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Celebrating a decade of struggle

Abahlali baseMjondolo

2015-10-06, Issue 745

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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

Keynote address delivered at Curries Fountain Sports Ground, Durban

S’bu Zikode

2015-10-06, Issue 745

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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, Issue 745

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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, Issue 745

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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

The more things change, the more they remain the same

Dhiru Soni

2015-10-06, Issue 745

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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, Issue 745

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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, Issue 745

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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, Issue 745

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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, Issue 745

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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, Issue 745

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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

His life exemplifies links between African revolution and Cuban internationalism

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-10-06, Issue 745

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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, Issue 745

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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.

UN Millennium Development Goals replaced by new ‘distraction gimmicks’

Patrick Bond

2015-09-30, Issue 744

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The ubiquitous ‘development goals’ chosen by the United Nations – first Millennium (MDGs) in 2000 and now Sustainable (SDGs) – were and are and will be a distraction from the real work of fighting poverty done by social justice activists, including Africans.

The Burkina Faso coup: An(other) opportunity to rethink the nation-state

Joshua Myers

2015-09-29, Issue 744

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The supposedly self-evident idea that the nation-state is the logical form of political organization for the destruction of colonialism and for the remaking of African lives is patently false. True African liberation will not occur within the colonial structures of power erected by – and inherited from - Empire.

#PunchBack: Behind the crisis in Burkina Faso

2015-10-01, Issue 744

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The hugely unpopular failed coup in the land of Thomas Sankara represents a clash between retrogressive forces supporting the status quo and the popular struggles of determined citizens demanding an end to imperialist dominance of the country's public life by France and its allies. For more, watch Pambazuka's new video blog #PunchBack

The 8th Pan African Congress: Between opportunism and rejuvenation

Zaya Yeebo

2015-10-01, Issue 744

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On 9 July, 2015, the Local Organizing Committee of the 8th Pan African Congress presented its final report to President John Mahama of Ghana. Zaya Yeebo presents his personal reflections of the 8th Congress held in Accra in March, 2015, observing that the Congress sought to revive the Movement, to reaffirm its anti-imperialist, anti-neo-colonialist nature and helped to define a path for the continued growth and regeneration of African economies and politics.

Maximizing the benefits of oil and water discoveries in Turkana, Kenya

John O. Kakonge

2015-10-01, Issue 744

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Kenya’s newly discovered oil is located in a part of the country marked by extreme poverty, high levels of illiteracy and insecurity primarily arising from years of neglect by successive governments. With the discovery of large water reserves as well, hopes in the region are high that life is set to improve for the people. But how can these dreams be realised?

Terror as method: A journalist’s search for truth in Rwanda

Lara Santoro

2015-09-29, Issue 744

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Intimidated for exposing the dark secrets of an African regime out of control, Canadian journalist Judi Rever drew the line at having the life of her own children threatened.

Cessation of Rwandan refugee status: Two years on

John Osmers

2015-09-29, Issue 744

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Twenty-one years after the genocide, and despite a rosy picture created internationally of a healing nation, many Rwandan refugees are reluctant to return home for fear of persecution by the current regime. After those living in Zambia lost their official refugees status, Kigali is pursuing forced repatriation or issuance of Rwandan passports. Neither of these options is safe for the affected persons.

The disease & the cure

A strategy to save Somaliland

Ahmed M.I. Egal

2015-09-29, Issue 744

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To much of the outside world, the self-declared republic of Somaliland is a success story that, although lacking international recognition, contrasts sharply with the collapsed nation of Somalia. Not so. In the past five years, the government of President Ahmed Mohamoud Silanyo has been engaged in a sustained campaign of self-enrichment and aggrandizement as it suppressed dissent and debased political debate through the overt promotion of tribal politics. The people must now mobilise to restore Somaliland to its founding tenets.

ICT for innovation: e-Learning for Africa in the cyber-age

Odomaro Mubangizi

2015-09-29, Issue 744

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E-learning offers a range of benefits to students and society as it is cheap and based on resources that are becoming more available on the African continent. Rather than solely relying on traditional education, Africa needs to leap forward and realize the potential of e-learning in creating innovators and curbing mass youth unemployment.

Britain should pay for slavery in the Caribbean

Hilary Beckles

2015-09-30, Issue 744

Caribbean nations are calling on Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery. Ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's first official visit to Jamaica next Tuesday, Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the Caricom Reparations Commission and vice-chancellor of the University of West Indies, has asked Cameron to start talks on making amends for slavery. Here's Sir Hilary's letter in full:

British atrocities in colonial Kenya: The Canadian connection

Yves Engler

2015-09-29, Issue 744

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As colonial Britain unleashed terrible violence in Kenya, Canada strengthened the British military. It’s almost certain that some of the British pilots who dropped bombs on Mau Mau hideouts were trained in Canada. There were Canadian men on the ground in Kenya involved in the colonial violence. Should Canada apologise for its role?

Grandpa, what will be the fate of Planet Earth?

Cameron Duodu

2015-09-29, Issue 744

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“I became depressed on behalf of my age group; for clearly, we have failed our offspring who are to inherit the earth after us. What sort of earth shall we leave behind for them? Will my great-great-great grand-children have any tilapia to eat?”

Paris and Washington in Burkina Faso’s turmoil

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-09-25, Issue 743

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The leader of the short-lived coup in Burkina Faso, Gen. Gilbert Diendere, is a close ally of former President Compaore who was overthrown by a popular uprising last October. Diendere is a Western stooge as well, with connections with France and the US, the two European powers that have over the years frustrated the Burkinabe people’s struggles for meaningful self-determination.

France still robbing its 'former' African colonies

Anastacia Promskaya

2015-09-25, Issue 743

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Despite Paris’s official condemnation of the failed coup in Burkina Faso, and a threat to impose sanctions if the coup leaders did not relinquish power, the incident once again brings to focus decades of French hegemony in ‘independent’ West Africa. Through political, security, economic and cultural ties, France maintains a tight stranglehold in Francophone Africa, both to serve its interests and maintain a last bastion of imperial prestige.

Why SDGs won’t make the world a fairer place

Jason Hickel

2015-09-25, Issue 743

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The much-hyped Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted by the UN summit starting this week in New York will not deliver the new economy that the world so desperately needs. Their creators want to reduce poverty and inequality without touching the wealth and power of the global 1%. They fail to understand a basic fact: Mass poverty is the product of extreme wealth accumulation and over-consumption by a few.

Don't be fooled!

Global civil society says NO to “Climate Smart Agriculture”, urges support for agroecology

2015-09-22, Issue 743

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Civil society organisations from around the world have insisted that climate change is the biggest and most urgent threat to the Planet. A radical transformation of food systems is needed, away from an industrial model and its false solutions, and toward food sovereignty, local food systems, and integral agrarian reform in order to achieve the full realization of the human right to adequate food and nutrition.

Nature can’t pay its own way – so let’s take the market out of conservation

See the signatories here

Benjamin Neimark

2015-09-22, Issue 743

Market-based conservation has gained a lot of traction over the years, and almost all forms of nature have been commodified. Packaged into sleek financialised terminology such as carbon credits, ecosystem services or species banking, the market has become a supposed panacea for conservation. Yet there is ample evidence that challenges this dominant logic.

The closed schools are an indictment of us all

Wandia Njoya

2015-09-25, Issue 743

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Is President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya plain dumb? It is nearly a month since all public schools shut down following a strike by teachers. National exams are supposed to start next week. Kenyatta’s handling of this crisis, like his performance in previous instances, raises serious questions about the abilities of the man who won a bitterly controversial election two-and-half years ago.

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