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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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The United Nations fails Haiti once again

Kevin Edmonds & Ajamu Nangwaya

2014-10-14, Issue 698

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This week the UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. This deployment is not based on any principles of humanitarianism, but rather is an imperialist occupation which seeks to make sure that the island’s government can implement and maintain repressive policies favourable to international investors. The occupation force must be withdrawn.

MINUSTAH’s occupation of Haiti: A structure of global complicity

Lorenzo Fiorito

2014-10-14, Issue 698

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People from countries around the world whose troops are stationed in Haiti under a UN mandate ought to wake up to the reality that this is an occupation force, serving imperialist interests and deeply hated by the Haitian people on account of serious, well-known human rights abuses over the past decade

No to sham elections and US occupation

Open letter from Haiti human rights activists to US Congress

2014-10-14, Issue 698

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The situation in Haiti is very bleak, and extremely serious, Haitian activists say. The current regime is very repressive and has refused to hold elections. But it continues to enjoy the support of the US and UN despite the cries of suffering Haitian people

Reflections on the death of an unpunished dictator

Patrick Sylvain

2014-10-14, Issue 698

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Jean-Claude Duvalier, or ‘Baby Doc’, died on 4 October without facing justice for his wanton crimes against the Haitian people. Uneducated in the affairs of governance, he ran the country with an iron fist until the people deposed him.

Heroes dressed in white

Leticia Martínez Hernández

2014-10-15, Issue 698

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Cuba recently sent a medical team of 165, consisting of 63 doctors and 102 nurses, to Sierra Leone to support efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak. It is a mission they were happy to undertake and it goes right into the heart of Cuba’s people-to-people solidarity.

Heroes of our time

Fidel Castro Cruz

2014-10-14, Issue 698

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The departure of the first batch of Cuban medical personnel to fight the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone rekindles in the mind of Fidel Castro memories of Cuba’s military support for the liberation struggle in Angola. It is continuation of the Black revolutionary tradition

Homage to Havana

Mandisi Majavu

2014-10-15, Issue 698

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Cuba’s contribution to the development of post-independent Africa has always been based on solidarity, liberty and anti-white supremacy. By this principled stand, Cuba builds on and sustains the spirit of the Haitian revolution.

38 years of injustice

2014-10-15, Issue 698

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6 October is the anniversary of the first act of terrorism against civilian aviation in the Western hemisphere – the unparalleled Cubana air disaster on the coastline of Barbados on October 6, 1976. Cubana flight 455 was hit by two bombs just after take off from the then Seawell Airport (now the Grantley Adams International Airport) in Barbados

Stop the U.S. blockade of Cuba now!

U.S. imperialism remains unflinching in its campaign to crush the Cuban Revolution

Chris Fry

2014-10-15, Issue 698

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The Cuban government estimates that this economic war against their country has cost their nation one trillion, 112 billion, 534 million dollars [$1,112,534,000,000].

Ebola, the African Union and bioeconomic warfare

Health questions and the challenges for Africa

Horace G. Campbell

2014-10-08, Issue 697

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Comprehensive public education about Ebola is required, including its possible links to biological warfare research in the West. As for the response to the present outbreak in West Africa, the AU and ECOWAS have horribly failed the people of that region and Africa.

Wanted: Far-sighted African leadership against Ebola

Akong Charles Ndika

2014-10-08, Issue 697

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The Ebola outbreak is a “Rwanda moment” for Africa. But leadership on this issue from around the continent has been at best too little too late, exposing Africa to external militarization of responses to the epidemic that could creep into other important policy spheres like the economy or upset the regional geopolitical balance

What does President Obama “know” about Ethiopia’s “election”?

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2014-10-08, Issue 697

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Ethiopia will hold national elections next year. It is certain that the US-backed TPLF regime will rig the poll and proclaim a landslide victory. A look at the present repressive political climate shows clearly that there is not a chance for a free and fair election

The 'World Versus Bank' seen from South Africa

Patrick Bond

2014-10-09, Issue 697

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This Friday, a new civil society campaign, 'WorldVsBank', featuring protests and teach-ins, will take place at the Bank’s Annual Meeting in Washington and ten other countries, including South Africa’s three largest cities. The campaign arises from widespread recognition all over the world that the Bank has made the world a worse place socially, politically, economically and environmentally.

Has the ‘Asian takeover of the World Bank’ worsened discrimination against Blacks?

Frank E. Watkins

2014-10-09, Issue 697

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World Bank President Kim has vehemently rejected legitimate demands to establish accountability even in the most egregious cases of racial discrimination, which numerous Bank reports say is “systemic”. Now there are rumours that Asians have taken over at the Bank and worsened the racism.

South Africa: Police torture at Glebelands ends fragile peace

2014-10-09, Issue 697

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Are assassinations, manipulation of the criminal justice system and intimidation used regularly to protect greedy officials plundering the KwaZulu-Natal public purse? It would seem so when reviewing incidents of violence relating to housing and tender allocations over the last six years in poor communities across Durban.

Twiga Farm: The story of a Kenyan land grab

Leila van Rinsum

2014-10-08, Issue 697

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Landless citizens of a location just outside Nairobi have been fighting for their rights to land since Kenya’s independence 50 years ago. Successive governments – including those of two presidents, Jomo Kenyatta and his son Uhuru, who come from the area – have failed to give these people justice.

Climate justice resurfaces amidst New York’s corporate sharks

Patrick Bond

2014-10-07, Issue 697

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What last month’s march did, better than any other event in history, was demonstrate the unity of activists demanding genuine emissions cuts and government funding of an alternative way of arranging society. They offered a transformative view of a world economy that must go post-carbon and post-profit if our species and countless others are to survive.

New York climate summits were a contest between leaders and people

Mithika Mwenda

2014-10-07, Issue 697

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The two Summits held last month ended on different notes. But while the world’s leaders failed to live up to people’s expectations, the people on the other hand showed that they will no longer sit idle waiting for a solution to the climate crisis – they are ready to find solutions

Preventing the oil and gas resource curse in East Africa

Namakula Evelyn Mayanja

2014-10-08, Issue 697

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East African countries have joined the ranks of oil and gas producing nations. How can these countries avoid the ‘resource curse’ that many African nations have been facing and instead turn their resource wealth into opportunities for their citizens?

Is this the freedom South Africans fought for?

Henry Makori

2014-10-01, Issue 696

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Thuli Ndlovu knew that she could be murdered. But she continued with her movement work regardless. The mother and militant of the shack dwellers movement was assassinated this week in an attack that left her teenage daughter with serious gunshot wounds. When will this brutality against the poor end in ‘free’ South Africa?

South Africa: A shack dwellers leader is assassinated

Abahlali baseMjondolo

2014-09-30, Issue 696

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Thuli Ndlovu had been threatened for being in the forefront of fighting for the rights of shack dwellers and leading spirited opposition to a controversial housing project. Now her blood has been spilled by a gunman.

Another political eviction in Sisonke Village

Abahlali baseMjondolo

2014-10-01, Issue 696

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Armed ANC members acting with police support now openly attack people struggling against corruption and for land in Cato Crest. They are even hiring assassins

We are all Ndabo Mzimela

Abahlali baseMjondolo

2014-09-30, Issue 696

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Leaders of the shack dwellers movement in South Africa live with intimidation and death threats. Ndabo Mzimela is one of them. The movement has been accused of being funded by foreign agencies to cause riots, destabilize the country and undermine the ANC. But the members refuse to give up agitation for land, housing and a dignified life

South Africa: After the end of our innocence

Richard Pithouse

2014-10-01, Issue 696

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Murder as a tool for political containment is back in South Africa, as the country is gripped by a largely unacknowledged paroxysm of popular ferment. A new authoritarianism is in the making, organised in the name of tradition and patriotism, and mediated through a shift in power to the police, intelligence and traditional authority.

Biko, the quest for humanity and nation building

Veli Mbele

2014-10-01, Issue 696

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Biko’s Black Consciousness is now more relevant than ever in South Africa. The neo-liberal, white-supremacist order which prevails today not only keeps the Black masses oppressed but also defines the very questions which can be asked about this state of affairs. The elite ‘post-apartheid’ discourse excludes the important questions – like those of land dispossession, racial and class oppression and gender equality – from the agenda.

Demilitarizing epidemic diseases in Africa

Narcisse Jean Alcide Nana

2014-09-23, Issue 695

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President Obama has responded to the Ebola crisis in Africa by sending 3,000 military personnel to the affected region. The real beneficiary of this militarised messianism is, in fact, the military-industrial complex back in the US

Exposed: The ‘heroic Ebola doctor’ myth

Jon Rappoport

2014-09-22, Issue 695

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The image of the heroic doctor is actually promoted as a diversion, a cover story, a false trail, a way to conceal the true causes of illness—and a way to refrain from eradicating these true causes

US militarizes response to Ebola crisis while Cuba pledges medical aid

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-09-23, Issue 695

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Whereas America has sent soldiers to fight Ebola, Cuba has pledged medical personnel. This gesture of revolutionary foreign policy provides an example of how underdeveloped states which have a legacy of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism, can transform through a process of class struggle and self-reliance.

Mayan people’s movement defeats Monsanto law in Guatemala

Christin Sandberg

2014-09-25, Issue 695

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The unjust neo-liberal law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. But Mayans resisted it relentlessly. The success of these protests is an inspiring example of what the people can achieve for themselves when they rise up to confront power in defence of their own interests.

Food and the FAO’s insecurity with the two-thirds world

Rahul Goswami

2014-09-25, Issue 695

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The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 report depicts a one-sided picture of a malnourished ‘developing’ world, leaving out gross nutritional problems and hunger in ‘developed’ countries. Worse, this report advocates neo-liberal solutions that serve the interests of agri-business rather than critical small-holder farmers.

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