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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.”

Dirty Diggers: A Citi News report on mining in Upper West Region

Latif Mahama

2016-01-26, Issue 759


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Trouble is looming in villages and towns where some Australian mining companies are exploring and mining for gold in Ghana’s Upper West Region. A Citi News investigation has revealed that questionable land records are at the foundation of a rising tension between the local people and the mining companies. Also, the villagers’ view that the mining companies, including Azuma Resources, are violating their economic and religious rights to explore for gold is fueling tension tensions. In this report, Citi News’ Latif Mahama has been investigating the various issues stoking the tension between villagers and mining companies in the Upper West Region.

Blackness as absence of presence

Exposing the inherent fallacies in the official discourse on racism in South Afrika

Veli Mbele

2016-01-20, Issue 758


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White supremacy and anti-Blackness define the essence of Black suffering. But in South Afrika today, racism is often horribly and deliberately misdiagnosed because of the hegemonic hold that the ideology of white liberalism continues to have over Black political discourse and practice.

They herded us into the aircraft like cattle

Robtel Neajai Pailey

2016-01-20, Issue 758


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I thought I’d become immune to the indignities of travelling with an African passport, but an encounter last month proved me wrong.

An open letter to Black African immigrants

Nadege Seppou

2016-01-20, Issue 758


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A ladder of racial hierarchy exists in America. It doesn't matter whether you are Nigerian, Kenyan or Zimbabwean. America doesn't care. You are simply black.

Go on, build the wall

Douglas Schorr

2016-01-21, Issue 758


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The malaise of America has to be something about an inability to see, hear and feel the truth about itself. The worst social equality rates, a failing education system which indebts thousands of graduates for life while contributing to the advancing poverty of unsustainable wage and excessive military spending are just a few arguments in favour of building a wall, so that USA can figure itself out.

Trade secrets: Coca-Cola’s hidden formula for avoiding taxes

Khadija Sharife

2016-01-20, Issue 758


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That the value of a brand so ubiquitous that it straddles both the in and outside of society is kept off its books is one of the wonders of the accounting world. Yet when Coke and other large multinationals are allowed to withhold, or hold in secrecy, the value of core business intangibles while charging confidential expenses against these assets, it not only distorts the market but also facilitates gross transfer pricing manipulation and drastically undermines taxes owed to governments.

62 billionaires now control half of world’s wealth

Farooque Chowdhury

2016-01-20, Issue 758


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The richest 62 persons now control more than half of the world’s money, according to a new Oxfam report. Total wealth of these individuals is the same as that of the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people. The rich-poor gap is growing wider. The ultra-wealthy group of persons is getting wealthier.

The irony of violence in Uganda`s politics

Dastan Kweka

2016-01-20, Issue 758


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In the ruling party manifesto, peace and stability are presented as President Museveni’s legacy. However, it is ironic that a re-election campaign built on these claims is now widely associated with so much state-sponsored violence and intimidation.

Kagame, his lobbyists and history

Yves Engler

2016-01-20, Issue 758


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Paul Kagame has long been the darling of prominent liberals such as Bill Clinton, Samantha Power and Tony Blair. But it’s becoming ever more difficult to publicly back the bloodstained Rwandan dictator.

Kenyan activists want regional parliament to act on Burundi

Burundi Solidarity Group Memorandum to East Africa Legislative Assembly

2016-01-20, Issue 758


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The activists say the current political crisis has caused immense suffering to the citizens and urgent intervention is needed. They accuse the government of gravely breaching the Constitution of Burundi and the Arusha Accords.

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