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‘Pray for Paris’: Epistemology and political economy of global terrorism

Odomaro Mubangizi

2015-11-24, Issue 752

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The world is in crisis. The nation-state and the international system have failed to serve the needs of all humanity fairly. While privileging a minority, this unjust system has marginalized most of the world’s people. Global terrorism is a reaction to this failure. A new international political economy is urgently needed.

The roots of terror

Jim Miles

2015-11-23, Issue 752

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Yes, the attacks in Paris were brutal. But what of the terror that has been instigated in the name of empire? Is it less of terror to bomb cities, villages and country-sides? Is the control and manipulation of the financial world a morally justifiable act? Are ‘free trade’ agreements free when they subjugate poor nations to terms that essentially destroy them? Is the blatant theft of the resources of the Global South moral?

Paris attacks and the French state reaction: Murderers all

Samuel Albert

2015-11-23, Issue 752

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If France is “at war”, as President Hollande announced after the horrific attacks in Paris last week, then it is an unjust war between reactionary forces equally disdainful of human life, neither of them less deliberately and consciously cruel in the pursuit of reactionary political objectives. Supporting either France or the Islamists will only worsen the dynamic between two unacceptable alternatives.

The Paris attacks and the #WhiteLivesMatter movement

Ajamu Baraka

2015-11-23, Issue 752

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The victims of the violence in Paris may have been innocent, but France was not. French crimes against Arabs, Muslims and Africans are ever-present in the historical memory. Those memories became the toxic mix that resulted in the blowback on November 13.

Why did the world mourn so much for Paris?

Zemdena Abebe

2015-11-24, Issue 752

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The horrendous terrorist attacks in the French capital last week brought the whole world to a stand-still. Yet similar violence elsewhere has not attracted comparable outrage and sympathy. What’s more, the daily deaths of impoverished people condemned to a sub-human existence by White supremacist ideologies hardly make the news.

America: Saving the last great hope of humanity from insanity

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2015-11-23, Issue 752

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No sensible American would want the world to judge all Americans by the hateful actions of the Ku Klux Klan, a hate organization that has committed its share of atrocities and terrorism over numerous decades. Yet many are ready to use their positions, status and wealth to demonize, dehumanize, criminalize, anathematize and generalize about a group of people because of a few evil individuals who commit violence in the name of Islam.

Terrorists do not emerge spontaneously; they are a product of despair

Rasna Warah

2015-11-24, Issue 752

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If we are to effectively tackle terrorism, there needs to be some truth-telling, historical perspective and a genuine desire to get to the heart of the beast. We must acknowledge that terrorist organisations are often a product of real or perceived injustices and are borne out of a sense of desperation. And they are often supplied with arms by the very forces that claim to be fighting them.

Grandpa, what do you make of the killings in Paris?

Cameron Duodu

2015-11-18, Issue 751

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The West bombs other nations knowing what damage their powerful bombs can inflict on civilian populations, yet they complain when their civilian populations are targeted in revenge. The hypocrisy is beyond belief: As if the non-Europeans who are killed are not human beings.

Zionism, anti-Blackness and the struggle for Palestine

Jemima Pierre

2015-11-18, Issue 751

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As the lynching of Zerhom reminds us, any Black person living within Israel can easily become a victim of ethno-supremacist Zionism. Attacks by individuals and mobs are bolstered by the equally disturbing racist language of some Israeli politicians as well as the punitive anti-Black actions by the Israeli state.

GM crops and the developing world: Opposing sides miss the bigger picture

Sally Brooks

2015-11-14, Issue 751

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Debates about whether GM crops or any single technology are “good for the poor” or can “feed the world” are becoming tired. They tend to discuss GM technologies as if they can be isolated from the wider socioeconomic and political context.

Malta summit seeks to solidify African leaders as gatekeepers for Europe

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-11-17, Issue 751

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Rather than address the actual causes of dislocation, migration and the refugee problem, the imperialist states in Europe and their allies are seeking to contain the crisis within the oppressed nations which they have destroyed through centuries of enslavement, colonization, neo-colonization, super-exploitation and militarism.

Drums of hate: You reap what you sow

Augustine Ekeno

2015-11-17, Issue 751

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Hate speech is on the rise in Kenya, reflecting deepening animosity based on ethnic identities. A number of politicians and other public figures have either been charged with or are being investigated for propagating hate. Social media is awash with virulent commentary. Clearly, the country has not learnt any lessons from the post-election violence of 2007/8.

His-story is not My-story

Synopsis of the book, ‘Before Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories’, 1513-26, Ashgate Publishing, trans. and ed. Trevor P. Hall (2015).

Trevor P. Hall

2015-11-17, Issue 751

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The translated manuscripts present a revisionist view of early Atlantic slave trading, by showing that the human trafficking was a Portuguese creation. This challenges the accepted HIS-STORY that since the European slavers only moved the slaves from the African coast to their destination in the Americas, the supply side of the trade was entirely in African hands.

Letter to World Bank president

Re: Arrest and prosecution of Pastor Omot Agwa in Ethiopia

2015-11-14, Issue 751

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Several international organisations have written to the World Bank president expressing their concern at the Bank’s silence regarding the arrest and detention of an Ethiopian who worked as translator for the institution last year. The organisations want the World Bank to intervene in case of Pastor Omot and his companions who face long prison terms on false terrorism charges.

Russia: Attempting a bridge to Africa

Kester Kenn Klomegah

2015-11-14, Issue 751

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While Russia's interest in sub-Saharan Africa is nothing new, Russian authorities have realized that it’s time to move back primarily to reclaim its economic footprints and to find old Soviet-era allies, but that step comes with new challenges especially from other foreign players and the changing internal political and economic conditions in Africa.

Is it time for military deployment at Glebelands?

Venessa Burger

2015-11-17, Issue 751

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As another two men fight for their lives in hospital after being shot in the head shortly after midday today, some residents are calling for the army to stabilize the situation as violence spirals out of control at Glebelands Hostel.

Addressing uncertainties and risks in development projects in sub-Saharan Africa

John O. Kakonge

2015-11-17, Issue 751

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Any project bears possibilities of unforeseen difficulties and surprises, but adequate preparation, good governance and transparency are key to managing these. Looking at a number of common mistakes from previous development programmes can prevent repeating them and remind of important lessons often taken for granted.

Ken Saro-Wiwa: Already 20 years?

Cameron Duodu

2015-11-09, Issue 750

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It is 20 years this week since the murder of internationally renowned writer and environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight comrades by the Sani Abacha kleptocracy in Nigeria. The struggles Saro-Wiwa died for remain unresolved not just in Nigeria but throughout the continent. His brutal death must continue to inspire a deep commitment to the true liberation of the masses of Africa.

Tribute to Dr. Lauretta Noziwe Ngcobo

Motsoko Pheko

2015-11-11, Issue 750

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A founding member of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, a writer and liberation icon, Lauretta was an unstoppable patriot. She wanted to see her people liberated from poverty, ignorance and land dispossession. Her life in exile and her persecution by the apartheid colonialist regime testify to this fact. Rest in power!

The socio-political and governance dimensions of hunger: Exploring Ethiopia’s crisis

Fikrejesus Amahazion

2015-11-10, Issue 750

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Within the next few weeks, the number of starving Ethiopians will balloon to 15 million. Some environmental factors are responsible for this food crisis. But the Ethiopian government has been leasing huge tracts of arable land to foreigners. And several months ago, leaked emails revealed that the Ethiopian regime, which is now making appeals for aid and external support, was paying an Italian surveillance firm to illegally monitor journalists critical of the government.

We can write or be written about

Amira Ali

2015-11-10, Issue 750

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Ethiopia is in the grip of a famine once again, bringing to mind the shameful images of hunger splashed around the world by western media in 1984. But Ethiopians are not helpless. They have the power to act: not only to end hunger but also to give the world dignified representations of their own crisis.

Neither free nor fair

Reflections on Tanzania’s general elections 2015

Salma Maoulidi

2015-11-09, Issue 750

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Tanzania has been praised globally for undergoing orderly and peaceful elections since the resumption of multi-party politics in 1992. But the 2015 elections, whether in Zanzibar or the union, can hardly be categorised as free or fair, by any standard. The climate of intimidation, manipulation and intrigue began well before the official campaign period.

Doing right by victims in Cote d’Ivoire

How accounting for past violence could define Ouattara’s second term

David Tolbert

2015-11-09, Issue 750

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Allassane Ouattara started his second term as president of Ivory Coast on November 3. Having prioritized security and economic recovery in his first term, he now has the opportunity to definitively end the country’s legacy of violent political and inter-ethnic turmoil.

Does Museveni need militias to retain power in 2016?

Dastan Kweka

2015-11-11, Issue 750

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Although the armed forces and police are firmly in Museveni`s control and have always served him loyally, he seems unsatisfied. The police have been massively recruiting and training unemployed youth called ‘crime preventers.’ But opposition parties have repeatedly complained that this militia is meant to harass them and bolster the ruling party ahead of the February 2016 elections.

Court ruling on GMO case: Why we intend to appeal

Food Sovereignty Ghana

2015-11-11, Issue 750

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In this statement to the press, Food Sovereignty Ghana have announced their intention to appeal against the ruling by the Human Rights Court, Accra, dismissing their application for interlocutory injunction on the commercial release of Bt cowpeas and GM rice.

A new era in Africa-Canada foreign relations?

Charles Quist-Adade

2015-11-10, Issue 750

Canada’s newly-minted Liberal government of Justin Trudeau took office November 4 and already the signs indicate we are about to see a new era in Canadian international politics.

What’s outgoing Canadian PM Harper going to do now?

Yves Engler

2015-11-10, Issue 750

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Former Canadian prime ministers are appointed to the boards of powerful multinationals to assist them penetrate African markets – mostly corruptly. They use their links with rulers on the continent to cut multi-million-dollar deals often at the expense of the local people. Yet, Canada and the west generally never tire of accusing African leaders of corruption.

The re-emerging African debt crisis

As economies face structural challenges due to continuing dependency, the cost of borrowing is rising

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-11-10, Issue 750

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By the end of the 1990s, significant portions of the African debt had been written off or re-scheduled. Today this problem is re-emerging due to several factors including the decline in commodity prices, growing class divisions and reliance on foreign direct investment. This year, Africa’s sovereign debt levels rose to 44 percent of GDP, a 10 percent rise from 2010.

The homeland of Bolívar, Chávez and Maduro is still threatened

Jhonny Balza Arismendi

2015-11-10, Issue 750

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A variety of financial and military groups in the world are concerned about the existence of any model that represents an alternative proposal to the capitalist model, especially if it comes from a revolutionary country like Venezuela.

Whither Africa in the Global South?

Lessons of Bandung and Pan-Africanism

Issa Shivji

2015-11-04, Issue 749

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Africa’s comprador ruling classes and educated middle class are so compromised by imperialism that they are incapable of providing the revolutionary leadership required for the continent’s true liberation. The only possible alternative is that of the working people. They need an ideology, organisation and leadership to constitute an alternative political bloc.

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