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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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Xenophobia isn't only a South African problem

Response to ‘Xenophobia redux’

Megan Redmond

2010-07-22, Issue 491

I've never been anywhere that is free of discrimination against one or other group of people, writes Megan Redmond.

Telling the truth with a capital T

Response ‘The June 16 uprising unshackled: A black perspective’

Gcobani KaNgcibi

2010-07-22, Issue 491

Nelvis Qekema’s bold article helps dispel some of the ANC’s myths about its role in underground movements and June 16, writes Gcobani KaNgcibi.

We all said ‘never again’

Response to ‘Forget the ICC: Let Africa revive its traditional justice systems’

Kennedy Akumu

2010-07-22, Issue 491

Let's say no to impunity and start taking responsibility for our acts, writes Kennedy Akumu.

Lessons from the ‘Art of War’

Response to ‘Forget the ICC: Let Africa revive its traditional justice systems’


2010-07-22, Issue 491

Stephen looks to ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu to explain the structure of justice in Africa.

Kenya's constitution: 'Yes' or 'no' on the referendum?

Isaac Newton Kinity

2010-07-13, Issue 490

Addressing his fellow Kenyans, Isaac Newton Kinity aims to clear up confusion around what is implicit in voting 'yes' or 'no' when it comes to the country's referendum on its Draft Constitution on 4 August.

Can the octopus predict Uganda’s elections?

Tumusiime Kabwende Deo

2010-07-13, Issue 490

Following the success of 'the octopus' in predicting the result of various World Cup matches, Tumusiime K. Deo wonders what role the cephalopod might play in Uganda's elections.

Lumumba's place in DR Congo's history

Melakou Tegegn

2010-07-14, Issue 490

Agreeing with Mwaura Kaar, Melakou Tegegn stresses that the DR Congo's Patrice Lumumba must occupy a prominent place in the country's history.

On June 16

Gcobani KaNgcibi

2010-07-14, Issue 490

Nelvis Qekema's article 'The June 16 uprising unshackled: A black perspective' 'dispels all the lies peddled by Jacob Zuma and the ANC', writes Gcobani KaNgcibi.

World Cup pros and cons

Pat Stevens

2010-07-14, Issue 490

Commenting on Patrick Bond's article 'World Cup, "resource curse" and xenophobia threats', Pat Stevens argues that both Fifa and the South African government deserve credit.

Riots not necessarily about xenophobia

Owen Sichone

2010-07-14, Issue 490

Responding to Glenn Ashton's 'Xenophobia redux', Owen Sichone points out that riots are not necessarily driven by xenophobia.

Praise for Pambazuka News

Hajj Faqir D.A. Haroon

2010-07-14, Issue 490

I am glad to welcome Pambazuka News to Facebook – it is perhaps one of the most if not THE most important source of news of Africa and the diaspora. I suggest everyone take advantage of this great opportunity. We all have so much learn about each oth...

Dudus, the CIA and the political patrons

Responses to ‘Gangsters, politicians, cocaine and bankers’

2010-07-08, Issue 489

Horace Campbell’s ‘comprehensive’ and ‘complete’ article on lessons from the Dudus saga in Jamaica sparked several reactions and responses from our readers. Here is a selection of what people had to say.

Fighting the imperial monster

A response to Horace Campbell's ‘Gangsters, politicians, cocaine and bankers’

2010-07-01, Issue 488

The situation in Jamaica and the Caribbean is connected to the plight of the black urban poor in the US and the relationship between former colonial powers and black Africa, writes Keith Noel.

Reversing the genocide biases

A response to Gerald Caplan's ‘The politics of denialism: The strange case of Rwanda’

2010-07-01, Issue 488

Although initially encouraged by a book promising to discuss the important issue of ‘how the imperialist media has double standards’ in reporting oppression, genocide and terror depending on whether it is carried out by allies or enemies of the West, Michael Karadjis finds instead that Ed Herman and David Peterson’s 'The Politics of Genocide' is a ‘betrayal of everything it means to be of the left’.

Researching microinsurance for African migrants

Christiane Ströh de Martínez

2010-06-24, Issue 487

Pambazuka reader Christiane Ströh de Martínez is looking for information about insurance for migrants. Let us know if you can help.

Facts versus freedom of speech

A response to ‘The politics of denialism: The strange case of Rwanda’

Chizzy Mswahili

2010-06-24, Issue 487

The world seems to be paying more attention to genocide deniers in North America and Europe than the facts on the ground about Rwanda, writes Chizzy Mswahili.

Bhopal Gas - Letter to the US President with endorsements

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan

2010-06-17, Issue 486

Following Barack Obama’s tough stand against BP for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, victims of the Bhopal gas disaster are calling on the US president to hold to account the US business interests implicated in the incident. Dow Chemicals, which bought Union Carbide in 2001, refuses to accept its liability for cleaning up the toxic wastes at the closed factory, which is still harming citizens of Bhopal.

The privilege of meeting Walter

Bob Thomson

2010-06-17, Issue 486

Walter Rodney's contribution to our understanding and actions for change in the world was cut short, but it was seminal, and we should celebrate as well as mourn his time among us, writes Bob Thomson.

Africa must do more in the Middle East

Joseph Kaifala

2010-06-10, Issue 485

The African Union 'has remained curiously silent on the Middle East', writes Joseph Kaifala, but the continent ‘can no longer afford to remain oblivious to one of the saddest human crises of our time’. What’s missing, says Kaifala, are ‘active African voices in ongoing peace processes and political actions’ – ‘if nothing else, African leaders must at least start to teach their peoples about the Middle East and speak their opinions openly on the conflicts.’

Declare African Day a national holiday

Petition to the government of Kenya

Nation of Afreeka

2010-05-27, Issue 483

With this year's African Day having just passed on 25 May, the Nation of Afreeka has drafted its petition to the Kenyan government to recognise the day as a national holiday.

Austria deports African gay footballer

Heinz Leitner

2010-05-27, Issue 483

‘I’d like to draw your attention an article about “Austria deports African gay footballer” on LGBT Asylum News,’ writes Heinz Leitner, in a letter of solidarity.

Somalia: Pirates or protectors?

Kwame Maseko

2010-05-27, Issue 483

‘The Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia needs the support of all African countries for the unparalleled work they are doing,’ writes Kwame Maseko, in response to Andrew Mwangura’s dossier on piracy in last week’s Pambazuka News.

‘Mugabe and the White African’: An exercise in dangerous help

Allison Lobb

2010-05-27, Issue 483

While Blessing-Miles Tendi’s review of ‘Mugabe and the White African’ fails to acknowledge that not all of Zimbabwe’s white farmers disputed the need for land reform, writes Allison Lobb, he accurately sums up the key ‘white’ problem stalling progress: ‘Becoming “African” is not about economic integration alone – something many white Zimbabweans never grasped. It is also about social, residential and political integration, and about learning local languages.’

Sir Bob, the BBC and Zenawi

ethiopian recycler

2010-05-20, Issue 482

Bob Geldof should 'go ahead and sue the ruling minority in Ethiopia', writes ethiopian recycler, following on from an article by Alemayehu G. Mariam.

Moeletsi Mbeki addresses AFRICOM

Farai Kashiri

2010-05-20, Issue 482

Pambazuka reader Farai Kashiri responds to Riaz Tayob’s critique of Moeletsi Mbeki’s AFRICOM address.

Multinational oil, the US and Nigeria: A crude contrast

Tolulope Ilesanmi

2010-05-20, Issue 482

‘I think we will continue to suffer such injustices as we suffer in the Niger Delta as long as we (Africans, Nigerians) place more value on money than we place on life', writes Tolulope Ilesanmi, in response to an article by Alex Free.

Women's rights and Kenya's constitution: Challenging 'men of faith'

Zawadi Nyong'o

2010-05-13, Issue 481

Grateful for Beth Maina and Cenya Ciyendi’s ‘words of wisdom’, Zawadi Nyong'o writes that if the Kenyan government ‘would only spend all the resources it does on post-abortion care, on sex education and safe abortions, we would actually begin to star...

The Voiceless Cry

Sophie Ngugi, Vedran Vojinovic, Chambi Chachage, Anne Amadi, Awuor Ponge

2010-05-13, Issue 481

Nancy Muigei’s ‘very touching poem’ drew record numbers of comments from readers of last week’s issue of Pambazuka News. We share a selection of their responses.

Church’s hypocrisy on Kenya constitution

Responses to ‘Women's rights and Kenya's constitution: Challenging “men of faith”’

Ciiru Njehu, Nzilani, Kĩriakũ wa Kĩnyua

2010-05-06, Issue 480

Responding to an article by Beth Maina and Cenya Ciyendi, Nzilani writes that ‘the anti-constitution campaign by various church leaders in Kenya is an attempt to exert their authority and power in the face of the government’. Ciiru Njehu hopes Kenyans will ‘recognise the hypocrisy of the church leaders’, while Kĩriakũ wa Kĩnyua says it ‘is time for the “voiceless” to speak-out for themselves’.

The way forward for Kenyan civil society

A response to ‘Kenya's civil society needs a new vision’

Simon Kokoyo

2010-05-06, Issue 480

Responding to an article by Zaya Yeebo, Simon Kokoyo writes that ‘the agenda for people-driven change or development in Kenya has always been either hijacked by people with ulterior motives or externally driven.’

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