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’