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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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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.

Not on our plates! Why Nigeria does not need GM food

Juan Lopez, Mariann Orovwuje and Nnimmo Bassey

2014-07-24, Issue 688

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A new propaganda effort to convince Africans is vigorously pursued by corporations and the development industry trying to convince us that we need genetic engineering to overcome malnutrition and food shortages.

Ban all GM foods in Ghana!

Food Sovereignty Ghana

2014-07-24, Issue 688

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Food Sovereignty Ghana calls for an indefinite Moratorium or ban on the propagation, cultivation, raising, and growing of Genetically Modified Organisms in Ghana.

Ghana: Halt the passage of the Plant Breeders’ Bill! - Religious bodies

2014-07-24, Issue 688

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The religious organisations insist that Ghana’s dwindling food production cannot be attributed to our non-usage of GMO technologies but due to poor access roads to farms, lack of credit, unavailability of ready market, lack of storage facilities and agricultural processing

GMO/hybrid seeds: Inviting cancer to our land, passing a death sentence on Nigerians: A response

Abdallah el-Kurebe

2014-07-24, Issue 688

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In a response to Mr Rhodes-Vivour’s article on the danger posed by GMOs to the Nigerian population, El-Kurebe now contends that such crusades by a misinformed and ignorant minority are denying the majority of the population the real benefits of genetically modified organisms.

Why Uganda needs GMOs

Michael J Ssali

2014-07-23, Issue 688

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On account of population pressures and diseases that are affecting Uganda’s coffee, maize, banana and cassava production, GMOs are necessary to address the food insecurity and hidden hunger in the country

GM: good crop/bad crop

Ivo Vegter

2014-07-24, Issue 688

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IThe conservative views of international agencies and rich-world environmentalists are denying Africa access to technology that could improve its own food security, and is transforming agriculture elsewhere in the developing world

Biometric smart ID cards: Dumb idea

Jane Duncan

2014-07-17, Issue 687

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Countries in the South have jumped on the biometric bandwagon, including South Africa, in spite of the many red flags about the technology. Citizens need to be aware that the ID cards allow governments to carry out surveillance of people considered to be a threat to the interests of the ruling classes

The BRICS: A response to Yash Tandon

Mike Davies

2014-07-17, Issue 687

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In the Pambazuka special edition on “Revisiting the sub-imperialist BRICS,” Patrick Bond and other writers were critical of the role of BRICS . Later Yash Tandon wrote a rejoinder to such BRICS bashing. Below is a piece that calls progressive forces to address the agency of local elites in colluding with capitalism and imperialism and oppose both global imperialism and local tyranny

Inside or outside?

The perpetual dilemma of what constitutes the best interests for children with mothers in prison

Irene Sithole

2014-07-17, Issue 687

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Should little children be allowed to stay with their mothers in prison or they should be separated? This is a difficult question, but there are some suggestions on what should be done for the best interests of the child

Afro-Uruguay: A brief history

George Reid Andrews

2014-07-17, Issue 687

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Afro-Uruguayans have contributed to the construction of Uruguay as a consequence of enslavement. They have set up important organisations such as Mundo Afro to lobby the national government to recognise its black minority as an equal member of the national community

Namibia's gender zebra

Alexander O'Riordan

2014-07-09, Issue 686

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In a commitment to gender equity Namibia’s government will introduce a new system to achieve 50 percent representation of women in leadership positions. Will it really change the socio-economic, political structures and mind-set in the country?

A dream deferred

Kristen McTighe

2014-07-09, Issue 686

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The post-revolution governments in Egypt have done little to appease a disgruntled, restless and marginalised youth. The youth spearheaded the revolt that toppled the Mubarak dictatorship, but a largely ageing elite is still at the helm.

Human rights and wrongs: Demonising homosexuality in Ethiopia

Elissa Jobson

2014-07-09, Issue 686

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Young gay men are taking refuge online as their lives become increasingly difficult in this deeply conservative country

An eco-warrior for the earth

Zahra Moloo

2014-07-09, Issue 686

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The environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, deplores the Green Revolution in Africa and oil spills in the Niger Delta region. He does not underestimate the work to be done to educate people on the need to stop those who wish to destroy the environment and to redefine new concepts of development

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