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August 2014 Vol 6

 

 Undoubtedly, the honorable Marcus Garvey legacy is alive and well. Collectively, Africans around the globe acknowledges his greatness with a plethora of celebrations, parades, statures and monument's built in his honor. All of these accolades are well deserved. However, more astounding is his achievement occurred during the era of telegrams, and segregated railroad cars.

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Featured News

 The Illusion of Foreign Investment Growth? Africa Must Break With the World Capitalist System

African dollar map How long and deep can the current character of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) penetrate the social legacy of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Africa? Proclamations of economic growth throughout the continent are being received with much skepticism and consequently prompting the desire among many to address the persistent poverty, inefficiency and growing class divisions. .  

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Leadership, Genocide and War Crimes. An African Perspective

image 2f On June 30th the African Union summit meeting at Equatorial Guinea voted the “Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.” It maintains that while in power, African leaders and “senior officials” are not subject to prosecution for genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity. In principle the Protocol mirrors the judicial realities of Canada and the U.S. which assure our heads of state immunity, but less overtly..  

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Detroit and Iraq: Both Devastated by the Same Thieves;

The ugly face of empire and disaster capitalism is visible all over the world. Detroit, Michigan, was once a thriving city but was sent into a tailspin by the deindustrialization of the United States, white flight, and institutional racism which blamed black people who were in fact the victims of catastrophe.  

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Disapora News

Why Scotland must face up to slave trade past

The Empire Cafe will open its doors on July 24 to explore Scotland's relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade, using music, visual art, academic lectures, poetry and historical walks. Among the highlights is a discussion between museum experts and historians on whether it is time to establish a permanent memorial devoted to Scotland and slavery. Dr Michael Morris, a lecturer in English and cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University, who will chair the Untold Stories, Buried Histories debate, said a permanent "feature" was long overdue. He suggested a museum or a series of public artworks in areas of Glasgow built on the wealth of traders, such as the Merchant City.

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Afro-Uruguay: A Brief History

image 2d When we think of the great nations of the African diaspora—Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, the United States—the South American republic of Uruguay is not one of the first names to come to mind. To the contrary: the recipient of almost 600,000 European immigrants between 1880 and 1930, Uruguay has long presented itself to the world as one of the two “white republics” of South America (its neighbor Argentina is the other). In the national household survey of 1996, 93 percent of its citizens classified themselves as white, a figure significantly higher than in the United States (where 75 percent of the population classified itself as white in the 2000 census).

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African News

The new scramble for Africa (part 2)

image 1a The original Scramble for Africa: extraction routes In Europe, the process of colonialism was cleverly presented as benevolent. Charitable-sounding groups like the International Africa Association were created to provide a front for the plundering of African resources. And developments like the railway and steamship, brought to African shores using capital from Europe’s emerging financial centres, were portrayed as generous sharing of new technology whilst facilitating access to cheap raw materials to feed the industrial revolution. .  

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How The Chinese Are Hurting African Economies

Chinese African AFRICAN GLOBE – From Nigeria to Uganda and Kenya, Chinese companies are hurting the African economy through a culture of bribery and corruption that has seen them salt away millions of dollars, proceeds from inflated contracts sums and other untoward deals that border on sleaze and bribery. This is aside the harsh reality that the Chinese, against all known business and corporate ethics, have flooded the African market with low-quality goods which are passed off as original. China is clawing deeper into the African market to the dismay of the West, but most of the deals are tainted with bribery and corruption.

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History Tidbits

The Peter Mowell, Slave Ship

slave ship On July 25, 1860, after thirty-six days of sailing from the Congo River in Africa, the Peter Mowell, an illegally operating slave ship, ran aground on Lynyard Cay in the Abaco chain of islands. This 129 ton schooner was en route to Havana, Cuba with a human cargo of 400 captive Africans. Having already lost many of its sails, the slaver wrecked as it attempted to evade what it believed to be a British Navy man-of-war. The ship crew and at least 390 of the 400 Africans made it safely ashore the uninhabited and inhospitable Lynyard Cay. The ship itself was left to disintegrate on the rocks...  

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Nigeria's Forgotten Empire - the Walls of Benin

Collectors may be interested in artefacts from the era, but the legacy of the Walls of Benin has largely been forgotten. Man-made wonders of the world such as the Taj Mahal in India, the Cairo Citadel in Egypt and the Colosseum in Rome attract millions of visitors each year and lay claim to represent the architectural brilliance of our past. But the Benin Moat, also known as the Walls of Benin, lays fallow, crumbling away in Nigeria, a pale imitation of its resplendent former self. At stake is not just the structure itself, but the memory of a once-great empire and a site of colonial resistance..

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