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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.

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Prison Note: A search for justice or residential vendetta?

Charles Tonbra Okah

2015-02-25, Issue 715

Denied bail, Nigerian bombing suspect Charles Okah has spent four years in jail as his case drags on. He denies the charges leveled against him and accuses President Goodluck Jonathan of a vendetta, whose details he does not disclose.

Africa rising: Myth or reality?

Sungu Oyoo

2015-02-25, Issue 715

Most African countries have failed to transform the much-trumpeted economic growth into economic development for their citizens. Africa’s rising therefore mainly benefits multi-national corporations and local elites.

Burundi's bid to silence critical voices

Another piece in the puzzle of shrinking space for civic freedoms in East Africa?

Aloys Habimana

2015-02-27, Issue 715

Step by step Burundi is reverting to the police state of the 1980s and 1990s during which human rights defenders and journalists were routinely portrayed publicly as enemies of the state. This is now the trend in East Africa.

Boko Haram: Playing politics with human lives

Abdulrazaq Magaji

2015-02-24, Issue 715

Recent gains in the fight against Boko Haram have justified growing calls for appropriate sanctions for those found complicit in playing politics with an insurgency that has claimed more than 13,000 lives, placed hundreds in captivity, displaced thousands and virtually grounded the economy of Nigeria’s northeast.

The fundamentalist trap

Fatou Sow

2015-02-25, Issue 715

Fundamentalism rooted in politics, religion and culture, allows and justifies unbearable violence now reported in many parts of Africa. We are potential victims. We must have the audacity to denounce it.

Visiting Africa: A short guide for researchers

Keguro Macharia

2015-02-25, Issue 715

Are you heading out to Africa to carry out some research? Well, you are not the first one, as you might know. That has been going on for ages. But certain tendencies that insult the African people persist. Here are some:

Leila Khaled's presence in parliament lost in pandemonium of local politics

Anna Majavu

2015-02-19, Issue 714

The ANC decries the brutal military occupation of Palestine by Israel in public, but behind closed doors props up the Israeli apartheid system. Diplomatic relations are so cordial that the Israeli secret service is permitted to operate its own office inside OR Tambo airport.

Boko Haram is not a feminist problem: A Nigerian woman’s perspective

Yoknyam Dabale

2015-02-19, Issue 714

Many victims of Boko Haram attacks have been men and boys. Reducing the terror attakcs to gender violence is a distortion of actual events and disrespectful to male victims and their families.

Boko Haram is imperialist terrorism

PD Lawton

2015-02-19, Issue 714

Boko Haram exists, but what is being witnessed in Nigeria today are attempts by the West to expand their military presence in West Africa, using the terrorist group as an excuse. There is nothing new in these tactics.

GMOs: Whose interests does Prof. Alhassan represent?

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour

2015-02-19, Issue 714

Prof. Alhassan was been quoted as dismissing anti-GMO groups because, according to him, they allegedly do not have any scientific proof or knowledge to offer when it comes GMO technology. But he is wrong.

Zuma’s State of the Nation Address: a Chinasque reading

Bob Wekesa

2015-02-19, Issue 714

China has huge interests in the three Southern Africa countries – Angola, Mozambique and Tanzania – that South Africa now seems to target as the source of natural gas. These interests count for multi-million investments encompassing bilateral agreements.

Haiti continues to resist Barack Obama-installed dictatorship and military occupation

Ezili Danto

2015-02-18, Issue 714

Since January 12, 2015, Michel Martelly has ruled Haiti by decree with US-UN guns backing up his dictatorship. The UN Security council, led by Samantha Powers, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, recently visited Haiti to legitimize and reinforce their commitment to Martelly over the objections of the people of Haiti.

Smith & Ouzman directors’ crime goes beyond ‘chicken’ offer to election officials

Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ)

2015-02-11, Issue 713

The Kenya civil society network KPTJ has written to the UK Serious Fraud Office providing context about the real cost of bribing election officials ahead of the sentencing of Smith and Ouzman and two of its directors who were recently convicted of bribing IIEC officials in the 'Chickengate' scandal.

Ending female genital mutilation within a generation

Mary Wandia

2015-02-12, Issue 713

A multi-pronged approach is needed to end FGM in one generation. This includes prevention, protection, provision of services, partnerships and prosecutions. States must live up to their international obligations to protect women and girls.

Ministers must answer to Nigerian land-grab investments

Chris Walker

2015-02-12, Issue 713

Farmers of the remote Gassol community in Nigeria’s Taraba State are facing a battle for their livelihoods in the face of a land grab backed by UK aid.

The scramble for Africa: A continuing narrative

Tundé Oyateru

2015-02-12, Issue 713

Africa is fast becoming the go-to continent for countries wanting access to the vast and rich resources. But can the countinent harness its potential, negotiate effectively and have the confidence to take charge of its own future, without allowing global financial giants to ride rough-shod over it?

Slavery back in Africa

Paul Trewhela

2015-02-12, Issue 713

The journalist and former political prisoner questions the authority and universality of South African and African Union statements on nation-building, equality and secularity – at a time when South Africa remains stubbornly quiet on the atrocities being committed by Boko Haram and religious extremists in north, west and east Africa.

Why Robert Mugabe is wholly unfit for the African Union chairmanship

Agok Takpiny

2015-02-05, Issue 712

Mugabe’s poor execution of the redistribution of farmland to the black majority left African farmers unable to provide for the needs of the population. With imposed sanctions, a Western ban and a questionable business philosophy can the man who has brought the country to its knees really be the best option for chairman of the African Union?

Will 2015 mark the beginning of a quiet revolution in Nigeria?

Uchenna Osigwe

2015-02-04, Issue 712

Presidential elections are coming up in Nigeria next week on 14 February. The top contenders are the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and former head of state Mohammadu Buhari. In the opinion of this writer, electing Buhari represents a quiet revolution for Nigerians who have been longing for good governance for a long time, even as reactionary and retrogressive forces become more deeply entrenched in the country.

Poaching is not the biggest problem

Douglas Schorr

2015-02-05, Issue 712

Over 100, 000 African elephants have been killed by poachers in just three years. But the greatest threat elephants is not parts of the world’s appetite for ivory, but something far more dangerous and difficult to stop: Climate change. Each of us can do something about this.

The attack on human rights defenders in Haiti

An interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part II

Beverly Bell

2015-02-05, Issue 712

Community organizer and rights defender Jackson Doliscar speaks to efforts of the Haitian government to silence advocates of human rights and land and housing rights, (See part I of Doliscar’s interview.) The attacks are part of the government’s strategy to leave opposition movements defenseless.

Eurasian integration could open market for Africa

Kester Kenn Klomegah

2015-02-05, Issue 712

The creation of the Eurasian Economic Union parallels two deepening interrelated crises: the growing rift between Russia and the West over the conflict in Ukraine and the looming economic crisis in Russia.

The need for Electoral Complaints Authority in Zambia

Henry Kyambalesa

2015-01-29, Issue 711

The two leading candidates in Zambia’s presidential by-election last week were in fact unfit to vie, given their record of activities that constitute elections offenses in the Zambian law. A complaints authority should be set up to investigate the claims.

Fidel Castro: I do not trust the US

Fidel Castro Cruz

2015-01-29, Issue 711

The 88-year-old revolutionary former President of Cuba does not “trust the US, nor have I exchanged any words with them,” he says in a letter addressed to the student federation at the University of Havana. This is the first time Castro has spoken publicly since the 17 December US push for a historic reconciliation between the two nations.

Is development becoming a toxic term?

2015-01-27, Issue 711

Development used to be a battle against deprivation and dependence. Nowadays it’s more about supporting the liberalisation of markets.

A season of disclaimers

Abdulrazaq Magaji

2015-01-29, Issue 711

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan is surrounded by discredited men who are doing his re-election campaign more harm than good.

Sierra Leone: The wrong way to campaign

Sankara Kamara

2015-01-29, Issue 711

Sierra Leone’s elections are still two years away, but with the country rocked by the recent Ebola crisis, campaigning is already underway. Sankara Kamara looks closer at one presidential candidate, and what lies behind his predominantly online campaign.

On not reducing racism to Apartheid

Richard Pithouse

2015-01-29, Issue 711

When white South Africans see themselves as having a special connection to global whiteness they often succumb to the narcissistic fantasy that their presence in this society, in Africa, constitutes a unique and precious gift.

Charlie Hebdo: How fair is the media?

Arshad M Khan

2015-01-29, Issue 711

The cartoon series on prophet Mohammed, insulting to Muslims, was clearly intended to provoke. While expression of opinion is part of democracy, the French government, on the one hand, ignored this conscious bigotry; on the other, it shut up a popular French comedian, Dieudonne, for what it construed as anti-Semitic jokes.

African security quagmire beyond the Caliphate

Narcisse Jean Alcide Nana

2015-01-27, Issue 711

Africa and the world have entered a century of global low intensity warfare, marked by the devolution of military power away from the modern state to the entrenched landscape of private armies, mercenaries and militia groups.

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