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SOS - Save Our Seed

The Battle for African seed independence, food security and sovereignty

Glenn Ashton

2014-09-22, Issue 695

Controlling seed means controlling food production. Africans must choose how they farm. They must not become perpetually indebted to a predatory, profit-driven agricultural-industrial complex.

The NGO-ization of resistance

Arundhati Roy

2014-09-23, Issue 695

NGOs give the impression that they are filling the vacuum created by a retreating state. And they are, but their real contribution is that they defuse political anger and dole out as aid or benevolence what people ought to have by right. They alter the public psyche.

Mr. President, retore our dignity

Zaya Yeebo

2014-09-23, Issue 695

Ghana seems to have crossed the threshold of moral decency on a dangerous slope towards self-destruction and moral turpitude. It is now a dog-eat-dog society where those in power have abandoned the citizens to the wolves of private aggrandisement. Does the president see this?

Practicalities of radical thought and protest in contemporary African contexts

Kwesi Dzapong Lwazi Prah

2014-09-25, Issue 695

For most of us today, our lives are bound by the laws of the state, or internationally-enforced laws that define terms of trade, sovereign independence, and political involvement.

Misdiagnosis: Mother tongue policy and English proficiency in Malawian schools

Steve Sharra

2014-09-25, Issue 695

The new policy ignores serious systemic challenges within Malawi’s education system. It discourages the use of local languages in favour of English, a fact that has important cultural ramifications. In sum, the policy makers have misdiagnosed the problem and prescribed the wrong medicine

Visa denied

Biko Zulu

2014-09-25, Issue 695

What an astonishing show of colonial arrogance! There are certainly many people around the pan-African world who have been similarly mistreated.

The post-2015 development agenda and migration

How will the emerging powers make their mark?

Kira-Leigh Kuhnert

2014-09-25, Issue 695

Seventeen new targets have been agreed upon as the post-2015 development goals, including migraation. Engagement by the emerging powers on the issue of migration could yield positive results.

Zambia: Government size vs. economic growth

Henry Kyambalesa

2014-09-25, Issue 695

Zambia suffers from a bloated government. A streamlined government structure will cut wastage and is likely to yield huge savings from salaries, special allowances, and utility allowances. That money is needed for development

How the US helped create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Garikai Chengu

2014-09-23, Issue 695

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

Gruesome buddies: ISIS beheadings and the American death penalty

Pierre Tristam

2014-09-22, Issue 695

ISIS beheadings have provoked instinctive revulsion, justly so. Too bad the same reaction doesn’t follow America’s equally barbaric continuation of the death penalty, a habit other civilized nations have abandoned.

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

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