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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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Rethinking the role of global investment in Africa’s development

Yash Tandon

2014-07-03, Issue 685

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Much hope is placed on foreign direct investment to deliver development capital for African countries. Yet FDIs are part of the global financial capitalist system, which maintains and reproduces inequality and keeps African states dependent on Western countries and financial institutions

Iraq, Libya, Syria: Three reasons African Americans should oppose U.S. intervention in Africa

Ajamu Baraka

2014-07-02, Issue 685

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As the U.S. tightens its military grip on Africa, “it is absolutely imperative that we embark on a massive educational campaign with our folks that will expose the real intentions of the U.S. on the continent and worldwide.” There is nothing “humanitarian” about U.S. intentions. “The plan for Africa is being written in the blood of the people in Iraq, Syria and Libya.”

Helping children learn without fear

Towards the elimination of corporal punishment and adoption of positive discipline in Zimbabwean schools: A human rights perspective

Munyaradzi Muchacha

2014-07-03, Issue 685

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Corporal punishment is still a popular and lawful method of disciplining children in Zimbabwean schools. But this brutality violates children’s rights and contravenes the Zimbabwean constitution and international conventions. Corporal punishment should be abolished

Africa and its Diaspora in migration dynamics

Tidiane Kasse

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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This special issue of Pambazuka News shows that the question of migration is entangled with complex political, economic, legal, social, cultural issues. One cannot address this issue from an African perspective without thinking about the violence and pillage rampant on the continent over the past several centuries

Migration and Africa: On the urgent need to think beyond the nation-state

Marco Zoppi

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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European powers imposed the nation-state on Africa through colonialism. But even after African independencies, mainstream discourses and government policies have amplified the idea that sedentariness and the state are the only acceptable mode of modernity. Migration is portrayed as a menace to the societies where the migrants wish to settle

African migrants in the Middle East and North Africa: Separate line of theorizing needed

Kelsey P. Norman

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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How African migrants in the two regions are treated is determined by a number of factors, which should be examined for comprehensive understanding, including the domestic political and economic conditions in the host state, relations between neighbouring countries and the sending state, and relations between the migrants and the local population

Sinking hope

Thousands of Africans drown every year as they sail to Europe in search of jobs

Kebba Dibba

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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Europe has transformed itself into a fortress, with anti-immigration legislation a centrepiece of foreign and domestic policy. Stringent visa regimes, among other restrictions, simply disqualify many aspiring migrants, forcing them to take ever more desperate measures.

‘This life of refugee’

Somalis in Dadaab occupy the grey spaces of international law

Ben Rawlence

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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The huge refugee camps of Dadaab in northern Kenya, the largest in the world, are a living testimonial to the failure of the international system in dealing with the victims of forced migration.

The drivers and outcomes of feminization of migration in Africa

Nedson Pophiwa

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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Migration from Africa has historically been a male-dominated phenomenon, but the pattern has changed significantly in recent decades. African women are leaving their countries of birth to create new lives elsewhere. Economic opportunities are primarily available in childcare, domestic and sex work. These trends should be of special interest to those in the policy-making spaces who are concerned about the wellbeing of female migrants

Second-generation African-Canadian youth: setting a research agenda

Rita Nketiah

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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The experiences of African-Canadian youth are dissimilar from those of their parents who migrated to Canada. Such youth possess multiple ethnic and racial labels to identify themselves whilst facing discrimination in Canada

Mind the gap(s)

Climate change displaced persons in Africa and the limitations of the refugee protection regime

Alex Lenferna

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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The effects of climate change and the ways that it will lead to increases in migration are both myriad and complex. The issue is: how to assist those who will be displaced by the effects of climate change and not leave them to fall into the gaps of the legal systems we have erected

Illegal migration: Fruit of an unjust order

Abdoulie Sey

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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The present political and economic configuration of the planet is a perfect catalyst for illegal migration. When wealth and power is concentrated in the hands of a few monopolists cornered in one part or negligible parts of the earth, we can only expect that the deprived majority would strive by all means to access the oases.

Illegal immigration: Putting an end to it

Marie Anne Zammit

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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Thousands of migrants every year attempt to flee conflict, misrule and poverty in African countries to seek a better life in Europe. European nations, this writer argues, should tighten enforcement of immigration laws and work closely with African governments to stop this exodus

Which African diaspora? A slavery descendant's perspective, 500 years later

Marian Douglas-Ungaro

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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Would it not be both accurate and fair to acknowledge, and to designate, that there exists more than one ‘African diaspora’?

Rumble in the Belgian bungle

Citizenship questions are at the heart of the DRC's Conflict

Carol Jean Gallo

2014-06-26, Issue 684

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Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in the eastern Kivu provinces, can be traced to its convoluted history of migration, citizenship and property rights.

The forgotten African soldiers in WWII celebrations

Gary K. Busch

2014-06-18, Issue 683

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More than a million African soldiers were engaged in this war, some as volunteers while most of them were forcibly conscripted. They fought in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Far East. But there contribution remains unacknowledged

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.

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