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Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: December 2011 newsletter

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 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

For Aziz Smati on Valentine’s Day

Karima Bennoune

2014-02-20, Issue 666

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In the 1990s, Muslim fundamentalists in Algeria declared Jihad against the entire society, killing some 200,000 people. In 1994, a widely acclaimed producer of a popular TV show was lucky to survive an assassin’s bullets

We have an anti-imperialist obligation to the people of Haiti

Ajamu Nangwaya

2014-02-12, Issue 665

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Every free Black person owes a debt of gratitude to the Haitian Revolution. Now Haiti needs you. It is ten years since imperialist forces overthrew Haiti’s democratically elected leader and foisted on them a Western stooge. The people are resisting. Take action

Mozambique's 2013 elections: The end of liberation movement politics?

Fredson Guilengue

2014-02-12, Issue 665

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A third force has emerged in Mozambican politics, the MDM party that is causing powerful ripples, especially in urban areas and the regions until now marginalised by the ruling FRELIMO party. RENAMO, the main opposition party, is dying. MDM is likely to put a strong showing in October's presidential election because of growing disaffection for the ruling party. But MDM is unlikely to trounce the still well-entrenched FRELIMO

Boom Town: Kigali’s Chinese investment

Daniel Nzohabonimana

2014-02-12, Issue 665

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Chinese investment in Africa has increased at an unprecedented level during the past two decades. Known as the ‘weapon of mass construction’, China’s footprint in Rwanda is no exception. Still recovering from the devastating 1994 genocide, the country urgently requires infrastructural investment to rebuild what was destroyed, and develop the future. The myth, however, looms larger than the reality

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

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