Marking the Africa Day May 25; Africa Must Produce or Perish

News from Africa

Tuesday, 13 May 2008
13 May 2008 – Philip Emeagwali

Imagine that it is May 25, 2063, the 100th anniversary of Africa Day, a day for reflecting on Africa’s successes and failures. The newspaper headline announces, “Last Remaining Oilfield in West Africa’s American Territory Dries Up.” Continue reading Marking the Africa Day May 25; Africa Must Produce or Perish

The Paris Declaration and aid effectiveness

Pambazuka News

Yash Tandon (2008-06-10)

The Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness will be held this September in Accra. But is aid effectiveness a mirage? Yash Tandon dissects the Paris Declaration in relation to aid effectiveness and reaches the conclusion that “under the pretext of making aid more effective, the aid effectiveness project is a form of collective colonialism by Northern donors of those Southern countries that, through weakness, vulnerability or psychological dependency, allow themselves to be subjected to it at the Accra conference in September.” But all is not lost and he also offers a way out. Continue reading The Paris Declaration and aid effectiveness

Hands off our oil

New Internationalist

Five years into the war and occupation of Iraq, and following five missed deadlines, the proposed Iraqi Oil Law remains off the statute books, despite the best efforts of those whom it would benefit. The law would allow foreign oil companies to control the extraction, production and depletion of Iraq’s oil reserves for a generation. Furthermore, it would allow sectarian élites, who already enjoy both military and political power, to sign their own contracts with oil companies, thus reinforcing their long-term economic control. Continue reading Hands off our oil

Women Say Regional AIDS Plan Falls Short

By Nergui Manalsuren

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 10 (IPS) – Despite the admirable progress made by some African countries in preventing and treating HIV/AIDS since 2000, 14 million Africans have died of AIDS in that time span, and an additional 17 million have been infected, says a new report on HIV/AIDS on the continent.

According to the report “Securing Our Future” launched Monday by the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa, the disease is reducing capacity in all social and economic sectors, undermining and slowing the overall development of the region. Continue reading Women Say Regional AIDS Plan Falls Short

Sick But Silent

The East African

By Francis Ayieko – Nairobi

WHEN JOSEPH, A PHARMACIST at one of Kenya’s Ministry of Health facilities, died from tuberculosis-related complications, his colleagues were lost for words.

“We had worked with Joseph for two years but hardly any of us knew he was suffering from TB,” said Jane, one of his colleagues. “The doctor who had checked him said he could not be helped because his lungs had collapsed. He had sought medical help too late.” Continue reading Sick But Silent

The principles of food sovereignty

Pambazuka News

Yash Tandon (2008-06-18)

A proper analysis of the food crisis is a matter that cannot be left with trade negotiators, investment experts, or agricultural engineers, writes Yash Tandon. It is essentially a matter of political economy. A crisis for some is an opportunity for others. Any analysis of the present food crisis carries with it its own prescription, and these prescriptions have the potential to bring benefits for some and losses for others. A proper analysis of the food crisis is a matter that cannot be left with trade negotiators, investment experts, or agricultural engineers, writes Yash Tandon. It is essentially a matter of political economy. A crisis for some is an opportunity for others. Any analysis of the present food crisis carries with it its own prescription, and these prescriptions have the potential to bring benefits for some and losses for others. Continue reading The principles of food sovereignty

Churches tell world leaders in Rome: ‘feed the hungry’

International Catholic News

Jean Blaylock

The plea “Give us this day our daily bread” needs to be heard by world leaders meeting in Rome on the global food crisis, say church representatives across the globe.

“The Lord’s Prayer highlights that having enough to eat is, and has always been, central to the Christian idea of a world shaped by justice and mercy,” observed Sushant Agrawal, Director of the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) in India. “If God’s will was done, no one would go hungry.”

At present 854 million people – one person in every eight – are hungry, and the current crisis caused by rapid increase in food prices may add another 100 million people to that count. Continue reading Churches tell world leaders in Rome: ‘feed the hungry’

Africans in the Dark over the Congo River project

NewsFromAfrica

23 April 2008 – Terri Hathaway (International Rivers, Africa Campaigner)

A lucrative hydropower scheme proposed for the Congo River has become Africa’s next great scramble. Led by the World Energy Council, major industries, banks, and governments met in London this week to seek their piece of the US$80 billion Grand Inga project – the world’s largest hydropower installation. The scheme is being promoted as a development venture to electrify the African continent, where two in every three people now lack access to electricity. Nearly a hundred officials and big money interests discussed how to profit from one of Congo’s great natural resources, but Congolese officials disappeared shortly after the meeting commenced with no explanation to organizers. Worse, organizers had refused to invite Congolese civil society and area communities, leaving no voice to defend the country’s interest. Continue reading Africans in the Dark over the Congo River project

Hundreds of nuns and monks march on Parliament to call on UK to kick carbon habit

Independent Catholic News
Hundreds of nuns, monks and clergy descended on Westminster yesterday, today to demand that MPs strengthen the Climate Change Bill and ‘kick the carbon habit’ for the sake of the poorest in the world.

Those in developing countries are the first to experience the devastating impacts of climate change – despite contributing to it the least. In its current form, the Climate Change Bill ignores the latest scientific evidence and key recommendations from all three parliamentary committees that reviewed the draft bill and recently the United Nations Development Programme also warned that the Bill needed improving as its targets were not ambitious enough. Continue reading Hundreds of nuns and monks march on Parliament to call on UK to kick carbon habit

U.S. Woes, Anti-Immigrant Moves Hit Latin America

By Abid Aslam

WASHINGTON, May 13 (IPS) – Economic woes and hostility against immigrants in the United States are having a financial impact thousands of miles away, in the communities to which migrant workers send their hard-earned savings.

In particular, fewer Latin American immigrants are sending money to their homelands on a regular basis, the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) has found. Continue reading U.S. Woes, Anti-Immigrant Moves Hit Latin America