Land ‘investment’ deals in Africa: Say ‘no way!’

Land investments – the purchase or lease of vast tracts of land from mostly poor, developing countries by wealthier food-insecure nations and private investors for the production and export of food and agrofuel crops – have become a very fast-paced international phenomenon.

Film: Crisis In The Congo; Uncovering The Truth

Film: Crisis In The Congo; Uncovering The Truth

Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth exposes the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. The film locates the Congo crisis in a historical, social and political context. It unveils analysis and prescriptions by leading experts, practitioners, activists and intellectuals that are not normally available to the general public. The film is a call to conscience and action.

Debate: Are “Failed States” A Product of Modern Globalization?

A debate on the motion that “Failed States are a Product of Modern Globalization.” Moderated by Foreign Policy magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser. Debaters include Col. John Agoglia (Ret.), Vice-President of IDS International; Emira Woods from the Institute for Policy Studies; Paul Wood, the President of Pax Mondial; and  Dr. Arvind Subramanian of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Genuine Partnership or a Marriage of Convenience?

India and China, two leading emerging economies in the world, are competing with each other, as well as Africa’s traditional western trading partners, to build a stronger relationship with Africa.

Community Rights and Oil Extraction

Community Rights and Oil Extraction

Chad became an oil-producing nation in 2003 with the completion of a $4bn pipeline linking its oilfields to terminals on the Atlantic coast. A largely semi-desert country, Chad is also rich in gold and uranium and some would say stands to benefit from its recently-acquired status as an oil-exporting state. Yet others contend that developments in Chad illustrate the problems when poor nations try to leverage oil and gas production within the confines of the global economic order.

All Roads Lead Back to China

Across Africa, China has become known as the agent of mass construction, wisely bartering infrastructural development – chiefly mining-specific – for long-term access to strategic resources.

The IMF’s Assault on Women

The IMF’s Assault on Women

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s alleged attack on a hotel housekeeper is shocking and deeply symbolic of the IMF’s attitude towards women.

Are ‘African Lions’ Really Roaring?

Patrick Bond makes a stinging critique of the recent report of the African Development Bank that claims that ‘one in three Africans is middle class’ and as a result, Africa is ready for ‘take off’.

Crisis in Cote d’Ivoire: What Impact on Women?

The political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire has had major diplomatic, financial, economic and social repercussions on the population, including on women and the organisations that defend their rights.

Briefing on the UN Mapping Exercise Report

Briefing on the UN Mapping Exercise Report

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) released the official “Report of the Mapping Exercise” in October 2010. The report documents “the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed within the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo between March 1993 and June 2003”. U.S. tax dollars fund U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda, which are deeply implicated in these mass atrocities, crimes against humanity, war crimes and possibly genocide in the Congo.

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