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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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Ali Mazrui, 1933-2014: A tribute

Toyin Falola

2014-10-29, Issue 700

Mazrui was a Creolite, that is, one who had the capacity to mix languages, and became entangled in the cultures as well as the identities of these languages. He was a language bargainer, shopping for the appropriate genre in which to negotiate in the marketplace of ideas.

Remembering Thomas Deve

2014-09-22, Issue 695

Thomas Deve died on September 7, 2014. He was a visionary, Pan-Africanist and thinker in human rights and arts circles. Here is a short video of tributes to him at a commemoration held in Nairobi.

South Africa: Noted student social justice activist dies

2014-09-23, Issue 695

BDS South Africa mourns the passing of Palestinian solidarity and student activist, Comrade Yusuf Talia. We also celebrate Cde. Talia’s inspiring life!

Tribute to Comrade Humphrey Kimani Ndegwa aka ‘Kim wa RPP’

Gacheke Gachihi

2014-09-24, Issue 695

Comrade Kimani remained steadfast in his commitment to the liberation of Kenya ever since he joined the reform movement in the early 1990s. Though uncelebrated nationally, the social justice movement in Kenya is the poorer with his untimely death.

Ameyo Adadevoh: That we may truly remember her

Adewale Stephen

2014-09-09, Issue 693

One of the saddest things about the Ebola outbreak in parts of Africa is the infection and death of medical personnel courageously responding to this horrific public health emergency. In Nigeria, two women medical professionals died in this way. They should always be remembered and celebrated

A life well lived: Tribute to Comrade Vuyisa Qunta

Nelvis Qekema

2014-09-11, Issue 693

Che Guevara might well have had Qunta in mind when he declared that: “I don’t care if I fall, as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting”.

Fare thee well Thomas Deve

Fred Zindi

2014-09-11, Issue 693

The death of arts critic, journalist and Pan Africanist Thomas Deve has robbed Zimbabwe of a man of many talents.

Nathan Shamuyarira - Zimbabwean of global stature

Yash Tandon

2014-07-03, Issue 685

Nathan Shamuyarira was a man who dedicated his life to the emancipation and unity of both his native Zimbabwe and the African continent. In various capacities – as activist, politician, academic and professional – he consistently served with his characteristic generosity, incorruptibility and commitment.

A tribute to liberation struggle veteran Nelson 'Nana' Mahomo

Motsoko Pheko

2014-06-19, Issue 683

Comrade Nelson ‘Nana’ Mahomo was a founding member of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania and an architect of the Sharpville Uprisings. On 1 June 2014 he passed away. He leaves behind a family, friends, fellow visionaries, a proud history and an as yet unfulfilled vision for Azania.

General Gordon Baker, Jr.: Pioneer in African American working class resistance

Co-founder of DRUM fought against exploitation and national oppression in the auto industry

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-06-19, Issue 683

The lessons of the struggles waged by General Baker and his comrades must be taken into consideration in the present battle in the US over jobs, income, pensions and public assets

Maya Angelou gave literary and political voice to African American women

Poet, essayist, activist, film director spanned the spectrum between the arts and movements

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-06-11, Issue 682

Angelou’s contributions to literature and social movements will remain as an inspiration to today’s youth as well as future generations.

Mabel Robinson Williams, (1931-2014), leaves a legacy of struggle and community service

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-05-07, Issue 677

Along with husband Robert F. Williams they led a campaign for self-defense that shaped the 1960s

Sebastian Michael Chuwa

James Harris and Bette Stockbauer-Harris

2014-05-01, Issue 676

A noted Tanzanian botanist and conservationist is mourned

Norman Girvan: The passing of a true Caribbean patriot

Movement for Social justice

2014-04-16, Issue 674

The Caribbean has lost a fighter and believer in social justice, one who knew that another world is not only necessary but possible! The working people and poor have lost a true friend!

A tribute to Major Gen Siyaya Nkonyeni

Motsoko Pheko

2014-04-03, Issue 672

Major General Nkonyeni was a true Pan Africanist and a hero of the South African liberation struggle in the fearless tradition of the freedom fighters. His exploits will remain an inspiration for future generations

Who will replace Bob Crow and Tony Benn?

More working classes champions are needed

Ama Biney

2014-03-20, Issue 670

Reviled by the right wing British press, Crow and Benn championed the interests of the working people of Britain and struggled for social justice issues of workers around the world.

Bishop Lesaoana Caleb Makanda: Freedom fighter, diplomat and prophet

Motsoko Pheko

2014-01-30, Issue 663

The measure of a man is not how he died, but how he lived his life. Not what he gained, but what he gave. The greatest thing in life is to live for a purpose

Amiri Baraka has died: Long live Amiri Baraka!

Anthony Monteiro

2014-01-15, Issue 661

To truly honour Amiri Baraka, one must examine his travels, the political journeys he undertook in search of paths to self-determination for his people and all humanity. He sought a liberatory synthesis of culture and politics. ‘We need a Cultural Revolution in the US and internationally, to reorient the world and ultimately transform it where we and everybody else is self-determining.’

Richard Hart: A tribute

Luke Daniels

2014-01-16, Issue 661

Richard Hart was a pioneer in the development of Trade Unions, political parties and organizations in the Caribbean. Although he pursued a career as a solicitor, he is more widely known as a historian and politician. He has written numerous books, pamphlets and papers

Baba John Watusi Branch becomes an Ancestor

2014-01-08, Issue 660

Baba John Watusi Branch was and is the spiritual embodiment of an African with profound love, an authentic legacy and an uncompromising loyalty to African people

Lionel Cliffe: An Africanist scholar and global citizen

Karim F Hirji

2013-11-14, Issue 654

Prof Cliffe, first chair of the Department of Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam and founder-editor of the Review of African Political Economy, was a socialist, sympathetic to Mwalimu Nyerere’s policies, and a supporter of the total liberation of Africa from external domination

Commemorating the life of Leslie Sacks

Leslie Sacks Fine Art

2013-10-30, Issue 652

While studying at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, Sacks became a leading figure in human rights activism, fighting against apartheid and demonstrating his support for the Johannesburg Jewish community

Jessica Huntley, 23 February 1927 - 13 October 2013

2013-10-17, Issue 650

Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA (FHALMA) are sad to announce the death of Jessica Huntley on Sunday, 13 October 2013, at the age of 86.

Herman Wallace: Veteran Black Panther, Political Prisoner, Freedom Fighter

Angola 3 member was held in solitary confinement for 41 years before being released from prison

Abayomi Azikiwe

2013-10-10, Issue 649

The injustice of the Angola 3 is not an isolated situation. There are many political prisoners being held in prisons inside the U.S, despite repeated government denials

Remembering Kofi Awoonor

Wole Soyinka

2013-10-03, Issue 648

'We cannot continue to pretend that those who have set their sight against that enabling spark that we call creativity, those who arrogate to themselves the right to dispose of innocent lives at will, belong within the same moral universe to which you and I belong'

In Memoriam: Belinda Allan

Patricia Daley

2013-08-15, Issue 643

Belinda Allan, who was a founding Director and Trustee of Fahamu, died in June this year at the age of 77. Belinda was a strong supporter of all the things that Fahamu stands for – social justice and human rights. Victoria Britain, in an obituary in the Guardian Newspaper (14 July 2013), refers to Belinda’s 'early days of Amnesty International, [as a co-founder in] the successful launching of refugee studies as an Oxford University discipline, to years of active support for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and the grim camps in Lebanon’. Belinda was unassuming in character, but had a strong presence in any audience, partly due to her commanding stature and colourful dress sense. Belinda resigned as a Director and Trustee in 2010, but remained a loyal friend of the charity, such that when Fahamu started to experience difficulties in 2012 and she discovered that her resignation had not been, as presumed, made official, she returned to support the organization, despite the diagnosis of a life threatening illness. During this difficult time she only wanted good news and was cheered whenever she was told about the determination of the staff to ensure the survival of Fahamu. Not all the current Fahamu staff had the chance to meet her, but those who did write about her generosity of spirit and her welcoming home. Her support is sadly missed by all. * Dr Patricia Daley is the Chairperson of Fahamu Board.

Comrade Njoroge Wanguthi, a freedom hero

Gacheke Gachihi

2013-06-13, Issue 634

He spent his life struggling for democratic reforms in Kenya and suffered much for it, spending long years in prison under the Moi dictatorship. His commitment should inspire new generations of revolutionaries

Condolences to the Gqobose family

Passing on of the oldest freedom fighter in South Africa

Motsoko Pheko

2013-04-25, Issue 627

The spiritual transition of Cde Gqobose to his Creator and to the ancestors is not to be mourned, but to be celebrated with gratitude to God who lent Gqobs to this family and to South Africa and indeed, to humanity as whole

Zolile Hamilton Keke: A tribute

He was there in battles for the land of our ancestors

Motsoko Pheko

2013-02-13, Issue 616

Comrade Keke never compromised his politics. He was never a summer soldier. He was never a political turncoat. He has died with his vows for genuine liberation of Azania unbroken

Tribute: Professor Tony Martin is now an Ancestor

Cecil Gutzmore

2013-01-24, Issue 614

A committed Garveyite and Pan-Afrikanist, Prof Martin was peerlessly rigorous in his research and writing on the contribution of these important subjects in the experience of the Afrikan nation

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