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    Open Letter to Pope Francis

    Raise your voice against institutional racism in the G-20 and the World Bank

    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

    2015-05-20, Issue 727

    c c AFP
    At “the premier forum for global economic and financial cooperation", Europe and North America occupy 9 of the 20 seats. Asia has six. Latin America three and the Middle East one. Africa, representing 16 percent of the world population, occupies one seat. In the World Bank, systemic racism has kept Black people out of influential positions.

    Change will come, but not now

    Tesfaye Yosef

    2015-05-21, Issue 727

    c c GLV
    Africa's second most populous nation after Nigeria, Ethiopia, goes to elections on 24 May. The ruling party, in power since 1991, is guaranteed a landslide victory. In the iron-fisted autocracy where no alternative voice is allowed to be heard, the only question is by what percentage they will “win” this time.

    They are selling records of African history

    Kwame Opoku

    2015-05-21, Issue 727

    c c PZ
    Unique historical evidence of the ancient cultures of a continent is being put up for sale on the open market in Europe. Yet in the countries of Africa where these priceless treasures belong, there is little public interest in the matter.

    Time for radical makeover of the MBA

    Dhiru Soni, Ahmed Shaikh, Anis Karodia, Joseph David, Marvin Kambuwa and Malcolm Wallis

    2015-05-21, Issue 727

    c c RBS
    Business education in Africa is in dire need of an overhaul. The new focus should be on training managers who are acutely aware of the issues of ethics and governance, environmental and resource sustainability, justice and fairness with a view to creating successful and globally sustainable societies.

    How should Economics be taught?

    Vincent Navarro

    2015-05-20, Issue 727

    c c YT
    As currently taught, Economics specializes in branches of the tree without understanding the nature of the forest. Absence of the study of the political and social context, determined historically, makes the subject an apologetic message for current power relations, leading to poor understanding of economic phenomena.

    The wretched of the sea

    Hamza Hamouchene

    2015-05-20, Issue 727

    c c IBT
    The securitisation of immigration control has failed to solve the migrant crisis because it ignores the root cause: a global system that puts profits before people.

    Fortress South Africa

    Jane Duncan

    2015-05-20, Issue 727

    c c TIA
    Like the richer countries of the North that are adopting tougher controls to stem the migration of people from the more impoverished, conflict-ridden South, South Africa is employing similar tactics. But this approach is futile, unsustainable and anti-people.

    “White savior” status quo remains intact

    Fairouz El Tom

    2015-05-20, Issue 727

    c c STC
    This year's ranking of NGOs shows that most are based in the West although they carry out their activities in the Global South; are disproportionately headed by white men, and many continue to display stereotypical and patronising images of Africans as poor and needy victims.

    Is Africa’s ‘resource nationalism’ just big business as usual?

    John Childs

    2015-05-20, Issue 727

    c c BDA
    Governments, most prominently those of Sub-Saharan countries, have argued for huge tax hikes on mining, oil and gas contracts in the name of the national interest. But beyond the rhetoric, resource nationalism is a cover for a business-as-usual bias.

    No to coup, no to third term

    Burundi needs democracy and respect for the rule of law

    Patricia Daley

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    c c AS
    President Nkurunziza, a former rebel leader, has run Burundi according to the only model he knows: an authoritarian, predatory and aid-dependent regime. But this week's coup against him must be condemned. The African Union and the continent’s leading nations must support Burundians to attain democracy.

    Why Burundians took to the streets

    Rowan Popplewell

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    c c DH
    The protests occurred against a backdrop of sustained political and economic marginalisation by the Nkurunziza regime and widespread fear. Protest leaders successfully tapped into individual discontent and anxieties generated by exclusion and repression by a violent dictatorship.

    Huge uncertainties loom over Burundi’s political trajectory

    David-Ngendo Tshimba

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    c c NR
    Post-civil war Burundi faces steep challenges that remain unaddressed. History seems to be repeating itself after a decade of fragile, hard-won peace following the signing of the 2000 Arusha Accord. President Nkurunziza's departure alone will not heal the nation.

    Burundi: From ethnicized militarism to militant civilians

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    c c TO
    The argument pushed by Nkurunziza and his backers for a third presidential term is unconvincing. This, and the fact that many people have really not enjoyed the fruits of peace under his 10-year rule, is what has galvanized relentless opposition to the regime.


    Karl-Chris Nsabiyumva

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    c c IBT
    A few days before the 'attempted' coup this week, a blogger in the Burundian capital Bujumbura gave a chilling account of the breakdown of law and order in the capital. The organisers of the protests seemed to have no particular plan and the people were beginning to turn against themselves.

    The unfolding crisis of presidential succession in central Africa

    Chidi Odinkalu

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    c c VA
    Pierre Nkurunziza is neither the first nor the only head of state in Africa’s Great Lakes region to seek another term of office against provisions of the constitution. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni orchestrated the removal of term limits from the constitution altogether. DR Congo and Rwanda’s presidents both want an extension of their regimes.

    “Just” $6 a month? A response to Jim Kim

    The World Bank will not end poverty by promoting fee-charging, for-profit schools in Kenya and Uganda

    2015-05-13, Issue 726

    c c TSL
    Over one hundred organisations have issued a statement addressed to World Bank president, Jim Kim, questioning the Bank’s support for a multinational chain of low-fee, profit-making private primary schools targeting poor families, which Kim recently praised as a means to alleviate poverty.

    SADC Tribunal: The shame of impunity

    Southern Africa Litigation Centre

    2015-05-13, Issue 726

    c c TZM
    ‘African solutions to African problems’ is a popular adage among the ruling classes on the continent. Africa is old enough to deal with its own issues. Yet leaders in the 15-member SADC bloc are in the process of dismantling their own regional court to shield governments, heads of state and other powerful people from justice.

    The tangled web Wendy Sherman weaves

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2015-05-14, Issue 726

    c c JU
    Ethiopia is going into elections in less than two weeks. A US senior official caused a storm when she recently described the country as a “young democracy”. It is a stunning hypocrisy that America continues to support one of the vilest dictatorships in Africa.

    Britain, Libya and the Mediterranean: The creation of a humanitarian emergency

    Drownings are now being used as a pretext to further militarise Africa

    Dan Glazebrook

    2015-05-06, Issue 725

    c c DS
    The EU’s new policy is to let as many refugees as possible drown in the Mediterranean to deter others from attempting similar voyages. Yet these refugees are often fleeing from wars and miseries created by the West and its allies.

    Capitalizing on sorrow?

    ‘We are between hell and the deep blue sea’.

    PD Lawton

    2015-05-06, Issue 725

    c c BF
    The public outcry against the mass drownings of desperate people at the hands of slave traders demands a solution. But the solution offered by Empire does not include eradication of poverty or resolution of wars. It is military intervention.

    Deadly disinformation

    War, the mainstream media and the tragic death of African refugees

    Julie Lévesque

    2015-05-06, Issue 725

    c c DS
    Corporate media writes of drowning refugees fleeing poverty and violence in the Middle East and North Africa without mentioning the actions of the United States and its European allies that have caused the humanitarian catastrophe.

    Geoengineering the climate: A cautionary tale for Africa, Asia and planet Earth

    David Cupples

    2015-05-06, Issue 725

    c c WP
    Naomi Klein’s book ‘This Changes Everything’ shows how climate change and the bleak future we are marching toward are inextricably bound up with unfettered capitalism. To preserve capitalist excesses, hi-tech fixes for warming—like Solar Radiation Management—may be employed that hasten the demise of large parts of Africa and Asia and the natural world.

    8th Pan African Congress: The congress is not the movement

    Reflections on Phase I of the Congress in Accra, March 2015

    Ikaweba Bunting

    2015-05-06, Issue 725

    c c 8thPAC
    The pan-Africanist spirit is alive and strong, but building a solid Pan African Movement remains a big challenge – as witnessed in the Pan African Congress in Accra, Ghana, in March. A Pan Africanist political culture must be inculcated, nurtured and institutionalized throughout the six regions of the African world.

    Why May Day matters to Botswana

    A history with anarchist roots

    Sian Byrne, Paliani Chinguwo, Warren McGregor and Lucien van der Walt

    2015-05-06, Issue 725

    c c FBN
    When we commemorate May Day we rarely reflect on why it is a public holiday in Africa or elsewhere. Sian Byrne, Paliani Chinguwo, Warren McGregor, and Lucien van der Walt tell of the powerful struggles that lie behind its existence.

    Will the world remain silent with Rwanda and Uganda in DR Congo again?

    An interview with international criminal defense attorney and former law professor Peter Erlinder

    Ann Garrison

    2015-05-06, Issue 725

    c c BIN
    While international attention is focused on the constitutional crisis in Burundi, Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers have again violated the territorial integrity of DR Congo by sending troops into the country. What are they up to?

    Afrikan resistance to state violence

    Remembering Toronto’s 1992 Yonge Street Uprising and its lessons

    Ajamu Nangwaya

    2015-05-06, Issue 725

    c c TMC
    The Yonge Street Uprising has made it clear that the oppressed might have to resort to violence in order to occupy the stage of history as the principal actors in the drama of emancipation.

    Burundi on the brink

    Jean Claude Nkundwa and Jonathan W. Rosen

    2015-04-29, Issue 724

    c c SN
    Burundi is burning. If the UN, the international community and the African Union don’t act quickly, and prepare to intervene if necessary, the small East African nation could explode into a full-scale civil war that will destabilize the entire Great Lakes region.

    The April demon

    Karl-Chris Nsabiyumva

    2015-04-29, Issue 724

    c c MH
    Despite the sharp salience of ethnicity in Burundi’s politics historically, the ongoing disturbances are not about that. They centre on one issue: the people are protesting against violation of their Constitution by a greedy and dumb political class.

    Baltimore and the human right to resistance

    Rejecting the framework of the oppressor

    Ajamu Baraka

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    c c MH
    Race and oppressive violence have always been at the center of the US racist colonial project. It is only when the oppressed resist that they are counseled to be nonviolent like Martin Luther King – by murderous warmongers like Barack Obama.

    Emmanuel Sithole is dead

    Mary Serumaga

    2015-04-30, Issue 724

    c c MG
    At times like this you can almost forget the good and gentle South Africans you have met over the years. The slow Sunday brunches after a foray into the Mall when everybody calls you ‘My sister’…

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