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Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: December 2011 newsletter

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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An open protest to President Kenyatta on harassment of Somalis

Khalif Abdi Farah

2014-04-16, Issue 674

Ethnic Somalis in Kenya have always been the target of security operations resulting in serious human rights violations. That is what is currently happening again following attacks by suspected Al Shabaab militants. But not all Somalis are terrorists. The state should respect their fundamental rights as citizens

Don’t vote for these messiahs

Ayanda Kota

2014-04-16, Issue 674

We have the vote but the political parties do not represent the aspirations of the people, writes Ayanda Kota, founder of the Unemployed People’s Movement.

OAU students union elections and management’s vicious interference

Democratic Socialist Movement

2014-04-16, Issue 674

To blacklist students is not only a witch-hunt aimed at preventing activists from holding union offices but also a calculated scheme to weaken the OAU students’ union and establish it under the direct manipulation of the university administration

Insecurity: Our country is descending into chaos

2014-04-03, Issue 672

Following several major acts of violence in Kenya, the Centre for Law and Research International and the Coalition for Constitution Implementation are calling upon the government to urgently implement measures that will adequately tackle the problem.

Police corruption rife between Bulawayo and Plumtree border post

2014-04-03, Issue 672

A recent incident underscores the magnitude of lack of professionalism and corruption among police officers in Zimbabwe. There is an urgent need for reforms

Sudan: Enforced disappearance of human rights defenders

Mr Mohamed Salah Mohamed and others

Frontline Defenders

2014-04-03, Issue 672

On 20 March 2014, human rights defender Mr Mohamed Salah Mohamed was forcibly disappeared at Khartoum International Airport as he was travelling to a workshop in Tunisia. His family have not been provided with any information about his whereabouts, nor has he had access to legal counsel

Reeyot Alemu: Honoring one of Africa’s bravest women in journalism

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Her principled stance for truth and justice in defiance of government and injustice, has earned her international accolades. You can join the campaign for her release

Nkandla report’s story: Taking from the poor to give to the rich

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Funds meant for informal settlement upgrading and urban regeneration diverted to upgrading the President’s home

World Bank grant for Inga 3 Dam denounced as support for Africa’s next ‘White Elephant’

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Even though only 9 percent of the DRC population has access to electricity, the power generated by Inga 3 will primarily benefit mining companies and export markets

4th Edition of the West African Seed Fair: A Communique

West African Peasant Seed Committee (COASP)

2014-03-26, Issue 671

On the occasion of the 4th edition of the West African peasant seed fair, held in Djimini, Senegal, from March 11-13, 2014, 350 participants, representing 54 delegations from Benin, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Niger, Mali, Togo, Senegal, Guinea, India, Europe and Canada assembled to promote peasant seeds.

Statement by civil society on recent terror attacks in Kenya

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Six people were killed and several others injured in Mombasa in the latest terror attack on 23 March. Police have announced a shoot-to-kill order against terror suspects, a decision civil society rejects

New documentary film reveals Brazilian anger at Soccer World Cup

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Brazilian rage against Fifa’s Soccer World Cup is revealed in a new documentary film ahead of the event planned for June this year

Right2Know protest rally in Johannesburg against police brutality on Human Rights Day

2014-03-19, Issue 670

To voice our outrage at increasing police brutality and the growing attacks on the right to protest, the Right2Know Campaign will hold a protest rally on Friday, 21 March (Human Rights Day), at the Johannesburg Central Police Station.

Leadership for Change goes to Botswana

2014-03-19, Issue 670

The second thematic session of the Leadership for Change initiative started today [March 17] in Gaborone Botswana, with 12 participants selected from South Africa, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho.

Uganda: UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa slams anti-gay law

Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe

2014-03-12, Issue 669

Statement by Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS in Africa, on the signing into law of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda

Supporting the LGBTI struggle in Uganda

2014-03-04, Issue 668

Guidelines to national, regional and international partners on how to offer support now that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill has become law

Urgent appeal to stop Italian firm land grab in Senegal

2014-03-06, Issue 668

An urgent appeal has been launched to stop an Italian-Senegalese land grabbing project in Senegal, strongly opposed by the communities of the northern region of Ndiaël, because it deprives them of access to their lands and threatens their basic means of subsistence. The Senhuile-Sénéthanol project poses a grave threat to the food sovereignty of 9000 inhabitants in the affected region, and it is implemented by a very shady corporate structure.

Karuturi, the iconic landgrabber, flops

An unhappy Valentine's Day for some

2014-02-19, Issue 666

Karuturi Ltd, the Kenyan flower production unit of Karuturi Global, is in financial collapse and been put under receivership. One of the world's most infamous landgrabbers is in its deepest trouble yet.

NUGA 2014: Re-emphasising the need for improved funding and democratic management of education

Wole Olubanji

2014-02-19, Issue 666

There are many instances of mismanagement witnessed at Nigerian public universities, including embezzlement of the inadequate funds doled out by the capitalist state. This needs to be investigated and the culprits made to face the law

World Bank hands Inga 3 Dam over to private sector

International Rivers

2014-02-12, Issue 665

In a strange twist, the World Bank’s biggest ever hydropower project is now set to serve the interests of mining corporations rather than the people of DR Congo

Nigeria: Civil society statement on Senate Committee probe on non-remittance of oil revenue

2014-02-12, Issue 665

At least $10 billion is believed to have not been remitted to the national coffers by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. A Senate committee is investigating the scam and civil society want the probe completed and stern action taken on perpetrators

Kenya: Statement on the violence at Masjid Musa Mosque, Mombasa

Muslim Human Rights Forum

2014-02-06, Issue 664

Muslim Human Rights Forum calls for an independent inquiry into the causes of the extreme violence at Masjid Musa and other places and the putting in place of civil and legally acceptable measures of detecting and dealing with manifestations of violent extremism from any quarter be they religious or secular, state or non-state actors

US takes historic stance against land grabs-related forced evictions in Ethiopia

2014-02-06, Issue 664

Oakland, CA – In a historic move, the US Congress has taken a stance on land grabs-related human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains provisions that ensure that US development funds are not used to support forced evictions in Ethiopia

On the recall of Madibeng mayor and the chief whip: ANC election posturing

2014-02-06, Issue 664

The decision to only recall the mayor and chief whip of the Madibeng municipality is nothing but election posturing by the ANC. It shows that the ANC leadership are tied hand and foot to Anglo American and are indeed a lackey of imperialism.

Haiti: Christian Aid calls for end of secrecy over mining of £12bn minerals

2014-01-30, Issue 663

Concern is growing at the secrecy surrounding deals struck between Haitian government and US and Canadian mining companies over the country’s estimated £12bn gold, silver and copper deposits

Crisis in Mothotlung, ANC hit squad and empty promises

2014-01-30, Issue 663

The hype around the ANC manifesto launch on the Sat 11th January had hardly died down when a mere two days later three protestors lay dead in the streets of Mothotlung

Statement calling for a ceasefire in South Sudan

Sudan Solidarity Network

2014-01-08, Issue 660

Sudan Solidarity Network calls for immediate end of the fighting that has killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands of others in the world’s newest nation

South Sudan: Civil society calls for dialogue to end conflict

2014-01-08, Issue 660

The groups say open and free dialogue that yield a mutually accepted agreement reached through the informed opinion of all the concerned parties, are the only way to resolve the current political differences

South Sudan: Listen to the peacemakers

Justice Africa

2014-01-08, Issue 660

Justice Africa calls for support for civil society engagement in transformation processes in South Sudan

South Africa: Letter of support to NUMSA

Socialist Party of Azania

2014-01-08, Issue 660

The metal wokers union has consistently refused to be used as a rubber stamp to all the anti-worker policies of the South African government that is clearly pursuing policies that have put profits above people, especially workers

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