Henning Melber

How (not) to deal with genocide

Germany demonstrated a poor response to historical redress when it offered Namibia €1.1-billion as a ‘gesture of reconciliation’

31 years after independence, Namibians aren’t in a festive mood

Namibians celebrated when the southern African nation gained independence on 21 March 1990. Henning Melber explains why Namibians are not in a festive mood as they mark 31 years of freedom

Namibian elections: The sands are shifting – slowly

Namibia’s political stability so far has been vested in the dominance of Swapo. Those opposing its control face an uphill battle

Human rights 70 years on: Important victories as well as major misses

Human Rights Day might not be a reason for celebrations. But it's a useful reminder of what's been achieved over 70 years.

How southern African liberators turn into oppressors

It is normal for resistance movements to adopt rough survival strategies, unfortunately that culture takes root and is permanently nurtured.

Boutros-Ghali was not cowed by the West

Egyptian diplomat Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died aged 93. He served as secretary general of the United Nations from 1992 to 1996.

Corruption, made in Namibia

Tens of millions of Namibian dollars that were dished out as credits to black empowerment initiatives by the Namibian Development Corporation (NDC) will not be repaid during the parastatal's liquidation, the NDC's executive secretary told Parliament last month. This is despite the fact that many of the recipients are among Namibia's nouveau riche.

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