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    Financing for (under)development in Africa?

    How the West underdeveloped Africa and is now trying to “finance develop” it

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2015-07-29, Issue 737

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    The cause of Africa’s underdevelopment is well known: Imperialism. Yet heads of state, ministers and representatives have been strutting on the world stage promising to beat the old horse of poverty to death in Africa. Loaners and donors get on their high horses and with great fanfare issue the same old empty promises, sweep up their old broken promises under the rug and recycle the same old pledges about sustainable development and the rest of their meaningless litany.

    The ‘New Brazil’ of Africa

    How development institutions are financing land grabs in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Zahra Moloo

    2015-07-30, Issue 737

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    In this interview, Devlin Kuyek, Senior Researcher at GRAIN, talks about a report that reveals how a Canadian agribusiness company, Feronia, financed by American and European development institutions, is involved in land grabbing, corrupt practices and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Obama in Ethiopia: A presidential visit in context

    Seifudein Adem

    2015-07-30, Issue 737

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    In order to understand the broader significance of President Barack Obama’s July 2015 visit to Ethiopia more fully, we must put it in a historical perspective, argues Professor Seifudein Adem, associate director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, United States. Tracing back the history of Ethio-American relationship is one step in that direction.

    Obama’s triumphant return to Kenya as president

    John Githongo

    2015-07-30, Issue 737

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    US foreign policy vis-à-vis Africa has always been transactional. The bottom line is that the value of Africa for the United States is essentially how to mitigate global terrorism and other issues like AIDS and Ebola that could harm US national security.

    Behind the Obama visit to East Africa

    United States imperialist policy a source for instability throughout the region

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-07-29, Issue 737

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    In Kenya, Obama pledged over a billion dollars in investments from the U.S. government along with U.S.-based businesses. Half of the investments will go to women and young people to promote entrepreneurship. Yet U.S. policy in Eastern Africa has been militaristic along with extraction of minerals, exploiting labor and agricultural commodities.

    Rwanda and Burundi: Who’s ‘promoting instability through violence’?

    Ann Garrison

    2015-07-29, Issue 737

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    Burundi has received far greater vilification from the West compared to Rwanda which has supported rebels in neighbouring countries and whose government is accused of widespread assassinations and forced disappearances targeting the opposition and the media. Burundi appears to provide perfect cover for the odious Kigali regime and its backers abroad.

    Joseph Kabila forever

    The dangers of an extended presidency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Ken Roth and Ida Sawyer

    2015-07-29, Issue 737

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    Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, faces a historic choice: Does he step down when his constitutionally limited two terms in office come to an end in December 2016, or does he succumb to the delusion of indispensability that is making the rounds in parts of Africa and try to cling to power?

    The Venerable Julius Nyerere of Butiama, teacher and leader

    Mary Serumaga

    2015-07-30, Issue 737

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    The rare display of groundedness and humility by a sitting African head of state was enough to catapult Nyerere on to the path to canonization. His daring socialist experiment and the decision to leave office at the end of his term, something that remains difficult for African presidents, are significant highlights of his pro-people politics.

    Mozambique’s 40 years of independence: Past and present challenges

    Fredson Guilengue

    2015-07-28, Issue 737

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    In 40 years of self-rule Mozambique has undergone drastic political and economic changes, from a socialist one-party state and to a neoliberal democracy. The people of Mozambique have been plunged into – and survived – a civil war, political crisis and now the neoliberal appropriation with high economic growth but persistent poverty.

    Why I support the BDS movement against Israel

    Chris Hedges

    2015-07-29, Issue 737

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    The fight for the Palestinians is our fight. If the Palestinians are not liberated none of us will be liberated. We cannot pick and choose which of the oppressed are convenient or inconvenient to defend. We will stand with all of the oppressed or none of the oppressed.

    Is Obama keen on relations with barons of Kenya or with the people?

    Horace G. Campbell

    2015-07-24, Issue 736

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    While there is real joy that Obama is visiting Kenya, this moment should provide another platform for progressives to push for the demilitarization of the relations with Africa. This calls for the dismantling of the US Africa Command, the withdrawal of the Special Forces from Somalia and the end of drone strikes.

    My private letter to President Obama

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2015-07-21, Issue 736

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    Thousands of political prisoners, journalists, activists and other citizens languish in Ethiopia's official and secret dungeons. The violently repressive regime has thrown a pall of paralyzing fear over the entire nation. Will President Obama ignore this crying shame when Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hosts him next week? Will he continue with his policy of parroting high ideals but embracing ruthless and corrupt African strongmen?

    Letter from an Ethiopian-American son to President Obama

    Obok Okello Akway

    2015-07-21, Issue 736

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    Next week, President Obama will visit US client state Ethiopia, ruled by a despotic regime that locks up anyone who dares to speak out against its mass atrocities. Mr. Okello Akway Ochalla, the former governor of Gambella, is one such. His son now appeals to Obama to secure Ochalla’s release from jail.

    An open letter to Obama: A historic opportunity to denounce international racism

    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

    2015-07-22, Issue 736

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    Africans have heard plenty from world leaders about the lack of democratic institutions and the human rights abuse in their continent. It is time that the world talks about the absence of democratic principles in the international economic and political order and the prevalence of rampant international racism.

    Paul Kagame crowned life-president

    The dangerous act of Rwanda’s Parliament

    Theogene Rudasingwa

    2015-07-21, Issue 736

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    With the decision by parliament to remove constitutional term limits to allow Kagame to rule for life, Rwanda has now entered a dangerous period of escalation. Anger, frustration, miscalculation, another wrong decision or unforeseen event could easily trigger another round of devastation.

    The real danger: Letter to President José Eduardo dos Santos

    Rafael Marques de Morais

    2015-07-22, Issue 736

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    José Eduardo dos Santos - who shares with Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema the infamy of being Africa's longest-ruling president - is becoming increasingly tyrannical as his regime faces growing popular resistance. In this open letter, Angolan ward-winning investigative journalist and human rights activist speaks out his mind about the political situation in the oil-rich southern African nation.

    Saying Europe, meaning Eurafrica

    Marco Zoppi

    2015-07-22, Issue 736

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    The current relationship between Africa and Europe may seem to have moved past colonialism, but a dynamic of economic subordination of the first to the second persists. The vision of Eurafrica, in fact, is built on the legacy of colonialism and positions Africans as the eternal Other.

    The clampdown on resourcing: Comparing civil society and business

    Maina Kiai and Maria Leissner

    2015-07-21, Issue 736

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    Governments around the world are increasing their hostility towards civil society organisations, but at the same time enacting laws and policies that promote business investment. While CSO and profit-driven groups operate differently, and should be treated as such, they play important political and economic roles. Both need government support.

    Financing for development: A Pan-African perspective

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    2015-07-22, Issue 736

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    This year is the deadline for MDGs, and the global community is set to come up with new set of development goals SGs in September at UN summit in New York. The Addis Ababa 3rd International Conference on Finance for Development held last week laid a foundation for further conversation on how to end extreme poverty and pursue the other post-MDG goals.

    60 years: How the "Freedom Charter" betrayed Africans

    Motsoko Pheko

    2015-07-22, Issue 736

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    South Africa’s ruling party has recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter. That document, conceived by white colonialists, legitimised the white robbery of African land. Liberation icon Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe was spot-on when he described it as “a colossal fraud ever perpetrated upon the oppressed, exploited and degraded people.” That is the Charter's legacy.

    Sharks or crocodiles: How to get rid of an activist in Angola

    Rafael Marques de Morais

    2015-07-14, Issue 735

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    Angolan political activists exercising their constitutional right to peaceful protest face illegal arrest, torture and assassination in the hands of the security forces. The justice system has also been compromised to protect the government of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

    5 simple things that could get you arrested in Angola

    Muluka Miti-Drummond

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

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    State repression in the Southern African nation has reached ridiculous lows. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ government appears to be paranoid. It boggles the mind how long this surreal state of affairs will go on.

    Journalist who exposed torture, corruption in Angola is still at risk

    Nic Cheeseman

    2015-07-14, Issue 735

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    Rafael Marques de Morais is currently on trial in Angola. His crime? To write a book that detailed the corruption of Angolan military generals. It is now clear that he is not getting a fair trial in a country that has yet to experience genuine democratisation. His experience reveals the dark side of the Angolan oil boom, and the incredible risks that some people take for the love of their country.

    Thus spoke Ethiopia’s Reeyot!

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

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    Last week, the Addis Ababa dictatorship suddenly released jailed prominent journalist Reeyot Alemu and four bloggers without explanation. Reyoot has vowed to continue her struggle for democracy in her country, where many other journalists, bloggers and political leaders remain in jail.

    Ethiopia’s hacking revelations

    Why is one of the world’s leading foreign aid recipients spending millions on internet hacking?

    Fikrejesus Amahazion

    2015-07-14, Issue 735

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    Ethiopia is a heavily aid dependent country. Its Western supporters should ask themselves why such a poor country spends millions of dollars a year trying to hack the phones of exiled journalists instead of using the money to feed hungry citizens and provide other essential services.

    Broken promises

    How Kenya is failing to uphold its commitment to a free press

    Committee to Protect Journalists

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

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    Kenya’s constitution guarantees freedom of the media, but President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee coalition has introduced several bills that undermine rather than enforce that principle. Journalists are vulnerable to legal harassment, threats, or attack, while news outlets are manipulated by advertisers or politician-­owners. The deteriorating climate comes at a crucial time for Kenya’s democracy, security, and economy. A CPJ special report by Sue Valentine and Tom Rhodes.

    BRICS bankers confirm they will undergird – not undermine – Western financial decadence

    Patrick Bond

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

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    Will the bloc’s policies and structures be deployed to fight the poverty, ecological destruction and climate change, privatisation and corruption, illicit financial flows and Resource Cursing associated with current global lending, or will they amplify these features?

    BRICS: The strategic road map

    Kester Kenn Klomegah

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

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    After three days of high-level summit deliberations, the BRICS group of countries of the world’s five leading emerging nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), have laid out the strategic road map that will tackle challenging development and infrastructure projects, and will seek close economic cooperation under the plan termed "the Strategy of Economic Partnership" that will run till 2020.

    Deferred constitutionality, constitutional crisis and South Sudan’s compromise demo(n)cracy

    Olivia Lwabukuna

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

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    Last week the constitutional deadline of the presidential term in Africa’s youngest nation South Sudan expired, but current President Kiir and his parliament extended their mandates through a constitutional amendment. Is it a prudent move in a country embroiled in a civil war or an excuse to hold on to power?

    Price of kota sold in Paris is interesting…

    But what about loss to creators and original users?

    Kwame Opoku

    2015-07-15, Issue 735

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    The original owners in Africa that were supposed to keep the skulls and bones of their Ancestors may not even be aware of the whereabouts of the kota. Does it not matter that what is part of a people’s belief may be decorating the rooms of non-believers elsewhere in the world for aesthetic pleasure?

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