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    Deborah Brautigam provides an overview and description of China's development finance to Africa. "Looking at the nature of Chinese development aid - and non-aid - to Africa provides insights into China's strategic approach to outward investment and economic diplomacy, even if exact figures and strategies are not easily ascertained", she states as she describes China's provision of grants, zero-interest loans and concessional loans. Pambazuka Press recently released a publication titled India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power, and Oliver Stuenkel provides his review of the book.
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    African Poetry Book Fund announces African Poetry Library Initiative

    2014-08-13, Issue 691

    All five libraries have been established through partnerships with writing organizations, arts organizations, existing libraries, and influential individuals in the arts from each of the five launch countries, and all have received start-up donations of books collected and sent to them by the Fund

    Marikana widows to deliver 3000 signatures to e.tv and SABC

    2014-08-13, Issue 691

    Campaigners want an award-winning film about the Marikana massacre of 2012 shown on TV so that South Africans can know the truth about the brutal killing of the miners by police in 2012

    African solidarity with Palestine

    African scholars and scholars of Africa

    2014-08-14, Issue 691

    The petition urges urges all African scholars and scholars of Africa to sign against Israel's murderous onslaught in Gaza. The ongoing Israeli massacres in Gaza have been ghastly reminders of the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians.

    Protest against Kagame visit to Washington

    Mutuyimana Manzi

    2014-08-06, Issue 690

    Among the African presidents who visited the White House this week for the US-Africa Leadership Summit is Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Obama needs to be reminded that Kagame has been linked to serious violations in his country, ranging from assassinations to theft of Congolese resources

    Urgent Call: Bir Zeit University Institute of Women's Studies

    2014-08-07, Issue 690

    Institute calls on all scholars of the world, women’s organizations, all who fight for freedom and justice to take a clear stand against the racist state of Israel’s continuous war crimes, genocidal acts and rape culture.

    Coalition of feminists condemns ‘massacre’ in Gaza, urge support for BDS

    Statement in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and with seekers of freedom and justice world-wide

    2014-08-07, Issue 690

    'We stand with the Palestinian community and with activists all over the world in condemning the flagrant injustices of the current Israeli massacre against the Palestinians of Gaza; the land, air, and sea blockade of Gaza; and the Israeli occupation of Palestine'

    Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now!

    2014-07-16, Issue 687

    Numerous Palestinian civil society organisations are calling on people and nations of the world to demand and end to the orgy of brutal violence conducted by the Israeli government in Gaza. Without international pressure, Israel will continue the massacres

    Young women stand up against violence and discrimination

    Peter Kenworthy

    2014-07-16, Issue 687

    Eradicating violence and discrimination against women in Zimbabwe is an arduous task that demands hands-on training and mobilization in the rural areas where the violence is most prevalent. Not by a well-meaning Western NGO, mind you, but by the women themselves.

    Protest letter to PCEA Moderator Rt. Rev. David Gathanju on Destruction of Kibagare Wetland

    2014-07-16, Issue 687

    Two members of civil society were attacked and wounded by goons hired by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa last Saturday when they visited Kibagare wetland where PCEA has begun construction of luxury apartments. Now civil society wants the PCEA leadership to stop the destruction of the wetland

    Draft Appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

    A Call for Assistance in the Efforts to Halt Racism, Racial Discrimination and Acts of Genocide Directed Towards the People of the City of Detroit in the United States of America

    2014-07-16, Issue 687

    Two organizations allege that deliberate actions by the State of Michigan through its Governor Rick Snyder and majority right-wing legislative bodies are calculated and well-planned to foster the disempowerment of the African American people

    Civil society organisations condemn approval of EPAs by ECOWAS leaders

    2014-07-16, Issue 687

    Many reputable organisations have over the years demonstrated that the EPAs are against the fundamental developmental needs of the economies of West Africa. The EPAs will lead to the collapse of the domestic manufacturing and other productive sectors due to undue pressure from the subsidized goods from Europe and loss of revenue from trade taxes

    Our struggle to be counted as part of the public continues

    2014-07-16, Issue 687

    The cases of two women who were arrested for protesting against the demolition of their homes were dismissed last week. It is a positive sign, but the struggles of the shack-dwellers against state neglect and violence continue

    Kenya: Stop the Presbyterian Church of East Africa from destroying Kibagare wetland

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    An ecological haven for numerous tree, plant and bird species, as well as a source of income for an estimated 300 plant and pot sellers and other people who have been working in the area for over 15 years, the wetland was allocated to the Presbyterian Church of East Africa by the Kenyan government in compensation for land the church had lost elsewhere

    SOAWR coalition condemns unfair of women human rights defenders in Egypt

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    The arrest and trial of the women once again highlights unacceptable state repression. The seven have been denied release pending hearing of their case, which resumes in September

    Legendary USA hip-hop artist Talib Kweli cancels Israeli gig citing "Israeli apartheid"

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    Since the Palestinian call for a boycott against Israel was issued in 2005 several high profile artists, musicians and authors have cancelled Israeli performances and engagements including Stevie Wonder, Danny Glover, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Alice Walker, Stephen Hawking, Mira Nair and the music band Faithless

    Informal traders protest against police harrasment

    2014-06-19, Issue 683

    The South African City of Tshwane has neglected the interests of its small traders, who are being subjected to police brutality and theft of their wares by the officers

    The Sankara affair: A new denial of justice, mobilisation continues

    2014-06-19, Issue 683

    Once again the process of authenticating the tomb of Sankara ends in a denial of justice. The reality of Burkina Faso is that Blaise Campaore is the sole and veritable judge in this affair. And he panics each time the issue comes up, afraid that he himself might be charged, just as he panics at the idea of being sued for his role in the wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone and la Côte d’Ivoire.

    MPs should shelve the new Mining Bill for further stakeholder consultation

    Maurice Ouma Odhiambo

    2014-06-11, Issue 682

    If enacted in its present form, the Mining Bill 2014 will place huge powers over the mining industry in the hands of the Cabinet Secretary, complicate bureaucracy and especially deny people in mining areas any meaningful voice, which is against the constitutional requirement of popular participation

    Meriam’s courage: facing death by hanging

    Hala Al-Karib

    2014-06-11, Issue 682

    Meriam Ibrahim Yahya is incarcerated and shackled in Sudan'sOmdurman Women’s Prison. Her twenty-month old child is with her, and she recently gave birth in prison to her second child. Charged with apostasy last month month, she faces flogging and then death by hanging.

    #BringBackOurGirls: All of our girls

    Kavinya Makau

    2014-06-12, Issue 682

    The abhorrent abduction and abuse of Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram terrorist group highlights the violence and other horrendous violations that girls face in Africa and around the world. As we mark the Day of the African Child on 16 June, Equality Now says that no efforts should be spared to ensure girls live secure and happy lives

    The political perils of criminalising academic freedom in Mozambique

    Bridget O’Laughlin

    2014-06-04, Issue 681

    A well-respected Mozambican academic is facing trial for a comment he made on Facebook critical of President Guebuza. This is flagrant violation of the professor’s freedom of opinion and of expression. Such repression may close down public debate and lead to self-censorship.

    Rev Jackson's letter to the World Bank Board of Governors

    2014-06-05, Issue 681

    Rev. Jesse Jackson urges the Bank to address the issue of rampant racism against Black people.

    Civil rights leader writes to World Bank calling for action against racism

    2014-06-05, Issue 681

    The Chair of The National Congress of Black Women wants the World Bank to expeditiously establish an independent high-level commission to review the current situation of racism against blacks at the institution and provide recommendations for fundamental reforms.

    The case of the missing professor

    Tagreed Abdin

    2014-05-22, Issue 679

    Professor Omar Haroon Al Khaleefa left his home in an upscale neighborhood of Khartoum North and was never seen again. His family holds the Sudanese authorities responsible for his disappearance, saying they have failed to investigate new information that has come to light.

    Human dignity, religion and homophobia

    Anneke Meerkotter

    2014-05-21, Issue 679

    17 May is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Such a day has become necessary to remind society of the way in which we apply inconsistent moral standards on a daily basis against people based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

    Bring Back Our Girls: Statement by the Pan African Institute for Development

    2014-05-21, Issue 679

    The Pan African Institute calls on Boko Haram to release unharmed the abducted girls or face the consequences of their barbaric actions.

    Civil Society Organisations Commend the African Commission’s Resolution Condemning Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    2014-05-21, Issue 679

    A coalition of organisations and human rights defenders working to advance human and peoples’ rights welcomes the adoption of a Resolution on Protection Against Violence and other Human Rights Violations Against Persons on the Basis of their Real or Imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity' by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights at its 55th session held in Luanda, Angola, April 2014.

    Celebrating African Liberation Day

    2014-05-21, Issue 679

    On this African liberation day, we, the undersigned, note with grave concern the continent-wide deepening crisis including, growing militarism, the crisis in democracy, an expanding neoliberal economic order, deepening patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism, amongst others.

    Solidarity day of action for #bringbackourgirls

    To take place across Africa on Thursday, May 15

    2014-05-14, Issue 678

    All citizens of conscience are invited to join in the solidarity day of action to speak out against increasing fundamentalisms and oppressive systems of patriarchy and domination which perpetuate injustice.

    Concern over the transfer of refugee journalists to designated areas

    2014-05-14, Issue 678

    At least 20 journalists have been arrested in recent months in the crackdown on refugees by the Kenyan government in its efforts to improve security.

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