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Emerging Powers Digest: 14th Edition, 5 December 2014

In today’s newsletter the Emerging Powers project announces a call for grant applications; gives a summary of Zuma's travels to China and the signing of the 5-10 Year Framework on Cooperation between the two countries; highlights Ethiopia's budding textile industry and relations with China; India's growing investment presence in Africa; militarization of the continent by the emerging actors. The news digest also provides analyses and news reports on China's evolving foreign policy and diplomatic relations. Read these and other news items in this week's edition of the Emerging Powers in Africa news digest.

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Africa's land and seed laws under attack

2015-01-22, Issue 710

The lobby to industrialise food production in Africa is not only pouring money into plantation projects on the ground, it is changing African laws to serve foreign agribusiness as well. This is the main finding of a new report from the civil society organisations Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and GRAIN.

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara continues to arrest opposition leaders

Eric Edi

2015-01-15, Issue 710

Dr Assoa Adou, a former minister of environment in the government of President Laurent Gbagbo, was recently arrested for his political activities. A strong figure of the FPI party, he fled into exile in Ghana after the electoral violence of 2010. In Ghana, he chaired the coordination of the FPI in exile but returned after three years.

South Africa: Another year, another murder…

...and still no real commitment from government to end Glebelands Hostel

2015-01-22, Issue 710

Phumlani Ndlovu never saw much of 2015. When he was invited to visit friends on Friday 16 January he never expected he could be lured to his death. His lifeless body was found early the next morning near Block 40. He had been gunned down during the night, shot over ten times in the chest and head by faceless killers. He was only in his early thirties when he died.

Statement by BDS South Africa on the forthcoming visit of Palestine liberation struggle icon, Comrade Leila Khaled

2015-01-22, Issue 710

The Israeli lobby in South Africa, including the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, have – not unexpectedly - been trying to discredit Leila Khaled’s forthcoming 6-16 February tour.

Leila Khaled: South African students welcome visit

2015-01-22, Issue 710

The Congress of South African Students (COSAS), representing learners in South African Pre-Tertiary level, welcomes the planned visit in February of one of our own, Palestine Freedom Fighter against the racist regime of Israel, Comrade Leila Khaled to South Africa.

Statement on the planned visit by Cde Leila Khaled

2015-01-22, Issue 710

Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association welcomes the planned visit of the Palestine struggle icon and freedom fighter, Leila Khaled to South Africa. This is amid the racist oppressive Zionist Israel sympathisers’ noise against such planned visit.

Unconditional release of human rights defenders arrested in peaceful demonstration

2014-12-18, Issue 707

At least eight human rights defenders were brutally arrested and assaulted on 18 December 2014 in Nairobi during a peaceful demonstration against the Security Law (Amendment) Bill.

A call for peace in South Sudan

2014-12-18, Issue 707

Civil society groups across the Great Lakes & Horn of Africa regions have called on governments to acknowledge the outcry of South Sudanese people and engage in serious peace negotiations instead of stalling tactics while searching for military victory.

Kenya frustrated ICC prosecutor by non-cooperation

Fatou Bensouda

2014-12-11, Issue 706

Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on the status of the Government of Kenya’s cooperation with the Prosecution's investigations in the Kenyatta case

Statement on behalf of the victims following the withdrawal of the charges against Uhuru Kenyatta

Fergal Gaynor

2014-12-11, Issue 706

Today’s withdrawal of the charges against Uhuru Kenyatta will inevitably disappoint the estimated 20,000 victims of the crimes charged in this case.

KPTJ statement following the ICC Prosecutor’s notice of withdrawal of charges against Uhuru Kenyatta

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The circumstances under which the charges against Kenyatta have been withdrawn – based on alleged witness intimidation and lack of cooperation by the Government of Kenya – rather than vindicating him, have left many questions hanging over his role in post-election violence.

Kenyatta’s ICC case: Kenya should account for impeding access to justice and truth


2014-12-11, Issue 706

ICC judges decide not to adjourn the case further; decline to refer Kenya to the ICC’s governing body despite criticising the lack of cooperation from Kenya

Withdrawal of Kenyatta charges signals need for overhaul of ICC investigations

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The Prosecution’s complaints about non-cooperation by the Kenyan authorities is true, but the lack of evidence points more to a failure of the previous investigative strategy of the Office of the Prosecutor. The evidence is out there, the question is why the OTP did not have it before charges were proffered.

Palestine Embassy in Tanzania condemns assassination of Ziad Abu Ein

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The Embassy of the State of Palestine in Tanzania condemns in the strongest terms the Israel’s extrajudicial killing of Palestinian Minister and Head of the Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Mr. Ziad Abu Ein.

AFSA open letter opposing human feeding trials involving GM banana

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), a Pan African platform comprising civil society networks and farmer organisations working towards food sovereignty, has submitted this Open Letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Wendy White from Iowa State University and the Human Institutional Review Board of Iowa State University expressing fierce opposition to the human feeding trials taking place at Iowa State University involving genetically modified (GM) bananas. The Letter is supported by more than 120 organizations from around the world.

Police reforms key to solving insecurity in Kenya

Cidi Otieno David

2014-12-03, Issue 705

Following the second attack in Mandera Town in Kenya in less than two weeks, leading to the death of 36 people, Kenya’s police chief announced his retirement and the Internal Security Cabinet Secretary was removed. But this is not enough to improve security.

Gross violation of human rights at Wieta Farm

2014-12-03, Issue 705

On 2 December, a farmworker was assaulted and freedom of association denied on a WIETA farm outside Robertson, South Africa.

Sudan: Human rights activist still held in unknown location

2014-12-03, Issue 705

Human rights defender Mr Rashid Shikhaldeen Abash continues to remain in detention without charge for more than two months

Pan-African solidarity statement with The Burkinabe People

2014-11-28, Issue 704

The events of 31st October 2014, leading to the popular uprising in Burkina Faso that removed Blaise Compaore from power, constitute a turning point for the entire region, and probably Africa as a whole.

Civil society questions Kenya’s UN Ambassador views on ICC

Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ)

2014-11-12, Issue 702

Civil society’s response to Ambassador Macharia Kamau’s statement to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 30th October 2014 regarding the Report of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the UNGA.

A year since Typhoon Haiyan

Civil society across the world declares Nov. 8 International Day for Climate-Affected Communities

2014-11-13, Issue 702

Exactly a year since Typhoon Haiyan swept through central Philippines, a group of civil society organizations remembers the victims and survivors of one of the strongest and most fatal tropical cyclones ever recorded and declares Nov. 8 as International Day for Climate-Affected Communities.

Shack dwellers and Congolese refugees to march against genocide on Saturday

Abahlali baseMjondolo

2014-11-06, Issue 701

Abahlali have vowed to stand in solidarity with the Congolese refugees in South Africa and the Congolese citizens who face unending abuse and butchering in their country.

Declaration on the uprising of the people in Burkina Faso

2014-11-06, Issue 701

The Pan-Africanism Working Group in Germany expresses solidarity with the people of Burkina Faso following the successful revolt against Blaise Compaore.

CDD calls on the military in Burkina Faso to hand over power to civilians immediately

2014-11-06, Issue 701

The Burkinabe uprising against the Compaore dictatorship was apeople-driven and led by civil society and opposition political parties. The military cannot and should not be allowed to seize power in a context in which they played no role.

UK’s DFI routes two-thirds of investments for projects in developing countries through tax havens

2014-11-06, Issue 701

The UK’s public institution responsible for financing projects in developing countries has been channelling millions of pounds through companies that use tax havens.

Railroading African governments into adopting ARIPO PVP Protocol based on UPOV 1991

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

2014-11-06, Issue 701

AFSA appeals to ARIPO member states for postponement of diplomatic conference and for urgent consultations with small-holder farmers

The darker side of green

2014-11-06, Issue 701

Groundbreaking research uncovers the ‘darker side’ of the global green economy.

KENYA: Condemning defilement and murder of 4-year-old Anita in Kisii

2014-11-06, Issue 701

The right to life is a basic human right. Anita, a 4-year-old girl, was robbed of this extremely important right. She will never grow up to fulfill her dreams and actualize her full potential. She is no more!

Ethiopia: Crackdown on dissent intensifies as journalists convicted

2014-11-06, Issue 701

Ethiopia’s already limited space for civil society and human rights defenders is undergoing further contraction, warn CIVICUS, The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, and the Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP).

Declaration of the Extraordinary ALBA-TCP Summit on Ebola

2014-10-28, Issue 700

Last week, heads of state from Latin America and the Caribean met in Cuba explore ways to help the fight against the Ebola outbreak in Africa and to avoid its propagation to other regions.

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