Pambazuka News 410: Lessons from Zimbabwe; debates on Obama, Africom, and the food crisis

This book traces the economic debates in the ANC from the Freedom Charter, to Morogoro, to the RDP and to the present. It shows that the shift to macro-economic stabilisation in thetransition to democracy in 1994 was due to international pressure and how it changed the trajectory of ANC policies.

This is a story about a house with a history and about the people who lived or worked there. It captures something of the spirit of the times in worlds of politics and development, and it discusses the links which were established between Oxfam GB in Zambia and the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa. Edited by Robin Palmer, Bookworld Publishers, Lusaka 2008: ISBN 9789982240512. Also available from

The Green Belt Movement, founded by Nobel prize-winner Wangari Maathai, has a partnership with the Basque government for community-based tree planting and natural resource management initiatives in southern Mt.Kenya.

Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO) calls on the International Criminal court to arrest Mswati as a perpetrator of human suffering for presiding over a crime against humanity.

Until the mid-20th century, many European countries grew rich on the resources of their colonies. Now, countries including China, Kuwait and Sweden are snapping up vast tracts of agricultural land in poorer nations, especially in Africa, to grow biofuels and food for themselves. The land grabs have sparked accusations of neocolonialism and fears that the practice could worsen poverty. Yet some organisations think this could be a chance for poor countries to trade land and labour for the more