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Rwanda: To what extent did the Hamitic Myth prepare the ground for 1994?

Hanno Brankamp

2014-06-18, Issue 683


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Colonial era depiction of the Tutsi as a superior Hamitic race that invaded Rwanda laid the ground for severe ethnic polarisation. This myth resurfaced in the period leading to and during the genocide of 1994

Twenty years of democracy: should we celebrate?

Mpoletsang Raymond Montshosi

2014-06-19, Issue 683


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The ANC has been in power for twenty years. Whilst there have been some achievements, high unemployment, income inequalities, service delivery protests demonstrate that the promissory note of better life for the working class has been bypassed. A neoliberal democracy has benefitted a black elite and its white minority counterpart

Rough and polished: South Africa short-changed on diamond trade

Khadija Sharife

2014-06-12, Issue 682


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Through the exploitation of loopholes in the tax system, under a veil of proprietary confidentiality, the diamond industry is systematically short-changing the citizens of South Africa.

Solidarity economies: A guerrilla war against capitalism

An interview with Nicolás Cruz Tineo

Beverly Bell and Jessica Hsu

2014-06-11, Issue 682


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Capitalism is based on the philosophy that man is inherently evil and selfish. But solidarity economies suggest something different: that we are human, we cooperate with one another, we love, we struggle for the love of humanity, and that the future of our planet, our life, is based on our having a culture of brotherhood, sisterhood, collaboration, cooperation. It is an economy of love.

Human security implications of anti-gay law on sexual minorities in Nigeria

Toyin Ajao

2014-06-11, Issue 682


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Following institutionalized discrimination against homosexuals in various African countries, a debate focusing on the human security implications of this is vital. Discrimination, arrests and violence towards real or perceived homosexuals negatively affect security, health care, the economy, human development and democracy.

The BRICS: Yash Tandon asks tough questions – which we all need to ponder

Patrick Bond

2014-06-11, Issue 682


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Patrick Bond addresses questions raised by Yash Tandon in regards to the role of the BRICS in Africa and in the current configuration of the neoliberal international capitalist order. The challenge is for critics of BRICS to strategise with the world’s progressive forces to build a genuine anti-imperialist movement

Boko Haram a blessing for imperialism in Africa: US training death squads

Glen Ford

2014-06-05, Issue 681


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The danger of America’s military assistance to Africa – whether it is in fighting Boko Haram or Al-Shabaab - lies in the fact that the US has a lethal history of training death squads around the world. These death squads are now coming to Africa via the blessing of Boko Haram

The menace of Boko Haram and fundamentalism in Nigeria

Horace G. Campbell

2014-06-04, Issue 681


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The hardline military approach to Boko Haram by the Nigerian government is inadequate. Boko Haram's challenge has economic, political and social dimensions that government ignores to the detriment of Nigerians. All progressive forces will now have to wade in to oppose both Boko Haram and the states that provide the enabling conditions for the growth of terror elements

Boko Haram: The necessary state of emergency for transforming the intractable conflict in Nigeria

Toyin Ajao

2014-06-05, Issue 681


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As Boko Haram adopts new strategies for shaking up Nigeria, the government must understand that they cannot respond effectively with force. The government must provide effective social services, thereby instilling trust in the state and discouraging discontent and radical action.

The bananalisation of racism

Ana Maria Gonçalves

2014-06-05, Issue 681

The ‘banana campaign’ against racism is cheap as it fails to address the fact that racism is a serious crime that should be punished. Such depoliticised reactions from athletes, artists, opinion-shapers and policy-makers help to cover up the real meaning of racism
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The African Union and the elusive promise of unity

All across the continent and the Diaspora imperialism tightens its grip on the people

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-06-05, Issue 681


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51 years after the founding of the OAU, now AU, Africa has largely failed to build effective unity, with countries ravaged by internal conflict and the AU failing to have any impact in global power. Internal failures are exploited by imperialist powers to continue their meddling in African affairs. A political alternative based upon revolutionary Pan-Africanism, anti-imperialism and socialism provides the only hope for Africa

FGM: Kenyan woman uses film to fight scourge

Valentina Acava Mmaka

2014-06-05, Issue 681

Circumcision of women and girls continues around the world even in countries where it has been expressly banned by law. More and diverse efforts are need to win this struggle, as this Kenyan film-maker explains
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The International Criminal Court’s relationship with Africa: An unfair bias?

Arlette Afagbegee

2014-06-04, Issue 681


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All current cases before the ICC are from Africa and case referrals are restricted by international politics. However, this should not be an excuse for African leaders to circumvent justice. As no African Court with efficient jurisdiction and capacity exists, the ICC remains vital to African victims and ending impunity.

The Mandela legacy: Farewell to Black nationalism

Shaun Whittaker

2014-06-05, Issue 681


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The neoliberal policy stance of the African National Congress and the socioeconomic consequences of these policies mark the death of the conservative Black Nationalist movement. The working class and the revolutionary Left must now move away from ‘black consciousness’ to ‘mass consciousness’ to challenge social injustice.

Africa in 50 years’ time - inventing a new Africa

Ama Biney

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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This special issue is a reflection on conceptualising and constructing a new Africa in 50 years’ time. It is also devoted to the memory of the late Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem who was a Pan-Africanist visionary. Whilst we must ‘dare to invent the future’ as Thomas Sankara heeded us, we must be realistic in assessing the obstacles in the long term plans for Africa’s development

Agenda 2063: an e-mail from the future

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

2014-05-28, Issue 680


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At the African Union Commission Retreat of Foreign Ministers held at Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on 24-26 January 2014, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chair of the AU, gave the following address. It is addressed to the great visionary Pan-Africanist, Kwame Nkrumah in a futuristic look at Africa’s continental achievements in the year 2063

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for the ‘Dark Continent’?

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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Increasingly labeled hopeless, Africa’s future is often open to debate. Whilst there are those that doom the continent to a dire future citing corrupt leaders and deeply embedded poverty, the more optimistic types peg their hope on Africa’s youth to spearhead change on the continent.

Circa 2065 : Age of Africa’s gatekeepers

Chika Ezeanya

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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Today’s young African adults—‘digital natives’— have begun looking to Africa’s own existing potential to solve problems and propel the continent forward. The new knowledge systems they are creating will make the Africa of 2065 independent of foreign burdens and confident in its own momentum.

The deferred African renaissance: Intellectual poverty and knowledge production

Christopher Zambakari

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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Africa has no alternative but to invest in building the infrastructure of knowledge-based production. This means good governance, better school systems, excellent universities and a deliberate effort to bolster research and development across private and public sectors

Africa in 2064: A ‘reciprocal development’ & ‘basic human needs’ approach

Mark Abdelsayed, et al

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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Africa’s current development models tend to echo the priorities of colonialism, perpetuating structural inequalities that hinder development and exacerbate existing contradictions. To remedy this, development reciprocity and African-centred governance the promotes franchise, representation and responsiveness to basic needs should be adopted

The cultural terms of African futures

Joshua Myers

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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The artists, writers and thinkers of Africa must work towards a future based on Africa’s past, and not one reliant on a global system which is itself reliant on the subjugation of African culture.

Africa will rewrite its own history of glory and dignity exactly in the next 50 years

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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Africa’s key strengths lie in its young population, women with potential, its big reserves of natural and mineral resources, especially huge reserves of water, vast arable land, hydropower potential and forests

Africa's betrayal by its leaders

Theogene Rudasingwa

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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After 50 years of independence, Africa is rippled with conflicts and it is foremost Africa’s leaders who are to blame. African leadership has to care about the African people and invest in them in the sense of Ubuntu.

Africa in the next fifty years

Motsoko Pheko

2014-05-28, Issue 680


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Africa must increase her capacity to be self-reliant. In the next 50 years Africa’s people must be willing to pay even a higher price for their economic power to control the riches of Africa for their people

Developing a constituency for anti-imperialist Pan-African solidarity

Ajamu Nangwaya

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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Pan-African solidarity organizations ought to support organisations and movements that are working for power-from-below ‘under the leadership of the people.’

Reimagining Africa in a Warming World

Alex Lenferna

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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The future of Africa and the world will be defined by our response to the ongoing climate crisis. In order to effectively confront this era-defining challenge, we need to rethink our development paradigm and move beyond the narrow industrial focus towards a future where the environment and social benefit are seen as intrinsically inseparable.

Age of freedom or post-‘Berlin-state’Africa?

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

2014-05-29, Issue 680


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The immediate emergency that threatens the very survival of African peoples is the ‘Berlin-state’. After decades of failure, Africa must now build inclusive states where women and men live as co-operators and co-creators in fundamentally transforming their society.

Let me

Batsirai E Chigama

2014-05-29, Issue 680

Africa's people should be unchained by their own rulers and the imperialists with whom these despots happily collaborate, so that we can fly; we can invent; we can invest; we can develop our own continent.

The Africa I want to see…

Ama Biney

2014-05-29, Issue 680

The Africa we shall all celebrate in another 50 years is one where the dreams of the liberation struggle are all realised

What Africans know

AE Ballakisten

2014-05-29, Issue 680

A river refuses to stop at the barriers on its path. Africa must steadily move ahead, regardless of the challenges it faces

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