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Yoweri Museveni and the future of Uganda: Beyond 30 years of militarism

Horace G. Campbell

2016-02-11, Issue 761


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For 30 years, the Ugandan leader who is poised to extend his rule in next week’s elections has presided over a militarized regime supported by the West. The citizens desperately need change but they have no way of achieving it through compromised procedural democracy. The forces for change in Uganda must re-strategize and keep up this struggle after the elections.

Is Uganda ready for change? Besigye, Museveni and Mbabazi to decide

Odomaro Mubangizi

2016-02-10, Issue 761


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It is the final week to Uganda’s fiercely contested elections. President Museveni looks set to extend his 30-year rule. The campaign period has been grueling and deeply divisive. Museveni and his challengers and their respective supporters must ensure the elections pass off peacefully.

Why I am supporting Bernie Sanders for President (and why you should too)

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2016-02-11, Issue 761


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He has locked horns with the IMF and the other international poverty pimps for their role in maintaining dictatorial regimes in the developing countries. He has opposed both Iraq wars. He has embraced immigrants. He does not believe in building walls. He believes in tearing down walls of racism, sexism and sectarianism to bring human beings together.

Why Hillary Clinton doesn’t deserve the Black vote

Michelle Alexander

2016-02-11, Issue 761


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From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted—and Hillary Clinton supported—decimated black America.

Europe is built on corpses and plunder

Andre Vltchek

2016-02-09, Issue 761


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The crimes, genocides, holocausts committed by the West on the people of the Planet are too enormous. Most people of Europe don’t want to see, to admit, that their opera houses, hospitals, museums, parks and promenades, are all constructed on the corpses of those who were robbed of everything: from Latin America and its open veins, to Asia and Africa.

World Bank punches South Africa’s poor and coddles the rich

Subsidised white capitalists, radical scholars and oppressed activists are amongst those who “must not be named”

Patrick Bond

2016-02-11, Issue 761


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Despite abundant evidence of pro-corporate bias, the Bank endorses the government’s “sound policy” on redistribution because Bank researchers cannot grapple with the core problem that best explains why South African capitalism causes poverty and inequality: extreme exploitation systems amplified after apartheid by neoliberal policies.

Explaining Ethiopia’s soaring real estate and property prices

Seid Hassan

2016-02-09, Issue 761


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Real Estate in Ethiopia is booming. The phenomenon is steered by government policies whose actors from the ruling party are very much invested in the business themselves. Monopolization of land by the government and close ties of politicians, business affiliates and banks has made real estate a haven for money laundering and corruption - while Ethiopians continue to be evicted.

Operations and maintenance: A crisis in Africa

John O. Kakonge

2016-02-11, Issue 761


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Key stakeholders - governments, donors and the private sector - must change their attitudes to O&M and ensure that its requirements are factored into all projects, so as to help ensure that equipment attain their planned life-span.

Implementing biometric voter registration: The case for zimbabwe towards 2018

Taona E. Mwanyisa

2016-02-11, Issue 761


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It is hoped that the use of this technology will enhance inclusiveness and transparency of the voters’ roll thus contributing to a credible election in Zimbabwe. BVR will give rise to a highly accurate voters’ list which will boost confidence of the electorate in the electoral process.

Beyonce and the politics of cultural dominance

Ajamu Baraka

2016-02-11, Issue 761


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Beyonce and her dancers recently performed in pseudo-Panther gear, pretending that resistance to the state is a matter of fashionability. No. Real opposition to white supremacy is not cool, or sexy. Being a black revolutionary means the possibility of death. It is facing the naked power of the national security state.

African Union refuses to invade Burundi

Ann Garrison

2016-02-03, Issue 760


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How serious is the political crisis in Burundi to warrant international armed intervention? Despite pressure from the West, the African Union last week decided not to send troops to the central African nation. But what the AU and everybody else won't discuss – at least openly - is the fact the crisis is the handiwork of external forces pushing for regime change in Bujumbura.

Pentagon plans for renewed war in Libya

Abayomi Azikiwe

2016-02-03, Issue 760


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Reports abound of foreign troops’ presence and plans for major Western deployment motivated by the instability, and the threat of terrorism and to take decisive military action to check ISIL’s expansion.

Trade is war: Postscript to WTO MC10

Yash Tandon

2016-02-03, Issue 760


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Kenya played host to the MC10, and the Government had to deliver to the Empire what it was obliged to under duress of the imperial system. Unless the South gets together in solidarity with the people of the world in active RESISTANCE against the Empire and the WTO, this war machine will destroy not only the global South but also the global North.

BRICS face brewing external capitalist crisis and growing internal strife

Patrick Bond

2016-02-04, Issue 760


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Behind the current capitalist crisis lies the tendency to over-accumulate and generate gluts. Whereas the BRICS bloc’s elites pretend to be offering an alternative, they in fact are trying very hard to make the world system work for their own corporates. Of course with little success.

Chinese traders in Windhoek

Daouda Cissé

2016-02-03, Issue 760


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The number of Chinese businessmen is growing in the Namibian capital, where they supply affordable but low quality goods especially to low-income earners. But not everyone is excited about the presence of the foreigners.

Uganda goes to the polls: Bumpy road ahead

Odomaro Mubangizi

2016-02-03, Issue 760


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Ugandans are on edge as the election clock ticks. Yoweri Museveni, in power for 30 years now, is facing what many consider to be his toughest challenge yet. There are fears that he would attempt to rig the election or use force against the opposition to deny them victory. The country is polarized.

Congolese president's onslaught on youth as they rise up for change

Kambale Musavuli

2016-02-03, Issue 760


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On Lumumba Day, January 17, 2016, the statue of Patrice Lumumba in Kinshasa was guarded by Congolese security forces blocking anyone who wanted to pay respects to Congo's independence hero. Non-violent youth activists live in constant fear of being jailed or worse as their country slips ever deeper into Orwellian terror.

Kenny Motsamai: Why I don't want to be out without freedom

Sabelo Sibanda

2016-02-03, Issue 760


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A member of the armed wing of South Africa’s Pan Africanist Congress party recently rejected a government offer of conditional release from prison. Kenny Motsamai, condemned to two life sentences and 19 years, insists that he is a political prisoner who was arrested and convicted under apartheid, a system declared by the UN as constituting a crime against humanity. Why can’t the ANC government release him and his fellow Black nationalists?

The shame of South Africa’s Black political prisoners

Motsoko Pheko

2016-02-03, Issue 760


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More than twenty years after the end of formal apartheid, several African nationalists who resisted the inhuman system are still languishing in prison. Yet many apartheid agents who committed atrocious crimes against the African people were pardoned, some without even expressing any remorse. This is unacceptable. The ANC Government must release all political prisoners now.

Introduction: About this project

2016-01-26, Issue 759


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Fatal Extraction is an international collaboration combining corporate data and extensive field reporting to reveal deaths, injuries and community conflicts linked to Australian mining companies across Africa. Australia has more mining companies in Africa than other mining giants such as Canada and China.

Mining: A question of targets

Rob Rose

2016-01-26, Issue 759


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Mining has always been a dangerous business. But an investigation by a global group of journalists raises new questions about whether foreign-headquartered companies like Aquarius Platinum and Anvil Mining take a more laissez-faire attitude to safety at their mines in Africa than they do at home.

Companies accused of ‘taking advantage of regulatory weakness’

Will Fitzgibbon

2016-01-26, Issue 759


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Investigative reporters counted more than 380 employees, subcontractors and community members in 13 countries who died in accidents or incidents linked to the companies since the beginning of 2004, including some who were shot to death. More were horribly disfigured or injured while working at Australian mines or during community protests against them.

Bigger vision or nightmare?

Ntibinyane Ntibinyane

2016-01-26, Issue 759


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For years, residents of Botlhatlogo, Sehithwa and Toteng, were among the poorest in Botswana; in 2014 the government-run Statistics Botswana found that 46.2% of the district’s residents lived in abject poverty. But the 2010 advent of the first ever copper mine in their midst raised hopes that perhaps things would turn out for the better. But that hope has all but fizzled out.

The painful plight of a landless farmer

Ntibinyane Ntibinyane

2016-01-28, Issue 759


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Mine It has now become a ritual for You Tjitemisa, 42, to wake up every morning and look towards this abandoned mining structure in the distance and curse.

Inside Discovery Metals’ troubled Botswana stay

Mbongeni Mguni

2016-01-28, Issue 759


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Discovery Metals built Boseto Mine at a cost of $175 million and Cupric Canyon bought it for $35 million. Workers put in their sweat and tears and were driven out in buses.

Aussies in toxic trail

Shinovene Immanuel, Ndanki Kahiurika

2016-01-28, Issue 759


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Namibia, a mining frontier for decades, continues to struggle with mining companies which subject workers to dangerous working conditions. Among the alleged culprits are Australian multinationals. Well-established Australian companies face allegations of treating Namibian workers differently by subjecting workers to health risks which would be deemed unacceptable back home.

Bonikro communities disillusioned by lack of progress and development

Selay Marius K.

2016-01-26, Issue 759


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The increase in gold mining activities in Côte d’Ivoire has been touted by the Ivorian government as a shot of adrenaline into the heart of national economy and the path to development of local communities where gold mines are operated. But the boom has been more of a curse for populations from the gold-rich area of Bonikro/Hiré where Newcrest, an Australian mining company, is disturbing the tranquility of locals.

Paladin's uranium waste ‘wars’, Malawi villagers up in arms

Collins Mtika

2016-01-26, Issue 759


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Communities living along the northern part of Lake Malawi in Karonga district have launched a spirited campaign to stop Uranium Miner Paladin Africa Limited from dumping ‘toxic’ waste into Lake Malawi.

Nam lucrative ground for Aussie speculators

Shinovene Immanuel

2016-01-26, Issue 759


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Australian companies have built a powerful reputation for using start-up firms to acquire Namibian mining licenses for a song only to sell these for millions or billions of dollars a few years later.

Shareholders call it golden pride mine; to residents it’s golden shame

Finnigan Wa Simbeye

2016-01-26, Issue 759


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“To us this mine is a Golden Shame because after many years of operations all that we have managed to leap is environmental destruction, diseases and intensified poverty. We are left with young men who are impotent, women who are frustrated and an influx of criminals who come outside of Nzega.”

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