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Archives by Tag 'Africa'
The Drunken Logic of Eco-Tourism
KHADIJA SHARIFE
t was with some admiration that I watched Johnny Depp’s rambling dramatisation of Hunter Thompson’s ...
Now He’s Dead and I’m Having a Bubble Bath
FAITH KA-MANZI
Ten minutes before my uncle died in my arms this afternoon, my big brother, Kwazi, spoke to me of a horrific story about imbizas or traditional medicine. He said that one guy, a friend of his, who was sick, had given him and another guy imbiza. Kwazi said that only...
Toilet Capitalism
KHADIJA SHARIFE
The restaurateur-cook-waitress looked more like a grandmother than mother, shrunken with poverty. Scarf tied around her simple but sweet face. Tired but with a smile and outspread, work-worn hands, one felt the urge to give her a hug, and tuck her into bed, rather than gi...
Selective Justice at the International Criminal Court
ZAYA YEEBO
Once again, the spotlight is on Africa as four Kenyans – three political leaders and a journalist – have been indicted at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Once again, the question that has never been answered is, why Africa? And why the speed? In Anglo-Saxon pa...
African Babies as Guinea Pigs?
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
When it comes to the new malaria vaccine developed by  GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) now being tested on infants in the east African country of Tanzania I will let the words of an industry insider tell it best: “There is not much profit to be made by big pha...
The IMF and Tunisia
PATRICK BOND and KHADIJA SHARIFE
With International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde visiting Tunis today, the stage is set for the next stage of ideological war over the progress of democratic revolutions. Until 27 year-old fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi committed suicide by...
When Silence Brings You HIV
Faith ka-Manzi
Being HIV positive for almost ten years now, I have had my fair share of serious and not so serious infections which have at times seen my immune system succumb and often come close to collapse. I would believe that I had full-blown Aids only to revert back to being HIV p...
Frantz Fanon Fifty Year Years Later
RICHARD PITHOUSE
Some days ago we saw a sunset that turned the robe of heaven a bright violet. Today it is a very hard red that the eye encounters. - Frantz Fanon, ...
Choke Point Bab el-Mandeb
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The Horn of Africa is one of the most strategically critical  regions in the world with the narrow passage where the Red Sea joins the Indian Ocean, the Bab el-Mandeb, being a potential choke point for much of the worlds commerce. Almost all of the trade between t...
Tanzania and Illusions of Economic Sovereignty
ROBERT GORDON
In 1968, Julius Nyerere, the first President of the emerging Tanzanian state, wrote a series of essays entitled Uhuru na Ujamaa or Freedom and Socialism that articulated a distinct vision of African socialism. He believed that even though Tanzania an...
Planting the Seeds of Peace
ROB NIXON
The Kenyan activist, Wangari Maathai, is dead at 71. With her passing we have lost one of our era’s great environmental visionaries. Maathai came from an impoverished, rural background; it was her belief in the environmentalism of the poor that propelled her life’s wo...
The Real Reason the US Wanted Gaddafi Gone
MURRAY DOBBIN
Powell River, BC When the U.S. invaded Iraq riding a pack of lies and monstrous manipulation, the entire U.S. elite, including major news services, academics, and politicians from both parties, lined up to cheerlead and off they went to war. It was one of ...
The New Scramble for Africa
CONN HALLINAN
Is current U.S. foreign policy in Africa following a blueprint drawn up almost eight years ago by the rightwing ...
NATO’s War on Libya is an Attack on African Development
DAN GLAZEBROOK
“Africa the key to global economic growth”; this was a refreshingly honest recent headline from the Washington Post, but hardly one that qualifies as ‘news’. African labour and resources- as any decent economic historian will tell you – has been key to...
Return to Africa, 50 Years Later
CHARLES R. LARSON
When I joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Nigeria almost fifty years ago, I was avoiding the draft.  I was unformed, undisciplined and unworldly—especially the latter—since I knew little about the world beyond America’s borders.  The experience altered my li...
The New Libya
PATRICK COCKBURN
Tripoli. Yassin Bahr, a tall thin Senegalese in torn blue jeans, volubly denies that he was ever a mercenary or fought for Muammar Gaddafi. Speaking in quick nervous sentences, Mr Bahr tries to convince a suspicious local militia leader in charge of...
An Island in the Famine
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Asmara, Eritrea. Most people in Africa spend most of their income on food. With food prices rising by over 50% drought is not the only cause of hunger in the Horn of Africa. While southern Ethiopia, home to half of Ethiopia’s 80 million people, is su...
The World Bank’s Africa Strategy
PATRICK BOND
A renewed wave of development babble began flowing soon after the February launch of the World Bank’s ten-year Strategy document, “Africa’s Future and the World Bank’s Support to It”. Within three months, a mini-tsunami of Afro...