Pambazuka News 295: Zimbabwe: Is this the year?

"Brain-drain", or the loss of skilled professionals to other parts of the world, is a major contributor to the slow pace of development on the African continent. According to estimates by the International Organization for Migration, the continent was already losing in excess of 20,000 skilled individuals per year in the decade of the 90s. This loss of human capital continues to negatively impact the continents ability to nurture autonomous development, given that the brain drain tends to more

South African Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has dismissed claims that China's involvement in Africa is of a colonialist nature. She commented that China's trade with Africa has increased by 40% per annum since 2000 and this has had an encouraging effect on Africa.

The third Joint Economic and Trade Commission China-Angola is taking place from the 14th to the 16th of March in Beijing. This meeting signifies the augmentation in ties between these two nations in addition to the fact that Angola is already China's largest trade partner in Africa.

A family of seven Somali migrants who moved into a new house in North London five years ago has barely gone 48 hours without suffering some sort of racial abuse.

The UK and the other countries of Europe are signatories to children's rights conventions and yet they are systematically robbing a whole group of children of their basic, human rights by classifying them not as children but as foreigners and asylum seekers.