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Celebrating a decade of struggle

Abahlali baseMjondolo (2015-10-06)

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South Africa’s shack dwellers movement was founded ten years ago by citizens frustrated by the ruling ANC’s failure to deliver the promises of democracy in the “new” nation. It has been a worthwhile struggle against a neo-liberal state that pays scant attention to needs of the majority poor Black people.

10th anniversary of Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement

S’bu Zikode (2015-10-06)

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A lot has been achieved through the principled stand of the members of the shack-dwellers movement, with some of them paying the ultimate price for justice and freedom. Several other individuals and partner organisations have been an important part of the journey. The struggle continues.

It’s all about power and money: The present state of the ANC

Dale T. McKinley (2015-10-06)

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The ANC has morphed from its earlier transition days as a ‘modern’ bourgeois political party designed to consolidate a class-based system of power overlaid with narrow racial interests to an inveterately factionalised, patronage-centred, corrupt, rent seeking and increasingly undemocratic ex-liberation movement.

Can world’s worst case of inequality be fixed with Pikettian posturing?

Patrick Bond (2015-10-07)

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Despite happy noises made by the World Bank, status quo economists and other commentators, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world. A policy of growth-through-redistribution is certainly needed.

The new MBA and the South African Business School sector

Dhiru Soni (2015-10-06)

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The ‘gurus’ of South Africa’s business education sector need to learn to be increasingly adaptable – making sense of uncertainty and managing complexity. The qualities of openness, empathy, integrity and self-awareness should replace harmful elitist posturing.

40 years a refugee, for the love of freedom

Peter Kenworthy (2015-10-07)

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This November marks 40 years since Morocco invaded and colonized Western Sahara, today Africa’s last colony. Abba Malainin was only a child when he had to flee the war on foot through the desert to Algeria, to refugee camps where his family and thousands of other refugees still live today.

Environmental impact assessment: Why it fails in Kenya

John O. Kakonge (2015-10-07)

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Kenya is building huge infrastructural projects such as the Thika Highway and the Lamu Port. These have been accompanied by malpractice in construction, land grabs, displacements, environmental degradation with no or insufficient information to the public. The environmental impact assessments that should prevent such malpractices are ineffective.

Empowering teachers: Thoughts on World Teachers Day 2015

Steve Sharra (2015-10-06)

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The theme for this year’s World Teachers Day is “Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies.” It is such a gratifying, highly motivating theme, demonstrating the seriousness with which the teaching profession needs to be taken. Without urgent attention to the state of this key profession in Africa – and globally – the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the just launched Sustainable Development Goals will not be achieved.

China’s economic downturn and its implications for the world

Daouda Cissé (2015-10-08)

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As China’s growth begins to slow following decades of fast development, what are the impacts on the resource-rich countries whose economies recorded impressive growth thanks to high levels of export to China?

An open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron

Courtenay Barnett (2015-10-06)

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When viewed in the overall historical context of the 300 years of free labour building Britain during the slavery and colonial period, the 400 million pounds UK is offering the Caribbean as presumably an alternative payment for reparations is simply laughable. There remains a case for reparatory justice.

Jorge Risquet: Cuban revolutionary dies 40 years after Angola

Abayomi Azikiwe (2015-10-06)

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A committed revolutionary from his youth, Risquet led the Cuban delegation in the talks that resulted in the withdrawal of the apartheid army from southern Angola and the liberation of neighboring Namibia under settler-colonial occupation for a century. His last visit to Africa was in 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kwame Nkrumah’s death.

Alprentice “Bunchy" Carter would have rode with Nat Turner

Norman (Otis) Richmond, aka Jalali (2015-10-07)

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Carter was an iconic black revolutionary from Los Angeles who made a notable contribution to Africa, Africans and oppressed humanity. We should remember him every October 12.

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