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Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: December 2011 newsletter

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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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.

Walter Rodney Inquiry: Call for international vigilance as inquiry is launched into the 1980 assassination

Wazir Mohamed

2014-05-01, Issue 676

An international group of activists has formed a committee for Walter Rodney and raises a number of issues with regard to the formation of a commission of inquiry into the death 34 years ago of the celebrated Guyanese intellectual

We mourn twenty years of unfreedom

Abahlali baseMjondolo

2014-05-01, Issue 676

For the shack dwellers of South Africa, the past 20 years since the end of apartheid have not meant a better life for them. It is oppression and neglect by the ruling ANC

An open protest to President Kenyatta on harassment of Somalis

Khalif Abdi Farah

2014-04-16, Issue 674

Ethnic Somalis in Kenya have always been the target of security operations resulting in serious human rights violations. That is what is currently happening again following attacks by suspected Al Shabaab militants. But not all Somalis are terrorists. The state should respect their fundamental rights as citizens

Don’t vote for these messiahs

Ayanda Kota

2014-04-16, Issue 674

We have the vote but the political parties do not represent the aspirations of the people, writes Ayanda Kota, founder of the Unemployed People’s Movement.

OAU students union elections and management’s vicious interference

Democratic Socialist Movement

2014-04-16, Issue 674

To blacklist students is not only a witch-hunt aimed at preventing activists from holding union offices but also a calculated scheme to weaken the OAU students’ union and establish it under the direct manipulation of the university administration

Insecurity: Our country is descending into chaos

2014-04-03, Issue 672

Following several major acts of violence in Kenya, the Centre for Law and Research International and the Coalition for Constitution Implementation are calling upon the government to urgently implement measures that will adequately tackle the problem.

Police corruption rife between Bulawayo and Plumtree border post

2014-04-03, Issue 672

A recent incident underscores the magnitude of lack of professionalism and corruption among police officers in Zimbabwe. There is an urgent need for reforms

Sudan: Enforced disappearance of human rights defenders

Mr Mohamed Salah Mohamed and others

Frontline Defenders

2014-04-03, Issue 672

On 20 March 2014, human rights defender Mr Mohamed Salah Mohamed was forcibly disappeared at Khartoum International Airport as he was travelling to a workshop in Tunisia. His family have not been provided with any information about his whereabouts, nor has he had access to legal counsel

Reeyot Alemu: Honoring one of Africa’s bravest women in journalism

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Her principled stance for truth and justice in defiance of government and injustice, has earned her international accolades. You can join the campaign for her release

Nkandla report’s story: Taking from the poor to give to the rich

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Funds meant for informal settlement upgrading and urban regeneration diverted to upgrading the President’s home

World Bank grant for Inga 3 Dam denounced as support for Africa’s next ‘White Elephant’

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Even though only 9 percent of the DRC population has access to electricity, the power generated by Inga 3 will primarily benefit mining companies and export markets

4th Edition of the West African Seed Fair: A Communique

West African Peasant Seed Committee (COASP)

2014-03-26, Issue 671

On the occasion of the 4th edition of the West African peasant seed fair, held in Djimini, Senegal, from March 11-13, 2014, 350 participants, representing 54 delegations from Benin, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Niger, Mali, Togo, Senegal, Guinea, India, Europe and Canada assembled to promote peasant seeds.

Statement by civil society on recent terror attacks in Kenya

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Six people were killed and several others injured in Mombasa in the latest terror attack on 23 March. Police have announced a shoot-to-kill order against terror suspects, a decision civil society rejects

New documentary film reveals Brazilian anger at Soccer World Cup

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Brazilian rage against Fifa’s Soccer World Cup is revealed in a new documentary film ahead of the event planned for June this year

Right2Know protest rally in Johannesburg against police brutality on Human Rights Day

2014-03-19, Issue 670

To voice our outrage at increasing police brutality and the growing attacks on the right to protest, the Right2Know Campaign will hold a protest rally on Friday, 21 March (Human Rights Day), at the Johannesburg Central Police Station.

Leadership for Change goes to Botswana

2014-03-19, Issue 670

The second thematic session of the Leadership for Change initiative started today [March 17] in Gaborone Botswana, with 12 participants selected from South Africa, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho.

Uganda: UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa slams anti-gay law

Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe

2014-03-12, Issue 669

Statement by Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS in Africa, on the signing into law of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda

Supporting the LGBTI struggle in Uganda

2014-03-04, Issue 668

Guidelines to national, regional and international partners on how to offer support now that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill has become law

Urgent appeal to stop Italian firm land grab in Senegal

2014-03-06, Issue 668

An urgent appeal has been launched to stop an Italian-Senegalese land grabbing project in Senegal, strongly opposed by the communities of the northern region of Ndiaël, because it deprives them of access to their lands and threatens their basic means of subsistence. The Senhuile-Sénéthanol project poses a grave threat to the food sovereignty of 9000 inhabitants in the affected region, and it is implemented by a very shady corporate structure.

Karuturi, the iconic landgrabber, flops

An unhappy Valentine's Day for some

2014-02-19, Issue 666

Karuturi Ltd, the Kenyan flower production unit of Karuturi Global, is in financial collapse and been put under receivership. One of the world's most infamous landgrabbers is in its deepest trouble yet.

NUGA 2014: Re-emphasising the need for improved funding and democratic management of education

Wole Olubanji

2014-02-19, Issue 666

There are many instances of mismanagement witnessed at Nigerian public universities, including embezzlement of the inadequate funds doled out by the capitalist state. This needs to be investigated and the culprits made to face the law

World Bank hands Inga 3 Dam over to private sector

International Rivers

2014-02-12, Issue 665

In a strange twist, the World Bank’s biggest ever hydropower project is now set to serve the interests of mining corporations rather than the people of DR Congo

Nigeria: Civil society statement on Senate Committee probe on non-remittance of oil revenue

2014-02-12, Issue 665

At least $10 billion is believed to have not been remitted to the national coffers by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. A Senate committee is investigating the scam and civil society want the probe completed and stern action taken on perpetrators

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