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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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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

African solidarity with Palestine

African scholars and scholars of Africa

2014-08-14, Issue 691

The petition urges urges all African scholars and scholars of Africa to sign against Israel's murderous onslaught in Gaza. The ongoing Israeli massacres in Gaza have been ghastly reminders of the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians.

Protest against Kagame visit to Washington

Mutuyimana Manzi

2014-08-06, Issue 690

Among the African presidents who visited the White House this week for the US-Africa Leadership Summit is Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Obama needs to be reminded that Kagame has been linked to serious violations in his country, ranging from assassinations to theft of Congolese resources

Urgent Call: Bir Zeit University Institute of Women's Studies

2014-08-07, Issue 690

Institute calls on all scholars of the world, women’s organizations, all who fight for freedom and justice to take a clear stand against the racist state of Israel’s continuous war crimes, genocidal acts and rape culture.

Coalition of feminists condemns ‘massacre’ in Gaza, urge support for BDS

Statement in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and with seekers of freedom and justice world-wide

2014-08-07, Issue 690

'We stand with the Palestinian community and with activists all over the world in condemning the flagrant injustices of the current Israeli massacre against the Palestinians of Gaza; the land, air, and sea blockade of Gaza; and the Israeli occupation of Palestine'

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.

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