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Pambazuka News Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.

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African Sexualities

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Sylvia Tamale
A groundbreaking book, accessible but scholarly, by African activists. It uses research, life stories and artistic expression to examine dominant and deviant sexualities, and investigate the intersections between sex, power, masculinities and femininities
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Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya

From Citizen to Refugee Horace Campbell
In this elegantly written and incisive account, scholar Horace Campbell investigates the political and economic crises of the early twenty-first century through the prism of NATO's intervention in Libya.
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Queer African Reader

Demystifying Aid Edited by Sokari Ekine, Hakima Abbas
A diverse collection of writing from across the continent exploring African LGBTI liberation: identity, tactics for activism, international solidarity, homophobia and global politics, religion and culture, and intersections with social justice movements. A richness of voices, a multiplicity of discourses, a quiverful of arguments. African queers writing for each other, theorising ourselves, making our ...more
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China and Angola

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This book focuses on the increased co-operation between Angola and China and shows that although relations with China might have bolstered regime stability and boosted the international standing of the Angolan government, China is not regarded as a long term strategic partner.
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How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

To Cook a ContinentWalter Rodney
Rodney shows how the imperial countries of Europe, and subsequently the US, bear major responsibility for impoverishing Africa. They have been joined in this exploitation by agents or unwitting accomplices both in the North and in Africa.
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    Pambazuka subscriber survey: 90% satisfied, 40% want to pay

    Firoze Manji

    2009-11-11, Issue 457

    Many and sincere thanks to the hundreds of you who took the trouble to respond to the survey that we launched in September. The survey, conducted for us by the independent market research company Frank Research, was aimed at getting your perspectives on how we could improve Pambazuka News. Here’s what you said:...

    Call for articles

    2009-02-26, Issue 421

    Over the next few weeks, Pambazuka News will be publishing a series of articles on the case for reparations for the Mau Mau (Kenya's liberation movement). This is a call for articles on this theme. Articles should be no longer than 3000 words, writte...

    Goodbye and go well, Mukoma

    2009-02-05, Issue 418

    Mukoma wa Ngugi, who served as co-editor of Pambazuka News and later as Assistant Editor, ended his term with Pambazuka News. He has just signed a deal with Penguin South Africa to publish his first novel, The African Connection. It's a detective n...

    Taking a break

    Pambazuka News Editors

    2008-12-18, Issue 413

    This issue, Pambazuka News 413, will be the last issue to appear in 2008. We will return on 8 January 2009. We are taking a break to recuperate and recharge our batteries. We are, we know, the lucky ones: there are millions who have no option to cont...

    Ah, now that was one satisfying issue...

    Mukoma Wa Ngugi

    2008-12-04, Issue 410

    Every now and then we put together an issue and the whole editorial team says, “Ah, now this is one satisfying issue” – a short hand way of saying that the essays are deep, urgent, far reaching and also, a sheer pleasure to read. This is one such issue....

    30th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration on Universal Primary Health Care

    2008-09-25, Issue 398

    On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration on Universal Primary Health Care celebrated this month, and as world leaders gather at the United Nations this week for the UN General Assembly on Africa's Development Needs and mid ...

    Taking a break

    2008-08-14, Issue 393

    Dear Reader We are taking a break to recharge our batteries. The next issue of Pambazuka News will be on 4 September 2008. We trust you will survive without us until then. Meanwhile, we hope you will enjoy this special issue on the implications...

    Special issue on Sexual and Gender Based Violence

    Awino Okech

    2008-07-15, Issue 388

    'We have to think very seriously about what it means to sustain a resistance against the tyranny that is part of everyday life for women' - Andrea Dworkin...

    About Kwani Lit Fest

    Pambazuka News Editors

    2008-07-09, Issue 386

    Kwani Litfest (KLF), August 1st to 18th, is one of the more exciting and robust literary festivals taking place in Africa. Pambazuka News has been featuring more and more African writing. We are therefore especially pleased to bring you this spe...

    New format for Pambazuka News

    Pambazuka News Editors

    2008-07-03, Issue 385

    Pambazuka News is getting longer and longer ... This has happened because we are attracting more and more excellent articles from more than a 1000 analysts, activists, women's organizations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who ...

    Is Bill Gates good for Africa?

    Mukoma Wa Ngugi

    2008-04-10, Issue 361

    In late November of 2007, in a small village in Selingue Mali, I joined over 100 small-scale farmer, pastoralist, organic and civil society organizations from 25 African and 10 non-African countries at a conference that questioned the relevance of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)....

    Rape crisis centers in Kenya: Readers raise a million

    Pambazuka News Editors

    2008-03-27, Issue 357

    Kaari Murungi, the Director of Urgent Action Fund - Africa, passed by Fahamu's office this week to tell us that as a result of the appeal sent out in Pambazuka News in January for support for the rape crisis centres in Kenya, they received nearly $1 million! Kaari told us: "The majority of the funds we received were from people who had read about the appeal in Pambazuka News."...

    A warm thank you to Grace Kwinjeh

    2008-03-25, Issue 356

    We would like to extend a warm thank you to Grace Kwinjeh, a Zimbabwean journalist based in South Africa whose active assistance made this issue possible....

    Special issue of Pambazuka News on International Women's Day

    Pambazuka News Editors

    2008-03-06, Issue 351

    This isssue of Pambazuka News has been compiled with the assistance of Muthoni Murithi on behalf of the pan African coalition Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) to mark International Women's Day....

    Editors note on the Bush in Africa - Bush out of Africa - Special Issue

    Pambazuka News Editors

    2008-02-19, Issue 346

    Dear Pambazuka Community, We are very pleased to bring you this Special Issue, a collaboration with Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF). First Clinton, then Blair and now Bush – it seems Africa is fast becoming a legacy maker. With Iraq up in flames ...

    The Violence in Kenya Must Stop Now

    Firoze Manji and Mukoma Wa Ngugi

    2008-01-29, Issue 340

    Firoze Manji and Mukoma Wa Ngugi warn that Kenya is entering a new phase of ethnic cleansing and counter cleansing.

    Walking down the Famished Road

    Pambazuka News Editors

    2008-01-24, Issue 339

    Dear Pambazuka Community, Just a few quick words! Starting with this issue you will note a new category – African Writers’ Corner. Why should Pambazuka News - a place for Pan-African analysis - also create a space for our creative workers? Beca...

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