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My Black is Beautiful! Image of a wise elder from Somalia/Eritrea taken around 1900. Source unknown. http://t.co/GqW0rxkEQW
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Somalia seeks Gulf investment

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Somalia is seeking further Gulf investment after a decrease in piracy encouraged firms to re-open trade links.
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Ivory trade protesters target Chinese embassy in London | The Times

Protesters will gather outside the Chinese embassy in London today to call for a ban on trade in ivory from elephant tusks (@ChinaRealTime @BBCWorld @kwskenya @ste_kenya @WCSTanzania
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Peace is a Prerequisite for Somalia - Somaliland Sun

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Peace is a Prerequisite for Somalia
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He told the Italian Minister that security work is not yet accomplished in Somalia because the peace-keeping forces in the war-torn Horn of Africa country are not enough.
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The true visionary Thomas Sankara - [[Thomas Sankara webSite]]

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Many revolutionary leaders talk the talk, but don't always walk the walk. But with Sankara, his revolutionary principles guided his own life.

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Stop South Africa's Oliver Tambo Award to dictator Forbes Burnham

Stop South Africa's Oliver Tambo Award to dictator Forbes Burnham | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
Honoring Forbes Burnham through the Oliver Tambo Award covers up his oppression of Guyana in a dangerous precedent for other dictators who cloak themselves in anti-apartheid or anti-colonial rhetoric despite their domestic despotism.

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Firoze Manji's curator insight, May 1, 2013 7:02 AM

This is a revised petition. Widespread protests have forced the SA government to defer the proposed award to Forbes Burham. We now need to STOP the award ever being considered. Please sign, even if you signed the previous versions.

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Somalia's economic boom

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RT @SomaliaNewsroom: Somalia's economic boom--especially from Mogadishu port http://t.co/Ohfs6Px9fG Video of port police being trained to improve security
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Somalia: “President Hasan Should Take his People Back from Kenya”-Senator Kagwe

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Somalia: “President Hasan Should Take his People Back from Kenya”-Senator Kagwe (Somalia: “President Hasan Should Take his People Back from Kenya”-Senator ...
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China erodes Western monopoly|Last Word|chinadaily.com.cn

China erodes Western monopoly|Last Word|chinadaily.com.cn | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
Mahmood Mamdani says the Chinese are doing Africans a favor by challenging Western dominance of the continent.

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Selim Gool's comment, April 28, 2013 1:31 PM
To address this question, we need to know something of China´s economic development since 1949, the nature of the economy now and of formation of the ruling bureaucratic elite and the need to expansion (trade, investments and loans) to Africa and elsewhere. From 1949 to 1969, Mao’s emphasis on ideology and voluntarist politics had kept China churning, overturning first all of the old pre-revolutionary relationships and then turning even the new revolutionary order upside down. The turmoil of those twenty years swept away much of the old order and made possible the development of a new political economy.
Two years after Mao’s death in 1976, Deng Xiaoping, a political pragmatist became China’s “paramount leader,” introducing the slogan “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” and the economic reforms that laid the basis for the transition to capitalism. It was with the 1978 reforms that the Chinese economy first began to take off. Deng introduced market mechanisms and emphasized industrial products for export, leading China to enter into trading relationships with other nations, amongst other African nations.
While China remained something of a hybrid system, with the Communist state still dominating both economic planning and many major industries and plants, a qualitative shift had taken place. Deng’s policies set China on the path of capitalist economic development, beginning the transition from bureaucratic communism to bureaucratic capitalism.
The bureaucratic capitalists, many of them "princelings", that is, sons of the founders of China’s Communist government, have through their control of the state and crony state-corporation relationships come to dominate the heart of the country’s capitalist economy and to form the core of the new bourgeoisie that rules the country. They are a group of families and clans connected by both party and business relationships that constitute the country’s ruling class. It is this use of the party and state to control capitalist enterprises, to exploit workers, and to make profits that, as Au Loong Yu in his recently published book: China’s Rise: Strength and Fragility (2012), constitutes the unique character of Chinese capitalism today. The 1949 revolution, despite its achievement, is also deeply bureaucratically deformed and it eventually rebuilt an all powerful bureaucracy. Partly thanks to this long tradition of bureaucratic politics — hidden agenda, hidden rules, and guanxi, — the bureaucracy is able to undo all legal constraint laid down by the revolution and the constitution and eventually transform themselves into the new exploiting class. This is not to deny the possibility of reform in the future, but any significant reform by the party state is inconceivable without a social upheaval. The workers have already summed up their experiences in their own slogan: “Big struggle big gain, small struggle small gain, no struggle no gain.”
The Chinese transition from bureaucratic communism to bureaucratic capitalism was the work of both the early CCP leaders and their children, the princelings, who used the state-owned and mixed enterprises to enrich themselves, created their own privately-owned firms, engaged in "crony capitalism", and used their political power to extort both party leaders and private business. The introduction of market mechanisms and private property, together with the continuing exploitation of wage labor, created an economy now driven by the profit motive and the accumulation of capital.
The new bureaucratic capitalist class accrued wealth, which they displayed conspicuously, and arrogantly exercised their privileges, while at the same time the uneven development of the new economy failed to meet the needs of peasants, workers, and students. Deng Xiaoping was succeeded first by Jian Zemin in 1989, who took over following the crushing of the Tiananmen protests, and he in turn in 1997 by Hu Jintao. Both of them continued to carry out the market reforms as they also expanded industrial production and exports. At the same time they opened up China to foreign direct investment, taking advantage of others’ capital to propel Chinese industrialization. The development of urban, industrial and rural real estate that took place was made possible by CCP capitalists using their power and privilege to grab the land of peasants and the urban poor, leading to tens of thousands of conflicts throughout China each year.
During Hu’s administration in 2007 China passed the private property law which sanctioned private ownership of the means of production, which had already emerged in fact. In these years China constructed, still something of a hybrid system but now predominantly capitalist, constructed a modern industrial infrastructure of railroads, highways, harbours and airports; industry expanded enormously in the Pearl River, Yellow River, and Beijing regions, while skyscrapers rose in Shanghai. By 2010 China surpassed Japan to become the second largest economy on earth, second only to the United States. The growth of China in the Hu years was nothing less than spectacular. China is expected to catch up with the United States in GDP by 2025. Exporting China’s problem creates more problems - CHINA’S THIRTY YEARS OF NEARLY UNINTERRUPTED HIGH GROWTH has encountered great challenge as the global economic crisis has hit China’s export hard. Since China’s trade as a percentage of GDP is as high as 70 percent, the export-led growth mode has practically ended.
IN 1998 THE NOW DISSOLVED State Economic and Trade Committee released a policy document: Index of Over-Invested Products for Moving Abroad. The title of the document is self explanatory. Export would solve China’s excessive capacity and domestic problems. The report targeted the first batch of industries and products to move abroad: the light industry, machineries and electronics, motorcycles, refrigerators and Tvs, etc.
While export of goods has always been growing rapidly, export of capital began to experience leaps and bounds only since 2000. The next year Premier Zhu Rongji officially proclaimed the strategy of “going global.” Within a short period China has become a creditor country for developing countries, especially Africa.
Giovanni Arrighi argues in an article that China remains socialist or non-capitalist and poses an alternative to global capitalism, refuting the accusation that China’s role in Africa is colonialist but admitting it is capitalist:
Though China is not colonialist (the setting up of a colonial administration serving the metropolitan center) , it is a successful capitalist in Africa. The path it has taken on that continent is consistent with the logic of market capitalism — liberal trade based on fair contracts. Although capitalism implies exploitation to many, China’s capitalists have to limit their exploitation within the framework of the WTO and abide by local laws (including croneyism, and forms of "favouritism").
It has also been argued that China somehow has developed her own alternative model to globalization led by U.S. capital — the so called “Beijing Consensus” which is allegedly in opposition to Washington Consensus. Even if we concede that there is something called the “Beijing Consensus,” it has nothing to do with socialism. Both are in the service of capitalism, the same mode of accumulation that is extremely hostile to labor, the welfare state, and democratic rights.
The fact that China “only” privatized her small and medium SOEs, leaving the big ones in the state’s hands, that the CCP opted for a gradual transformation for capitalism rather than “shock therapy,” that the state still heavily intervened with the “free market” that it allows local and even rural party officials’ initiatives for industrialization etc. do not constitute something substantially different from neoliberalism.
If the party state retains ownership control over the commanding heights of the economy, it is not because of any supposed adherence to socialism, as Arrighi suggests; rather it is simply because the ruling elite cannot tolerate any idea of giving away the most profitable sector of the economy.
If “Beijing Consensus” is competing with “Washington Consensus” it means only that the Chinese party state wants to use the devil to beat the devil.
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Notes
China: End of a Model…Or the Birth of a New One? by Au Loong Yu, New Politics Vol. XII, No. 3, Whole Number 47, @ http://newpol.org/content/china-end-model%E2%80%A6or-birth-new-one
China’s Rise: Strength and Fragility. London: Merlin Press, 2012, by Au Loong Yu.
Adam Smith in Beijing, Giovanni Arrighi, London and NY: Verso, 2007,
China: From Bureaucratic Communism to Bureaucratic Capitalism by Dan La Botz, @ http://newpol.org/content/china-bureaucratic-communism-bureaucratic-capitalism
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To reclaim our future, we must change the present! A program for changing the system, not the climate

To reclaim our future, we must change the present! A program for changing the system, not the climate | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
"We will not allow the capitalist system to burn us all. We will take action and address the root causes of climate change by changing the system."

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Big Hopes and Dreams

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South Africa's rulers have blood on their hands, again: CAR and SA imperial interests

Many people in South Africa were shocked by the death of at least 13 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops when rebels overran their base in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Amongst the public and within the media questions soon started arising around the possible reasons why troops were in CAR to begin with. When it emerged that troops were possibly partly deployed to protect businesses in CAR linked to top African National Congress (ANC) officials, there was widespread outrage. The fact that South African troops were involved in protecting the political and economic interests of wealthy people linked to the South African state in CAR, and other African countries, should perhaps, however, not come as a surprise. Throughout its history, whether during apartheid or post apartheid, the South African state – which is controlled by the ruling class and headed up by members of this class - has been most willing to deploy troops in parts of Africa to protect the political, economic and strategic interests of the South African ruling class.


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One of the best analysis of South Africa's role in Africa based on an analysis of the long term interests of it ruling class and the interests of capital. The last part suffers from a set of truisms without spellling out HOW to build a movement amongst working class soldiers to challenge how the capitalist class use them as fodder in its imperial ventures in Africa

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A Pirate's Perspective In 'Fishing Without Nets' | MaritimeSecurity

A Pirate's Perspective In 'Fishing Without Nets' | MaritimeSecurity | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
A battered wooden skiff motors along the horn of East Africa. Onboard are a half-dozen men clutching AK-47s and debating whether they'll need to shoot. They are Somali pirates. Or rather, they're actors playing Somali ...
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Tensions Over the Jubaland Process in Somalia Could Embolden Al-Shabaab

Tensions Over the Jubaland Process in Somalia Could Embolden Al-Shabaab | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
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Somalia, South Sudan could join EAC this year

Somalia, South Sudan could join EAC this year | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
The EAC secretariat said it was vetting South Sudan for possible admission into the regional bloc by April.
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Kenyan troops restore order to Somalia

Kenyan troops restore order to Somalia | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
Kenyan troops restore order to Somalia http://t.co/ozG81reRxO #KDF #Somalia
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Kenyan trio in 'wife-sharing' deal - BBC News

Kenyan trio in 'wife-sharing' deal - BBC News | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
BBC News
Kenyan trio in 'wife-sharing' deal
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"We have agreed that from today we will not threaten or have jealous feelings because of our wife, who says she's not ready to let go of any of us," the agreement says, Kenya's NTV station reports.
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BENSOUDA Tightens Noose on Ruto Case timelines, Uhuru to be Affected too

BENSOUDA Tightens Noose on Ruto Case timelines, Uhuru to be Affected too | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
Kenya Today - ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda tightened the legal case against Deputy President William Ruto, suggesting three weeks of continuous sittings as oppose (BENSOUDA Tightens Noose on Ruto Case timelines, Uhuru to be Affected too
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East Africa: Kenya's Move to Sign EPAS Worries EAC States

East Africa: Kenya's Move to Sign EPAS Worries EAC States | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
[New Vision]Kenya will be drifting away from the objectives of the East African Integration if it goes ahead to sign the long overdue Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) experts have observed.

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Muslim Extremists in Somalia Seize, Torture Convert from Islam

Muslim Extremists in Somalia Seize, Torture Convert from Islam | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
Muslim militants still controlling part of the Lower Shebelle Region of Somalia have jailed and tortured a Christian for converting from Islam.
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Twitter / NLembassyKenya: Presenting credentials to ...

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RT @NLembassyKenya: Presenting credentials to President of #Somalia Hasan Sjeik Mohamud, discussing relations Somalia and Netherlands. http://t.co/9dmssyfCL3
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Readout of Under Secretary Sherman's Meeting with Ahmed Silanyo, President of Somaliland

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Readout of Under Secretary Sherman's Meeting with Ahmed Silanyo, President of Somaliland (RT @farhanjimale: What does it mean for #Somaliland? The United States reiterated its strong support for a peaceful and united Somalia.
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How Teachers Can Start Curating Information for Professional Development > Eye On Education

How Teachers Can Start Curating Information for Professional Development > Eye On Education | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
In Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning, Kristen Swanson shows educators how to enhance their pro...

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Great for teacher librarians

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Somalia's young army recruits face uphill battle for credibility

Somalia's young army recruits face uphill battle for credibility | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
Faced with al-Shabaab attacks, soldiers trained by the Ugandan military need not only guns but better organisation to safeguard Somalia.
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South Africa's rulers have blood on their hands, again: CAR and SA imperial interests

Many people in South Africa were shocked by the death of at least 13 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops when rebels overran their base in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Amongst the public and within the media questions soon started arising around the possible reasons why troops were in CAR to begin with. When it emerged that troops were possibly partly deployed to protect businesses in CAR linked to top African National Congress (ANC) officials, there was widespread outrage. The fact that South African troops were involved in protecting the political and economic interests of wealthy people linked to the South African state in CAR, and other African countries, should perhaps, however, not come as a surprise. Throughout its history, whether during apartheid or post apartheid, the South African state – which is controlled by the ruling class and headed up by members of this class - has been most willing to deploy troops in parts of Africa to protect the political, economic and strategic interests of the South African ruling class.


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One of the best analysis of South Africa's role in Africa based on an analysis of the long term interests of it ruling class and the interests of capital. The last part suffers from a set of truisms without spellling out HOW to build a movement amongst working class soldiers to challenge how the capitalist class use them as fodder in its imperial ventures in Africa

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Academia's indentured servants

Academia's indentured servants | Horn of Africa counterterrorism | Scoop.it
Outspoken academics are rare: most tenured faculty have stayed silent about the adjunct crisis, notes Kendzior.

 

On April 8, 2013, the New York Times reported that 76 percent of American university faculty are adjunct professors - an all-time high. Unlike tenured faculty, whose annual salaries can top $160,000, adjunct professors make an average of $2,700 per course and receive no health care or other benefits.

 
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