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Pambazuka News Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.

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Pambazuka News 610: Confronting Western hypocrisy about Africa

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Comment & analysis, 3. Advocacy & campaigns, 4. Books & arts


Africa’s wealth and Western poverty of thought

A response to J. Peter Pham’s New York Times’ article on the Congo, November 30, 2012

Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula, S.J.


A recent article on the Congo replete with fallacies and half-truths is challenged by Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula, S.J., who argues it is time to end this Western poverty of thinking toward Africa and a promotion of Africa without Africans

World Bank owes people of African heritage apology

An open letter to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Justice for Blacks


Claims of institutional racism against black people have dogged the World Bank for decades. The current president has a real opportunity to end the scourge

US and EU ignore plight of blacks at World Bank

Elaine Colville


Blacks at the World Bank have been subjected to degrading and dehumanizing treatment for long. In one particularly astounding case, a highly successful official was denied a deserved promotion because “Europeans are not used to seeing a black man in a position of power”

Dismantle AFRICOM!

General Carter Ham makes the case?

Horace G. Campbell


There is enough evidence that the US Africa Command has increased resource exploitation and imperial expansion, instigated more violence, intensified regional conflicts and undermined the authority of regional organizations and the African Union

Africa’s ridiculous ‘rising’ and overdue uprising

Patrick Bond


In some quarters it is believed Africa is ‘rising’ due to a commitment to export-oriented, petro-minerals-centric, finance-driven ideologies. Patrick Bond questions such a paradigm and argues that hope lies in the popcorn protests in Africa

Susan Rice and Africa’s unholy trinity

Alemayehu G Mariam


The US Ambassador to the UN has coddled, pampered, nurtured and protected the ruthless dictators of Eastern Africa, shielding them from legal and political accountability

A letter from Kuje Prison, Nigeria

Charles Okah


Charles Okah has been in prison for two years over what he believes are trumped-up charges. He has suffered torture and inhumane treatment in the hands of heartless prison officers. Meanwhile the wheels of justice turn ever so slowly

Tanzania’s Mtabila Camp finally closed

Lucy Hovil and Theodore Mbazumutima


For the international community and the government of Tanzania, closing Mtabila Camp and emptying it of refugees might make it look like the problem has been solved, but in reality it has only displaced or dispersed it to Burundi and elsewhere in the region

Why Malawi can’t just legalise homosexuality

Sitinga Kachipande


The debate about decriminalising homosexuality must be strategically taken to Malawian people. One cannot simply change the law on such a sensitive issue without first addressing attendant social and religious concerns

Comment & analysis

Tackling HIV and AIDS through taxation in Uganda

Jamie Hitchen


A new tax on goods and services is being proposed in Uganda to fund HIV and AIDS prevention and protection programmes. But the idea has sparked a debate about government performance in managing funds

Chinese car making in Cameroon? A romantic notion

Samba Tata


Talk about Chinese investors venturing into vehicle manufacturing in Cameroon is certainly hot air. The central African nation is ill prepared for such an industry

Advocacy & campaigns

221 US academics petition Obama on DR Congo maelstrom

Association of Concerned Africa Scholars


The scholars are calling on President Obama to take bilateral actions and actions through the United Nations to protect civilians in the conflict zone of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Call for Action: Fight the European Union's ocean-grabbing

Joint statement by Africa Contact (Dk), Spire (No), World Forum of Fisher Peoples (Intl)


Should the neo-colonial fisheries partnership be agreed upon, it would give economic and political support to the Moroccan regime's occupation of Western Sahara, while furthering imperial resource-grab

Darfuri students found dead after protests

Arry Organisation


Sudanese authorities should investigate the death of four Darfur students and the disappearance of another three last week. Police should stop using excessive force against student protestors

South African NGO wins international award


Shine Centre encourages children to develop and nurture a love for reading and highlights the many benefits of reading

Two human rights defenders detained in Sudan



Human rights lawyers Magdi Saleim and Mohammed Zein Osman have been arrested in Wad-Madani, Sudan, in the context of student protests and the killing of students at Al-Gezira University

Books & arts

A child’s life for €375: My life has a price

Fahmida Khan


In the raw testimony of her torture and abuse, Tina Okpara paints an unforgettable portrait of a child determined for a better life. This powerful memoir will force any parent to think twice before disposing of essential responsibilities for their child.

Dust, spittle and wind

Sonwabiso Ngcowa


In Sanya Osha’s suspense-filled novel, society is on the verge of irreparable breakdown but manages somehow to pull itself back up from the abyss

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