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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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Somalis: The cash cow of the Kenyan police

Badrudeen Shariff

2014-04-17, Issue 674

Badrudeen Shariff looks into some of the reasons for police corruption and unfair treatment of Somalis in Kenya – and questions whether giving fair treatment to police in the first place would not prevent such problems.

Induced and forced repatriation is ongoing in Kenya

Victor Nyamori

2014-04-17, Issue 674

Refugees in Kenya are often the victims of inhumane and illegal treatment by the government. Activists must work with the government to abolish the practice of forcible repatriation and to improve the pathetic conditions in refugee camps.

Revisiting the question of radicalization and violence at the Kenyan coast

Hawa Noor Mohammed

2014-04-16, Issue 674

Excessive government force and state assassinations in the name of counterterrorism have split the Muslim community in Kenya into moderates and radicals with differing interpretations of Jihad. Extremists attract especially impoverished youths who hold resentment towards the government as their communities continue to be marginalized and deprived

British teacher’s heroism versus Al Shabab’s barbarism

Bashir Goth

2014-04-16, Issue 674

Al Shabab followers wake up every morning with a plan on how many lives they can take, not how many lives they would save. They read Quran and in their demented minds come up with wrong self-serving interpretations

It’s wrong to advocate decriminalisation of mass murder and sexual violence

Obote-Odora Alex

2014-04-17, Issue 674

Thabo Mbeki and Mahmood Mamdani have argued for post-conflict political resolution which seeks to peacefully reconcile societies by treating both victims and perpetrators as survivors. But such a model is an insult to victims and promotes impunity rather than justice. The courts are indispensable tools of justice and reconciliation.

The Habré affair : Why Chad cannot file a case

Reed Brody

2014-04-17, Issue 674

Chad accuses Hissène Habré of having looted the Chadian treasury upon fleeing the country, and with reason. But it is obvious that a legal entity, such as a company or a state, cannot be the victim of most serious violations of international law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture.

Russia and the Ukraine crisis

The Euro-Asian project in conflict with the Triad imperialist policies

Samir Amin

2014-04-17, Issue 674

Russia’s policy to resist the project of colonisation of Ukraine by western powers should be supported. The target of constructing a Euro-Asian community, independent of the Triad and its European subordinate partners, is a positive initiative

The church: a symbol of oppression?

Danmore Chuma

2014-04-02, Issue 672


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Over sixty percent of Zimbabwe’s population are Christians. However, not all churches are supportive of homosexuality and endorse the Zimbabwe constitution that criminalizes same sex marriage yet disallows discrimination. Meanwhile several politicians make reckless denunciations of homosexuals whilst others quietly indulge in homosexual acts themselves

‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ in 2014 Ethiopiana

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2014-04-03, Issue 672

In Orwellian Ethiopia, the government is using foreign technology to bolster its widespread telecom surveillance of opposition activists and journalists both in Ethiopia and abroad. Addis Ababa uses control of its telecom system as a tool to silence dissenting voices

Zambia in free fall under the wand of Michael Sata

Charles Mwewa

2014-04-02, Issue 672

The economy of Zambia is in bad shape under the helm of President Michael Sata. Sata’s liability is not in the fact that he is too old, or some of his ministers are ancient, his deficiency is in the fact that he lacks an economic vision for the country

We must not apologise for reparations demands

Renwick Rose

2014-04-03, Issue 672

Caribbean nations are seeking reparations from Europe for the slave trade. All peoples of Africa and the Caribbean should support this cause. We ought to fully appreciate the lasting effects of genocide, slavery and colonialism - and how they relate to our condition today

Mandela’s legacy: challenge to African leaders

Japhet M. Zwana

2014-04-02, Issue 672

Why are African political leaders so drenched in opulence while their people are so poor? There are gluttonous heads of state in Africa who fail to emulate the example of the life of Nelson Mandela who was not inspired by greed and materialist accumulation

Letter to my son

Eskinder Nega

2014-03-26, Issue 671


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Freshly smuggled from a gulag in Ethiopia, this is a poignant, albeit long, letter from a journalist of exceptional courage: the brilliant veteran editor Eskinder Nega who is serving an 18-year prison sentence based on trumped-up terrorism charges in reprisal to his 2011 articles about the implications of the Arab Spring in his country

Kenya: Every day is party time in government offices

Paul Mwangi

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Kenya is struggling with a huge public wage bill. Much of the money goes into the pockets of ghost workers and greedy government officials. At all levels, there is breathtaking wastage of taxpayers’ money

Kwadir Felton and Cory Booker

Margaret Kimberley

2014-03-26, Issue 671

Kwadir Felton, one of Sen. Cory Booker’s constituents, faces 30 years in prison for allegedly assaulting the Jersey City police who shot and blinded him. But Felton can expect no constituent services from Booker. Black people demand next to nothing from their politicians.

Beyond the Anti-gay law, take refuge in Uganda

L.C.

2014-03-20, Issue 670

Beyond the ‘moral’ and ‘scientific’ justifications for the draconian anti-gay law in Uganda, a new nationalism is proposed, based not only on a supposed moral purity of Ugandans, and Africans in general, in opposition to the decadence of the whites, but also eugenics. It was the same with German Nazi’s policies of eliminating ‘unworthy lives’

Will Nigeria survive?

Chido Onumah

2014-03-19, Issue 670

Among the many issues the current national conference in Nigeria should examine is how to equitably generate and distribute wealth as well as redefine the meaning of citizenship

NIS aptitude test massacre: One step to darkness

Adewale Stephen

2014-03-20, Issue 670

The death of jobless youth last weekend brings to the fore the crisis of unemployment in Nigeria. Successive government of Africa’s most populous nation, a leading oil producer, have failed to create jobs. Now the youth need to rise and demand a better life from the rulers

The need for speed: disparities and similarities between Nigerians and Kenyans

Tunde Oyateru

2014-03-19, Issue 670

Nigerians and Kenyans have different sensibilities including very different attitudes to the stresses of life, whilst their politicians are very much the same as they continue to line their own pockets

Hope from new Master’s in gender degree in Namibia

Moses Magadza

2014-03-19, Issue 670

Namibia needs to tackle the problem of gender based violence in the country. A new degree in gender and development studies will assist in grappling with such problems. However, some argue that dealing with the epidemic of gender violence facing Namibia will require more than developing academic programmes

Promises to the poor, or promises to the rich? Which ones does Barack Obama intend to keep?

Bruce A. Dickson

2014-03-19, Issue 670

There are three kinds of promises. There are promises made among equals, freely kept and just as freely disregarded with no lasting hard feelings. There are promises the poor are obliged to make to the rich and to the state, which are enforced at gunpoint. And there are promises the wealthy and powerful make to the poor, which are almost invariably broken. Turns out this is a handy guide for which promises the Obama Administration has chosen to kept.

Inspire change in Nigeria

Mikang Longjan

2014-03-13, Issue 669

What is the situation for women in Nigeria today? Where have they come from and how much further do they have left to go before they can stimulate positive transformation for gender rights in their country?

Looks good on paper, but still lacks in practice

Advancing women’s rights in Nigeria

Catherine Angai

2014-03-13, Issue 669

The Nigerian Constitution has signed several international conventions to promote gender equality and women’s rights. However translating this legislation into real life advancements for women is yet to fully materialize.

Inspiring change on International Women’s Day

Okeoma Ndidi Ibe

2014-03-12, Issue 669

International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014 marked 40 years commemoration of women in an unequal world. In Lagos, Benin and Abuja women protested against the brutal killing and abduction of innocent students in Yobe, Nigeria. Women continue to mobilise for action and change around the world

God don’t love Africa and Africans!

Olúfémi Táíwò

2014-03-12, Issue 669

Africans are intoxicated with profound religiosity that fails to respect the secular. Yet, the reality is that God-intoxicated prelates, alfas, and imams do not realize how arrogant their pronouncements are and how their inebriation makes them unaware of how ungodlike their behavior is

Amilcar Cabral and the Tricontinental

Frédéric Thomas

2014-03-12, Issue 669

It is nearly half a century since Cabral’s heroic rousing speech in Cuba, but many of the points he made at the time remain valid. Crucially, ‘it is not by shouting or uttering insults against imperialism that we will achieve its liquidation.’ What will win the fight is ‘the daily practice of the struggle.’

A naval officer beat me up

Okachikwu Dibia

2014-03-13, Issue 669

The level of indiscipline in the Nigerian military, as revealed by this sad episode, is truly appalling. Soldiers should be professional at all times and respect the citizens who pay their salaries and whom the armed forces are created to protect

Why the media should smoke out the real enemies of devolution in Kenya

Tom Olang

2014-03-13, Issue 669

Kenya’s well regarded media ought to shift attention from the sideshows and power duels politicians engage in and instead focus more on important national development issues. It is a year since the devolved system of government was implemented. The media should lead in assessing how citizens have benefited from devolution and what needs to be done better.

Homage to Comrade Chavez

Gacheke Gachihi

2014-03-13, Issue 669

The late president of Venezuela was not only a great socialist revolutionary but also a passionate pan-Africanist. On the first anniversary of his passing, his eminent example of the struggle against imperialism is a model for all those who aspire to truly empower themselves and their people

Writing is on the wall for the lootocrats

Cameron Duodu

2014-03-12, Issue 669

The recent freezing of the assets of the former Nigerian dictator, Sani Abacha by the American government indicates that the writing is on the wall for Africa’s lootocrats. But will ordinary Nigerians benefit from the returned money?

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