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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.
The December edition available here.

The 2010 issues: September, October, November, December, and the 2011 issues: January, February, March , April, May , June , July , August , September, October and November issues are all available for download.

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Ebola: Recovery of Americans sharpens divisions in global health

Akong Charles Ndika

2014-09-11, Issue 693

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Responses to and consequences of the current Ebola outbreak in parts of West and Central Africa have revealed the inequalities between healthcare systems in Africa and those in the western world. Awareness of these fault lines should increase the push toward universal healthcare for African citizens

The concatenation of the African role in the war of 1914-1918 or World War I

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

2014-09-11, Issue 693

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Commemorations of the centenary of the start of World War I deny Africa’s role in that history. What was the point of Africa's involvement in that war and at what cost to families and communities? European powers stand guilty of using Africans to fight their own wars

The Ferguson revolt and the struggle for leadership and correct ideas

Lloyd McCarthy

2014-09-09, Issue 693

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Formulating a correct national solution to social problems with deep economic and political roots -- such as the Ferguson case which exploded as race riots -- requires correctly identifying the germ of the problem and expressing it in the mainstream with correct ideas that are guided by the principle of creating a good and just society. That is the hallmark of good leadership.

'Organization is the weapon of the oppressed'

Ferguson, mobilization and organizing the resistance

Ajamu Nangwaya

2014-09-09, Issue 693

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It is impossible to fight capitalist exploitation, police violence, the oppression of women, white supremacy, homophobia and other forms of dehumanization outside of collective action and organised structures - organisations and movements. We must organise – not just mobilise

Nat Nakasa goes home

Danny Schechter

2014-09-11, Issue 693

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Nat Nakasa – one of South Africa’s most promising writers – died in New York in 1965. His remains were returned to South Africa on 19 August for reburial on 13 September 2014 near his childhood home in Chesterville, a township outside Durban.

The Washington-Pretoria-Tel Aviv relay

Patrick Bond

2014-09-04, Issue 692

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Many observers have been quick to argue that the recent US-Africa summit was meant to deepen America’s involvement in Africa at a time when China is fast expanding its presence on the continent. That may well be so, but it is also not unlikely that the US could work with China and other nations for mutual exploitation of Africa

Obama’s big joke!

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2014-09-04, Issue 692

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Western re-colonisation of Africa is decidedly underway: that was the point of the US-Africa Leaders Summit. The American pledges for new investment in Africa pale into insignificance compared with the wealth the US loots from Africa and the accompanying destabilization through increased military intervention.

Resisting domestication: The US-Africa Summit and Black America

Joshua Myers

2014-09-04, Issue 692

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The 2014 US-Africa Summit was a significant event but left many issues crucial to the advancement of Africans untouched. Key among those unmentioned matters was the importance of continental-diasporan collaboration

Hitler, Jewish refugees and Tanzanian policies towards Palestine

Azaria Mbughuni

2014-09-04, Issue 692

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Tanzania under its pan-Africanist president Julius Nyerere staunchly supported the struggle of the Palestinian people against the US-backed brutal occupation by the Jewish state of Israel, thereby providing a shining example of an African nation’s commitment to emancipation of all oppressed peoples

Remembering Neville Alexander: Nation building and the Communist Manifesto

Shaun Whittaker

2014-09-04, Issue 692

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On the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the passing away of Neville Alexander on 27 August 2012, it is proper to deliberate on the political strategy of nation building as this was the leitmotif of the ideological interests of that socialist activist.

Pan-ethnicity and memories of violence in pre-1994 Burundi and Rwanda

Hanno Brankamp

2014-09-04, Issue 692

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Burundi and Rwanda have close historical ties, including a history of political violence. This author analyses the violent interactions between the two countries with reference to pan-ethnic 'imagined communities' and memories of violence as catalysts

US, NATO and the destruction of Libya: The Western front of a widening war

Horace G. Campbell

2014-08-13, Issue 691

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NATO claimed that its intervention in Libya was a historic success. But three years later, Libya is in complete chaos. Some 1700 militias have a combined total of 250,000 men under arms. Another external intervention seems necessary to stabilize the country. But the US and NATO must never be involved

Russia’s investment in Africa: New challenges and prospects

Kester Kenn Klomegah

2014-08-13, Issue 691

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Russia’s presence in Africa remains marginal, largely due to historical reasons. But this could soon change. Several delegations from African states have visited Moscow in recent months and the Russian government appears determined to strengthen ties with Africa

African non-state ethnic networks: Social capital or social liability?

Patience Kabamba

2014-08-13, Issue 691

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Examples of non-state structures and social networks that carry out political and economic tasks in DRC and Nigeria, in the absence of an effective state, suggest a more diverse and inclusive concept of shared power in African societies that goes beyond the simplistic Western conceptions of a rational state with the monopoly of power

Cirque d’Afrique: 2014 U.S-Africa leaders’ summit

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2014-08-06, Issue 690

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The guest list of African ‘leaders’ and ‘partners’ attending the summit in Washington this week includes some of the 21st century’s worst criminals against humanity, killers, torturers, con men and scammers in designer suits and sunshades. The meeting will change nothing about Africa

Obama summons Africa to Washington to talk trade (and how to cut out China)

Glen Ford

2014-08-06, Issue 690

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The summit in Washington was supposed to be about trade, but it’s not. US imperialism does not sustain itself by competitive trade, but by force of arms. The real objective was to ensure that mutually beneficial African trade with China and Brazil results in no shift in African nations’ political orientation away from the US

China’s foreign aid: How big is it and what is its aim?

Luo Jianbo and Zhang Xiaomin

2014-08-06, Issue 690

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China has greatly increased its foreign aid to developing countries in the recent years. On one hand China hopes to promote bilateral relations with recipient countries to enhance economic and trade cooperation; on the other the fast rising nation is shouldering its international responsibilities and promoting poverty reduction.

Reconstruction or Haiti’s latest disaster?

Tourism development on Île-à-Vache Island

Jessica Hsu and Jean Claudy Aristil

2014-07-31, Issue 689

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Community members are resisting a massive tourism project being undertaken by the government on Haiti’s beaches. It will likely cause displacement of people, forced migration to the overcrowded capital in search of work, loss of food production in a hungry nation, further economic impoverishment and environmental and cultural degradation

BRICS Bank challenges the exorbitant privilege of the US dollar

Horace G. Campbell

2014-07-29, Issue 689

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Over 65 percent of the world’s nations keep their foreign exchange reserves in the US dollar, the dominant world currency. The creation of the BRICS Bank and other financial interventions will likely weaken the dollar’s dominance and contribute to the creation a new international economic order

In Fortaleza, BRICS became co-dependent upon eco-financial imperialism

Patrick Bond

2014-07-29, Issue 689

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There is nothing to celebrate about the new financial architecture unveiled by the BRICS as an alternative to capitalist dominance. In fact the BRICS are happy enablers of Western capitalism and its destructive excesses

Kenya is ripe for the people's revolution

Henry Makori

2014-07-31, Issue 689

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A small elite owns the bulk of the land and wealth of Kenya while the majority suffocates under an oppressive system that condemns them to poverty and hardship. Only the people’s revolution can turn the tide to ensure everyone gets a share of the pie

Boko Haram born of poverty and elite politics

Paul Jay

2014-07-31, Issue 689

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Boko Haram represents two contradictory developments in Nigeria. One, it is a reflection of the level of poverty, disillusionment and discontent in the region where Boko Haram have their base. Two, it's also a reflection of elite politics played with the mask of ethnicity and religion

Witness to an international crime: Israeli state terrorism in Gaza

Ajamu Baraka

2014-07-31, Issue 689

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The inverted reality presented by the US corporate media of the 1.7 million captive and largely defenceless Palestinians in Gaza as vicious aggressors against the peace-loving settlers of Israel fails to recognise the nature of the relationship between Israel and Palestine. What we are witnessing is the systematic eradication of a colonised people – an international crime

GMOs and food sovereignty: Which way Africa?

Henry Makori

2014-07-24, Issue 688

African governments are under intense pressure from within but also from big agribusiness and Western governments to embrace GMOs. Governments must resist all forms of arm-twisting and food colonialism and make their biotechnology choices based on the facts

GMOs: Fooling or feeding the world for 20 years?


2014-07-24, Issue 688

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Myths and outright lies about the alleged benefits of genetically engineered crops (GE crops or GMOs) persist only because the multinationals that profit from them have put so much effort into spreading them around.

The GMO debate: What to consider

Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika

2014-07-24, Issue 688

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The debate around Genetically Modified Organisms has been characterized by lack of information and understanding of the complexities around biotechnology. Any state must undertake careful consideration about potential benefits and risks before deciding to introduce GMOs into the country.

Why Zimbabwe should continue to say 'No' to genetically engineered crops and food

John Wilson

2014-07-23, Issue 688

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GMOs are presented as a magic bullet to the problems of agricultural productivity without seriously examining the alternative route to industrial agriculture. Agro-ecology with an emphasis on ecosystem farming and local knowledge development of African farmers is the alternative that Zimbabwe should adopt

Further issues to consider in deciding whether to introduce GE crops and food

John Wilson

2014-07-24, Issue 688

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In addition to questions of human health, environmental impact and corporate control over the food value chain, there are a number of other issues which must be addressed as part of the debate around genetically engineered crops and food.

Fine print of the food wars

Vandana Shiva

2014-07-24, Issue 688

Monsanto and friends, the biotech industry, its lobbyists and its paid media representation continue to push for monopoly control over the world’s food through its seed supply.

Climate change, foreign assistance and food sovereignty in Ghana

Joeva Rock

2014-07-24, Issue 688

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The debate in Ghana over the cultivation of genetically modified seeds provided by international aid agencies demonstrates that foreign aid often comes with an agenda determined by foreign financial and political backers, not by the end-users of the assistance.

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