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‘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.

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Where Is Open Democracy In South Africa Today? – OpEd

By Motsoko Pheko [Recently the Institute For Security Studies And The Nelson Mandela Foundation invited me to a colloquium discussing ‘WHERE IS OPEN DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA TODAY?’ This colloquium was held in Cape Town on 4 November 2014. Unfortunately I already had a pressing prior engagement. I sent my apology for being unable to […]

Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaoré. Photo credit: Amanda Lucidon / White House
Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaoré. Photo credit: Amanda Lucidon / White House


Thomas Sankara And The Black Spring In Burkina Faso – OpEd

By James Robb Blaise Compaoré, the president of Burkina Faso who was forced to resign by mass protests on October 31, was more than simply a dictator who had clung to power for 27 years. Compaoré was the leader of a counter-revolution, a traitor, who holds the responsibility for the murder of one of the […]

Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaoré. Photo credit: Amanda Lucidon / White House
Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaoré. Photo credit: Amanda Lucidon / White House


Burkina Faso Masses Rise Up Against Neo-Colonial Rule – OpEd

By Abayomi Azikiwe Hundreds of thousands of people in Burkina Faso have forced the longtime imperialist-backed leader, President Blaise Compaore, to resign amid mass demonstrations and rebellions in several cities across the West African country. Compaore took power in a French-supported coup on Oct. 15, 1987 against revolutionary Pan-Africanist and socialist leader Capt. Thomas Sankara. […]

Emerging oil and gas countries in East Africa. Source EIA.
Emerging oil and gas countries in East Africa. Source EIA.


Preventing The Oil And Gas Resource Curse In East Africa

By Namakula Evelyn Mayanja East African countries (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) have joined the list of oil and gas producing nations in Africa. The region is brought into spotlight with International Companies, such as Tullow, that explore the resources and many more companies are making all possible efforts to ensure that they become part of […]

Ebola virus
Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith


Wanted: Far-Sighted African Leadership Against Ebola – OpEd

By Akong Charles Ndika Few emergencies in modern history have accumulated an endless list of frightening superlatives in such a short period of time. Within a couple of months, the West African Ebola Virus Outbreak (EVO) has been qualified as: public health emergency of international concern, extraordinary event, uncontrollable, fatally inadequate, exponential in growth, unprecedented, […]