organized crime including Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML/TF) perpetuated by underground economies.

Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing affect whole economies, and therefore impacts negatively on economic, political and social development, posing serious challenges to all countries.

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Ghana Jubilee oilfield partners buy FPSO vessel: GNPC
Partners in Ghana's Jubilee offshore oilfield, operated by Tullow Oil, have bought a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel from Tokyo-listed Modec, Ghana's state oil company GNPC said on Friday. Sources close to the deal said it valued the "Kwame Nkrumah" vessel, which was leased to the Jubilee partners for its first year of operation, at $750 million.
Lately some elements within the NDC who lack simple knowledge of the history of Ghana have been peddling some revisionist ideas about the reasons and causes of terror during the first republic and completely misinforming unsuspecting Ghanaians while at the same time covering up for the terror that their predecessor the PNDC unleashed on Ghanaians during the 1980s. Following on from the propaganda that was fed to Ghanaians by the then CPP government, which tactics the P/NDC have adopted since 1981, these elements within the NDC are determined to rewrite the history of Ghana but the facts and court proceedings are too strong to give them the credit they are desperately seeking. In this article I intend to set the records straight by giving them an idiot’s guide to the terror history of Ghana.
Danquah Institute Gets New Executive Director
The Governing Board of the Danquah Institute announces the appointment of Nana Attobrah Quaicoe as the new Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, effective September 1, 2015.
Corruption 'costs Africa billions'
Corruption in Africa is costing the continent nearly $150bn a year, according to a new report. The African regional body, the African Union (AU) has drawn up a convention to stamp out malpractices which the study says are hitting the poorest the hardest. Corruption is illegal everywhere in Africa, but everywhere it is woven deep into the fabric of every day life.
As far as I know, no constitution, in the world, recognizes or even acknowledges the importance of the concession by the losing presidential candidate in a presidential election. Nevertheless, this concession has become a ritual that all the advanced democracies acknowledge and recognize as an important element of their electoral activities. It is that singular action that signifies the successful resolution of the election and avoids the involvement of the judicial branch, in what should properly belong to the political space. Occasionally, however, there is a dispute about the election results and the concession is not forthcoming. In this situation, the optimal solution is to have the courts resolve the dispute prior to inaugurating the President. This is because most countries realize the irreparable harm inherent in inaugurating a President, who may not have been validly elected. Such harm includes, but is not limited to, the cloud that hangs around the Presidency, which might deter international stakeholders from dealing with the President, or dealing with him under significant uncertainty. Domestically, the President’s power to appoint is likely to come into conflict with the legislature’s power to vet as a serious legislature may raise questions about the wisdom in investing vetting resources into appointments that may be short-lived. Local actors may be plunged into a wait-and-see mode and freeze their business plans, in light of the uncertainty about the direction of the country.
 
On Monday, September 16, 2013, the Danquah Institute, in partnership with other civil society groups will hold a symposium at the British Council for jurists and other legal and statistics experts to critique the decision of the Supreme Court in the presidential election petition filed by Nana Akufo-Addo and two others against the election of President John Mahama in the December 2012 election.But, last week, as a panellist on two separate current affairs programmes on radio (Oman FM and Joy FM), I provoked an argument, which will be one of the topics that the legal and analytical minds will delve into at the upcoming symposium.
Report of the Constitution Review Commission
The Constitution Review Commission, a presidential Commission of Inquiry, was set up in January 2010 to consult with the people of Ghana on the operation of the 1992 Constitution and on any changes that need to be made to the Constitution. The Commission was also tasked to present a draft bill for the amendment of the Constitution in the event that any changes are warranted. Click here for full report
I consider it a privilege and honour to be asked by the Media Foundation for West Africa to join in the double celebration of its 10th Anniversary and that of the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law and to be asked to deliver an address on “CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: SIGNIFICANCE AND CHALLENGES. I readily accepted the kind invitation of the Executive Director of MFWA, Professor Kwame Karikari, not only because this invitation is a duty I must honour as Chairman of the NMC, but more importantly because I belong to that generation of journalists who fought for media freedoms and have seen the two sides of the coin, what it is to be a journalist or a citizen living under a CULTURE OF SILENCE, and under a CULTURE OF FREEDOM.
Vote NPP for better life; not because I’m a northerner – Bawumia
The Vice-Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has stated that politicians who resort to the politics of divisiveness, ethnicity and sectionalism are those that have lost touch with the problems of the Ghanaian and who have no plan to make Ghanaian earn a decent living whether they live in the North, South, West or East. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made the comments in Zangum, a community in his home constituency of Walewale in the Northern Region on Thursday.
Written Address of Counsel for John Mahama
On the 7th and 8th days of December, 2012, Ghana held its presidential and parliamentary elections. The presidential election was contested by seven (7) candidates who were sponsored by political parties and one (1) other who contested as an independent candidate. The 1st respondent was the candidate of the John Dramani Mahama. The elections were originally fixed for 7th December, 2012. Polls in certain polling stations were adjourned to 8th December, 2012, owing to the alleged failure of the biometric verification devices (BVD).