South Africa’s new pro-coal pro-corporate environment minister
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by Patrick Bond
5d ago
South Africa’s environmental justice movement will have its work cut out challenging the interests of fossil capital under the unity government. 85% of electricity in South Africa comes from coal, and early comments from the new environment minister suggest this will not change fast on his watch. Credit: jbdodane. There are huge profits to be made in exploiting South Africa’s natural resources. But these come at a cost to society and the environment. South Africa needs an environment minister who will stand up for people who are threatened by pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and the depl ..read more
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Malawi’s farmers on the front line of climate change-related storms
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by Jenipher Changwanda & Freddie Clayton
6d ago
In one of the countries most vulnerable to extreme weather, mostly women farmers are struggling after losing land, livestock, and livelihoods. Enipher Jailosi tills her farm a week after floods, which are expected to become more frequent and extreme due to climate change, washed through her village in Malawi. Credit: Freddie Clayton. According to the 2021 Global Climate Risk Index, Malawi is among the five nations worldwide most affected by extreme weather events. The country experiences distinct wet and dry seasons, so climate phenomena like El Niño can disrupt normal rain patterns and lead ..read more
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Shared Poverty and the Curse of Unemployment in Rural South Africa
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by Leslie Bank and Bonelwa Nogqaza
1w ago
Debating Ideas reflects the values and editorial ethos of the African Arguments book series, publishing engaged, often radical, scholarship, original and activist writing from within the African continent and beyond. It offers debates and engagements, contexts and controversies, and reviews and responses flowing from the African Arguments books. It is edited and managed by the International African Institute, hosted at SOAS University of London, the owners of the book series of the same name. Authors doing fieldwork in the rural Eastern Cape, 2023 (photo: Zipho Xego) In the 1960s, there ..read more
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“All is lost”?: Cameroon’s controversial logging in biodiverse Ebo forest
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by Nalova Akua
1w ago
Why has the government awarded a logging concession in the mega biodiverse Ebo forest to a little-known company? An aerial view of Ebo Forest, Cameroon, where logging has reportedly begun. Credit: CED. When Yetina Victor last visited the Ebo forest in October 2023, he recalls feeling both enchanted and worried. Enchanted by the crystal clear Nibouem river whose foam enveloped the surrounding trees, and worried over the forest’s uncertain future. “We have everything in Ebo: varied fauna, all kinds of wild fruits, abundant medicinal plants, and the trees,” says Yetina, chief of NdikBassogog I ..read more
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How the international financial system exports extinction to the DRC
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by Tova Gaster
1w ago
Biodiversity loss from unequal mining deals is not a glitch. It’s the logical end point of multiple transnational pressures. Mining of minerals such as copper and cobalt is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss in the DRC. Credit: Fairphone. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) holds one of the richest hotspots for biodiversity in the world. Half of Africa’s tropical forests lie within its borders, which support thousands of unique species as well as millions of people. Fortunately, the government seems to recognise the importance of conserving its nature. It has signed on to nu ..read more
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Houses of Hope: Populism and South Africa’s Complex Urban-Rural Connections
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by Leslie Bank
2w ago
Debating Ideas reflects the values and editorial ethos of the African Arguments book series, publishing engaged, often radical, scholarship, original and activist writing from within the African continent and beyond. It offers debates and engagements, contexts and controversies, and reviews and responses flowing from the African Arguments books. It is edited and managed by the International African Institute, hosted at SOAS University of London, the owners of the book series of the same name. Rural homesteads in Cwebe, Eastern Cape (photo: Leslie Bank)   In South Africa, the Govern ..read more
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Cairo’s Faustian bargain with Brussels sends Sudanese refugees back into the cauldron
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by Nalova Akua
2w ago
The third deal the EU is signing with a ‘partner’ state since 2016, a cash-strapped Egypt did not hesitate to justify Europe’s immigration paranoias for an infusion of euros. The loopholes in this deal with the devil have been cynically exploited to push Sudanese refugees back into the war zone. Khadija Ahmed. Ethiopia.Khadjija Ahmed, an Ethiopian refugee at a UNHCR centre in Egypt, increasingly under pressure because of the Sudan crisis. It is supported by Denmark. Courtesy: UNHCR Egypt In mid-March this year, the European Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Egypt aimed at curbi ..read more
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The jihadis are stalking Benin
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by Kars de Bruijne
2w ago
Bandits from the Northern Nigerian hotspots of Zamfara and Katsina states are crossing over into northern Benin, buying up property and recruiting young men. Is this the moment that the Lake Chad Basin crisis merges with the wider Sahelian one? For over a decade there have been overhyped fears of a collaboration between violent extremists in the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel. The stakes for such warnings are obvious: collaboration would offer a major propaganda opportunity for Al Qaida and Islamic State affiliates and in the long-term make West Africa a serious competitor for the title of ‘ep ..read more
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The drug menace in the heartland of the Boko Haram insurgency
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by Imrana Buba
2w ago
Referred to as ‘Marlians’ after British-Nigerian singer, Naira Marley, whose songs allegedly glorify the profane, they have become the face of a silent crisis in the wake of the insurgency. A bust and arrests in Abuja by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, 12 March 2023. Courtesy: NDLEA Sitting under a tree just beside his displaced family’s makeshift shelter made of four planks, a large plastic sheet, bits of rope and a bed cover, Ismai’l [not real name] narrated his decision to start engaging in drugs: “I began using drugs after Boko Haram assassinated my two brothers in my presence ..read more
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Malawi: Ruling Tonse Alliance in a tailspin
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by Uncategorised
2w ago
Suspicions around the death of  VP Saulos Chilima augur badly for Chakwera’s re-election hopes, and even worse for the ruling coalition.  Saulos Klaus Chilima’s body arrives at the Bingu National Stadium, 16 June 2024. Photo courtesy: The Nation, Malawi. Saulos Klaus Chilima or SKC, the fallen vice president of Malawi stunned many when in 2020, he decided to form an electoral alliance with Malawi Congress Party (MCP), the country’s liberation and independence party. He had just contested in the 2019 general elections as a presidential candidate on an UTM Party ticket, a breakaway p ..read more
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