Acacia Mining and the ‘Bulldozer’: A Reflection

President John Magufuli of Tanzania aka the Bulldozer has embarked on a campaign to end the abusive exploitation of the country’s natural resources by greedy multinational extractivists. Caught in Magufuli’s cross hairs is the Canadian mining group Barrick Gold whose record globally is a litany of human, economic and environmental abuses. “If I am dreaming,…

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Thousands Rally for Release of Protest Leader Zefzafi

Several thousand people took to the streets of Morocco’s northern Rif region to demand the release of the leader of a protest movement. Nasser Zefzafi, 39, who had been on the run since Friday, was taken into custody on Monday “along with other individuals” and transferred to Casablanca. His arrest was ordered after he allegedly interrupted…

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America’s War-fighting Footprint in Africa

A set of previously secret documents, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, offers clear evidence of a remarkable, far-ranging and expanding network of outposts strung across the continent. In official plans for operations in 2015 that were drafted and issued the year before, Africa Command lists 36 U.S. outposts scattered across 24 African countries….

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Kenya’s Impending Ban on Plastic Bags

A regional ban on plastic bags is likely to come into effect after Kenya, which had been adamant, outlawed the paper bags effective September this year. Kenya’s Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu announced the ban on Tuesday. “The CS for Environment and Natural Resources has with effect from six months from date…

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Ahmed Kathrada: Veteran Communist and National Liberation Icon in South Africa Dies

“Kathy”, as he was popularly known, was elected to parliament in 1994  but declined to seek re-election five years later. He wrote an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, suggesting that perhaps he should step down due to widespread corruption in government. Zuma did not attend Kathrada’s memorial, citing the wishes of the family of…

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Israel’s African Darling: Paul Kagame

In May, Paul Kagame will be feted for his outstanding friendship with the Jewish people. That friendship chiefly entails cynical use of the Rwandan genocide to advance U.S. and Israeli interests in Africa and the Arab world. Kagame was the only African head of state to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He has…

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