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    A tribute to our martyrs in Carolina

    Motsoko Pheko

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

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    The message from the dark deed of Charleston, at which nine African American people were shot while worshipping God, demonstrates that the myth of “white supremacy”, which is equivalent to Adolf Hitler’s Aryan claims, has become more eccentric and dangerous.

    Charleston massacre and the legacy of Denmark Vesey

    South Carolina has a centuries-old legacy of racist violence and economic exploitation

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

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    It is quite obvious that, in targeting the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that was founded by the movement against slavery and for self-determination as early as 1818, Dylann Storm Roof was well aware of the long tradition of African people fighting their oppressors.

    Racial terrorism in America

    Brian E. Muhammad

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

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    Photos have surfaced of the gunman Dylann Roof wearing White supremacist iconography and reportedly telling his Black victims: ‘I have to do it. ... You rape our women and you’re taking over our country, and you have to go.’

    Charleston (It's not over)

    Richard Pithouse

    2015-06-26, Issue 733

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    The man who walked into the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church with a gun and murderous intent may well end up on death row. But white terror against black people goes back many centuries. It won’t be over until the material basis for inequality, in terms of the exercise of economic and political power, is undone.

    Draft ARIPO Protocol undermines farmers’ rights

    Sangeeta Shashikant

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

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    This draft framework was the subject of a high-level meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, this week. The Protocol erodes farmers rights as it outlaws centuries-old practices of farmers freely using, exchanging and selling seeds/propagating material.

    Seed freedom!

    A last chance to thwart the great African seed grab

    Ali-Masmadi Jehu-Appiah

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

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    Like many trade agreements, the draft Protocol is more about protecting and consolidating corporate profits than it is about trade or development. The process has systematically excluded farmers from the deliberations.

    ARIPO Protocol is a tool for foreign takeover of Ghana's agriculture

    Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

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    By seizing intellectual property rights to Africa's seeds, western corporations are attempting one of the greatest thefts in human history: the theft of the entire agricultural base of all the countries of Africa.

    WHO must answer GAAS

    The World Health Organisation must respond to the queries of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Akyaaba Addai-Sebo

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

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    Global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and the US National Institutes of Health announced in January the start of clinical trials of an Ebola vaccine in Ghana. Local scientists and the public have raised questions about this project.

    Challenging the ‘refugee-victim’ narrative

    Hanno Brankamp

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

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    Corporate media, humanitarian agencies and NGOs evoke the imagery of helpless, passive victims when describing refugees to appeal to Western societies for compassion while demonstrating self-affirmation to guard the status quo, rather than depicting them as people with abilities, agency and knowledge facing extraordinary circumstances that need to be addressed.

    BRICS will herald a new global order

    PD Lawton

    2015-07-02, Issue 733

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    The world today groans under the weight of predatory white supremacy that has condemned the majority of the people to poverty and hopelessness. But a new order is emerging, heralded by South-South solidarity to overthrow Empire.

    Buhari, ‘legislooters’ and the change agenda

    Chido Onumah and Godwin Onyeacholem

    2015-06-25, Issue 732

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    Nigerian lawmakers will soon pocket $45 million as “wardrobe allowance.” All that - and a lot more - in a country with a minimum wage of about $80 and where more than half the states have not paid workers for months. Pathological greed!

    The axis of shevil: Does Africa need Gayle Smith?

    What do Gayle Smith, Wendy Sherman and Susan Rice have in common?

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2015-06-25, Issue 732

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    Without the support of America's top women Smith, Sherman and Rice, many African dictators would not remain in power for a single day. Smith's appointment to head USAID is a boon to the despots.

    The ICC is now an instrument of imperialism

    Motsoko Pheko

    2015-06-25, Issue 732

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    Former US President George W Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair destroyed entire countries in their military adventurism. Yet they are free men enjoying their retirement without any fear of international justice. The ICC must have the substance and manifestation of justice and fairness.

    How the UN fails whistleblowers

    2015-06-24, Issue 732

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    Despite having clear policies to protect whistleblowers, the UN’s internal system of justice hardly implements those policies. Some whistleblowers have been fired or demoted; others have been subjected to subtle forms of abuse like non-renewal of contracts or sudden transfer to distant duty stations. Many others have been forced to leave the world body to save their livelihoods, health and reputations.

    EU’s military strategy will intensify Mediterranean tragedies

    Nizar Visram

    2015-06-24, Issue 732

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    Europe and NATO are responsible for the huge crisis of refugees attempting to enter Europe. Having destabilised other countries through militarism and plunder of resources, they are now converting the Mediterranean Sea into a mass grave for poor people fleeing the turmoil they created.

    IDPs face increasing sexual violence in Mogadishu

    Abdifatah Hasan Ali

    2015-06-23, Issue 732

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    Sexual violence remains one of the most pressing problems faced by the IDPs who live in insecure areas controlled by armed militias in the Somali capital. The rainy season has already started and those forcefully evicted by the government are once again suffering from the cold weather.

    Soweto Declaration

    From the 5th Africa Unity for Renaissance Conference

    2015-06-24, Issue 732

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    This Declaration contains some of the salient ideas from delegates who hailed from across the continent, as well as from the rest of the world, to articulate what is required for the creation of a united, liberated, renascent and prosperous Africa.

    US foreign policy a reflection of racism and national oppression

    Charleston massacre represents a long line of crimes against humanity that extend around the globe

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-06-24, Issue 732

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    Why is the American government constantly at war with one enemy or another abroad and at the same time failing to foster peace and stability inside the country? It has everything to do with US imperialist militarism around the world and systemic racism at home.

    Closing the historical circle: White terrorism at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

    Ajamu Baraka

    2015-06-24, Issue 732

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    African Americans are slowly coming to the conclusion that it does not matter whether it is the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson: the non-white-other is the enemy who must be stopped.

    52 years since OAU founding, Africa still colonized

    Malainin Lakhal

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    The fate of Western Sahara, under brutal occupation by Morocco and whose resources are plundered by this colonial power working in cahoots with Western and even some African governments, remains a big shame in Africa’s quest for total liberation and unity. Africa is not free as long as the Saharawi people remain under colonialism.

    AU asks UN to set referendum date in Western Sahara

    Malainin Lakhal

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    The African Union position on Western Sahara is getting stronger day after day, but it also reveals all the weaknesses of Africa when it comes to imposing its own decisions and positions on critical issues.

    Open letter to the AU on resurgence of xenophobic violence in South Africa

    Presented on the occasion of the AU Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, June 2015

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    More than 130 civil society organisations have written to the African Union urging the continental body to call upon the South African government to take concrete steps to end attacks against foreigners, prosecute perpetrators and protect migrants and refugees living in the country from violations of their human rights.

    For AU Agenda 2063, think agenda now now

    Steve Sharra

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    Africa’s future is too important to be left to the African Union alone. Much more work needs to be done for ordinary people to own the process of the continent’s renewal, working side by side with the Pan-African body.

    Cottoning on to a lie

    Genetically modified cotton will harm, not help, African smallholder farmers

    Haidee Swanby

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    After years of resistance, some governments and local producers appear convinced that GM technology will boost competitiveness of African cotton. But a look at how GM cotton has fared where it has been tried, particularly its socio-economic impact on smallholder farmers, reveals a tragic tale of crippling debt, appalling market prices and a technology prone to failure.

    Media propaganda and governance by slogans

    Osita Ebiem

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    Nigeria’s new leader is the subject of much hype. He is being hoisted up to the status of a cult figure. Apparently, he is the man Africa’s giant needs to solve its extensive problems. But Muhammadu Buhari’s history and thinking suggest otherwise.

    The making of an unusual hero

    Lawson Oviasogie

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    The election of Muhammadu Buhari is an overwhelming expression of the will of Nigerians. Sometimes depicted by his critics as a dour, rustic disciplinarian with poor oratorical skill, the new president’s message of change and his personal commitment will transform the country.

    Kyasano, a biodiversity sanctuary

    A paradigm for sustainable rural development in Africa

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    Development is often viewed as top-down: Principally the work of government, international actors and other institutions. This village on the Rwanda-Uganda provides a case for focus on the rural political economy as the engine of bottom-up sustainable development.

    “Am I free to go?”

    The refuseniks’ campaign to resist police street harassment

    Ajamu Nangwaya

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    After years of suffering under the carding regime, the Afrikan-Canadian community and other affected peoples should initiate a mass campaign aimed at refusing to share their personal information with the cops when they are stopped in non-criminal encounters.

    BRICS Bank could be game-changer

    Kester Kenn Klomegah

    2015-06-19, Issue 731

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    The bank will invest primarily in infrastructure projects in both BRICS and non-BRICS countries. The establishment of its first regional office in Johannesburg will give access to the Africa, where infrastructure development needs are highest.

    Introduction: Essay competition about the African Union

    Paul Mwangi Maina

    2015-06-11, Issue 730

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    This special issue contains analysis of some of the AU instruments that are the focus of the State of the African Union (SOTU) campaign. The essays were among the best submitted by students at the University of Nairobi as part of activities to celebrate this year’s Africa Liberation Day.

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