More than 400 former Tanzanian soldiers have threatened to sue the government to demand unpaid dues totalling more than $3 million for their role in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between 2000 and 2003.
India considers the Indian Ocean to be its backyard and sphere of influence which is being infiltrated by the Chinese. It believes that the ‘Indian’ Ocean is ‘India’s Ocean’, reports WANJOHI KABUKURU. Continue reading Geopolitics: China’s Gifts Diplomacy Pays Off
It’s not just in Nigeria or Sudan that young women are abused. The “short-time girls” of Monrovia are victims of a culture that accepts their rape, their prostitution and their pain.
By Clair MacDougall, 19 May 2014, The Daily Beast
LAGOS, Nigeria — Militants struck near the heart of the Nigerian state early Monday, bombing a bus station in the capital, Abuja, just miles from the seat of government in one of the worst attacks in years in the country’s struggle with insurgents.
Chinese companies are implementing huge infrastructure projects in Nigeria. But like the colonialists before them, they are engaged in serious labour violations apparently with impunity. How does this ‘south-south cooperation’ benefit the Nigerian worker?
By Theophilus Abbah, published on 2014-04-10 by Pambazuka News, Issue 673
Industrial investment in Africa by BRICS nations has been mired in scandal at times but on the whole appears to be welcomed. Farai Maguwu takes a closer look at the real impact of BRICS investments in Zimbabwe, and questions what is required for Zimbabwe’s long term benefit.
The World Health Organization has called the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa as “one of the most challenging” health workers have ever encountered.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, which killed nearly one-in-seven people in the small African nation. Today, there is continuing debate about the role of the news media in the calamity – from the role local broadcasters and newspapers played in fuelling ethnic hatred, to concerns that the shallowness of international coverage in the early days contributed to the lethargic international response.
Namibia has enjoyed a good reputation for its nature conservation, but there is evidence the illegal trade in wildlife products is taking off.
By Hongxiang Huang and Oxpeckers, published on 2014-04-10, by Pambazuka News, Issue 673. Photo Credit: Estacio Valoi, Mozambique
I am reading this and I can’t believe it. So I read it again: “When people, including some politicians, say that there is a dictatorial regime in Angola, this is not true”, says Paulo de Carvalho, professor of the Faculty of Social Science of the Agostinho Neto University, in Luanda.
Enticed by the promise of well-paying jobs as factory-hands in the United States of America (USA), six women aged between 29 and 38 years agreed to leave Vietnam: believing their Chinese recruiter would deliver as promised. They never landed on the shores of America as promised but rather landed thousands of miles away on the coast of Ghana’s twin city, SekondiTakoradi.
Every time Kenya’s security forces launch an operation in the bandit-ravaged arid north, they leave behind broken limbs and raped women. That has been the story since the colonial days. And no one has been held to account for the horrendous human rights violations. In Isiolo, the victims of state terror cry for justice.
Published by the Oakland Institute, February 2014
Senhuile-Senéthanol, an agribusiness company, has been setting up agro-industrial plantations in the Saint-Louis region of northwest Senegal since July 2010. Owned by a complex maze of companies and individuals with ties to numerous countries around the world, including Italy, United States, Brazil, and Panama, the company holds a lease for 20,000 hectares of land. From the very inception of the project, Senhuile-Senéthanol has faced stiff resistance from local populations.
A new 32 berth port, to ship South Sudanese oil to China, is planned for the Lamu archipelago, a stunning green field heritage site in northern coastal Kenya, teeming with rare species, coral reefs and marine biodiversity and, of course, people. But none of this richness, or the indigenous people for whom this is home, seem to matter to the Government of Kenya and private developers.
By Ali Noor, Pambazuka News, 2014-02-20, Issue 666