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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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Chinese merchant gateways for ivory and rhino horns

From the Zambezi River to Joburg and Maputo

Hongxiang Huang and Oxpeckers

2014-04-10, Issue 673

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Namibia has enjoyed a good reputation for its nature conservation, but there is evidence the illegal trade in wildlife products is taking off.

The Development Bank of Southern Africa and financial oppression

Richard Kamidza and Patrick Bond

2014-04-10, Issue 673

The bank is touted as being a good potential host of the proposed BRICS bank. But its record so far suggests otherwise. A lack of representativeness, dubious appointments and investments, incompetence and a tendency towards privatisation have left many questioning whether the bank even fulfills its own mandate in the region

BRICS and the tendency to sub-imperialism

Patrick Bond

2014-04-10, Issue 673

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Despite their anti-imperialist potential, BRICS states have promoted neo-liberal and imperialist practices that facilitate capital accumulation, resource extraction and expansion of their markets. But growing popular unrest against exploitation, ecological destruction and neoliberalism in the BRICS countries may lead to a different, anti- imperialist, course

The Algerian presidential elections: The burlesque, the tragicomic and the farcical

Hamza Hamouchene

2014-04-03, Issue 672

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In the run up to Algeria’s presidential elections on 17 April, a tragic comedy unfolds in which presidential candidates contest against a rigid regime with false stability. The outcome of the election is predetermined; and the people will lose, no matter which candidate wins

Malawi’s missed opportunity for electoral reforms threatens to undermine 2014 polls

2014-04-02, Issue 672

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As Malawians prepare go to elections on May 20, a new comprehensive report shows that important electoral reforms have not been put in place. And the country’s politics is driven by regionalism and ethnicity

20 years after devaluation: What is the future for the CFA franc?

Demba Moussa Dembélé

2014-04-02, Issue 672

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The CFA franc is one of the symbols of the lack of sovereignty in African countries. This necessitates a break with the system and the creation of a sovereign currency which is one of the major conditions for the implementation of industrial policies to create value and jobs at the national and regional levels

American proxy wars in Africa

Nick Turse

2014-04-02, Issue 672

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The US military is making deeper inroads into Africa, including military involvement with at least 49 of 54 nations. But there is nothing to suggest that these interventions actually help end Africa’s post-colonial conflicts

Interview with ex-CIA collaborator: ‘The CIA’s plans in Venezuela are far advanced’

Raúl Capote

2014-04-02, Issue 672

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The political upheaval witnessed in Venezuela is the continuation of a long destabilization plot by the US against popular Left-leaning governments in Latin America. As this interview reveals, America will stop at nothing to maintain its imperialist reach around the world

Uncovering Josina Machel from obscurity

African women hidden in his-story

Ama Biney

2014-04-03, Issue 672

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Josina Mutemba Machel was a revolutionary Mozambican fighter for FRELIMO who like thousands of women fought for independence for her country until she died at the tender age of 25. 7 April marks the day she died – a day celebrated as National Women’s Day in Mozambique. It occasions a celebration of her exemplary short life

Some policy considerations regarding the Ethiopian outmigration

Seid Hassan and Minga Negash

2014-04-03, Issue 672

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Ethiopia claims that it has enjoyed double-digit real economic growth for about a decade and that it is a stable nation. But the massive outmigration of its people points to a different reality

Israel 'making lives miserable' for Africans, hoping they 'self-deport'

Interview with The Real News Network

David Sheen

2014-03-26, Issue 671

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Prime Minister Netanyahu has called African asylum seekers infiltrators and several other right-wing politicians have openly incited violence against them. Besides tough laws, the interior ministry’s plan is to make the lives of the Africans so miserable that they are forced to leave on their own

George Clooney and the return of Africa’s stolen artefacts

Chika Ezeanya

2014-03-26, Issue 671

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The actor George Clooney has in the past campaigned on Darfur. Yet in his recent film he is now campaigning for the return of the Elgin Marbles to Greece and fails to make the same argument for Africa’s stolen artefacts scattered across the Western Hemisphere

Morocco and the Saharawi Republic participate side by side in an Africa-EU meeting?

Malainin Mohamed Lakhal

2014-03-26, Issue 671

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Morocco appears to a adopt a schizophrenic behavior towards the Saharawi Republic by officially sitting down in international forums side by side with the Saharawi delegation. Yet behind closed doors it continues to wage a campaign to discredit the rights of the Saharawi for full independence

'Rastaman with a bullet' revisited

Rolling Stone’s 1976 cultural mash-up of Bob Marley and Jamaica

David Dusty Cupples

2014-03-26, Issue 671

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There is a generalized Western dismissal of the Global South and its peoples, as exemplified in the racist attack on Jamaican President Manley and reggae star Bob Marley. It is quite unlikely that anyone growing up in a culture which constantly touts itself as ‘the greatest in history’ will not be cursed with delusions of a superior heritage

The race to save Ethiopians damned by the dam

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2014-03-19, Issue 670

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Despite a sustained international outcry about the expected devastation of the Omo Valley and loss of livelihoods for thousands of local people due to construction of a mega dam, Ethiopians and people in Eastern Africa are inexplicably silent. The indigenous people of the Omo Valley need your voice

Environmental conflicts as Acholi return home

In between survival and the disappearing greens of Northern Uganda

Gloria Laker Aciro

2014-03-20, Issue 670

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Dire poverty has pushed Northern Uganda communities that are recovering from war to massive cutting down of trees for charcoal. This is rapidly depleting native forests and posing environmental threats to the rural communities and the greater Uganda

Chinese purchase of Chinese looted artifacts: An example for other states?

Kwame Opoku

2014-03-20, Issue 670

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As China gathers its state and non-state resources to buy back its looted historical treasures, questions arise about the legitimacy of this method for reclaiming stolen cultural history.

Equality at the heart of popular struggle to decriminalise dagga

Dale T. McKinley

2014-03-19, Issue 670

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Public opinion is fast shifting in South Africa about the use of marijuana, which is criminalised. A key legal argument in the debate is that prohibiting dagga use while allowing tobacco and alcohol amounts to discrimination, which violates equality as guaranteed by the Constitution

Ghana: Public views on GMOs, seed laws and biosafety

Food Sovereignty Ghana

2014-03-19, Issue 670

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Food Sovereignty Ghana organized a capacity building and skills sharing workshop on 27-28 February to discuss the Biosafety Law, the Plant Breeders Bill and the Plant and Fertilizer Act (seed law). Civil society organizations, smallholder farmers, the media, scientists and concerned members of the public attended the meeting. Here are the thoughts that came out of the meeting

Khartoum: Really out of the terrorism business?

Eric Reeves

2014-03-19, Issue 670

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The US leads the world in the global war against terror. It has ranked Sudan among nations that support terrorism. Yet despite ample evidence of Khartoum’s terrorist activities within and outside the country, the US treats the Sudanese regime as a cherished ally

Museveni and reconstruction of homophobic colonial legacy in Africa: Which way progressives?

Horace G. Campbell

2014-03-11, Issue 669

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African progressives must stand up and speak out against the wave of anti-gay laws now blowing across the continent – aided by American Christian fundamentalists pursuing a white supremacist agenda. The rights of same-gender loving persons are human rights that are inextricably linked with the rights of every person in society

New twists in DR Congo's Inga 3 Dam saga

Rudo Sanyanga

2014-03-13, Issue 669

The project model for Inga 3 does not prioritize access to electricity for the poor, especially considering that the bulk of the power has already been committed for export. Social and environmental impacts of the dam have not been given due attention

When they come for you…

Grassroots struggles and NGOs

Leila van Rinsum

2014-03-12, Issue 669

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Civil society in Kenya is under pressure from the increasingly repressive regime of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. But these groups are themselves fragmented, with well-funded elite NGOs disconnected from the concerns of the grassroots. The best way for the groups to find strength is by connecting their struggles

Scarred, humiliated and forgotten

David Njagi

2014-03-06, Issue 668

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Every time Kenya’s security forces launch an operation in the bandit-ravaged arid north, they leave behind broken limbs and raped women. That has been the story since the colonial days. And no one has been held to account for the horrendous human rights violations. In Isiolo, the victims of state terror cry for justice

Russian education: Africa’s choice

Kester Kenn Klomegah

2014-03-06, Issue 668

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Squeezed between rising economic costs of education and living standards, and low motivation for academic studies in a socially intolerant environment, authorities have been struggling to lure foreign students into educational institutions in post-communist Russia for more than a decade now.

Uneven development: Understanding the roots of inequality

Evans Rubara

2014-03-06, Issue 668

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Inequality between and within countries is the outcome of capitalist development, and not a natural outcome of social processes, as seen in Tanzania and Zambia. New models of development are needed to resolve the structural contradictions of endemic poverty in the Global South

Why we must stop this gay witch-hunt now

Introduction to the Special Issue

Henry Makori

2014-02-28, Issue 667

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What problems is an anti-gay law supposed to cure? How would people in a country benefit from the mass imprisonment for life, or even execution, of homosexuals? The punitive laws targeting persons merely for their sexual orientation are grossly unjust and should be resisted

Uganda: Scientific statement from the Ministry of Health on homosexuality

2014-02-28, Issue 667

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A team of top scientists appointed by the government to give an opinion on homosexuality is unanimous that this sexual orientation is natural and has existed in Africa and everywhere in the world since time immemorial. It is strange for President Museveni to claim he relied on this expert report to assent to the draconian anti-gay bill

The changing contours of gay struggle in Uganda – resistances and counter-resistances

Prince Karakire Guma

2014-02-26, Issue 667

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Uganda’s gay organisations have been forced to operate underground due to public hostility and state persecution of their members . The formation of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CSCHRCL) has been vocal in campaigning for the rights of gay people and exposing the harmful operations of right wing American religious fundamentalists in the country

Uganda: LGBTI rights defenders and the Anti-Homosexuality law

Clare Byarugaba

2014-02-28, Issue 667

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On 20 December 2013, the Ugandan Parliament passed the ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’, which is now law. The law not only broadens the criminalisation of adult consensual same-sex relations, but lays down prison term for anybody defending LGBTI rights as well as health and sexual education providers. LGBTI rights defender Clare Byarugaba explained the context and potential consequences of the Bill. Watch video.

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