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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?

The myth and delusion of development

Lennon Chido Mhishi

2015-07-15, Issue 735

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The system of development is broken. The concept remains a shell that hides wasted time, effort and sentiment. Those espousing the development system as it currently exists should carefully consider whether their efforts are bringing around the promised goals.

The Igbo genocide, Britain and the United States (PT.2)

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

2015-07-15, Issue 735

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The Igbo genocide was primarily about the protection of strategic British interests in Nigeria. The departing colonialists had secured the collaboration of the northern region, which was vehemently opposed to African independence. Thus Fulani-Hausa elites played a key role in the perpetration of the genocide.

UK government was right in arresting Rwandan spy chief

Theogene Rudasingwa

2015-07-08, Issue 734

President Paul Kagame threw a mighty tantrum following the arrest in the UK of his spy chief, Gen. Emmanuel Karenzi Karake. But the exiled opposition party Rwanda National Congress has welcomed the arrest, applauding the new efforts by some Western nations to demand accountability from the brutal tyranny in Kigali.

What the United Nations knows about Rwanda’s powerful spy chief

Judi Rever

2015-07-08, Issue 734

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If the 1994 genocide against Tutsis stands out as the most depraved and tragic chapter in Rwanda’s history, its corollary is certainly the three years that followed in which a slower, largely hidden campaign of abject cruelty was meted out against Hutus in Rwanda and the DRC. Rwanda's spy chief Emmanuel Karake, arrested on 20 June in the UK, was the mastermind of this unacknowledged genocide against Hutus.

Hopes of independent press in Rwanda fade as head of media body flees

Sue Valentine

2015-07-09, Issue 734

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A government minister accused the chairman of the independent Rwanda Media Commission of working for foreign forces. And then the government embarked on moves to weaken the commission. When the RMC head was tipped off about plans to kill him, he fled the country in May.

Three zeros for the BRICS’ new development bank

Muhammad Yunus

2015-07-08, Issue 734

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Government delegations from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa convened this week at the annual BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia, to formalise the creation of the world’s newest multilateral development bank, the New Development Bank. The NDB should aim to achieve three zeros by 2050: zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emission.

Four principles to make the New Development Bank truly new

2015-07-09, Issue 734

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Civil society organizations state that the new BRICS bank should support inclusive, accessible, participative development that is driven by communities, addresses poverty and inequality, removes barriers to access and opportunity, and respects human rights, local cultures, and the environment.

Is India bending towards Israel?

Vijay Prashad

2015-07-08, Issue 734

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Joining Kenya, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Macedonia — all lobbied by Israel over the course of the year - India abstained from a crucial vote that would have allowed the International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli war crimes. The decision sends signals of India’s disturbingly different stance towards Palestine.

ARIPO sells out African farmers, seals secret deal on plant variety protection

Statement issued by the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

2015-07-09, Issue 734

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As was widely feared, the contentious protocol on seed was adopted at the regional meeting in Arusha, Tanzania. The protocol’s underlying imperatives are to increase corporate seed imports, reduce breeding activity at the national level, and facilitate the monopoly by foreign companies of local seed systems and the disruption of traditional farming systems.

‘World political economy’ meets South Africa’s many Marxisms

Patrick Bond

2015-07-08, Issue 734

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More than 150 Marxists met in Johannesburg to ponder some 70 papers at the World Association for Political Economy forum, where 82-year-old Egyptian Marxist Samir Amin was named winner of WAPE’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Despite the diversity of viewpoints, there seemed to be concurrence that a convincing, unifying intellectual critique of both local and world-scale capital is needed.

Six lessons #BlackLivesMatter can learn from Cabral

Benjamin Woods

2015-07-08, Issue 734

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As a new generation of Pan-African activists, such as the #BlackLivesMatter movement, steps up, it is important to revisit the lessons taught by previous trailblazers, like Amilcar Cabral, leader of the liberation struggle against the Portuguese in West Africa.

No ‘Je Suis Charleston’? The de-politicization of Black oppression

Ajamu Baraka

2015-07-08, Issue 734

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President Obama sang “Amazing Grace” and lulled into a stupefying silence black voices that should have demanded answers as to why the Charleston attack was not considered a terrorist attack, even though it fits the definition. Because of this depraved indifference to black life by the U.S. government, African Americans critically need international solidarity.

West Africa: The new stage for global drug policy reform

Eleanor Thompson

2015-07-08, Issue 734

Colombian drug traffickers financed the re-election campaign of President João Bernardo Vieira in Guinea-Bissau in 2005. But the growing narcotics problem in West Africa - with an estimated 2.5 million consumers - has not received adequate attention globally.

The Igbo genocide, Britain and the United States (Pt.1)

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

2015-07-09, Issue 734

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The Igbo genocide was primarily about the protection of strategic British interests in Nigeria. The departing colonialists had secured the collaboration of the northern region, which was vehemently opposed to African independence. Thus Fulani-Hausa elites played a key role in the perpetration of the genocide.

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!

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