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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.

The 2010 issues: September, October, November, December, and the 2011 issues: January, February, March , April, May , June , July , August , September, October and November issues are all available for download.

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Dr. King was a man, ‘The Dreamer’ is a zombie

Bruce A. Dixon

2013-09-04, Issue 644

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King's 'I Have A Dream' speech wasn't offered as the penultimate moment of his career till after his death. Those who offer it were the same corporate media honchos who first elevated, then slimed and slandered King the last year of his life. 'The Dreamer' too is their construct

The dreamer with a kill list

Glen Ford

2013-09-04, Issue 644

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The most powerful – and violent – man in the world was made the star of the commemoration of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King

King and the Universal Struggle for African Freedom - 50 Years Later

Edward H. Brown, Jr

2013-09-04, Issue 644

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The best way for today’s Freedom Marchers to honour the great legacy of our past is to make specific demands and proposals that will remedy the ongoing racial injustices in the second decade of the 21st century

March on Washington 50th anniversary renews call for jobs and freedom

Abayomi Azikiwe

2013-09-04, Issue 644

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Fifty years after the March on Washington, President Barack Obama is in the White House yet African Americans remain in poverty and suffer unemployment rates twice the size of that of the white population

GMOs: The frequently asked questions

Food Safety Ghana

2013-09-04, Issue 644

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Commercial interests, rather than health and scientific interests, are driving the push for genetically modified organisms. People in Africa need to know the truth about GMOs and resist their introduction

Dishonour among African election thieves

Alemayehu G Mariam

2013-09-05, Issue 644

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Ethiopia’s elections in 2015 are likely to be similar to the recent Zimbabwean elections that perpetuated a ‘thugtatorship.’ As long as the US and Europe continue to provide endless handouts, Africa is doomed to remain a thugocracy

Extreme weather and even more extreme greenhouse gas emissions beckon extremely committed climate activists

Patrick Bond

2013-09-04, Issue 644

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There is ample evidence from around the world of extreme weather conditions arising from the devastating effects of climate change. But there is still plenty of denial among those who design and implement environmentally sensitive projects

Rwandans now weary of picking up the pieces of Kagame leadership

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2013-09-05, Issue 644

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The Congolese army has been flexing its muscles in killing hundreds of Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers in eastern Congo. Demonstrations by the Congolese masses have taken place as well as a new cooperation agreement among some countries in the Great Lakes region

Nigeria’s electricity privatization

The ominous signs and the case for working people’s opposition

Kola Ibrahim

2013-09-04, Issue 644

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The power sector should be taken out of the hands of private profiteers and corrupt, pro-big business public officers. The sector must be put under democratic public ownership

Is Africa really rising?

Ama Biney

2013-09-04, Issue 644

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Imitating and catching up with the West lies behind the ‘Africa is rising’ narratives. Such narratives are uncritical of neo-liberal development models and therefore maintain Africa’s subordination to the international capitalist order

Namibia and the Economic Partnership Agreement

Henning Melber

2013-08-14, Issue 643

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Namibia’s principled refusal to get bullied into an agreement against what it considered its own best interests has served as an example for other countries originally more willing to give in to the pressure exerted by EU

The Lagos deportation and the law

Femi Falana

2013-08-13, Issue 643

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Federal and state governments are involved in the deportation of poor people from cities to their areas of origin. This is a shameful violation of basic human rights guaranteed by the constitution

Trafficking handicapped children and the economy of misery

Eudias Kigai

2013-08-14, Issue 643

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Trafficking syndicates operating between Kenya and Tanzania are actively involved in the trade of handicapped children

What second life for Kigali's street vendors?

Daniel Nzohabonimana

2013-08-13, Issue 643

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Street vendors are the hallmark of sprawling African cities. In Kigali, Rwanda's capital, life looks increasingly harsh for street vendors as the authorities seek to expand their tax base, in the face of commercial tax evasion. But who are the real culprits?

Measuring youth development in Africa

Christine Davis

2013-08-14, Issue 643

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While Africa strives for development it has consistently neglected to prioritise communication. The AU and African governments need to make greater use of the Internet to connect with its citizens such as young people via the African Alliance

Is there anything safe about Ghana's Biosafety Committee?

Ali-Masmadi Jehu-Appiah

2013-08-14, Issue 643

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The US embassy in Accra has been heavily influencing Ghana’s Biosafety Committee. There is nothing safe in entrusting Ghana’s agriculture in the hands of a Committee that remains unknown to the public and who have vested interests in genetically modified colonialism

Why Africans should care about Trayvon Martin

Sitinga Kachipande

2013-08-15, Issue 643

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The African media and AU have paid scant attention to the tragic murder of Travyon Martin in the US. Africans should care about the case because Trayvon could have been any one of the Black African males living in or visiting the US

The Chinese Yuan and HSBC Bank

Samir Amin

2013-08-13, Issue 643

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Until now, China has resisted continuous pressure to put an end to manipulation of the Yuan. This resistance has allowed China to continuously record the strongest growth rates in the world. There is no reason whatsoever for flexible exchange to encourage foreign trade growth. So why does HSBC Bank insist on this?

Times of uncertainty ahead for Burkina Faso

Jerome Mwanda

2013-08-13, Issue 643

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[/url]The country has remained stable under long-serving President Compaore, but now elections are looming. The transition could be tricky, a new report says, and attempts to amend the constitution to enable Compaore to run again could spark a popular uprising

Gay Somali refugees face death threats

Ali Noor

2013-08-14, Issue 643

Gay, lesbian and HIV-infected refugees fear violent persecution should they return home

What if Kenya's election violence points to corrupt pollsters?

David Njagi

2013-08-14, Issue 643

[/url]Political opinion polls are controversial in Kenya especially at election time as some of the pollsters are owned by or allied to certain politicians. But more worryingly, poll results have been mentioned in connection with in inter-communal violence

Tracing Africa’s progress and potential

Towards the post 2015 development agenda?

Olivia Kokushubila Lwabukuna

2013-08-15, Issue 643

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In order to trace Africa’s progress and potential it is important to look at the issue through the eyes of various African and global leaders from business, civil society, government and economists. It is only after such intense interrogation that one can truly determine where Africa is going and how it is getting there

Black culture behind bars

White supremacy, censorship, and resistance in an Ontario women's jail

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

2013-08-14, Issue 643

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Experiencing racism and cultural repression while incarcerated has given poet and writer Nikicia G the inspiration to stand up, fight back, and encourage other women to do the same

Pots and kettles

The Western reaction to the Zimbabwe election

Gary K. Busch

2013-08-08, Issue 642

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The electoral victory of ZANU-PF exposes the irrelevance of the West to political developments in Zimbabwe and Africa. When US voting rights are being ripped away from Constitutional structures established in the 1960s in several US states it is rather rich for the US to complain about unfair elections in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Bribes, sex and a ballooning electricity debt

Nhau Mangirazi

2013-08-07, Issue 642

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A number of Zimbabweans owe substantial sums of money for electricity they don't receive, while others get free electricity thanks to corruption at Zimbabwe's electricity utility company

Zimbabwe's avoidable food crisis

Forum for African Investigative Reporters

2013-08-07, Issue 642

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The country's latest crisis is not a natural disaster, but may be the result of corruption and incompetence

Rape: Zimbabwe's silent political weapon

Stanley Kwenda

2013-08-07, Issue 642

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Often, rape is systemically used to target male political activists through their wives

Monsanto: the unrepentant repeat offender

James N. Kariuki

2013-08-08, Issue 642

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The uproar in Ireland over horsemeat, the narrow defeat of Proposition 37 in California which would have made it mandatory to label all food containing GMOs – reveal that Africans must now join the rest of the world in resisting GMO foods and biotechnology, no matter how effectively packaged

Genetically engineered Bt cotton in Ghana: The hidden agenda exposed

Ali Masmadi Jehu Appiah

2013-08-07, Issue 642

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The only people who need genetically engineered crops are the foreign seed and agrochemical companies and their stockholders. They are the ones pushing this highly risky venture in Ghana. They should be resisted

FIPA: The myth of reciprocity

A commentary on the Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA) between the United Republic of Tanzania and Canada

Paula Butler and Evans Rubara

2013-08-08, Issue 642

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The new investment code between Tanzania and Canada raises questions as to whose interests the Tanzanian state really serves, why, and to whom the Tanzanian state is accountable. Such a far-reaching investment regime has been adopted with minimal public awareness and debate among Tanzanian citizens

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