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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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    Biometric smart ID cards: Dumb idea

    Jane Duncan

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc MSN
    Countries in the South have jumped on the biometric bandwagon, including South Africa, in spite of the many red flags about the technology. Citizens need to be aware that the ID cards allow governments to carry out surveillance of people considered to be a threat to the interests of the ruling classes

    The BRICS: A response to Yash Tandon

    Mike Davies

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc Wiki
    In the Pambazuka special edition on “Revisiting the sub-imperialist BRICS,” Patrick Bond and other writers were critical of the role of BRICS . Later Yash Tandon wrote a rejoinder to such BRICS bashing. Below is a piece that calls progressive forces to address the agency of local elites in colluding with capitalism and imperialism and oppose both global imperialism and local tyranny

    Inside or outside?

    The perpetual dilemma of what constitutes the best interests for children with mothers in prison

    Irene Sithole

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc NR
    Should little children be allowed to stay with their mothers in prison or they should be separated? This is a difficult question, but there are some suggestions on what should be done for the best interests of the child

    Afro-Uruguay: A brief history

    George Reid Andrews

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc WWC
    Afro-Uruguayans have contributed to the construction of Uruguay as a consequence of enslavement. They have set up important organisations such as Mundo Afro to lobby the national government to recognise its black minority as an equal member of the national community

    Namibia's gender zebra

    Alexander O'Riordan

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc LM
    In a commitment to gender equity Namibia’s government will introduce a new system to achieve 50 percent representation of women in leadership positions. Will it really change the socio-economic, political structures and mind-set in the country?

    A dream deferred

    Kristen McTighe

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc SAT
    The post-revolution governments in Egypt have done little to appease a disgruntled, restless and marginalised youth. The youth spearheaded the revolt that toppled the Mubarak dictatorship, but a largely ageing elite is still at the helm.

    Human rights and wrongs: Demonising homosexuality in Ethiopia

    Elissa Jobson

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc HT
    Young gay men are taking refuge online as their lives become increasingly difficult in this deeply conservative country

    An eco-warrior for the earth

    Zahra Moloo

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc CC
    The environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, deplores the Green Revolution in Africa and oil spills in the Niger Delta region. He does not underestimate the work to be done to educate people on the need to stop those who wish to destroy the environment and to redefine new concepts of development

    Rethinking the role of global investment in Africa’s development

    Yash Tandon

    2014-07-03, Issue 685

    cc Indep UK
    Much hope is placed on foreign direct investment to deliver development capital for African countries. Yet FDIs are part of the global financial capitalist system, which maintains and reproduces inequality and keeps African states dependent on Western countries and financial institutions

    Iraq, Libya, Syria: Three reasons African Americans should oppose U.S. intervention in Africa

    Ajamu Baraka

    2014-07-02, Issue 685

    cc The Nation
    As the U.S. tightens its military grip on Africa, “it is absolutely imperative that we embark on a massive educational campaign with our folks that will expose the real intentions of the U.S. on the continent and worldwide.” There is nothing “humanitarian” about U.S. intentions. “The plan for Africa is being written in the blood of the people in Iraq, Syria and Libya.”

    Helping children learn without fear

    Towards the elimination of corporal punishment and adoption of positive discipline in Zimbabwean schools: A human rights perspective

    Munyaradzi Muchacha

    2014-07-03, Issue 685

    cc KP
    Corporal punishment is still a popular and lawful method of disciplining children in Zimbabwean schools. But this brutality violates children’s rights and contravenes the Zimbabwean constitution and international conventions. Corporal punishment should be abolished

    Africa and its Diaspora in migration dynamics

    Tidiane Kasse

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc DM
    This special issue of Pambazuka News shows that the question of migration is entangled with complex political, economic, legal, social, cultural issues. One cannot address this issue from an African perspective without thinking about the violence and pillage rampant on the continent over the past several centuries

    Migration and Africa: On the urgent need to think beyond the nation-state

    Marco Zoppi

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc GIS
    European powers imposed the nation-state on Africa through colonialism. But even after African independencies, mainstream discourses and government policies have amplified the idea that sedentariness and the state are the only acceptable mode of modernity. Migration is portrayed as a menace to the societies where the migrants wish to settle

    African migrants in the Middle East and North Africa: Separate line of theorizing needed

    Kelsey P. Norman

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc FT
    How African migrants in the two regions are treated is determined by a number of factors, which should be examined for comprehensive understanding, including the domestic political and economic conditions in the host state, relations between neighbouring countries and the sending state, and relations between the migrants and the local population

    Sinking hope

    Thousands of Africans drown every year as they sail to Europe in search of jobs

    Kebba Dibba

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc EIM
    Europe has transformed itself into a fortress, with anti-immigration legislation a centrepiece of foreign and domestic policy. Stringent visa regimes, among other restrictions, simply disqualify many aspiring migrants, forcing them to take ever more desperate measures.

    ‘This life of refugee’

    Somalis in Dadaab occupy the grey spaces of international law

    Ben Rawlence

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc EIM
    The huge refugee camps of Dadaab in northern Kenya, the largest in the world, are a living testimonial to the failure of the international system in dealing with the victims of forced migration.

    The drivers and outcomes of feminization of migration in Africa

    Nedson Pophiwa

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc WUN
    Migration from Africa has historically been a male-dominated phenomenon, but the pattern has changed significantly in recent decades. African women are leaving their countries of birth to create new lives elsewhere. Economic opportunities are primarily available in childcare, domestic and sex work. These trends should be of special interest to those in the policy-making spaces who are concerned about the wellbeing of female migrants

    Second-generation African-Canadian youth: setting a research agenda

    Rita Nketiah

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc AC
    The experiences of African-Canadian youth are dissimilar from those of their parents who migrated to Canada. Such youth possess multiple ethnic and racial labels to identify themselves whilst facing discrimination in Canada

    Mind the gap(s)

    Climate change displaced persons in Africa and the limitations of the refugee protection regime

    Alex Lenferna

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc ET
    The effects of climate change and the ways that it will lead to increases in migration are both myriad and complex. The issue is: how to assist those who will be displaced by the effects of climate change and not leave them to fall into the gaps of the legal systems we have erected

    Illegal migration: Fruit of an unjust order

    Abdoulie Sey

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc DW
    The present political and economic configuration of the planet is a perfect catalyst for illegal migration. When wealth and power is concentrated in the hands of a few monopolists cornered in one part or negligible parts of the earth, we can only expect that the deprived majority would strive by all means to access the oases.

    Illegal immigration: Putting an end to it

    Marie Anne Zammit

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc DM
    Thousands of migrants every year attempt to flee conflict, misrule and poverty in African countries to seek a better life in Europe. European nations, this writer argues, should tighten enforcement of immigration laws and work closely with African governments to stop this exodus

    Which African diaspora? A slavery descendant's perspective, 500 years later

    Marian Douglas-Ungaro

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc HD
    Would it not be both accurate and fair to acknowledge, and to designate, that there exists more than one ‘African diaspora’?

    Rumble in the Belgian bungle

    Citizenship questions are at the heart of the DRC's Conflict

    Carol Jean Gallo

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc RW
    Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in the eastern Kivu provinces, can be traced to its convoluted history of migration, citizenship and property rights.

    The forgotten African soldiers in WWII celebrations

    Gary K. Busch

    2014-06-18, Issue 683

    cc DW
    More than a million African soldiers were engaged in this war, some as volunteers while most of them were forcibly conscripted. They fought in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Far East. But there contribution remains unacknowledged

    Rwanda: To what extent did the Hamitic Myth prepare the ground for 1994?

    Hanno Brankamp

    2014-06-18, Issue 683

    cc MC
    Colonial era depiction of the Tutsi as a superior Hamitic race that invaded Rwanda laid the ground for severe ethnic polarisation. This myth resurfaced in the period leading to and during the genocide of 1994

    Twenty years of democracy: should we celebrate?

    Mpoletsang Raymond Montshosi

    2014-06-19, Issue 683

    cc Bio
    The ANC has been in power for twenty years. Whilst there have been some achievements, high unemployment, income inequalities, service delivery protests demonstrate that the promissory note of better life for the working class has been bypassed. A neoliberal democracy has benefitted a black elite and its white minority counterpart

    Rough and polished: South Africa short-changed on diamond trade

    Khadija Sharife

    2014-06-12, Issue 682

    cc GD
    Through the exploitation of loopholes in the tax system, under a veil of proprietary confidentiality, the diamond industry is systematically short-changing the citizens of South Africa.

    Solidarity economies: A guerrilla war against capitalism

    An interview with Nicolás Cruz Tineo

    Beverly Bell and Jessica Hsu

    2014-06-11, Issue 682

    cc TIN
    Capitalism is based on the philosophy that man is inherently evil and selfish. But solidarity economies suggest something different: that we are human, we cooperate with one another, we love, we struggle for the love of humanity, and that the future of our planet, our life, is based on our having a culture of brotherhood, sisterhood, collaboration, cooperation. It is an economy of love.

    Human security implications of anti-gay law on sexual minorities in Nigeria

    Toyin Ajao

    2014-06-11, Issue 682

    cc TL
    Following institutionalized discrimination against homosexuals in various African countries, a debate focusing on the human security implications of this is vital. Discrimination, arrests and violence towards real or perceived homosexuals negatively affect security, health care, the economy, human development and democracy.

    The BRICS: Yash Tandon asks tough questions – which we all need to ponder

    Patrick Bond

    2014-06-11, Issue 682

    cc EK
    Patrick Bond addresses questions raised by Yash Tandon in regards to the role of the BRICS in Africa and in the current configuration of the neoliberal international capitalist order. The challenge is for critics of BRICS to strategise with the world’s progressive forces to build a genuine anti-imperialist movement

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