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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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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

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

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