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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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    Haiti: Cholera and the right to water

    2012-06-06, Issue 588

    Scientists have shown that the cholera pathogen came to Haiti with foreign UN troops who carried the bacteria in their bodies, and whose military base was dumping its sewage into a nearby river. The imported disease has claimed more than 7,000 lives and continues to ravage communities across Haiti. Read more about the this issue on the www.otherworldsarepossible.org website.

    Global: The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean world

    2012-06-06, Issue 588

    Over the course of nearly 20 centuries, millions of East Africans crossed the Indian Ocean and its several seas and adjoining bodies of water in their journey to distant lands, from Arabia and Iraq to India and Sri Lanka. The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World traces a truly unique and fascinating story of struggles and achievements across a variety of societies, cultures, religions, languages and times.

    Africa: Communique of the Global African Diaspora Summit

    2012-05-28, Issue 586

    The first ever Global African Diaspora Summit was held in Sandton, South Africa, on Africa Day, 25 May 2012. The meeting was attended by Heads of States or representative of the 54 Member States of the Union, the Government of the Caribbean Community, South and Latin America. The Summit began with welcome remarks by the Host, President Jacob Zuma which was followed by the remarks of Dr. Jean Ping, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Honorable David Dikins, former Mayor of New York , as Eminent person from the Diaspora, Honorable Arnold Joseph Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Samuel Hins, Prime Minister of the Republic of Guyana, on behalf of CARICOM, Mr. Esteban Lasto, the Vice President of the Republic of Cuba and President Nguema of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. The opening session was concluded with the opening remarks of President Boni Yayi, President of the Republic of Benin and Chairperson of the Union.

    Africa: AU gears up for African Diaspora summit

    2012-05-21, Issue 585

    The African Union Commission, in collaboration with South Africa, will hold the first Global African Diaspora Summit on 25 of May 2012 in the southern African nation. The summit will coincide with the African Day. 'The African Union recognises the fact that the African Diaspora, found in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and various parts of the world are an integral part of the continent,' the commission said ahead of the summit.

    United States: Long Distance Revolutionary

    2012-03-19, Issue 576

    For his latest exploration into America’s socio-political landscape, Stephen Vittoria joins forces with Prison Radio producer Noelle Hanrahan to bring Long Distance Revolutionary, the story of Mumia Abu-Jamal, to the screen. Abu-Jamal’s case remains one of the most controversial and heatedly debated in American legal history, with participants on both sides either protesting his innocence in the murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner or his absolute guilt with equal passion and more often, great vehemence.

    Africa: Multiple attempts to lure diaspora

    2012-02-16, Issue 570

    Nigeria has set aside $5 million for diaspora activities and prescribed a stipend of $2,500 to be paid to any member of its experts based abroad who decides to return home in a bid to turn 'brain drain into brain gain’. All over Africa, reports Africa Review, there are already similar attempts. In Kenya, a Draft Sessional Paper on the Diaspora was already being circulated and a web site was in place to identify the skills and expertise of citizens operating abroad.

    Global: Discussions on the 'The Warmth of Other Suns'

    2012-02-06, Issue 568

    This February, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), in partnership with the Applied Research Center’s Drop the I-Word campaign against the pejorative 'illegals', will be hosting an online nationwide book discussion about the critically acc...

    Iran: 10 reasons not to go to war

    2012-01-26, Issue 567

    There is no threat, sanctions lead to war and war leads to welfare cuts: These are three of the 10 reasons advanced by the website www.counterfire.org/ against possible war against Iran by Western powers....

    United States: White house announces Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg as a change champion

    2012-01-30, Issue 567

    The White House has chosen to honour Akili Dada founder and executive director, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, as one of fourteen Champions of Change who are leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa. These leaders are h...

    Global: How the State Department uses rap to spread propaganda abroad

    2012-01-11, Issue 565

    Since 2005, the US State Department has been using hip-hop as a bridge for foreign cultural diplomacy. Operating under the auspices of then-public diplomacy undersecretary Karen Hughes, the 'Rhythm Road' program began sending 'hip-hop envoys' to, mos...

    Haiti: Two years on and Haitians still bear the brunt of slow aid

    2012-01-12, Issue 565

    Two years after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, international aid donors have delivered only half of the billions of dollars promised for reconstruction, according to UN data. Just $2.38-billion (53 per cent) of the $4.5-billion p...

    United States: Occupy protests close US ports

    2011-12-13, Issue 563

    US 'occupy' protesters claimed victory Monday 12 December in blockading ports along the West Coast and shutting down a major trade cargo hub in a new front on the anti-capitalist campaign. At least one port was fully closed down, while freight traffi...

    United States: I was arrested at Occupy Bronx - for writing about it

    2011-12-19, Issue 563

    
Journalist Carla Murphy had planned to cover a small protest in the Bronx and then head to brunch - but she went to jail instead. 'As officers encircled me, I kept my shoulders down and tried to moderate my tone. That sixth sense had nothing to do w...

    United States: Mumia speaks about his removal from death row

    2011-12-19, Issue 563

    Mumia Abu-Jamal has been moved out of administrative custody and transferred to disciplinary custody at SCI Mahanoy after news that the prosecutor would no longer seek the death penalty. Meanwhile, hundreds of supporters gathered in Philadelphia to m...

    Haiti: The 'dream house' nightmare

    2011-12-20, Issue 563

    While over one million refugees suffered under tents following the 12 January 2010, earthquake, 128 newly constructed homes, finished in May 2010, sat empty for 15 months. Today, the majority of these 'social housing' units are occupied, but mostly b...

    United States: Extreme poverty at record levels in US

    2011-11-10, Issue 557

    According to the US Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans is living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before. In 2010, we were told that the economy was recovering, but the truth is that the number of the 'very poor' soared to...

    US: Cynthia McKinney offered protection after assassination threat

    2011-11-14, Issue 557

    2008 US Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney was offered 'victim witness' special protection by the FBI after the indictment of four men in northern Georgia for plotting to kill McKinney, Attorney General Eric Holder, and, according to...

    US: Occupy Wall Street: emotions run high after Oakland protests

    2011-11-07, Issue 556

    Emotions ran high as Occupy Wall Street supporters and public officials dealt with the aftermath of protests that shut down the nation's fifth-busiest port before spiraling into chaos near the movement's downtown encampment. The movement challenging ...

    US Supreme Court confirms ruling lifting Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death penalty

    2011-10-23, Issue 553

    'For years since the dramatic 2001 decision by Federal District Judge William Yohn overturning Abu-Jamal’s death sentence on grounds that the trial judge’s instructions to the jury had been faulty and that the jury verdict form was dangerously mislea...

    Global: Africa and diaspora studies

    2011-10-24, Issue 553

    DePaul’s Program in African and Black Diaspora Studies provides its students with a systematic, interdisciplinary, and integrated course of study of Africa and the Black Diaspora. Students will have an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in...

    Kenya: Obama snubs Kenya's diaspora conference

    2011-10-11, Issue 552

    More than 500 US residents with a blood connection to Kenya gathered in Washington recently in the first conference focused on the diaspora's relationship with the homeland. One particularly prominent figure was absent however: President Barack Obama...

    South Africa: ANCYL says US has 'no respect for humanity'

    2011-10-13, Issue 552

    The United States's incarceration of the 'Cuban Five' proves that it has no respect for humanity and justice, the ANC Youth League said. In a statement supporting the release of the Cuban Five, the league criticised the US government for its approach...

    Haiti: Is Munustah keeping the peace, or conspiring against it?

    2011-10-10, Issue 551

    In the year and a half since the earthquake in Haiti, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH by its French acronym) has expanded its role in the name of security, stability, and relief. However, since its establishment in 2004, m...

    Call for the immediate withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops from Haiti

    Letter to Ban Ki-Moon

    2011-09-26, Issue 549

    'It is surprising and humiliating to certify that "Haiti is a threat to world peace and security", as the UN Security Council does, year after year, in order to ratify the presence there of a military-police mission said to be for the purposes of st...

    After Troy Davis's death, questions I can't unask

    2011-09-26, Issue 549

    Dave Zirin, writing in The Nation, asks a series of questions about the US execution. 'Can Troy Davis, who fought to his last breath, actually be dead this morning? If we felt tortured with fear and hope for the four hours that the Supreme Court deli...

    Africa: For expat Africans, patriotism may pay

    2011-09-15, Issue 547

    Remittances from Africans abroad are booming, growing fourfold in the past 20 years and shrugging off the global financial crisis, to total $40 billion a year. 'Tapping into this money with so-called diaspora bonds could help provide Africa with the ...

    Africa: Diaspora women using fashion for change

    2011-09-16, Issue 547

    Sheila Ruiz, programming and communications consultant for the Africa Centre in London's Covent Garden, put together a list of 7 African diaspora women in London who are using fashion for progressive change....

    Africa: The Revival of Panafricanism Forum

    2011-08-08, Issue 543

    The 7th conference of 'The Revival of Panafricanism Forum' was held on Saturday, 16 July 2011. The topic of the conference was 'Panafricanism: A Viable Ideology to Address Africa’s Rape Redux/Euro-American 21st Century Neo-Colonial Re-Conquest and Scramble for Africa.' The speakers were Dr. Molefi Kete Asante (keynote), Peter Bailey, Maurice Carney, and Chioma Oruh. Videos of the conference are posted on Youtube:...

    Haiti: The Aristide Files

    2011-08-08, Issue 543

    US officials led a far-reaching international campaign aimed at keeping former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide exiled in South Africa, rendering him a virtual prisoner there for the last seven years, according to secret US State Department c...

    Global: Petition to free the Cuban 5

    2011-07-25, Issue 540

    The Cuban Five are five Cuban men who are in US prisons serving two life sentences and 96 years, collectively, after being wrongly convicted in the US federal district court in Miami on 8 June 200l. The open letter - available at the link provided - ...

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