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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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    Researching microinsurance for African migrants

    Christiane Ströh de Martínez

    2010-06-24, Issue 487

    Pambazuka reader Christiane Ströh de Martínez is looking for information about insurance for migrants. Let us know if you can help.

    Facts versus freedom of speech

    A response to ‘The politics of denialism: The strange case of Rwanda’

    Chizzy Mswahili

    2010-06-24, Issue 487

    The world seems to be paying more attention to genocide deniers in North America and Europe than the facts on the ground about Rwanda, writes Chizzy Mswahili.

    Bhopal Gas - Letter to the US President with endorsements

    Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan

    2010-06-17, Issue 486

    Following Barack Obama’s tough stand against BP for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, victims of the Bhopal gas disaster are calling on the US president to hold to account the US business interests implicated in the incident. Dow Chemicals, which bought Union Carbide in 2001, refuses to accept its liability for cleaning up the toxic wastes at the closed factory, which is still harming citizens of Bhopal.

    The privilege of meeting Walter

    Bob Thomson

    2010-06-17, Issue 486

    Walter Rodney's contribution to our understanding and actions for change in the world was cut short, but it was seminal, and we should celebrate as well as mourn his time among us, writes Bob Thomson.

    Africa must do more in the Middle East

    Joseph Kaifala

    2010-06-10, Issue 485

    The African Union 'has remained curiously silent on the Middle East', writes Joseph Kaifala, but the continent ‘can no longer afford to remain oblivious to one of the saddest human crises of our time’. What’s missing, says Kaifala, are ‘active African voices in ongoing peace processes and political actions’ – ‘if nothing else, African leaders must at least start to teach their peoples about the Middle East and speak their opinions openly on the conflicts.’

    Declare African Day a national holiday

    Petition to the government of Kenya

    Nation of Afreeka

    2010-05-27, Issue 483

    With this year's African Day having just passed on 25 May, the Nation of Afreeka has drafted its petition to the Kenyan government to recognise the day as a national holiday.

    Austria deports African gay footballer

    Heinz Leitner

    2010-05-27, Issue 483

    ‘I’d like to draw your attention an article about “Austria deports African gay footballer” on LGBT Asylum News,’ writes Heinz Leitner, in a letter of solidarity.

    Somalia: Pirates or protectors?

    Kwame Maseko

    2010-05-27, Issue 483

    ‘The Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia needs the support of all African countries for the unparalleled work they are doing,’ writes Kwame Maseko, in response to Andrew Mwangura’s dossier on piracy in last week’s Pambazuka News.

    ‘Mugabe and the White African’: An exercise in dangerous help

    Allison Lobb

    2010-05-27, Issue 483

    While Blessing-Miles Tendi’s review of ‘Mugabe and the White African’ fails to acknowledge that not all of Zimbabwe’s white farmers disputed the need for land reform, writes Allison Lobb, he accurately sums up the key ‘white’ problem stalling progress: ‘Becoming “African” is not about economic integration alone – something many white Zimbabweans never grasped. It is also about social, residential and political integration, and about learning local languages.’

    Sir Bob, the BBC and Zenawi

    ethiopian recycler

    2010-05-20, Issue 482

    Bob Geldof should 'go ahead and sue the ruling minority in Ethiopia', writes ethiopian recycler, following on from an article by Alemayehu G. Mariam.

    Moeletsi Mbeki addresses AFRICOM

    Farai Kashiri

    2010-05-20, Issue 482

    Pambazuka reader Farai Kashiri responds to Riaz Tayob’s critique of Moeletsi Mbeki’s AFRICOM address.

    Multinational oil, the US and Nigeria: A crude contrast

    Tolulope Ilesanmi

    2010-05-20, Issue 482

    ‘I think we will continue to suffer such injustices as we suffer in the Niger Delta as long as we (Africans, Nigerians) place more value on money than we place on life', writes Tolulope Ilesanmi, in response to an article by Alex Free.

    Women's rights and Kenya's constitution: Challenging 'men of faith'

    Zawadi Nyong'o

    2010-05-13, Issue 481

    Grateful for Beth Maina and Cenya Ciyendi’s ‘words of wisdom’, Zawadi Nyong'o writes that if the Kenyan government ‘would only spend all the resources it does on post-abortion care, on sex education and safe abortions, we would actually begin to star...

    The Voiceless Cry

    Sophie Ngugi, Vedran Vojinovic, Chambi Chachage, Anne Amadi, Awuor Ponge

    2010-05-13, Issue 481

    Nancy Muigei’s ‘very touching poem’ drew record numbers of comments from readers of last week’s issue of Pambazuka News. We share a selection of their responses.

    Church’s hypocrisy on Kenya constitution

    Responses to ‘Women's rights and Kenya's constitution: Challenging “men of faith”’

    Ciiru Njehu, Nzilani, Kĩriakũ wa Kĩnyua

    2010-05-06, Issue 480

    Responding to an article by Beth Maina and Cenya Ciyendi, Nzilani writes that ‘the anti-constitution campaign by various church leaders in Kenya is an attempt to exert their authority and power in the face of the government’. Ciiru Njehu hopes Kenyans will ‘recognise the hypocrisy of the church leaders’, while Kĩriakũ wa Kĩnyua says it ‘is time for the “voiceless” to speak-out for themselves’.



    The way forward for Kenyan civil society

    A response to ‘Kenya's civil society needs a new vision’

    Simon Kokoyo

    2010-05-06, Issue 480

    Responding to an article by Zaya Yeebo, Simon Kokoyo writes that ‘the agenda for people-driven change or development in Kenya has always been either hijacked by people with ulterior motives or externally driven.’

    Afreeka for Afreekans

    redINK

    2010-04-29, Issue 479

    ‘The oppressive imperialist rationality that has conceived, assembled and systematically perpetrated neocolonialism in Africa must be undressed, diagnosed and treated,’ writes redINK.

    The Ujamaa revolution

    redINK

    2010-04-22, Issue 478

    The Kenyan people cannot have leaders who don’t have their interests at heart, writes redINK, ‘We must organise ourselves and identify a genuine alternative leadership.’

    An open letter to Oxfam America on its stance on biotechnology

    The Oakland Institute

    2010-04-22, Issue 478

    Oxfam America’s endorsement of biotechnology sets a very dangerous precedent of being used by the industry in their struggle to force the adoption of GM crops in spite of strong global resistance. The shocking endorsement of transgenic crops in the face of diverse and voluminous literature countering their stance, threatens to damage Oxfam’s relationship with longtime allies and its reputation as an independent organisation.

    In pursuit of freedom, justice and responsible government

    A response to ‘A long walk from Soweto to Sandown'

    Anne Price

    2010-04-15, Issue 477

    Mphutlane wa Bofelo’s article is a ‘weighty warning about leftist spin’ for those who, ‘in their naivety and idealism, tend to see compatriots in anyone who talks the talk’, writes Anne Price, in a letter addressed to the author.

    The world IS changing, my friends

    A response to ‘Immodesty, Islam and the gender equity movement’

    Elma Doeleman

    2010-04-15, Issue 477

    I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this article was written by a man, writes Elma Doeleman.

    The World Bank and transparency

    David Shaman

    2010-04-15, Issue 477

    History suggests that the World Bank’s management believes transparency is something that should apply to its clients and other external stakeholders rather than to itself, writes David Shaman. He invites readers to share their own experiences and observations at his new blog.

    Still fighting for freedom

    A response to ‘South Africa’s forgotten intellectuals’ by Marion Grammer

    Z. Pallo Jordan

    2010-04-01, Issue 476

    Z. Pallo Jordan asks whether Marion Grammer’s claims about the role played by Non-European Unity Movement (NEUM) in South Africa’s liberation are ‘not a little extravagant?’

    Residency opportunity for a Haitian writer

    Judith Bowman

    Robey Theatre Company

    2010-04-01, Issue 476

    The Robey Theatre Company is interested in offering a short-term writing residency to an emerging writer with permanent residency in Haiti, writes Judith Bowman.

    Freedom birthday remembrance for Mumia Abu Jamal

    2010-04-01, Issue 476

    Mumia Abu Jamal’s birthday is on April 24 and ‘we would like to celebrate the whole month of April with a gigantic Freedom Birthday Remembrance for him’, write his friends and family. Please join all who love and admire Mumia by avalanching him through the month of April with birthday wishes. ‘Mumia has already done 32 years and is still on death row because of prosecutorial misconduct. Yet he is innocent! Act now before it is too late.’

    Don’t let injustice flourish in Lubango

    Rosario Advirta

    Christian Aid

    2010-03-25, Issue 475

    Why hasn’t Pambazuka News covered the violation of human rights during the recent demolitions and land evictions in Lubango municipality in Angola, Rosario Advirta asks. If there is silence even in the independent media, says Advirta, then ‘injustice and repression will probably grow'.

    Abahlali baseMjondolo is no ‘spent force’

    A response to ‘Eulogy to Fatima Meer’ by Ashwin Desai

    Jared Sacks

    2010-03-25, Issue 475

    Ashwin Desai’s recent ‘backhanded swipe’ at South African shackdwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo in his eulogy to Fatima Meer is ‘not only uncalled for, it is also completely inaccurate’, writes Jared Sacks.

    Is buying guns really better than buying food?

    Sza Sza Zelleke

    2010-03-25, Issue 475

    In response to Richard Dowden’s article ‘Get real Bob – buying guns might have been better than buying food’, Sza Sza Zelleke writes: ‘It is clear that guns, and the men who sell food aid to buy them, are not the solution to Africa’s problems. What Africans needs is more accountability and less arms.’

    Checking the figures on Chinese investment

    A response to ‘China in Africa: Realism conquers myth’ by Stephen Marks

    Deborah Brautigam

    2010-03-25, Issue 475

    As important as China’s investment in African manufacturing is, writes Deborah Brautigam, I don't believe I say anywhere in my book ‘that it has been higher than China's investment in mining over the past five years.’

    For the love of God stop the killing!

    Joseph Kaifala

    2010-03-25, Issue 475

    Reflecting on Jos, Joseph Kaifala writes: ‘Africa has always received recognition for the compassion and love of its people, in spite of all other negative issues. To fight for tangible things within human control is a different matter altogether, but to murder in the name of God is a vein assumption of demi-godly role that no one should be allowed to proclaim.’

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