On the last day of August, the Danquah institute, of which I am a proud executive member, created an important platform for the leader of Ghana's main opposition party to lay out his vision for the Ghanaian people. He did and about five major radio stations and (Metro TV) carried it live to the hearing of millions of Ghanaians, both at home and abroad.

Newspapers and news websites have carried the speech in full (including audio) for those who missed it and others to chew on the details.

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Embassy was approached by two advisors to National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate John Atta-Mills, Edward Nunoo and Sylvanos Tamakloe, who told Political Office that Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman Kwadwo Afari-Gyan was being pressured by the ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) to announce false results that would be supplied by the NPP. The EC Chairman told Ambassador that the allegations were "utter nonsense." #WIKILEAKS more>>>

Wikileaks has enthralled Ghanaian pundits with yet another stash. Here is IMANI's initial stance on the revelations:

1. We accept that for the proper functioning of government and diplomacy a degree of confidentiality is important.

2. However, in a society where transparency is an issue, wikileaks when employed carefully can improve democratic outcomes.

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Documents available to the New Statesman from Parliament House indicates that from June 2, 2009 to August 26, 2011, Parliament gave its approval to loans, totalling $10.04 billion. This includes 9,379.62 million in US dollars and 439,664 million in Euros.

Further checks made by this paper indicates that a total of $18.9 billion worth of loans have been presented to Parliament for approval since President JEA Mills took office in January, 2009.

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Obama announces NEW Africa Strategy
Nearly 3 years ago, I remarked in front of the Ghanaian Parliament that Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world. Since that time, we have partnered with leaders, youth, and civil society in Africa to deepen the principles of democracy and human rights, to expand economic opportunity, and to support those who seek peace where war and deprivation have plagued communities. Africa and its people are partners with America in creating the future we want for all of our children—a future that is grounded in growth, mutual responsibility, and mutual respect. Click here for full statement
The purpose of this short paper is to assess the challenge of regional unity like the East African Community (EAC) from the standpoint of pan-Africanism. We use the term ‘regional unity’, or regionalism, to refer to include both economic integration and political association. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the second-generation East African Community, it is opportune to stand back from the dominant debates on forms of integration – common market, monetary union, fast-tracking or snail-walking of the East African Federation etc. – and ask certain core questions: What exactly is the vision, the lodestar, so to speak, of the regional project? What is its historical genesis? What are the driving forces of the project, in whose interest and for what purpose? How does the project relate to the larger global forces, and in particular, to the changing world hegemonies? It is only by asking these bigger questions that we can critically assess where we are going and chart the possible way forward. It is not my intention to enter into a debate on the merits or demerits of the forms of economic integration or the speed of political association. Rather I wish to pose the question as to whether we are asking the right questions. more >>>
The Wuaku Commission report, submitted in November 2002, stated: “Having considered the totality of evidence before the Commission, we have come to the conclusion that the events that took place in Yendi on 25th, 26th, and 27th March, 2002, were criminal acts of an act of war fought between two Gates for which individuals from both Gates are blameable.”It further found that “the illegal stockpiling of arms and ammunitions by both Abudu and Andani royal families and sympathisers made it easier for them to resort to violence.” History tells us that in the 14th century Na Gbewaa established the ancient Kingdom of Greater Dagbon with Pusiga as the capital. His death resulted in a power struggle which saw one of his sons, Zirli murdering his brother, Kufogu in order to assume the skin. That historical account informs us that the killing of Prince Kufogu led to a full-blown war, which ended in the break-up of the Greater Dagbon Kingdom.
Calling Danquah a spy is insulting to the memory of Ghanaian Nationalists
In his book, “By Nkrumah’s Side”, Tawiah Adamafio, a former confidante of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and Information Minister of the Convention People’s Party administration, who was later on to be tried and convicted for the Kulungugu assassination attempt on the life of Ghana’s first President, wrote of the nature of the CPP at the time: “I knew their intrigues and jealousies, the vicious whispering campaigns and the rumour mongering, the deliberate name-smearing and wicked mud-slinging, the character assassination, the interminable inner party struggle, the incompetence and greed, the bribery and corruption.” more>>>
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.
DI Calls for Transparency in Petroleum Pricing Formula
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has announced a review of the petroleum price build-up (i.e. the formula used to determine the pricing ofpetroleum products). In this review the NPA informs the public that it has decided to increase the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) margin by 50 percent and the Marketers margin by 15 percent. At the same time the NPA also decided to reduce the ex-refinery price of petroleum products by 2 percent, with the net effect being a no change in prices at the pump. The Danquah Institute is calling on the NPA to come out and explain to Ghanaians what exactly is going on.
Global Economic Positioning
As Ken Ofori-Atta of Databank stated at Chatham House recently, “We have not seen such massive destruction of wealth in the history of modern civilisation and I might add also such rapid recreation of capital in the past year. Africa is truly astounded at how quickly the West can mobilise to save their companies when a fraction of those amounts could reinstate the impressive growth trajectory which Africa had achieved.”
So where  are the NPP Brains?
On the last day of August, the Danquah institute, of which I am a proud executive member, created an important platform for the leader of Ghana's main opposition party to lay out his vision for the Ghanaian people. He did and about five major radio stations and (Metro TV) carried it live to the hearing of millions of Ghanaians, both at home and abroad. Newspapers and news websites have carried the speech in full (including audio) for those who missed it and others to chew on the details.
Danquah Institute raises concerns over $3bn Chinese loan
Policy think tank, Danquah Institute (DI) has raised an alarm over what it describes as the "strange and dangerous” manner in which the Mills-Mahama led National Democratic Congress government is trying to secure a $3 bn Chinese loan facility to finance a number of projects, including the Achimota-Ofanko Road, a $150 communications infrastructure for the National Security Council and a $100 million capacity building exercise for the Ghanaian SMEs.The Parliamentary Joint Committee of Finance and Poverty Reduction is currently meeting in Koforidua, ostensibly to scrutinise, among others, the US$3 billion commercial term loan facility between the Republic of Ghana and the China Development Bank.
"It's not he who casts the votes that matters -- but he who counts the votes." -Joseph Stalin President Obama’s visit to Ghana earlier this year, gave us all as Ghanaians deep pride in our country and in our international reputation. That our small West African nation was chosen as the first in the whole continent to be so honoured since Obama took power was the result of an achievement we have built as a whole people since 1992 in not only the reborn of democracy but successfully warring off the infant mortality that has put paid to too many of our continental contemporaries.