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Abortion in South Africa: A legal yet uncertain reality

Jessica Lomelin

2014-02-12, Issue 665

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South Africa has been praised for progressive laws relating to women’s reproductive health. Free state-performed abortions have increased to 500,000 since 2004. But still, controversy and resistance have led to inadequate implementation of the law

ANC, Mandela and the African American struggle

How national and class oppression shaped the evolution of movements in South Africa and the US

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-02-12, Issue 665

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As the African National Congress celebrates 20 years in power this year, many people may not know that the anti-apartheid liberation organization had close links with the African American civil rights movement. ANC should continue to support liberation struggles around the world

China’s oil safari crosses Japan’s energy diplomacy in Africa

Narcisse Jean Alcide Nana

2014-02-05, Issue 664

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China may view the Japanese leader’s recent tour of Africa as an attempt to contain its own influence in Africa. Japan is focusing on developing trade with Africa, particularly Mozambique’s natural gas. How will China adjust to a new competitor?

Which African renaissance are we talking about?

Motsoko Pheko

2014-02-05, Issue 664

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Does the African Union confuse the term ‘African Renaissance’ with Pan-Africanism? These terms cannot mean the same thing when the ‘European Renaissance’ brought slavery, colonialism and racism to Africa

Ethiopia: An analysis of recent economic growth and potential challenges

FikreJesus Amahazion

2014-02-05, Issue 664

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Ethiopia’s much vaunted recent economic growth belies the reality on the ground. Suggestions of rapid socioeconomic transformation to a middle-income economy are likely to prove fanciful, unless urgent significant national concerns are addressed

Why agricultural investment ‘principles’ must be buried

Rahul Goswami

2014-02-05, Issue 664

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The FAO draft principles have little local basis and less community future. That is why they are very likely to be employed to obscure the power imbalances that exist to deepen industrial control of the means of agricultural production - and that is why these will not be acceptable as a measure of food growers' and food consumers' rights

Lord’s Resistance Army politicizing sexual violence

Tabu Butagira and Barbara Among

2014-02-05, Issue 664

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Sexual and gender based violence in Uganda fails to be adequately addressed by the Ugandan government that fails to consult with women on this issue. It seems sexual and physical attacks on women are new ‘weapons to discipline women’ in to submission

Involuntary relocations: Glencore’s Umsimbithi mine

Franz Fuls

2014-02-05, Issue 664

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Mining companies in South Africa, including Glencore seem to consider the Marikana massacre allows them to ride roughshod over the rights of miners and farmworkers. South Africa continues to have ‘beautiful laws’ that fail to be implemented in the interests of ordinary people

The Tindouf refugee camps: A Moroccan’s reflections

Nadir Bouhmouch

2014-02-05, Issue 664

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This Moroccan filmmaker and human rights activist had the opportunity to visit the camps in southern Algeria occupied by Saharawi people. Bouhmouch describes his observations and measures these against the predominant narrative of ‘territorial integrity’ so vigorously promoted by Morocco, which illegally occupies Western Sahara

50 years since Freedom Summer: African Americans still facing national and class oppression

Fannie Lou Hamer remains a symbol for her role in the Freedom Movement

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-02-05, Issue 664

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There are many lessons to be learned from the events of 1964 in the Southern states of America when many activists campaigned for political rights for black people. Among them was the valliant Fannie Lou Hamer. Many of those rights are being eroded today in America

Genesis of the crisis in the Central African Republic

Babette Zoumara and Abdul-Rauf Ibrahim

2014-01-30, Issue 663

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Last week’s appointment of Catherine Samba Panza as CAR’s transitional president, the third female head of state in Africa, raises a glimmer of hope that this troubled nation at the heart of the continent could finally end its long history of coups, political violence, ethnic-based exclusion and grinding poverty

China and Japan in Africa: Who is seeking ‘Africa’s interests’ first?

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2014-01-29, Issue 663

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Africa was seen by Leopold II as a ‘magnificent African cake’ and still is considered as such by new foreign interests. Between the Chinese and the Japanese it seems the Japanese, like the West, seeks to ‘contain’ China’s influence in Africa. The Chinese aspire to a win-win-South-South cooperation and the restoration of Asia and Africa’s dignity

A railway line in the South: 40 years after TAZARA

Daniel Mbega

2014-01-29, Issue 663

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Southern Tanzania’s coal and gas-rich region which is part of the Mtwara Development Corridor is to see the construction of a new railway line from Mtwara to Mbamba-Bay. There are huge hopes that this new Chinese built railway – 40 years after TAZARA, will foster economic development in the region

Infrastructure ‘fast-track’ may trip up government and corporations

Patrick Bond

2014-01-30, Issue 663

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The ruling elite in South Africa combines the worst aspects of apartheid and post-apartheid nationalism with pro-corporate neoliberalism. Public interest and participation in the nation's moneyed politics is purely tokenistic

Cabral at 90: Unity and struggle continue in Africa

Ama Biney

2014-01-23, Issue 662

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In this special issue on Amilcar Cabral we seek to return to the life, writings, legacy, political, social, economic and cultural insights of this revolutionary figure whilst examining what he means to Africans and their struggles of today

Cabral: Exemplary light and guide for the pan-African and socialist revolution

Imani Na Umoja

2014-01-22, Issue 662

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Few countries in Africa have achieved total independence, despite the formal end of colonialism, and none have yet been able to liberate the productive forces and place them in the hands of the people. Amilcar Cabral’s thought provides the roadmap to achieve this

Amilcar Cabral, imperialism and neo-colonialism

Chimusoro Kenneth Tafira

2014-01-22, Issue 662

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To Cabral, the liberation struggle was a revolution to overthrow the oppressive system of domination and exploitation of one human being by another. This has not been fully achieved in Africa, despite the end of formal colonialism. The liberation movements and current regimes lack an astute ideology grounded in the history and aspirations of their own people

Revisiting Cabral’s 'weapon of theory'

Ndangwa Noyoo

2014-01-22, Issue 662

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Africa’s post-colonial history is one of unfulfilled missions because the national leadership has been lacking in revolutionary theory and ideology. Since so-called independence, Africa is still awaiting that moment when leaders such as Cabral will once again rise to the occasion and drive an agenda for the total liberation of Africa, from all vestiges of imperialism and neo-colonialism

Planting Seeds: Reflections on the cultural politics of Amilcar Cabral

Joshua Myers

2014-01-22, Issue 662

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The ideas and example of Amilcar Cabral are an important link in the global quest for African liberation, a mission that, despite certain appearances and protestations to the contrary, persists. Cabral’s vision provides a theoretical roadmap for conceptualizing true freedom for Africa

Cabral: The cancer of betrayal, which we must uproot from Africa

Aziz Salmone Fall

2014-01-22, Issue 662

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Some of the men who apparently revered him were amongst those who would eventually betray Cabral to imperialist forces. He was not the first nor the last victim in the long line of treachery, which stretches backward along the road to African decolonization

Linking the struggles: Amilcar Cabral and his impact and legacy in the black liberation movement

Kali Akuno

2014-01-22, Issue 662

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Of all the African political leaders none have made more profound theoretical and strategic contributions to the advancement of the black liberation movement than Amilcar Cabral. As long as capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, imperialism, and neo-colonialism exist as forces that exploit and oppress African (and all) people, Cabral’s insights and analysis will always have relevance

Manifestation of culture and national liberation in Africa today

António Tomás*

2014-01-22, Issue 662

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Amilcar Cabral rejected the notion that culture is primordial, immutable. He was not only interested in change, or how culture changes, but in how this change could be produced. For him then the nationalist liberation movement could point to the direction national culture could be moved

French complicity in the crisis in Central African Republic

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2014-01-16, Issue 661

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The violent political conflict in the CAR continues to claim innocent lives, cause massive displacement and destruction of property. The efforts being made to end the carnage and restore the country will not achieve much without taking into account the role of France in destabilising CAR

Haiti: four years on from the quake

Ama Biney

2014-01-16, Issue 661

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The people of Haiti continue to suffer the economic tremors of a post-earthquake reconstruction programme that has failed to transform the lives of the majority of the people, despite the fact that it is the people of Haiti who must not only construct the future of Haiti but also decide that future

Will Namibian bones haunt Germans forever?

Kwame Opoku

2014-01-15, Issue 661

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Contempt for Africans is still so strong in Germany that the government sees no point in returning to Namibia the human remains of the massacred Herero and Nama peoples. Further, Germany is unwilling to offer an apology and compensation

Pembani Coal: Misdirected benefit?

Franz Fuls

2014-01-15, Issue 661

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Since opencast coal mining started on this farm ten years ago, the lives of the people have gradually deteriorated. The mine replaced the previous agricultural business that employed them. A villager said that only one person in the village has a full time job

Ways to kill a wetland

Franz Fuls

2014-01-15, Issue 661

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Although Exxaro has denied that mining the wetland constituted an illegal environmental activity, investigations show that the remained in violation of the requirements of the law and committed a criminal offence

Why do Ivorians demand the release of Laurent Gbagbo?

Committee of Actions for Côte d’Ivoire – USA

2014-01-15, Issue 661

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Many Ivorians are convinced that Laurent Gbagbo’s arrest, transfer and detention at the International Criminal Court is a political decision that perpetuates France’s maneuvers to keep the Ivory Coast under her sphere of influence. The restoration of Ivory Coast is impossible without Gbagbo

The ethics of conditional cash transfers

Claire Ichou

2014-01-15, Issue 661

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Around one billion people receive conditional cash transfers today, which have been praised as the magic bullet for poverty eradication. Such programmes are being implemented in Latin America and Africa. But they raise numerous ethical questions

Has South Sudan passed the tipping point?

No signs of a ceasefire as violence intensifies

Eric Reeves

2014-01-08, Issue 660

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The horrendous violence that has torn the lives of South Sudanese in the past three weeks has caught many people by utter surprise. Former Vice President Riek Machar, believed to be leading a rebellion against President Salva Kiir, appears determined to get a favourable political settlement at whatever cost

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