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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

16 June - Pambazuka News

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 29:  South Africa's...BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 29: South Africa's Vice President Kgalema Motlanthe (Left) meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (Right) at the Ziguangge in Zhongnanhai on September 29, 2011 in Beijing, China. South Africa(degrees)¯s Vice President Kgalema Motlanthe will visit China from September 28 to 30. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
English: A South China Tiger chasing a herd of...English: A South China Tiger chasing a herd of blesbucks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The logo of the Forum on China–Africa CooperationThe logo of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Picture of South China Tiger, JenB ma...English: Picture of South China Tiger, JenB marking his territory in the wilderness of South Africa. Copyright by Save China's Tigers. Please do contact for permission to use this photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Cathay, South China Tigress, in AfricaEnglish: Cathay, South China Tigress, in Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Chinese Vice P...BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 28: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (Right) and South Africa's Vice President Kgalema Motlanthe (Left) listen to their national anthems during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on September 28, 2011 in Beijing, China. South Africa(degrees)¯s Vice President Kgalema Motlanthe will visit China from September 28 to 30. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

 Pambazuka News

Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa

Squeezing Africa dry: behind every land grab is a water grab

GRAIN (2012-06-13)

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Hidden beneath today’s global scramble for farmland is a growing scramble for control over water.

NATO in Libya: When protector turned killer

Vijay Prashad (2012-06-13)

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NATO has consistently blocked any attempt to scrutinise the war crimes it committed during the ‘humanitarian intervention' in Libya.

What China’s direct computer link to US Treasury means

Horace Campbell (2012-06-14)

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The fact that China has been given a terminal to buy US debt directly, bypassing Wall Street, must be viewed in the context of the "architecture" of global capitalism which is a product of recent decades of the rise of financial-driven capitalist globalization.

Western Sahara : Realpolitik to the rescue of colonization?

Malainin Lakhal (2012-06-13)

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Is it possible to cure cancer with aspirin? Can we do justice in a murder by relentlessly “assaulting” the victim's body looking for excuses to the murderer?


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.

Malawi: Right decisions, wrong reasons?

Sokari Ekine (2012-06-14)

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President Banda’s recent decisions seem honourable and pragmatic. But we should be concerned in the way Western aid is being used to keep Malawi under donor colonization.

Demystifying Aid

Yash Tandon
Demystifying Aid This pamphlet from Pambazuka Press shows that 'development aid' is not what it purports to be - the effects of actions of well-meaning* allies in the North who support aid to Africa for reasons of ethics or solidarity are, unfortunately, the opposite of their good intentions.
Buy now

The turning point for Internet freedom

Jane Duncan (2012-06-13)

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Media freedom in South Africa has been receiving bad press recently, although most of the attention has focussed on threats to print and broadcasting freedom. Little attention has been paid to creeping censorship of the supposedly most democratic medium of all, namely the Internet.

Homosexuality and the great African identity heist

Aubrey Masango (2012-06-13)

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‘It is not too long ago that being African was ignorantly believed to be an aberration, an abnormality, in much the same way that some Africans are choosing to label African homosexuality an aberration today.’

How Africa can raise money through diaspora bonds

William Gumede, David Monyae and Kamo Motshidi (2012-06-13)

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The idea of issuing diaspora bonds should be considered a viable alternative to raise finance for Africa’s development.

New film sows seeds of freedom

Teresa Anderson (2012-06-14)

© The Gaia Foundation

© The Gaia Foundation
At the heart of the film “Seeds of Freedom” is the story of seed and its transformation from the basis of farming communities’ agriculture to the property of agri-business.

Women and property: some insights from African history

Ng’ng’a wa Muchiri (2012-06-14)

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Although the overarching view that Africa is a hyper-masculine society with no social space for women persists, numerous examples show how resilient and innovative women reacted when faced with patriarchal hegemony.

Malawian sex workers fight forced HIV testing

Chi Mgbako (2012-06-14)

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Forced HIV testing of sex workers violates their rights to privacy and dignity, can lead to stigma, discrimination and violence, and produces bad public health outcomes.

The next phase of Boko Haram terrorism

Wole Soyinka (2012-06-13)

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Boko Haram is completely political. But with the toxic element of religion infused into it, it gives them the leg to ally with international terrorist bodies based on religion, who are only too happy to be of assistance.
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