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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.
The December edition available here.

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Norman Girvan: The passing of a true Caribbean patriot

Movement for Social justice

2014-04-16, Issue 674

The Caribbean has lost a fighter and believer in social justice, one who knew that another world is not only necessary but possible! The working people and poor have lost a true friend!

A tribute to Major Gen Siyaya Nkonyeni

Motsoko Pheko

2014-04-03, Issue 672

Major General Nkonyeni was a true Pan Africanist and a hero of the South African liberation struggle in the fearless tradition of the freedom fighters. His exploits will remain an inspiration for future generations

Who will replace Bob Crow and Tony Benn?

More working classes champions are needed

Ama Biney

2014-03-20, Issue 670

Reviled by the right wing British press, Crow and Benn championed the interests of the working people of Britain and struggled for social justice issues of workers around the world.

Bishop Lesaoana Caleb Makanda: Freedom fighter, diplomat and prophet

Motsoko Pheko

2014-01-30, Issue 663

The measure of a man is not how he died, but how he lived his life. Not what he gained, but what he gave. The greatest thing in life is to live for a purpose

Amiri Baraka has died: Long live Amiri Baraka!

Anthony Monteiro

2014-01-15, Issue 661

To truly honour Amiri Baraka, one must examine his travels, the political journeys he undertook in search of paths to self-determination for his people and all humanity. He sought a liberatory synthesis of culture and politics. ‘We need a Cultural Revolution in the US and internationally, to reorient the world and ultimately transform it where we and everybody else is self-determining.’

Richard Hart: A tribute

Luke Daniels

2014-01-16, Issue 661

Richard Hart was a pioneer in the development of Trade Unions, political parties and organizations in the Caribbean. Although he pursued a career as a solicitor, he is more widely known as a historian and politician. He has written numerous books, pamphlets and papers

Baba John Watusi Branch becomes an Ancestor

2014-01-08, Issue 660

Baba John Watusi Branch was and is the spiritual embodiment of an African with profound love, an authentic legacy and an uncompromising loyalty to African people

Lionel Cliffe: An Africanist scholar and global citizen

Karim F Hirji

2013-11-14, Issue 654

Prof Cliffe, first chair of the Department of Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam and founder-editor of the Review of African Political Economy, was a socialist, sympathetic to Mwalimu Nyerere’s policies, and a supporter of the total liberation of Africa from external domination

Commemorating the life of Leslie Sacks

Leslie Sacks Fine Art

2013-10-30, Issue 652

While studying at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, Sacks became a leading figure in human rights activism, fighting against apartheid and demonstrating his support for the Johannesburg Jewish community

Jessica Huntley, 23 February 1927 - 13 October 2013

2013-10-17, Issue 650

Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA (FHALMA) are sad to announce the death of Jessica Huntley on Sunday, 13 October 2013, at the age of 86.

Herman Wallace: Veteran Black Panther, Political Prisoner, Freedom Fighter

Angola 3 member was held in solitary confinement for 41 years before being released from prison

Abayomi Azikiwe

2013-10-10, Issue 649

The injustice of the Angola 3 is not an isolated situation. There are many political prisoners being held in prisons inside the U.S, despite repeated government denials

Remembering Kofi Awoonor

Wole Soyinka

2013-10-03, Issue 648

'We cannot continue to pretend that those who have set their sight against that enabling spark that we call creativity, those who arrogate to themselves the right to dispose of innocent lives at will, belong within the same moral universe to which you and I belong'

In Memoriam: Belinda Allan

Patricia Daley

2013-08-15, Issue 643

Belinda Allan, who was a founding Director and Trustee of Fahamu, died in June this year at the age of 77. Belinda was a strong supporter of all the things that Fahamu stands for – social justice and human rights. Victoria Britain, in an obituary in the Guardian Newspaper (14 July 2013), refers to Belinda’s 'early days of Amnesty International, [as a co-founder in] the successful launching of refugee studies as an Oxford University discipline, to years of active support for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and the grim camps in Lebanon’. Belinda was unassuming in character, but had a strong presence in any audience, partly due to her commanding stature and colourful dress sense. Belinda resigned as a Director and Trustee in 2010, but remained a loyal friend of the charity, such that when Fahamu started to experience difficulties in 2012 and she discovered that her resignation had not been, as presumed, made official, she returned to support the organization, despite the diagnosis of a life threatening illness. During this difficult time she only wanted good news and was cheered whenever she was told about the determination of the staff to ensure the survival of Fahamu. Not all the current Fahamu staff had the chance to meet her, but those who did write about her generosity of spirit and her welcoming home. Her support is sadly missed by all. * Dr Patricia Daley is the Chairperson of Fahamu Board.

Comrade Njoroge Wanguthi, a freedom hero

Gacheke Gachihi

2013-06-13, Issue 634

He spent his life struggling for democratic reforms in Kenya and suffered much for it, spending long years in prison under the Moi dictatorship. His commitment should inspire new generations of revolutionaries

Condolences to the Gqobose family

Passing on of the oldest freedom fighter in South Africa

Motsoko Pheko

2013-04-25, Issue 627

The spiritual transition of Cde Gqobose to his Creator and to the ancestors is not to be mourned, but to be celebrated with gratitude to God who lent Gqobs to this family and to South Africa and indeed, to humanity as whole

Zolile Hamilton Keke: A tribute

He was there in battles for the land of our ancestors

Motsoko Pheko

2013-02-13, Issue 616

Comrade Keke never compromised his politics. He was never a summer soldier. He was never a political turncoat. He has died with his vows for genuine liberation of Azania unbroken

Tribute: Professor Tony Martin is now an Ancestor

Cecil Gutzmore

2013-01-24, Issue 614

A committed Garveyite and Pan-Afrikanist, Prof Martin was peerlessly rigorous in his research and writing on the contribution of these important subjects in the experience of the Afrikan nation

Joseph Mkwanazi: Tribute to a great man

A Pan Africanist leader in exile for many years

Motsoko Pheko

2013-01-09, Issue 612

The graves are full of great men who never became great because they did not give themselves responsibility. Joseph Mkwanazi, affectionately called ‘Kwani’ by many who know how he has lived his life, gave himself responsibility

Charles Roach, an exemplary drum major for justice

Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity

2012-10-10, Issue 601

Charley betrayed the fate of his calling by rejecting blatant complicity with forces of oppression and placing his knowledge and skills at the disposal of Afrikans and suffering humanity.

The passion of Hastings Maloya: A tribute

Steve Sharra

2012-09-19, Issue 598

‘As an environmentalist, Hastings was a walking library of knowledge about Mulanje Mountain and the environment in Malawi.’

Nabudere: An uncompromising revolutionary

Yash Tandon

2012-07-12, Issue 593

A long-time comrade of revolutionary figure Dani Wadada Nabudere provides an in-depth view of the Ugandan leader’s life and often uncelebrated achievements.

Remembering Dani Wadada Nabudere

David Simon

2012-07-12, Issue 593

A tribute to the pan-Africanist Ugandan leader and towering intellectual, one of the last of the liberation struggle luminaries.

Writer Rosa Guy was a Pan-Africanist

Margaret Busby

2012-06-20, Issue 590

Author, playwright and civil rights activist who confronted the tough realities of race, sex, class and poverty in her work.

Remembering Adrienne Rich

Benjamin Doherty

2012-04-05, Issue 580

She is one of the most influential poets of the late 20th century.

Mama’s song

Akwasi Aidoo

2012-04-05, Issue 580

March 29 was a sad day... We lost Adrienne Rich, one of the most inspiring poets we were blessed with. She gave our dreams a soul called social justice.

Kenyan journalist and community leader murdered

John Bwakali

2012-03-01, Issue 572

A leading member of Kenya Indymedia - whose motto was that 'we are servants of the community' - has been gunned down.

Homage to a humble man

Karim F. Hirji

2012-02-15, Issue 570

A little-known Tanzanian academic who played a big role at the University of Dar es Salaam in the 1970s died on 29 January 2011.

Blyden-Cowart: George Padmore’s daughter dies, February 3, 2012

Edwin S Wilson

2012-02-09, Issue 569

A tribute

A tribute to the Hon Dudley J. Thompson, ambassador of Jamaica

P. J. Patterson

2012-01-26, Issue 567

Until his death on 20 January 2012, Dudley J. Thompson remained a revered leader of the Afro-American diaspora.

Unsung hero: Michael Kofi Ameko

Explo N. Nani-Kofi

2012-01-11, Issue 565

Michael Kofi Ameko, a close aide to Kwame Nkrumah, died just before Christmas at the age of 85. His life was one of public service to the cause of Ghana and Africa.

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