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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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Taxation and organized state criminality: The case of Zambia

Munyonzwe Hamalengwa

2014-09-18, Issue 694

The serious allegations of tax fraud made against the publisher of a Zambian newspaper implicate a number of top ranking government officials and institutions, starting with President Michael Sata. These too should be held to account if there is full commitment to fighting corruption in Zambia

The money box

James Copnall

2014-09-18, Issue 694

Entitlement, fledgling institutions and a lack of accountability have yielded rampant corruption in the world’s youngest country, South Sudan

Time to end academia's ivory trade

Universities must shift their focus and explore better ways of fostering a more democratic society

William Gumede

2014-09-17, Issue 694

Universities in South Africa and the rest of the continent have tended to either remain aloof from society or follow government prescriptions dociley. Neither of these positions allows for these institutions to contribute to the democratic formation and critical capacity of the societies in which they exist. Universities need to assume a position of ‘embedded autonomy’ while enacting, within their own structures, the democratic values and practices which they teach

Somalia faces famine amidst US-led war on terror and oil search

Failure to reach political settlement hinders development and relief

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-09-18, Issue 694

Some 2.9 people are threatened with starvation, but this alarming situation has not received any significant attention. Global focus is on the US-led war against al Shabaab militants and the quiet oil exploration by Western firms

What's wrong with government's land holding policy, and what should it do instead?

Ben Cousins

2014-09-18, Issue 694

South Africa urgently requires practical agrarian reform policies that transfer land to black farmers who can use it productively to sustain their livelihoods and to supply markets.

Changing civil-military relations in Kenya

James Gondi

2014-09-18, Issue 694

President Uhuru Kenyatta recently caused a national stir by appearing in public donning military uniform, something not done by any of his three predecessors. This comes at a time when there is evidence of growing militarization of the state in Kenya.

Boko Haram and the war against terror

Andy Wynne

2014-09-18, Issue 694

Nigerian security forces have killed as many people as the militant group Boko Haram in the ongoing war against terror. What must be appreciated is that Boko Haram is a symptom of serious economic and social problems and an indication of the level of despair that many poor people feel. Military force alone will not quash the insurgency

21st century Middle East: New transnational jihad or sheer terrorism?

Abdul Ghelleh

2014-09-18, Issue 694

Scramble for fighter jets, panic among law enforcement agencies and the rush to introduce new legislation have been the order of the day for Western authorities in reaction to militant Islam since September 11, 2001. But these strategies are counter-productive as they are not based on a keen understanding of the spreading radicalism in the Muslim world

Why do British socialists hope Scotland will vote for independence?

Andy Wynne

2014-09-18, Issue 694

A vote for Scottish independence will be a vote against the inequality and all that the British state represents. However, independence, in reality, will bring little change for the poor and working class.

The pain of inequality in Africa

Said Adejumobi

2014-09-09, Issue 693

The ‘Africa rising’ narrative is now widespread. But what actually is happening on the ground? A tiny group of less than 4 percent hogs a large chunk of the income and wealth in the continent’s changing tide of capitalist progress. A transnational capitalist elite is the primary beneficiary of this economic growth

Africa’s future is lit by the sun

Rudo Sanyanga

2014-09-09, Issue 693

Africa’s mega-dams have not delivered the rapid development the World Bank and other foreign sponsors promised. Their benefits are concentrated on extractive industries and the urban middle class, leaving out the majority rural poor. Alternative solutions that do not sacrifice one group of people for the benefit of another are available

Ghana: Where did we go wrong?

Zaya Yeebo

2014-09-11, Issue 693

Should those who took Ghana to the IMF in 1983 be allowed near economic decision-making in Ghana today? The country that until recently was touted as an example of ‘Africa rising’ is now in dire straits

Okey Ndibe vs Matthew Hassan Kukah

Okachikwu Dibia

2014-09-11, Issue 693

Over the decades, the Nigerian authorities have shown themselves to be unwilling to protect the lives and property of the people. The current crisis of the Islamist group Boko Haram fits in this pattern. No words should be spared to question the government and to demand action

Africa’s development: Time to abandon theory and confront reality

A rejoinder to Olu Fasan’s claims

Adewale Stephen

2014-09-11, Issue 693

Globalization cannot help develop Africa, as peddlers of the ‘Africa rising’ myth claim. In reality, globalization is yet another form of colonization - not by nations but by multinationals with the active support and encouragement of their governments. Happily, there are alternative paths to Africa’s true development

Why Ebola travel bans are misguided

Akong Charles Ndika

2014-09-11, Issue 693

It is clear that official African solidarity ends at the doorstep of self-interest. The paranoid policies of countries that have imposed travel bans to the countries hit by the Ebola crisis will, in fact, end up hurting everyone, like a vicious cycle.

Trade between Russia and Africa below expectation

Kester Kenn Klomegah

2014-09-11, Issue 693

Some experts think that the ongoing crisis between Russia and the West could stimulate Russia's leadership to look for new markets. But it is not clear if Africa could be their choice. In addition, Russia has few manufactured goods that could successfully compete with Western-made products.

Ethiopia: Desalegn’s distraction?

FikreJesus Amahazion

2014-09-09, Issue 693

The Ethiopian prime minister’s recent outburst against Eritrea appears to be an attempt to turn the spotlight away from his own government’s crises as it continues to face rising popular discontent against its various policies, crackdowns and interference in socio-religious affairs

Israel, Gaza, Iraq and imperialism

The real problem and the people's real interests

Samuel Albert

2014-09-09, Issue 693

Imperialism and Islamic fundamentalism are locked in combat. Imperialist powers are the source of the problem. Islamism would not have the power it now enjoys in the world without the imperialist system. Both must be opposed

Musings on the Ebola epidemic

Yohannes Woldemariam

2014-09-04, Issue 692

What is Ebola? How is it contracted? How is the disease highlighting the prejudices and shortcomings of the international community? In what ways is it undermining West African values and practices. Yohannes Woldemariam reflects on these questions and more.

The Ebola crisis is more than a health issue: It’s about governance

Jeggan Grey-Johnson

2014-09-04, Issue 692

The current crisis could well get out of hand as predicted. The problem is more than just a failure of the healthcare system. Utter negligence and poor management of public institutions, largely due to rampant corruption and bad governance, is the real issue that has come to the surface

African solidarity - not protectionism - needed in response to Ebola

Robtel Neajai Pailey

2014-09-04, Issue 692

The Ebola outbreak, now considered the worst in history, has put the spotlight on Pan-Africanism and the role of the African Union. There has been much rhetoric but little to show in terms of continental solidarity as the crisis worsens

Medical racism and the African patient

How medical folklore demonises Africans all over the world

Mandisi Majavu

2014-09-04, Issue 692

The current Ebola crisis reinforces the prevailing narrative that black Africans living in Western countries are the diseased ‘other’ who pose a threat to the health of whites

China and America’s renewed interest in Africa

Seifudein Adem

2014-09-04, Issue 692

Chinese officials work hand in glove with Africa’s dictators during the day and dine and wine with them at night. American officials criticize African dictators during the day and dine and wine with them at night. So, how does Africa ensure its interests are served?

America post the Cold War

Abdullahi Boru Halakhe

2014-09-04, Issue 692

Africa is at the centre of seismic global processes that will certainly alter the current US-dominated world order. And America is in a panic.

World Bank pays race-based salaries and it is immune from law suits

E. Faye Williams

2014-09-04, Issue 692

In its deeply rooted racist institutional culture, the World Bank pays African American, African and Caribbean staff significantly less than their equally qualified Caucasian colleagues. This is a well-known problem, but the bank’s President Kim has failed to address it

A tribute to resistance

John Wight

2014-09-04, Issue 692

Palestinian resistance to Israel’s decades-long programme of ethnic cleansing, siege, apartheid, occupation and land theft has proved that the very worst of humanity, embodied in the cowardly and murderous violence visited on women and children by the Israeli army Defense, sits in contrast to the very best of it - with the heroism and courage of this Palestinian resistance

Historic Black 50th and 100th anniversaries: Civil rights, Malcolm and Garvey

Edward H. Brown, Jr.

2014-09-04, Issue 692

These anniversaries are important reminders of the work that was done by many great men and women to realize African liberation and to build pan-Africanism. The dream of a fully unified Africa remains a challenge to the present generation

Haiti: Aristide faces further State harassment

Sokari Ekine

2014-09-04, Issue 692

The charges against the former president – deposed by France, the US and Canada - center around corruption, money laundering and drug related, but are part of an ongoing politically motivated harassment against him

'Failed states' and 'ungoverned spaces': The thinking behind US foreign policy in Africa

Mandisi Majavu

2014-08-13, Issue 691

The US-Africa leaders summit is a public relations exercise in pomp, ceremony and ritual meant to disguise the militarised foreign policy represented by AFRICOM. It is also aimed at countering the Chinese presence on the African continent

US-Africa Leaders’ Summit – a legacy, business as usual and rhetoric

Eyob Balcha Gebremariam

2014-08-13, Issue 691

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The US-Africa summit will serve the interests of many but ultimately not the African people. The themes of the summit are centred around investment and business which is nothing more than the continued exploitation of Africa for external beneficiaries

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