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South Africa’s deal with the Devil, revisited

New controversy over Mandela’s ‘Faustian Pact’ with world capital

Patrick Bond

2015-09-07, Issue 741

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An intelligence document has surfaced claiming that the white establishment through the private sector has a huge influence in the running of the National Treasury and that the history of this influence dates back to the early 1990s when the ANC and the white, apartheid-founding National Party were in negotiations. The white establishment felt it was too risky to leave the running of the government solely in the hands of the ANC.

Regime change refugees: On the shores of Europe

Vijay Prashad

2015-09-07, Issue 741

cc Rafat A.
Aylan Kurdi is dead. Many other Aylan Kurdis remain. Our outrage at this callous death should drive us deeper into a politics that calls for a drawdown of the violence in Syria and for a serious peace process in Libya, that forces us to be resolute in our fight against IMF and NATO destruction of societies and states.

The ‘African university’ as a site of protest

Paddy O’Halloran

2015-09-10, Issue 741

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The power of ongoing peaceful student protests at Rhodes University is a reminder of the importance of rebuilding the African university by dismantling colonial legacies through acts of protest that provide an education counter to oppressive traditions.

Marijuana use in West Africa: A case for decriminalization

Lansana Gberie

2015-09-09, Issue 741

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Drug trafficking is a global issue, and those responsible for it should be punished, but should those who use drugs for recreational purposes be punished? Does sending hundreds of small-time users to prison really help deal with the wider problem?

The long road to freedom for women in Burkina Faso

Renate Staudenmeyer and Irma Bergknecht

2015-09-09, Issue 741

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Burkina Faso has a numerous laws, including a constitution, family and penal codes, and is party to international treaties, which protect the rights of women and girls. But enforcement of the law is a completely different story. A local organisation and its German partner are working hard to end FGM and other forms of violence against Burkinabe women and girls.

Looted artefacts now declared a “shared heritage”

Kwame Opoku

2015-09-09, Issue 741

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More than half a million objects are to be moved to a massive German museum now under construction. Many of these items were looted from Africa and now the argument justifying their continued holding in Germany is that they are shared global heritage. It is unacceptable.

Theresa May: Saviour or slaughterer of black people?

Dan Glazebrook

2015-09-08, Issue 741

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The British Home Secretary seems to be working hard to end police brutality against Black people and other people of colour. But in reality, this is a political ploy that barely conceals her own deep hatred for Black people.

Carl Dix: Revolutionary Communist fighting the plague of mass incarceration

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

2015-09-08, Issue 741

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Carl Dix will be leading the #RiseUpOctober - STOP Police Terror & Murder, a mass mobilization in New York City, October 24, 2015. He has played a major role in exposing state-sponsored murder and mass incarceration of Black folks. Carl does not approach these issues from a theoretical perspective. He has experienced, first hand, the violence of occupation and the American empire.

Canada: Police carding regulations amount to putting lipstick on a pig

Network for the Elimination of Police Violence

2015-09-09, Issue 741

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The announcement by the government of Ontario, Canada, that it would introduce regulations to stop the much-maligned stop and search practices by the police is deceptive. No regulations will protect the rights and dignity of Black people and other people of colour who are often targeted. The practice should be stopped.

Behind the dehumanization of African asylum seekers

Yohannes Woldemariam

2015-09-02, Issue 740

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Isn’t it a strange paradox that the death of a lion in Zimbabwe galvanizes global solidarity, whereas poor human beings fleeing misery and death are viewed with utter contempt? What is yet to enter the public discourse is the West’s complicity for the circumstances that generate refugees in the first place.

Mass migration deaths caused by imperialist foreign policy

Destabilization of Africa, the Middle East and Asia prompts millions to flee

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-09-03, Issue 740

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As migrants and refugees continue to die in their efforts to escape from war or simply to better their lives, and as the EU struggles to cope with the continued influx, what can be done to rectify the situation? Should the focus be on the traffickers who are getting rich off people’s misery or the European countries that are struggling with their own crises?

Africa no longer hopeless, only voiceless

Samson Demissie Teffera

2015-09-02, Issue 740

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There is little doubt that Africa’s fortunes have improved considerably in recent years, although poverty, inequality and resource theft remain widespread. Leaders like Obama who have pledged to support Africa should openly fight the entrenched marginalisation of the continent at global decision-making fora.

Retreat of foreign investment from Africa means less looting

Gaming, naming and shaming 'licit financial flows'

Patrick Bond

2015-09-02, Issue 740

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Governments across Africa are obsessed with foreign direct investment. Yet every year the continent losses billions of dollars through illegal financial outflows connected with FDI. More money is lost through legal transfers of super-profits and foreign investors are responsible for distorting national economies.

Canada in Africa: 300 years of aid and exploitation

Yves Engler

2015-09-02, Issue 740

Canadian policy in Africa can be summed up in nine words: Do what is good for Canadian-owned mining companies.

Resistance to an erroneous ‘development’ model

A critique of ProSavana in Mozambique

Boaventura Monjane

2015-09-03, Issue 740

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The people of Mozambique are resisting the controversial agricultural development programme ProSavana, fearing it will cause environmental degradation and social displacement. Protest is targeting the neoliberal model of development that fails to spread benefits beyond elites and investors and instead deepens poverty and exploitation.

‘A political coup’ in Haiti

An interview with woman politician Youseline Au-gustin Bell on last month’s parliamentary elections

Sokari Ekine

2015-09-01, Issue 740

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Haiti’s 9 August election was a sham. Although the popular Fanmi Lavalas party of ousted President Jean Betrand Aristide was allowed to contest after 11 years, the ruling party of the Western-backed despot Martelly hired armed goons who disrupted the election throughout the country. There are fears about what will happen during presidential elections next month.

Making Black lives matter in Colombia

Ajamu Baraka

2015-09-03, Issue 740

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Massive displacement, state and paramilitary violence, assassinations of community leaders, disappearances and an invasion of traditional Afro-Colombian territories by U.S. and other European multi-national corporations who want the land that Afro-Colombians occupy and the minerals beneath the ground, are the new existential threats.

The pope, the activist, the martyr: And the organization putting their words into action

Jeff Haas

2015-09-02, Issue 740

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The Mangrove Association, bringing together over 100 communities in El Salvador, has sought to create an egalitarian society where local democracy and environmental stewardship are key principles.

Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry was about justice delayed

Government ministers should not disparage and denigrate it; Cabinet should govern

Justice for Walter Rodney Committee

2015-09-01, Issue 740

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A global committee of activists campaigning for justice for the acclaimed South American intellectual has raised questions about the commitment of the Government of Guyana to let a commission of inquiry set up for the purpose run its course. The committee is concerned that there could be a sinister plot to derail the inquiry.

Tunisia year five: Caught in a tightening vice

Samuel Albert

2015-08-12, Issue 739

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What has the "democracy" so praised by the West and its apologists brought Tunisia? And why does the rise of Islamism seem so unstoppable? The answer lies in the way the two trends reinforce each other, even as they ferociously contend for the country's future.

Torture and show trials common in neo-colonial Libya

Gaddafi officials still facing persecution four years after the imperialist-backed counter-revolution

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-08-14, Issue 739

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In the midst of an economic crisis, embattled militia, persecuted citizens and fleeing refugees, the world can only watch as Libya disintegrates further. Can this battered and bruised country be saved?

A shameful miscarriage of justice

10 reasons why the acquittal of Rwandan spy chief is unacceptable

Theogene Rudasingwa

2015-08-12, Issue 739

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In June Rwandan spy chief General Karenzi Karake was arrested in Britain in relation to war crimes and death of European citizens. A British court this week dropped his extradition case on technicalities. Karake’s boss, Paul Kagame, and his regime in Kigali celebrated the acquittal, but this turn of events only demonstrates that the nexus of money, power and big interests can override the quest for justice.

Stemming the tide together: Soil, not oil

Nnimmo Bassey and Vandana Shiva

2015-08-12, Issue 739

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Soil, not oil is not just an empty slogan but a statement of truth which the world must act upon. Oil is a wasting resource. It has wasted many lives and is now threatening the entire planet.

My take on corruption: Wole Soyinka

2015-08-12, Issue 739

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By some estimates, Nigeria’s national oil corporation alone has reportedly lost more than $30 billion in oil revenue to corruption in the last five yeas, equivalent to the gross domestic product of more than 30 African countries. In this wide-ranging interview, Prof Wole Soyinka speaks about the lost potential in Africa’s most populous nation and the hope of creating a new society built on people-based values.

Why the United Front must immediately form a party

William Gumede

2015-08-12, Issue 739

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South Africa’s democratic system, heavily dominated by the ANC, could best be served by a genuinely democratic, mainstream trade union-based party, like Brazil’s Socialist Party. The time for Zwelinzima Vavi's United Front lobby to transform into such a party is now.

Why the hullabaloo about Cecil, but none about Itai?

Japhet M. Zwana

2015-08-12, Issue 739

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The White world has justifiably exhibited intense righteous indignation at the depraved slaying of the 13-year-old lion known as Cecil, whose name conjures up the racist namesake who became the arch-colonialist of Zimbabwe. But why is there no similar international over the likely politically enforced disappearance of prominent activist and journalist Itai Dzamara?

Barack Obama, tell the truth about Ethiopia!

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2015-08-04, Issue 738

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Last week, President Obama declared that Ethiopia has a “democratically elected government”. That is the country where in May elections, the ruling party won all the 547 seats in parliament, thrashing all the 78 other parties. If there ever has been an election won by one party by 100 percent that is democratic, then there is indeed the famous purple cow that nobody has ever seen or the pink elephant that people like Obama see often.

Obama’s speeches: Talking at a continent

Motsoko Pheko

2015-08-05, Issue 738

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There is nothing that President Obama told Africans that they did not already know. Crucially, America is a major pillar of world capitalism that is entirely responsible for Africa’s numerous problems. But while Obama sermonised the continent, he conveniently forgot to call to question the predatory global power system.

Obama’s Africa hypocrisy

Margaret Kimberley

2015-08-04, Issue 738

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No American president has the moral authority to lecture Africans about human rights, when America is itself so rife with egregious violations of the rights of Black people and when America supports criminal regimes around the world.

Africa rising: China, Obama and Pope Francis

Odomaro Mubangizi

2015-08-06, Issue 738

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China's huge infrastructural investments in Africa, the frenzied welcome for Obama to East Africa and the planned visit by Pope Francis to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in November are further evidence of Africa rising.

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