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Pambazuka News 611: Elections, empire on trial and Africa in 20 years

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

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

Highlights from this issue

We would like to wish all our subscribers a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Pambazuka News will cease publication from 20 Dec 2012 and resume on 10 January 2013.



South Africa: a country at odds?

Social discontent and the ANC leadership

Thabani Mdlongwa, Azwifaneli Managa, Lwazi Apleni and Bertha Chiroro


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The just concluded ANC conference at which Jacob Zuma was re-elected party president came against the backdrop of growing violent discontent among ordinary people who are dissatisfied with government performance.

Zuma and Zulu nationalism

William Gumede


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Zuma has skillfully used Zulu or African ‘traditions’ to cover-up poor personal choices, indiscretions and wrong behavior, and portrayed those who oppose such poor behavior of being opposed to African ‘traditions’ or ‘culture,’ argues William Gumede.

Politics, profits and policing after Marikana

Patrick Bond


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As the official South African judicial investigating commission into the Marikana Massacre draws to a close in 2012, with many weeks of testimony in 2013 still ahead, what did the SA Police Service (SAPS) learn from their behaviour?

Good-enough racial equality at World Bank

Adrienne Smith


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The effort to abolish racial discrimination within the World Bank largely depends on the whims of its president and his perception of what is good enough for blacks. Adrienne Smith argues that after more than three decades of pledges and reaffirmed promises to end discrimination the Bank’s reforms have failed

Africa: the next twenty years

J. Paul Martin


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What can Africa anticipate over the next twenty years? More of the same? If it is not to be more of the same, what economic and political processes need to change? J. Paul Martin looks into Africa’s future and addresses these crucial questions.

Electoral politics and transition in Kenya

The 2013 general elections as a tipping point

Antony Otieno Ong’ayo


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With elections in March 2013 Antony Otieno Ong’ayo reflects on how ethnicity has become politicised in Kenya’s past violent elections and argues that the forthcoming election is a bridge between stagnation and a forward leap towards a middle-income country

Rule Britannia: empire on trial

Katie Engelhart


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An attempt to twist posterity and the archival record for future generations has been exposed as a consequence of a British court ruling in a case by Kenyan freedom fighters

History, imperialism and endangered Africans

Sankara Kamara


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Whilst the international community celebrates the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2012, Sankara Kamara reflects on the dehumanization and outright denial of human rights for Africans through the experiences of enslavement and colonisation

Ethiopia and Kenya have taken over Somalia

Mohamud M Uluso


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The recent Memorandum of Understanding delegitimizes the federal government and pre-empts its sovereign leadership role in the internal and external affairs of Somalia

Will US stand by the side of brave Africans?

Alemayehu G Mariam


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Is the US standing with brave Africans or in bed with Africa’s strongmen? Now, at the cusp of the beginning of President Obama’s second term, there are some tough questions about his promises to Africa


Calling young women leaders

The 2013 Akili Dada Fellowship application process is now open

Akili Dada


The Fellowship is an opportunity for Kenyan women to design and implement solutions to the challenges faced by their communities.

Comment & analysis

Heroes and “hero-ization”: A caution

David Cupples


Heroic efforts by individuals and NGOs may have beneficial outcomes and in very poor countries may be a prime option for dealing with social ills. But African leaders are advised against the wholesale adoption of Western ideals of “personal responsibility.”

Why Malawi’s education sector is in a mess

Steve Sharra


Problems in Malawi’s education sector are tied to the country’s governance and have their roots in a broader global context of economic and education policy prescriptions

Working on the things that really matter

Reflections on leaving Kenya National Commission on Human Rights

Lawrence Mute


During his time at the commission, Mute recalls many achievements on behalf of Kenyans. But there were also times when people appeared to be momentarily distracted from the things that really mattered

Biofuels fueling and cementing the cycle poverty

Collins Cheruiyot


Many farmers who were duped into growing crops for biofuels have nothing to show for their investment. As well, the biofuels craze is behind land grabs in Africa

Books & arts

Mugabe: Villain or Hero?

Ama Biney


This new film exposes the truth behind President Robert Mugabe’s troubles with the West. But it lacks the nuances, complexities and critical questions (other than ‘the land question’) that are key to understanding Mugabe’s legacy

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