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Pambazuka News 372: Seeing Zimbabwe in context

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

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Highlights from this issue

FEATURES: Grace Kwinjeh on the Zimbabwe and global capitalism

- Mukelani Dimba on access to information as a social justice issue
- Celine Tan on the Paris Declaration
- AFRODAD calls for more financial and technical cooperation for development
- Ian Angus on alternatives to the food crisis

PAN-AFRICAN POSTCARD: John Samuel on balancing technology in Africa

LETTERS: Readers' comments and announcements


Zimbabwe in context

Grace Kwinjeh


Arguing that Mugabe has been "talking left" while "walking right" Grace Kwinjeh analyses Zimbabwe through regional, African and global capitalism. The post election crisis in Zimbabwe and the SADC region is a manifestation of much deeper, complex issues to do with global capitalism and its vampire-like tendencies

Comment & analysis

Access to information as a tool for socio-economic justice

Mukelani Dimba


In this article Mukelani Dimba shows how freedom of information legislation can be used by citizens to pursue their socio-economic rights. He argues that it creates the conditions in which government decisions about resource allocation can be effectively challenged.

Paris Declaration undermines policy space through Aid

Celine Tan


Celine Tan argues that "the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness may have the effect of circumscribing national sovereignty and country autonomy over development policies contrary to its stated principles of country ownership and mutual accountability."

More financial and technical cooperation for development!



Civil society organisations call upon the membership of the United Nations to encourage the building of development partnerships that increase the volume and maximize the poverty reduction impact of the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA).

Alternatives to the food crisis

Ian Angus


In last week's Pambazuka News, Ian Angus looked at the causes of the food crisis. This week, he argues that alternatives to the food crisis must by their very nature be informed by alternatives to global capitalism.

Pan-African Postcard

Unhappy Highways: Economic growth, technology and alienation

John Samuel


John Samuel cautions Africa that technology should not come at the expense of Africa's "a shared sense of community, mutual support, trust and a culture of collective approach."

Letters & Opinions

Excellent Analysis by Femi Falana

Abdirahman Ahmed Ali


The Challenges of democratic transition in Africa is one of the best articles. This is reality and should be considered as it is very informative. Thanks to the author!

Mawuli's hammer

Afia Ansaa Ampene


Mawuli has just hit the nail on the head in his article Women and the 2008 Ghana Elections. I'm a TV talk show hostess billed to discuss women involvement in this year's elections on my talk shows, but I'm very heart broken. Heart broken because our men are just fighting to get the few women in parliament out. The parties are now on their primaries and eliminating those few women (about 22). How can we progress as a nation with this behaviour? God help our nation!

More than a few emails needed!

A Biggs


Regarding Urgent action: Stop forced closure of IDP camps in Kenya: please create a petition on one of the popular petition sites to facilitate a louder voice than a few emails; This issue applies to many civil war torn countries and should be made public to the widest public to get the support it deserves.

Salute to the SACP



It seems, SACP did not yet get corrupted by power, could resist stalinification and never got subjugated (Why South Africa will never be like Zimbabwe). Correct historical analysis (like this article) does not get supressed. The deputy general secretary of SAPC speakes out against ZANUfication of South Africa and pulls its hypocrite and powerfull protectors into focus. YCL and COSATU seem to be the South African hope for democracy and solidatity. I salute to all these people of sincerity and human dignity.

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