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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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Citizen perspectives on the role of the African Parliament’s monitoring of AU legal instruments

Kijala Shako

2013-09-26, Issue 647

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The Pan African Parliament has a way to go in terms of consolidating its position as a continental parliamentary institution, not only with the AU system, but also in the eyes of the member states of the AU and the general public across the continent

The Maputo Protocol: Its potential for a revolution in women’s rights

Moreen Majiwa

2013-09-26, Issue 647

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Much has been achieved since the Protocol came into force. But to ensure gender equality and transformation in gender relations between women and men, a comprehensive change that radically alters the status quo of the power relations rather than ad hoc or piecemeal reforms is needed.

Obama, bio-technology and the illusion of Africa’s food security

James N Kariuki

2013-09-18, Issue 646

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It is not far-fetched to suggest that a significant part of Obama’s special assignment in Africa in 2013 was to clear the way for American bio-tech companies to move along the path of least resistance. Tanzania under Kikwete is an important foot soldier in that broad strategy

Are America and NATO replacing the UN?

Motsoko Pheko

2013-09-18, Issue 646

Is the United States of America and its NATO Allies replacing the United Nations? Is this alliance now the supreme world body in international affairs? Is the United Nations going the disastrous end of its predecessor the League of Nations? Should the civilised nations of the world allow the nefarious schemes of these self-appointed police of the world to destroy the world again through disguised colonialism, racism and new imperialism? And enslave other nations especially in the developing world through terrorist militarism?

Pensioners woes: The need for labour movement’s concerted efforts

Kola Ibrahim

2013-09-19, Issue 646

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After spending the better part of their adult lives working for the government or private sector, many retirees find it difficult to access their pension. Many of them have even died of curable illnesses due to poverty

Seek ye first the worker self-management kingdom

Toward the solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi

Ajamu Nangwaya

2013-09-18, Issue 646

In order to build social movements with the capacity to carry out the task of social emancipation, there is a need to organize around the material needs of the people. Here are some thoughts on how to go about this

Will Nigeria finally raise restitution of Benin artefacts?

Kwame Opoku

2013-09-18, Issue 646

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Nigeria has been elected to a key international committee for prohibiting the illicit transfer cultural property. But going by past experience, it remains to be seen whether the nation will use the opportunity to demand the return of looted priceless Benin artworks to their rightful owners

What does ‘economic freedom’ mean for the youth?

Implications for the ANC and its youth alliance

Bonolo Lovedelia Pelompe

2013-09-18, Issue 646

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Twenty years after the end of formal apartheid, most South Africans are yet to reap the fruits of the struggle for freedom. The nation’s wealth is in the hands of the white minority, while the black youth have no jobs. The ANC pursues a capitalist model of development, which the youth now want changed

Did the South African Left wait for October?

Shaun Whittaker

2013-09-18, Issue 646

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There is persistent misrepresentation of the South African Left, that it did little while the Congress Movement engaged in the struggle against the apartheid regime. The historical record needs to be set straight

Judging Ubuntu and Africanisation of the Child Justice Act

An approach of traditional justice system

Khunou Samuel Freddy

2013-09-19, Issue 646

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The law reflects the spirit of ubuntu, which safeguards the dignity of child offenders and aims to reintegrate them back into society

Every inch a fighter

Reflections on Makhan Singh and the trade union struggle in Kenya

Shiraz Durrani

2013-09-18, Issue 646

December will mark Makhan Singh's 100th birthday. To celebrate the anniversary of the legendary Kenyan trade unionist and freedom fighter and to reflect on his life and contribution to Kenya’s liberation, Mau Mau Research Centre organized a public lecture on Singh on 3rd August 2013. Here’s the video.

Inside the media in Africa: Introduction to the special issue

Henry Makori

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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The media landscape in Africa is quite diverse. And although spirited campaigns for media freedom and freedom of expression have resulted in the repeal of repressive laws in some countries, old and new challenges persist. Now there are interesting debates about the place of the media in the continent’s development

Can Africa tell its own stories?

Simon Allison

2013-09-11, Issue 645

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One of Africa’s biggest problems is that it is not allowed to tell its own stories. There are imperfect solutions such as content-sharing agreements among journalists but ultimately Africa must set its own news agenda

Suppressing the African media into submission

Pa Louis Thomasi

2013-09-11, Issue 645

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Since formal independence the media in Africa has been bludgeoned into capitulation to the state. To overturn this reality there must be decriminalisation of libel and legislation on the right to access to information must be enforced

Media: the missing link in Africa’s development and democratisation discourse

Odomaro Mubangizi

2013-09-11, Issue 645

There lies enormous potential in a genuinely independent media in assisting in the development and democratization process in Africa

New law stifles free expression in The Gambia

Sanyu Awori

2013-09-11, Issue 645

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Whilst The Gambia remains a member of the Commonwealth that affirms freedom of expression as one of its core values, the government of President Yahya Jammeh has been clamping down on newspapers and journalists with zeal

The Kenyan media’s ‘move on’ mantra

Rasna Warah

2013-09-11, Issue 645

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Local media coverage of the 2013 Kenyan elections downplayed acts of violence and bordered on self-censorship despite the fact that social media reflected a deeply politically and ethnically divided society. The new Kenyatta government has now embarked on a charm offensive to co-opt the media

Elections 2013: How the media failed Kenya

Henry Makori

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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The media in Kenya continues to be the target of intense criticism over its coverage of the elections in March. It is thought to have shirked its watchdog role and focused on peace messages. But supporters say that was necessary, given the circumstances

Kenya’s media battles identity crisis

Abdullahi Boru Halakhe

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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By easily relinquishing a critical agenda setting role, the mainstream media in Kenya appears to have given up on its well-earned position as an accessory to the second liberation for which it paid a steep price. Today, media content is generally vacuous

The changing fabric of Kenyan society

Aamera Jiwaji

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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A study of how young Kenyan women engage with Cuando Seas Mia suggests that the Mexican telenovela is not a cultural imperialist product but one that helps them redefine their identities as modern African women

Twenty years of insightful service to Ghana and Africa

Ali-Masmadi Jehu-Appiah

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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The Insight newspaper is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Its contribution to the democratization of Ghana and its founder’s indefatigable spirit are outstanding

One year on, still no justice for Daudi Mwangosi

Paul Kimumwe

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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The brutal murder of the TV journalist by police officers was the first among several attacks on journalists. Within the past year, Tanzania has gone from being the beacon of hope in the region to one of the worst human rights offenders

24 hours in Harare, then a state escort back home

Charles Omondi

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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A Kenyan journalist’s harrowing experience in Zimbabwe where he had gone to cover the July elections provides clear evidence of the state of media freedom in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe never ceases posing as a pan-Africanist and anti-imperialist icon

Hubaal's editor talks about press in Somaliland

Tom Rhodes

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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Few publications have faced such an onslaught by authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland as Hubaal. Its speaks on the experience

Reorganising power: telling meaningful Black stories in the public square

Thapelo Tselapedi

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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Black stories are in the form of service delivery protests, which are characterized by angry mobs stealing electricity, invading lands and tossing poo. Such stories don’t engage Black politics in any meaningful way – they are not written nor seen through Black people’s experiences

Mobilization in the age of parallel media

Citizen journalists, social movements and the use of information and communication technologies

Maha Bashri

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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This is a case study of the successful use of ICTs by activists and citizen journalists to engage and mobilize audiences in Sudan after the flooding crisis in August 2013

Tanzania: Media practitioners call for editorial independence

Nizar Visram

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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There is growing fear and self-censorship in Tanzanian newsrooms following violent attacks on journalists in recent months. The country is fast losing its reputation as a peaceful and tolerant society

Statistics in the media: A book review

Peter Lawrence

2013-09-12, Issue 645

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This timely book should be required reading on any statistics and media studies programme in African universities, if not everywhere. As an accompaniment to standard statistics texts, it would act as a constant reminder to students as to the limitations of statistical methods without due regard to the socio-economic context in which the data is being collected, analysed and presented

Algeria redux in Egypt

David Porter

2013-09-05, Issue 644

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Egypt appears to be following the bloody path of Algeria in the early 1990s. The leaderless revolution of 2011 has been coopted by the military yet requires the demise of the terrorizing capitalist world system that encourages both military regimes and authoritarian populisms

Samir Amin reflects on Egypt

Samir Amin

2013-09-05, Issue 644

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On 15 July 2013 Samir Amin was interviewed by Beifang, China. He expressed his views that the action of the army was not a coup d’etat as well as the tasks facing the popular movement in Egypt

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