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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.

Call for Grant Proposals

The Emerging Powers in Africa Project is issuing a call for grant proposals. The grants are aimed at examining the political, economic, social and cultural impact of the emerging powers footprint in Africa. The grant is specifically related to empowering civil society actors in gaining the appropriate knowledge and developing the necessary tools to articulate an informed perspective on the emerging powers in Africa and the corresponding impact.


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Equal Rights Trust urges President of the Gambia not to sign homophobic bill

2014-10-28, Issue 700

The Bill discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, denying them equal rights to which they are entitled under international law. It will have a devastating impact upon the lives of LGBT people in the Gambia

Stoning in Lower Shebelle: Recent incidents highlight continued brutality

2014-10-28, Issue 700

SIHA is calling for action from both parties within and outside Somalia to prevent stoning and other form of torture and violence from continuing to cripple the ability of Somali people to lead viable lives

Battling the ‘Monsanto law’ in Ghana

Chris Walker

2014-10-23, Issue 699

Ghana’s proposed seed laws are the latest manifestation of a worldwide push by corporations to takeover food systems. Currently, 70 percent of the world’s food is produced by small-scale farmers. But in recent decades they have lost land, markets and livelihoods to corporate investors.

OSRN condemns illegal activities of oil prospection in the Saharawi offshore

2014-10-23, Issue 699

This latest move by the occupying power Morocco is in violation of the international law principles applicable to mineral resource activities in Western Sahara, which is Non-Self-Governing Territory.

Grace Mugabe should name white farmers who offered $10 million bribe

2014-10-16, Issue 698

President Mugabe’s wife has been concealing a crime, which itself is illegal in line with Zimbabwean laws. If the allegations are true, she should divulge the names of the culprits to facilitate investigations.

Support Kibagare Wetland Legal Fund

2014-10-16, Issue 698

Civil society groups aim to raise $3000 for lawyer's fees to pursue a case against the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, which claims to have been allocated a wetland in Nairobi to build luxury apartments.

Civil society calls for an end to discrimination against women in traditional leadership: A joint statement

2014-10-16, Issue 698

On this International Day of Rural Women we, the undersigned organisations, call on African governments to end discrimination against rural women in Africa, especially in their access to traditional leadership roles and inheritance rights.

Darfuri female students in Khartoum detained

2014-10-16, Issue 698

Sudanese security forces are holding the students following a crackdown that raises many questions. Some of the students are reported to have been tortured.

Global protests against World Bank

Groups will stage "Creative Resistance" outside of Bank’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.—and around the world—on October 10 & 11

2014-10-09, Issue 697

Farmers, indigenous peoples and NGOs take to streets in ten cities demanding an end to World Bank’s morally bankrupt development

Statement of solidarity with Abahlali base Mjondolo

2014-10-09, Issue 697

AbM have survived nine years of repression. Despite their heroic victories and struggles in communities, the ruling party and the state continue to unleash violence and lies against the movement. This must stop.

Uganda: Last attempt advocacy on the kerosene tax

2014-10-08, Issue 697

Members of Parliament on 15 September scrapped the proposed tax on kerosene, which would hurt low-income earners. But last week President Museveni revoked Parliament’s decision, saying the government needs taxes from kerosene to finance its Shs15 trillion budget. Call, SMS or email your MP to reject Museveni’s move

Myth of Malawi's Green Revolution success story exposed

2014-10-08, Issue 697

New report shows that resources are transferred from small-scale farmers to multinational agribusinesses. The farmers are trapped in a cycle of debt and dependency on costly external inputs with limited long-term benefit.

Cameroon: WWF complicit in tribal people’s abuse

2014-10-08, Issue 697

Survival has uncovered serious abuses of Baka “Pygmies” in Southeast Cameroon, at the hands of anti-poaching squads supported and funded by the WWF. Instead of focusing on organized poaching, these squads arrest, beat up and torture Baka people who hunt only to feed their families.

Expel the Israeli Medical Association from the World Medical Association!

Protest tomorrow (Friday, 10 October) in Durban starting at 10h00.

2014-10-09, Issue 697

This is part of the global campaign to isolate Israel through boycott, divestment and sanctions because of the Jewish nation’s murderous violence and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

Statement condemning the alleged sexual violence and indecent assault on Shailja Patel

2014-10-03, Issue 696

Civil society groups and individuals are piling pressure on the Kenyan justice system to investigate and prosecute a well known writer and newspaper columnist Tony Mochama who allegedly sexually assaulted the celebrated poet

Haiti: President Aristide's current situation

Ira Kurzban

2014-10-03, Issue 696

Many Haitians believe that the current political prosecution is a smoke screen to divert attention from the failure of the Martelly government to hold elections. It is also an attempt to exclude the popular Lavalas Party from participating in elections that many observers believe they would win.

Kenya: Human rights lawyer Wendy Wanja Mutegi receives threats

2014-10-03, Issue 696

On 23 September 2014, human rights lawyer Ms Wendy Wanja Mutegi was forced to cancel her scheduled community meetings for fear of attack from a group of men who had threatened to harm her if she does not halt her advocacy work on behalf of an indigenous community in Eastern Kenya.

Letter to President Jonathan on the situation in Nigeria

2014-10-03, Issue 696

Nigerian security forces have consistently failed to deter and halt attacks on civilians, including mass abductions. There is also mounting evidence of grave human rights violations and possible war crimes, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and acts of torture, committed against civilians by the security forces and local vigilante groups

Final Declaration and Action Plan of the 10th International Colloquium for the Release of the Five Heroes and against Terrorism

2014-10-03, Issue 696

The Cuban Five are five Cuban men who were unjustly imprisoned in the United States after being arrested by the FBI on Sept. 12, 1998 and convicted in U.S. federal court in Miami in 2001, in a political prosecution by the U.S. government.

Progress in the New Alliance? Not in support of small-scale food producers

Call of G7/G8 Civil Society Organizations to their Governments on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa

2014-09-22, Issue 695

The New Alliance sidelines the diverse and sustainable food systems of small-scale farmers which offer the real potential for food security and nutrition in Africa. Instead, it promotes environmentally damaging approaches to agriculture that entrench corporate power.

Open letter to the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on farmers’ rights

2014-09-23, Issue 695

Civil society organisations and movements are concerned that a resolution passed year to ensure safeguarding of farmers’ rights is being subverted in favour of a discussion on innovation and plant genetic resources

Indecent act committed by Tony Mochama upon the person of Shailja Patel

2014-09-25, Issue 695

The alleged sexual assault on the Kenyan poet has sparked a hot discussion in the country social media and literary circles. The accused, a journalist and writer, denies the claim.

Action alert! Haiti: President Aristide's life threatened

2014-09-22, Issue 695

Legislative elections due to take place in Haiti in October are triggering a new chilling wave of repression aimed at President Aristide and his supporters.

Jewish Voices for a Just Peace condemns Archbishop Tutu being compared to Hitler

2014-09-18, Issue 694

The group says Zionism is never equivalent to anti-Semitism. They also take issue with the distorted and dishonest representation of the Palestinian solidarity movement as a movement invested in the ‘destruction of Jews’.

Sudan: Human rights defender Hassan Ishaq on hunger strike in detention

2014-09-18, Issue 694

The journalist and human rights activist suffers from constant migraines and severe back pain as a result of a beating to his head, back and legs. Despite this, he has been denied medical access. His lawyer's letters to the prison administration to take Hassan Ishaq's medical condition seriously and grant him access to medical care have been ignored

Mlungisi challenges anti-terror law in court

Peter Kenworthy

2014-09-18, Issue 694

Swaziland’s Suppression of Terrorism Act is a “flawed” and “inherently repressive” piece of legislation, according to Amnesty International. Mlungisi Makhanya, who has been charged under the act for wearing a t-shirt, is challenging it in court.

Mobilizing for a successful 8th Pan African Congress in Accra

Isaac Dadzie

2014-09-18, Issue 694

The 8th Pan African Congress will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre. Its main objective is to galvanise Pan African efforts towards Africa’s renewal including its total socio-cultural and politico-economic independence, self-reliance and liberation

Botswana government lies exposed as diamond mine opens on Bushman land

Survival International

2014-09-04, Issue 692

In 2004, a Botswana Minister said there was no mining nor any plans for future mining anywhere inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. In 2014 a $4.9bn diamond mine opens

African Poetry Book Fund announces African Poetry Library Initiative

2014-08-13, Issue 691

All five libraries have been established through partnerships with writing organizations, arts organizations, existing libraries, and influential individuals in the arts from each of the five launch countries, and all have received start-up donations of books collected and sent to them by the Fund

Marikana widows to deliver 3000 signatures to and SABC

2014-08-13, Issue 691

Campaigners want an award-winning film about the Marikana massacre of 2012 shown on TV so that South Africans can know the truth about the brutal killing of the miners by police in 2012

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