Pambazuka News

‘Pambazuka’ in Kiswahili means the dawn or to arise as a verb. Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.

Ebola virus
Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith


Ebola: Recovery Of Americans Sharpens Divisions In Global Health – OpEd

By Akong Charles Ndika A surprise press conference held last month by Emory University Teaching Hospital stands out as a rare bright moment in the fight against an uncontrollable Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. ZMAPP, an untested serum-based therapy in humans, was successfully administered to two American health workers who were later declared free […]

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a family photo with African leaders on the final day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on August 6, 2014. Photo credit US State Department.
U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a family photo with African leaders on the final day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on August 6, 2014. Photo credit US State Department.


The Washington-Pretoria-Tel Aviv Relay – OpEd

By Patrick Bond What, ultimately, was the importance of the Africa-US Leaders Summit at the White House early last month? It came at a very decisive moment for geopolitical relations in the axis linking Washington, Pretoria and Tel Aviv. And surprising US-China economic connections were also revealed, potentially reaching deep into Africa. Mega-corporations of both […]

Africa
Africa


African Non-State Ethnic Networks: Social Capital Or Social Liability? – Analysis

By Patience Kabamba In the midst of an abundant anti-ethnic bias in much of the critical literature in African studies, there may be a renewed necessity to theorize the salience and continuing production of “ethnic” difference in a manner that could problematize and challenge the notion that ethnicity was merely a devious and divisive invention […]

Libya's General Khalefa Haftar. Photo by Magharebia, Wikipedia Commons.
Libya's General Khalefa Haftar. Photo by Magharebia, Wikipedia Commons.


US, NATO And The Destruction Of Libya: The Western Front Of A Widening War – OpEd

By Horace G. Campbell NATO claimed that its intervention in Libya was a historic success. But three years later, Libya is in complete chaos. Some 1700 militias have a combined total of 250,000 men under arms. Another external intervention seems necessary to stabilize the country. But the US and NATO must never be involved INTRODUCTION […]

Russia's Vladimir Putin
Russia's Vladimir Putin. File photo.


Russia’s Investment In Africa: New Challenges And Prospects – Analysis

By Kester Kenn Klomegah By ‘resetting’ some strategies, Russia and Africa have entered a new phase of growth in their economic diplomacy mainly due to rising interaction by high ranking government officials from some African countries with their Russian colleagues during the first half of 2014. Undoubtedly, Russia’s intensified move to invite delegations has often […]

China in Middle East
China in Middle East


China’s Foreign Aid: How Big Is It And What Is Its Aim? – Analysis

By Luo Jianbo and Zhang Xiaomin From 2010 to 2012, China allocated a total of 89.34 billion yuan (14.41 billion U.S. dollars) worth of foreign assistance. This amount no doubt is much smaller than the official development assistance of some big traditional donors such as the United States. However, as a developing country, China has […]