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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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A Valentine Day's punishment

Vidya Venkat

2014-02-26, Issue 667

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The decision to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law in Uganda by President Yoweri Museveni is another development in the worrying practice of penalising homosexual conduct, a legacy of colonial-era law. The time has arrived to press for urgent reforms

A look at Africa’s anti-gay laws

African countries ‘dealing’ with gays the best way they know how – further criminalization

Denis Nzioka

2014-02-26, Issue 667

A trend is forming from African nations – which already criminalize same sex acts, albeit, through laws inherited from colonial masters – to further put in place legislation that amplify, further criminalize and increase punishment for same sex acts

Stemming the tide

Alexander Droessler

2014-02-26, Issue 667

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Gay people in Nigeria are people persecuted online and need to be very careful. The organisation Queer Alliance Nigeria is now illegal in Nigeria and decriminalization of homosexuality as a top priority in many African countries is now crucial

The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, 2013

A call for dialogue for the sake of those on the margins

Stan Chu Ilo

2014-02-26, Issue 667

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Not all priests have joined the cacophony of homophobia in Africa. Instead an honest and open national dialogue in Nigeria and the rest of the continent is necessary. A priest expresses his misgivings of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act of 2013 signed by the Nigerian President

A letter to the Nigerian ambassador to Zimbabwe

2014-02-26, Issue 667

Zimbabwe’s gay community expresses solidarity with their counterparts in Nigeria where President Goodluck Jonathan signed a stringent bill into law in January outlawing same-sex sexual relationships. Solidarity among gay movements across Africa is critical in challenging state-instigated violence

Driven by hormones? Not at all

Byron Mutingwende

2014-02-28, Issue 667

The young man begs to be identified only as Tanaka Tarambwa — a name he is confident no other man has because society has ‘largely labelled homosexuals as outcasts who do not deserve a place in society.’

Zimbabwe’s anti-gay stance is regrettable

Danmore Chuma

2014-02-26, Issue 667

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The continued persecution of LGBT persons and the government’s intolerance of Zimbabwe’s sexual and gender minorities violates basic rights guaranteed by the constitution and international law. The state must stop wasting time and resources suppressing an essentially private issue

Straighten up or you’re dead: The case for black lesbians in South Africa

Fairuz Mullagee and Ernest Booys

2014-02-26, Issue 667

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In post-apartheid South Africa, sexual violence has become a socially endorsed punitive project for maintaining patriarchal order. Black township lesbians have not benefited from legal protection because of important weaknesses in the justice system. These need to be addressed

Stop hate rape!

Pepe Hendricks

2014-02-26, Issue 667

The baseless belief that homosexuality can be cured through forced sex is widespread, especially in South Africa where many LGBTI persons have fallen victim. Greater public awareness needs to be created around this issue urgently

Through their eyes: Life as an LGBTI refugee and asylum seeker in South Africa

Elizabeth Gyori

2014-02-26, Issue 667

As these three sad stories show, refugees and asylum seekers who happen to be gay are subjected to the double stigma and violence of homophobia and xenophobia in the Rainbow Nation that has some of the most progressive inclusive laws in the world

He died with shame

Valentina Acava Mmaka

2014-02-26, Issue 667

The personal anguish that homosexual people go through in a society that rejects and attacks them is unspeakable. Does an innocent human being deserve this?

Homosexuality: A pragmatic bridge to address public health, human rights and morality questions

David Kuria

2014-02-26, Issue 667

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Does creating conditions for all members of the society to access health, including homosexual people, of necessity undermine religious and moral aspirations of the Kenyan society? Is criminalization of homosexuality a theological necessity? There are options for resolving this seeming fundamental misunderstanding between the religious leaders and homosexual persons

LGBTI in Africa: Welcoming the other

Busangokwakhe Dlamini

2014-02-26, Issue 667

It is intriguing that even faiths whose adherents never sit around the same fire seem to converge on a vehement denunciation of LGBTI persons. Narrow interpretations of the scriptures are responsible for this bigotry. For sustainable peace, believers should instead learn to embrace the ‘other’

Building feminist lesbian leadership in Namibia

Liz Frank and Elizabeth Khaxas

2014-02-28, Issue 667

Young lesbians face a lot of hardships, right from their homes to a rabidly homophobic world outside. But they can stop being victims by taking their lives into their hands, as this powerful case of Namibia shows

In solidarity with queer persons in Kenya

Julius Okoth

2014-02-28, Issue 667

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Kenya is a secular state, a country that can be described as a state with many nation, a diverse country with many strengths and varieties, different ethnic groups, races cultural expressions, literature and art, traditional celebrations, social and moral values all of which demand and are entitled to recognition, respect, safeguards, promotion and are reconciled with the need to develop a sense of national unity “Kenyannesse”.

A caveat on coming out

Valérie Bah

2014-02-26, Issue 667

The decision to ‘come out’ as a homosexual is ultimately a personal one – even when this helps the gay community as a whole. Whatever the considerations, one must carefully try to gauge the consequences in a world still gripped by moral hysteria

On closets, ‘coming out’ and state surveillance

Awino Okech

2014-02-26, Issue 667

The state is always present in your bedroom. Its absence has an impact on your access to services and this is the source of the tenuous relationship between citizens and governments. Surveillance on LGBTI people and what they seek to do in private is measured against the ideal of the hetero-normative paradigm

Using ICTs to advance the LGBTI rights struggle

Hilary Nicole Zainab Ervin

2014-02-26, Issue 667

With the advent of the pervasive information and communications technologies, communities advocating sexual and gender minority rights can learn useful lessons on how to deploy these technologies to further the cause

What if God was one of us?

Miles Rutendo Tanhira

2014-02-26, Issue 667

Theologian Masiiwa Ragies Gunda from Zimbabwe argues that LGBTI people are being attacked from the pulpit by politicians who are deflecting from other societal ills. The essence of being Christian is missed when homophobic diatribe is used to deny the humanity of LGBTI people in society

Women and South Africa’s LGBTI movement: A personal reflection

Karen Williams

2014-02-28, Issue 667

The constitution’s Equality Clause ensuring non-discrimination because of sexual orientation was not South African exceptionalism or simply the benevolence of the ANC: it was the result of consistent work by anti-apartheid gay activists, including black women

The problems with debate on same sex practices in Malawi

Alan Msosa

2014-02-28, Issue 667

Debate on homosexuality in Malawi is complex. The unpredictable and sometimes tense course of the debate provides a snapshot of the difficulties encountered when confronting the dilemmas and anxieties around the issue in Africa

In Solidarity?

An open letter to Pan-African activists, the Black Left and human rights activists in the US

Joan P Gibbs

2014-02-28, Issue 667

Homophobia is on the rise in Africa, in significant part due to donations provided by US-based conservative evangelical organizations. US organizations intending to support the LGBTI rights struggle in Africa need to reflect carefully on a number of important factors

Is current theorising on same-sex sexuality relevant to the African context?

The need for more African voices on theorising same-sex desire in Africa

Thabo Msibi

2014-02-26, Issue 667

Whereas much of the work in the West has assisted African same-sex sexualities in providing visibility to same-sex desire, the theorising has not sufficiently provided for a contextual understanding of phenomenon – that of unpacking deeply entrenched ideas of fundamentalist conceptions of religion and patriarchy, and of untangling a psychological colonization resultant from a colonial past

Remembering Malcolm X 49 years on

Ama Biney

2014-02-20, Issue 666

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Malcolm X, otherwise known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was a fierce African American human rights crusader with an international agenda. Progressive people commemorating his assassination this week reflect on his legacy to the Black struggle and to all people around the world who are oppressed by imperialism and capitalism

Malcolm X and Internationalization of the Black Struggle

50th anniversary of the OAAU’s memorandum to the OAU

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-02-19, Issue 666

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Malcolm X was convinced that racism against Black people was a global problem. He campaigned in Europe, Middle East and Africa against the scourge. At the Second Annual Summit of the OAU in Cairo 50 years ago, he made a direct appeal to African leaders for solidarity in ending the plight of African Americans under US national oppression

Development or fraud? Another coastal paradise to die for big oil

Ali Noor

2014-02-20, Issue 666

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A new 32 berth port, to ship South Sudanese oil to China, is planned for the Lamu archipelago, a stunning green field heritage site in northern coastal Kenya, teeming with rare species, coral reefs and marine biodiversity and, of course, people. But none of this richness, or the indigenous people for whom this is home, seem to matter to the Government of Kenya and private developers

China in Africa: Devil or Angel?

Luo Jianbo and Zhang Xiaomin

2014-02-19, Issue 666

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China has never denied that its Africa policy has its own strategic interests. However, one of the most outstanding features of China’s policy is its aspiration to promote South-South cooperation and to achieve the renaissance of Asia and Africa. Unlike the former colonial masters, China’s engagement provides Africa with new development opportunities

Fighting disparity: The dream of Davos elites

Farooque Chowdhury

2014-02-19, Issue 666

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The world’s richest nations have admitted that global inequality is appalling. But are they prepared to radically tackle the capitalist system that harbours rich tax thieves and appropriators of labour, who increase their wealth with political favours? A system that safeguards the interests of the minority at the expense of the majority poor?

Forward to a mass workers’ party in Southern Africa

Paper presented at a meeting on ‘South Africa today: A turning point in the struggle,’ organised by Socialist Action, Connecticut, 8 February 2014.

Shaun Whittaker

2014-02-19, Issue 666

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South Africa's largest union has resolved to establish a socialist movement. While this is an attractive idea, it is important to note that mass workers' parties have been thwarted elsewhere. The Left might have to contemplate whether it wants to build a social-democratic mass workers’ party that will squander another 20 years ora revolutionary mass workers’ party that will engage in mass action.

Advertising and censorship in East Africa's press

Tom Rhodes

2014-02-19, Issue 666

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Many newspapers in East Africa are thriving--some fat with ads, enjoying solid circulation and little competition--but there is broad concern that all that advertising is also promoting self-censorship and corrupting news coverage

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