Join Friends of Pambazuka

Subscribe for Free!

Fahamu Bulletin Archive

About our Programmes

Donate to Pambazuka News!

Follow Us

delicious bookmarks facebook twitter

Pambazuka News Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.

The Inagural 2016 Pan African Colloquium, Barbados

Latest titles from Pambazuka Press

African Sexualities

Earth Grab A Reader
Sylvia Tamale
A groundbreaking book, accessible but scholarly, by African activists. It uses research, life stories and artistic expression to examine dominant and deviant sexualities, and investigate the intersections between sex, power, masculinities and femininities
Buy now

Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya

From Citizen to Refugee Horace Campbell
In this elegantly written and incisive account, scholar Horace Campbell investigates the political and economic crises of the early twenty-first century through the prism of NATO's intervention in Libya.
Buy now

Queer African Reader

Demystifying Aid Edited by Sokari Ekine, Hakima Abbas
A diverse collection of writing from across the continent exploring African LGBTI liberation: identity, tactics for activism, international solidarity, homophobia and global politics, religion and culture, and intersections with social justice movements. A richness of voices, a multiplicity of discourses, a quiverful of arguments. African queers writing for each other, theorising ourselves, making our ...more
Buy now

China and Angola

African Awakening A Marriage of Convenience?
Edited by Marcus Power, Ana Alves
This book focuses on the increased co-operation between Angola and China and shows that although relations with China might have bolstered regime stability and boosted the international standing of the Angolan government, China is not regarded as a long term strategic partner.
Buy now

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

To Cook a ContinentWalter Rodney
Rodney shows how the imperial countries of Europe, and subsequently the US, bear major responsibility for impoverishing Africa. They have been joined in this exploitation by agents or unwitting accomplices both in the North and in Africa.
Buy now

Pambazuka News Broadcasts

Pambazuka broadcasts feature audio and video content with cutting edge commentary and debate from social justice movements across the continent.

See the list of episodes.


This site has been established by Fahamu to provide regular feedback to African civil society organisations on what is happening with the African Union.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.


RSS Feed

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’…

Xenophobia requires root-cause critique and strategic resistance

Patrick Bond

2015-04-30, Issue 724

c c YV
Mere ‘be-nice’ appeals and marches will not address the root causes of xenophobia in South Africa. Jacob Zuma’s ANC government is at fault not only for neoliberal, pro-corporate, job-killing policies, but for tightening immigration regulations, compelling refugees to live under illegal informality. That requires resistance.

Bitter boy who shames his father and his people

Bandile Mdlalose

2015-04-30, Issue 724

c c IOL
President Zuma’s son Edward is xenophobic and racist. Like the disgarceful Zulu King Zwelithini he supports, whose reckless utterances sparked the attacks on foreginers, Edward continues Cecil Rhodes’ odious legacy of dividing Africans.

Will ANC government ever prosecute South Africans in Israeli Army?

Eddie Cottle

2015-04-29, Issue 724

c c JU
The ruling party vocally supports the struggle for freedom and justice of the Palestinian people. But South African Jews – in flagrant violation of the law – have enlisted in the Israeli armed forces that have committed wanton crimes against humanity in Palestine.

The Bandung Diamond Jubilee: Time for a new world order

Mammo Muchie

2015-04-30, Issue 724

c c TW
April 18, 2015 marked 60 years since that historic day that began South-South Afro-Asian collaboration for decolonisation, development and freedom. As we commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Bandung Conference, it is important to build more hope in the ongoing quest for a new inclusive world.

Canada: Afrikan petty bourgeois in bed with conservative Mayor John Tory

Ajamu Nangwaya

2015-04-29, Issue 724

c c ZR
The only supreme quality of Tory that was left unexpressed by these endorsers-cum-cheerleaders is his ability to walk on water or raise Bob Marley or Claudia Jones from the realm of the ancestors.

Where is Black America?

Obama and the Israel-Iran-Palestinian conundrum

Francis A Kornegay Jr

2015-04-29, Issue 724

c c NBC
The African-American political establishment within Obama’s Democratic party constituency appears to be ‘missing in action’ instead of acting as a core base of support for Obama’s attempt at a complicated resetting of Middle East policy.

Previous ... 121-150 | 151-180 | 181-210 | 211-240 | 241-270 | 271-300 ... Next

ISSN 1753-6839 Pambazuka News English Edition

ISSN 1753-6847 Pambazuka News en Français

ISSN 1757-6504 Pambazuka News em Português

© 2009 Fahamu -