“One student killed and dozens injured as security forces crack down on supporters of Muslim Brotherhood One student has been killed and dozens injured after police in Cairo opened fire on students protesting against the military government.”
“[New Zimbabwe]THREE months after President Robert Mugabe settled into another period of office after 33 years of iron-fist rule, the country's Roman Catholic bishops say the country has become more polarized and it needs to engage with the...”
The roots of the festival that we call Christmas extend far further back in time than the first attempts to celebrate the birth of the Palestinian upstart whose crucifixion became the founding event of a new religion with universal aspirations. There is no firm evidence as to when the man who came to be called the Christ, the word of God made flesh, was actually born.
In October Kenya introduced legislation capping foreign funding to NGOs and requiring that money be channeled through a government body. Though narrowly defeated, the law looked to be a death-knell for a vibrant civil society sector. But Kenya – and the region – is not out of the woods yet.
Firoze Manji's insight:
If NGOs sources of funding is restricted, then even more so should private companies - which are completely unaccountable to citizens - be restricted. Why is there no campaign amongst CSOs to restrict financial influence exerted by foreign multinational corporations?
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The idea of international development aid lies at the heart of a tremendously successful PR campaign. The narrative we have been sold claims that aid has been effective at reducing global poverty. Here I will argue that there are three problems with this narrative. First, poverty is not disappearing, despite what we have been told to believe. Second, aid disbursements from rich countries to poor countries are dwarfed by wealth flows that run in the other direction, to the point where poor countries are effectively developing rich countries. Third, and perhaps most critically, aid is not actually designed to reduce poverty, but operates as a tool that the elites of rich countries leverage to extract wealth, resources, and political compliance. By eliding these problems, the aid paradigm prevents development practitioners – and the public – from understanding the real causes of poverty, and therefore precludes meaningful solutions.
“[Deutsche Welle]East African leaders have welcomed a pledge by South Sudan's government to agree to an immediate ceasefire following weeks of fighting with rebels. They've called on the opposing sides to meet face-to-face.”
Technically speaking, WhatsApp is not unlike an SMS but sent via the Internet from one user to others who also operate the application. One can send photos, share her current location, and, most importantly, send as many messages as the data plan will allow. WhatsApp announced that, as of June 2013, they have three hundred million monthly users globally. In a much shorter time, WhatsApp “ has done to SMS on mobile phones what Skype did to international calling on landlines.” The CEO of WhatsApp says they are bigger than Twitter, which can be noted partially in the number of messages they process. On 12 June 2013, WhatsApp tweeted: “new daily record: 10B+ msgs sent (inbound) and 17B+ msgs received (outbound) by our users = 27 Billion msgs handled in just 24 hours!” This surpassed the previous record just six months earlier on New Years Eve when the global numbers hit eighteen billion messages on that single day.
Conventional public wisdom would suggest that Africans are most worried about the catastrophic AIDS epidemic, high child mortality, recurrent food shortages, and civil conflict. Everyone has seen the startling statistics on HIV prevalence rates, the number of children that die of preventable diseases, or heard the repeated calls for emergency food relief. Therefore, it’s only natural to fight for ever increasing US taxpayer treasure to vanquish these demons.
But, what do ordinary Africans actually think? Do they raise these same issues as the most pressing problems affecting their nations? This is the subject of my new CGD paper. Based uponAfrobarometer public attitude surveys, Africans appear overwhelmingly concerned about four interrelated issues: (1) jobs and income; (2) infrastructure; (3) enabling economic and financial policies; and (4) inequality.
Firoze Manji's insight:
Why the surprise? What US imeprialism and its allies consider to be priorities are hardly likely to coincide with the perspectives of those whose lives are impoverished by the policiies of the US.
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