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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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Saving the ICC from African thugtators

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2014-12-18, Issue 707

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When an African president accused of multiple crimes against humanity walks out of court by orchestrating an unprecedented and audacious obstruction of justice, it is not just a flagrant denial of justice to the thousands of victims. It is an outrage against all humanity. It is an affront to the rule of law. It is the triumph of injustice.

Kenya Security Bill tramples on basic rights

Lawmakers should reject amendments

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International

2014-12-18, Issue 707

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The hastily drafted security bill infringes on many basic rights and freedoms protected in Kenya’s constitution and international human rights law. The authorities need to focus on how Kenyan security agencies have long violated human rights with impunity, and not empower these forces further.

An advisory on the Security Laws (Ammendment) Bill 2004

Kenya National Human Rights Commission

2014-12-18, Issue 707

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The Kenya government is pushing a raft of changes to security laws that if enacted would return the country to the dark days of dictatorship. An analysis of the Bill by the country’s statutory human rights body reveals that the proposed changes are momentous and seek to amend the Bill of Rights without a referendum and fundamentally alter the principles of criminal justice.

The government knows best

Patrick Gathara

2014-12-18, Issue 707

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Today, barely four years after it was inaugurated with much pomp and ceremony, Kenya’s new constitution is being undone. The Security Amendment Bill introduced in Parliament last week portends the return of the all-powerful, unchecked executive and its intrusion into almost every facet of Kenyans’ lives.

Do you know it's Christmas?

Leo Henges and Kwezi Tabaro

2014-12-18, Issue 707

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Sir Bob Geldof, this is 2014. Your time is up. Go away. Africa does not need stereotype-spewing, self-serving White saviours.

All that glitters is not gold

The Rusty Radiator Awards have a bitter aftertaste

Daniel Bendix with glokal e.V.

2014-12-18, Issue 707

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While campaigns such as the Golden and Rusty Radiator Awards raise awareness of Western development organizations’ unjust views of the global South, they do not go far enough. Critiques of cliché media representation must be coupled with critiques of fundamentally unbalanced power structures.

The pope and poverty

Yash Tandon

2014-12-18, Issue 707

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Regardless of one’s religious persuasions, Pope Francis’ views on poverty are quite progressive. He insists that as long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems. Inequality is the root of social ills.

Lewis Hamilton: A study in courage presiding over a race to the real end

Clairmont Chung

2014-12-18, Issue 707

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Hamilton is a brilliant racer and a bona fide daredevil, already a legend. But in a world where so many people live in darkness starved of fuel, and oil extraction has caused so much suffering to communities, global warming and environmental activists must question motor sports: the misuse of fuel for the sole purpose of going fast.

Agricultural international cooperation in Africa

Opportunities and challenges for inclusive growth and sustainable development

Shen Xiaolei

2014-12-18, Issue 707

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The narrative of“Africa is rising” has been echoing all over the world. A high-level international conference in China discussed what that really means and the role of agriculture and foreign stakeholders to create sustainable development that serves the African people.

Violence against women: We must end this scourge

Rediet Yibekal

2014-12-11, Issue 706

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In Ethiopia, as in many other countries, violence against women is ingrained in the social fabric. Civil society, governments, and citizens must work together to raise awareness and eradicate sexism and rape culture.

Women are saying: Enough!

Amira Ali

2014-12-11, Issue 706

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The United Nations says one in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or abused by a partner in her lifetime. Women are increasing resisting.

The global scourge of police killing Blacks

Lisa Tomlinson

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The issue of Black people being victims of systemic brutality, oppression and murder at the hands of the police is not limited to the United States. It is a global problem. If we are ever going to stop this barbaric use of authority to trample the civil and human rights of Black people we must open our eyes to what it happening on an international scale.

Who polices the police in America?

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2014-12-11, Issue 706

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When the police are perceived by citizens of colour as the police, jury and executioner, it is time to pull off the Constitution and demand accountability. A peace officer can never bring peace by a trigger-happy use of the implements of war.

Namibia: Contradictions of the 2014 elections

Shaun Whittaker

2014-12-11, Issue 706

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The increasing popularity of SWAPO as reflected in the 2014 general elections results does not make sense, especially in a situation of ever-worsening socio-economic conditions and massive corruption. What it does show, however, is that liberal democratic balloting is not some neutral event but a reflection of power relations that serve as a camouflage for social inequality.

Surviving scarcities in Bulengo

Women’s trial in displaced camps in North Kivu, D.R.Congo

Raïs Neza Boneza

2014-12-11, Issue 706

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As DR Congo continues to be rattled by one of the worst and longest humanitarian crises of the century, the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons seem to slowly slide into the forgotten portion of international consciousness. A visit to IDPs camps in North Kivu reminds of the very real plight they continue to be in.

Defier of the undefiable: The political thought of Robert Sobukwe

Sibonginkosi Mazibuko

2014-12-11, Issue 706

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In December, progressive peoples across the pan-African world remember the birth of Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe. Dearly loved by his people and fiercely hated by his enemies, Sobukwe remains a tower of inspiration for Africa’s total emancipation from the forces of foreign domination.

Bunge la Mwananchi (The People’s Parliament) Pt. II

Reflections on social movement struggles in Kenya during the era of neoliberal globalization

Gacheke Gachihi

2014-12-11, Issue 706

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Bunge la Mwananchi has revolutionized grassroots politics in Kenya since the 1990s. In this second part of reflections on the movement, the writer examines Bunge’s challenges and its future. Part I of this article appeared last week.

Why we won’t wait

Robin D. G. Kelley

2014-12-04, Issue 705

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While Black people waited for the indictment of white officer Darren Wilson who killed an unarmed Black youth in August, more Blacks were shot dead. Eventually Wilson was exonerated, sparking outrage across the country. The grand jury’s decision doesn’t surprise most Black people who are struggling for justice.

The Darren Wilson non-indictment: Resistance to oppression is a human right!

Ajamu Baraka

2014-12-03, Issue 705

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The American State’s response to the mass discontent in the aftermath of the non-indictment of murderer of Michael Brown demonstrates the heavy-handed use of violence to deny the people the human rights to peacefully assemble and freedom of association. This is consistent with the historical uses of violence to control and suppress opposition.

Ferguson’s reckoning for Obama

Margaret Kimberley

2014-12-03, Issue 705

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There is no need for more task forces or advisory commissions. The police must stop killing black people with impunity and nothing will make that less likely to happen than the sight of Wilson and his partners in crime sitting in federal prisons.

Kill a black kid and get rich: Uniquely American

Mike Caccioppoli

2014-12-04, Issue 705

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Killer cop Darren Wilson’s increased renown and profiteering from the death of Micheal Brown is very much a product of contemporary American society’s attitudes toward media, fame, race, and class.

Renewed rebellion in Ferguson exposes US human rights fraud

Obama administration encourages calm amid national outrage

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-12-04, Issue 705

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Washington has engineered attacks on other nations around the world accusing them of human rights violations. Yet the administration has initiated no concrete programs to improve the plight of African Americans, particularly young black men. Every 28 hours, an unarmed black citizen is killed.

Assata: The FBI’s most wanted woman

A new (2014) introduction to her autobiography

William Gumede

2014-12-04, Issue 705

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In this edited version of a new introduction to Assata Shakur’s autobiography, Prof Gumede points out that centuries of colonialism, slavery and apartheid have left a legacy of institutional racism, whereby dark skins are often instinctively prejudiced in societies across the globe. Racism is also endemic in global relations between nations.

Mauritania: How much longer can the exclusion of blacks last?

Ciré Ba and Boubacar Diagana

2014-12-04, Issue 705

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Since independence on 28 November 1960, Mauritania has put in place a system of exclusion of its black population, promoting the affirmation of an exclusively Arab identity and the negation of the country’s African foundations

Celebrating Sobukwe's 90th birthday

Motsoko Pheko

2014-12-04, Issue 705

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5 December marks the 90th birthday of revolutionary anti-apartheid icon and pan-Africanist Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe. This tribute is an introduction to a new book on him.

Bunge la Mwananchi (The People’s Parliament) Pt. I

Reflections on social movement struggles in Kenya during the era of neoliberal globalization

Gacheke Gachihi

2014-12-03, Issue 705

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Bunge la Mwananchi has revolutionized grassroots politics in Kenya since the 1990s. Against the backdrop of elite politics and entrenched neo-liberalism, the movement has created a critical space for democratic participation from below and its impact has been far-reaching. Part II of this article appears next week.

The lessons of Libya

Dan Glazebrook

2014-11-28, Issue 704

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Led by Western self-interest, NATO embarked on a massive military intervention in Libya in 2011 that leaves many lessons for the Global South. Above all stands the lesson that Western military intervention cannot bring about the desired change, but rather creates failed states.

Building Solidarity With Africa: Struggle Against Neo-Colonialism and Imperialist Militarism

All across the continent AFRICOM and NATO must be defeated to liberate the people

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-11-28, Issue 704

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Despite the existence of 54 independent states in Africa, today the principal struggle is against a new and more insidious form of exploitation and oppression, neo-colonialism. Africa must move towards socialist development in order to ensure its future.

What does it mean for Africa to live under a One Party Planet?

Alnoor Ladha

2014-11-28, Issue 704

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The powerful are now united in a global hegemonic project of neo-liberalism. And everyone else pursues their own profits or growth to the detriment of everything around us under the fundamental capitalist tenet of self-interest.

World Bank blinks as South Africa’s neoliberal state subsidises corporates, evacuates pro-poor fiscal space

Patrick Bond

2014-11-28, Issue 704

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A World Bank report makes the incredible claim that the South African Treasury has been exceedingly generous in social spending. With that, neoliberals can now justify social spending caps or even cuts. In reality, though, South Africa has the fourth lowest public social spending amongst the world’s largest 40 countries.

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