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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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The Emerging Powers in Africa Project is issuing a call for grant proposals. The grants are aimed at examining the political, economic, social and cultural impact of the emerging powers footprint in Africa. The grant is specifically related to empowering civil society actors in gaining the appropriate knowledge and developing the necessary tools to articulate an informed perspective on the emerging powers in Africa and the corresponding impact.


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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.

Foreign policy and human rights: Is a dialogue possible?

Laura Trajber Waisbich

2014-09-25, Issue 695

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Civil society organizations ought to expand their scope of work to serve as watchdogs and partners in/for action in advocating for more pro-rights and pro-social justice foreign policies. They should monitor policies and actions, provide knowledge and technical support, and challenge policies and behaviors that are undemocratic or that violate human dignity, at home or abroad.

RENAMO: A three-sided coin?

Fredson Guilengue

2014-09-25, Issue 695

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General elections will be held in Mozambique on 15 October. Incumbent president Armando Guebuza is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term. RENAMO is key player in these polls and the politics of Mozambique generally, although its nfluence has waned in recent years and its real agenda remains confusing

Transnet: Coughing canary in the climate coal mine

Patrick Bond

2014-09-22, Issue 695

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Facing the most serious civilizational threat ever, what is the South African government doing? The new Infrastructure Development Act pushed into law by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel will fast-track carbon-intensive mega-projects on behalf of mainly foreign corporate beneficiaries.

Stop postulating the clash of civilizations

Ending the oppression of Muslims

Mahathir Mohamad

2014-09-22, Issue 695

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It is not the religion of Islam that leads Muslims to commit heinous acts. It is simply the anger, hate and rage over not being able to do anything to stop Europeans or the West from oppressing people who profess the same religion.

High time to build a movement of solidarity to end UN occupation of Haiti

Ajamu Nangwaya

2014-09-18, Issue 694

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On October 15, the UN occupation force in Haiti will be up for renewal by the Security Council. Urgent and swift efforts are now needed to demand an immediate withdrawal of the decade-old army of occupation that has turned Haiti into a UN colony

The BRICS remix climate damage and corporate collusion

Patrick Bond

2014-09-17, Issue 694

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As world leaders gather at the UN next week, the window to halt runaway climate change is closing fast this decade, with world-wide emissions cuts of 50 percent needed by 2020, and 90 percent by 2050. Not much can be expected to come out of the UN talk-shop. Emerging powers, on the other hand, are not pursuing any new strategies either

New dawn for social activism in Ghana

Public sector workers spark national movement for economic justice

Joan Nimarkoh

2014-09-18, Issue 694

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Ghana's failed economic trajectory of market liberalisation has trapped the country in a cycle of export dependency based on primary commodities while destroying the domestic industry. A crash in living standards fuelled by high inflation has hit the poorest hardest. Now a new spirit of activism has emerged as a result of this crisis

Madagascar: The curse of economic growth

Akong Charles Ndika

2014-09-17, Issue 694

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With its wealth of natural resources, Madagascar has the potential for healthy economic growth, yet remains mostly poor. The government must stop elites from fighting over national profits in a way that keeps plunging the country into turmoil and recession

To hell with Economics

Leonard Gentle

2014-09-17, Issue 694

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Economics was originally called political economy, concerned with scarce resources and how to ensure general welfare for everyone given that fact. But US President Nixon and UK Prime Minister Thatcher are responsible for launching the Age of Economist as God

The US and global wars: Empire or vampire?

James Petras

2014-09-17, Issue 694

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The American claim to ‘world leadership’ is based exclusively on failed-state empire building. US intervention fragments the conquered state, decimates its professionals, thus providing an entry for the most retrograde ethno-religious, regional, tribal and clan leaders to engage in intra-ethnic, sectarian wars against each other - in other words chaos.

Critical notes on the legal system of Zambia

Submission to the legal and Justice Sector Reform Commission in Zambia

Munyonzwe Hamalengwa and Charles Mwewa

2014-09-18, Issue 694

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The whole Zambian legal system needs to be revamped. Still deeply rooted in its colonial origins, the system has stifled creativity and stunted the possible independent growth of the country’s legal institutions, law making, judicial decisions and legal scholarship.

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

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