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Deborah Brautigam provides an overview and description of China's development finance to Africa. "Looking at the nature of Chinese development aid - and non-aid - to Africa provides insights into China's strategic approach to outward investment and economic diplomacy, even if exact figures and strategies are not easily ascertained", she states as she describes China's provision of grants, zero-interest loans and concessional loans. Pambazuka Press recently released a publication titled India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power, and Oliver Stuenkel provides his review of the book.
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Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now!

2014-07-16, Issue 687

Numerous Palestinian civil society organisations are calling on people and nations of the world to demand and end to the orgy of brutal violence conducted by the Israeli government in Gaza. Without international pressure, Israel will continue the massacres

Young women stand up against violence and discrimination

Peter Kenworthy

2014-07-16, Issue 687

Eradicating violence and discrimination against women in Zimbabwe is an arduous task that demands hands-on training and mobilization in the rural areas where the violence is most prevalent. Not by a well-meaning Western NGO, mind you, but by the women themselves.

Protest letter to PCEA Moderator Rt. Rev. David Gathanju on Destruction of Kibagare Wetland

2014-07-16, Issue 687

Two members of civil society were attacked and wounded by goons hired by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa last Saturday when they visited Kibagare wetland where PCEA has begun construction of luxury apartments. Now civil society wants the PCEA leadership to stop the destruction of the wetland

Draft Appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

A Call for Assistance in the Efforts to Halt Racism, Racial Discrimination and Acts of Genocide Directed Towards the People of the City of Detroit in the United States of America

2014-07-16, Issue 687

Two organizations allege that deliberate actions by the State of Michigan through its Governor Rick Snyder and majority right-wing legislative bodies are calculated and well-planned to foster the disempowerment of the African American people

Civil society organisations condemn approval of EPAs by ECOWAS leaders

2014-07-16, Issue 687

Many reputable organisations have over the years demonstrated that the EPAs are against the fundamental developmental needs of the economies of West Africa. The EPAs will lead to the collapse of the domestic manufacturing and other productive sectors due to undue pressure from the subsidized goods from Europe and loss of revenue from trade taxes

Our struggle to be counted as part of the public continues

2014-07-16, Issue 687

The cases of two women who were arrested for protesting against the demolition of their homes were dismissed last week. It is a positive sign, but the struggles of the shack-dwellers against state neglect and violence continue

Kenya: Stop the Presbyterian Church of East Africa from destroying Kibagare wetland

2014-07-09, Issue 686

An ecological haven for numerous tree, plant and bird species, as well as a source of income for an estimated 300 plant and pot sellers and other people who have been working in the area for over 15 years, the wetland was allocated to the Presbyterian Church of East Africa by the Kenyan government in compensation for land the church had lost elsewhere

SOAWR coalition condemns unfair of women human rights defenders in Egypt

2014-07-09, Issue 686

The arrest and trial of the women once again highlights unacceptable state repression. The seven have been denied release pending hearing of their case, which resumes in September

Legendary USA hip-hop artist Talib Kweli cancels Israeli gig citing "Israeli apartheid"

2014-07-09, Issue 686

Since the Palestinian call for a boycott against Israel was issued in 2005 several high profile artists, musicians and authors have cancelled Israeli performances and engagements including Stevie Wonder, Danny Glover, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Alice Walker, Stephen Hawking, Mira Nair and the music band Faithless

Informal traders protest against police harrasment

2014-06-19, Issue 683

The South African City of Tshwane has neglected the interests of its small traders, who are being subjected to police brutality and theft of their wares by the officers

The Sankara affair: A new denial of justice, mobilisation continues

2014-06-19, Issue 683

Once again the process of authenticating the tomb of Sankara ends in a denial of justice. The reality of Burkina Faso is that Blaise Campaore is the sole and veritable judge in this affair. And he panics each time the issue comes up, afraid that he himself might be charged, just as he panics at the idea of being sued for his role in the wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone and la Côte d’Ivoire.

MPs should shelve the new Mining Bill for further stakeholder consultation

Maurice Ouma Odhiambo

2014-06-11, Issue 682

If enacted in its present form, the Mining Bill 2014 will place huge powers over the mining industry in the hands of the Cabinet Secretary, complicate bureaucracy and especially deny people in mining areas any meaningful voice, which is against the constitutional requirement of popular participation

Meriam’s courage: facing death by hanging

Hala Al-Karib

2014-06-11, Issue 682

Meriam Ibrahim Yahya is incarcerated and shackled in Sudan'sOmdurman Women’s Prison. Her twenty-month old child is with her, and she recently gave birth in prison to her second child. Charged with apostasy last month month, she faces flogging and then death by hanging.

#BringBackOurGirls: All of our girls

Kavinya Makau

2014-06-12, Issue 682

The abhorrent abduction and abuse of Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram terrorist group highlights the violence and other horrendous violations that girls face in Africa and around the world. As we mark the Day of the African Child on 16 June, Equality Now says that no efforts should be spared to ensure girls live secure and happy lives

The political perils of criminalising academic freedom in Mozambique

Bridget O’Laughlin

2014-06-04, Issue 681

A well-respected Mozambican academic is facing trial for a comment he made on Facebook critical of President Guebuza. This is flagrant violation of the professor’s freedom of opinion and of expression. Such repression may close down public debate and lead to self-censorship.

Rev Jackson's letter to the World Bank Board of Governors

2014-06-05, Issue 681

Rev. Jesse Jackson urges the Bank to address the issue of rampant racism against Black people.

Civil rights leader writes to World Bank calling for action against racism

2014-06-05, Issue 681

The Chair of The National Congress of Black Women wants the World Bank to expeditiously establish an independent high-level commission to review the current situation of racism against blacks at the institution and provide recommendations for fundamental reforms.

The case of the missing professor

Tagreed Abdin

2014-05-22, Issue 679

Professor Omar Haroon Al Khaleefa left his home in an upscale neighborhood of Khartoum North and was never seen again. His family holds the Sudanese authorities responsible for his disappearance, saying they have failed to investigate new information that has come to light.

Human dignity, religion and homophobia

Anneke Meerkotter

2014-05-21, Issue 679

17 May is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Such a day has become necessary to remind society of the way in which we apply inconsistent moral standards on a daily basis against people based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

Bring Back Our Girls: Statement by the Pan African Institute for Development

2014-05-21, Issue 679

The Pan African Institute calls on Boko Haram to release unharmed the abducted girls or face the consequences of their barbaric actions.

Civil Society Organisations Commend the African Commission’s Resolution Condemning Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

2014-05-21, Issue 679

A coalition of organisations and human rights defenders working to advance human and peoples’ rights welcomes the adoption of a Resolution on Protection Against Violence and other Human Rights Violations Against Persons on the Basis of their Real or Imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity' by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at its 55th session held in Luanda, Angola, April 2014.

Celebrating African Liberation Day

2014-05-21, Issue 679

On this African liberation day, we, the undersigned, note with grave concern the continent-wide deepening crisis including, growing militarism, the crisis in democracy, an expanding neoliberal economic order, deepening patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism, amongst others.

Solidarity day of action for #bringbackourgirls

To take place across Africa on Thursday, May 15

2014-05-14, Issue 678

All citizens of conscience are invited to join in the solidarity day of action to speak out against increasing fundamentalisms and oppressive systems of patriarchy and domination which perpetuate injustice.

Concern over the transfer of refugee journalists to designated areas

2014-05-14, Issue 678

At least 20 journalists have been arrested in recent months in the crackdown on refugees by the Kenyan government in its efforts to improve security.

African Liberation Day - A day to unify our struggle

2014-05-15, Issue 678

African Liberation Day will be celebrated in Africa and around the world on Sunday, 25 May, 2014. Its objective is to advance the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism.

Can the HIV epidemic be curbed?

William Hennequin

2014-05-07, Issue 677

With all the progress made so far, and with new scientific evidence and medical tools providing hope that the epidemic can finally be brought under control, there needs to be a sustained effort and a scale up of investment to make this hope a reality.

The abduction, kidnapping and trafficking of 234 female students from Chibok, Borno State

Press Release by the Nigerian Feminist Forum

2014-05-07, Issue 677

It looks unlikely that the Nigerian government is doing everything it can to trace and bring back the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram. In the face of frequent raids by the militant group, the government must do more to secure all citizens

G8 New Alliance to re-colonise Africa

Hamza Hamouchene

2014-05-07, Issue 677

The New Alliance is likely to exacerbate hunger and poverty through shifting control of the food system away from small-scale farmers and local communities into the hands of big business that will likely invest in lucrative projects such as exporting cash crops

UK 'aid' is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

Miriam Ross

2014-05-01, Issue 676

£600 million of UK aid money is going to help companies like Unilever and Monsanto take over African land and agriculture. The corporate power-grab will be disastrous for the small-scale farmers who feed at least 70% of Africa's people

Tax breaks for multinationals outstrip spending on schools and clinics in Sierra Leone

2014-05-01, Issue 676

A new report highlights the huge amount of revenue that one of the poorest countries in Africa loses each year through tax breaks for multinationals.

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