Rethinking the Ethiopian privatisation

Introduction The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has indicated that the privatisation of certain state-owned enterprises (SOEs) is imminent. In August 2018, an advisory board has been established, and the team is expected to get support from legal, finance and accounting experts. However, the Prime Minister has been silent about broader economic liberalisation, including state ownership of land,...

Shutting Down AFRICOM and the Scramble for Africa By Netfa Freeman

The U.S. military is all over Africa To mark exactly 10 years after the establishment of AFRICOM, short for U.S. Africa Command, the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has launched U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM, a campaign designed to end the U.S. invasion and occupation of Africa. Although U.S. leaders say AFRICOM is “fighting terrorism” on the continent...

Haiti roots of an uprising

By Robert Roth “The cauldron of corruption and lies has been boiling non-stop 24 hours a day. The time has come to overturn it, for Haitians to begin to see the light of peace. Haiti is for all Haitians.” – Fanmi Lavalas statement, July 8, 2018. (Fanmi Lavalas is the party of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s first democratically elected...

Strength and Contradictions of the Chinese Economy: An Interview With Au Loong Yu By

Image: Luigi Morris China has become a prominent actor in the global economy. The extraordinary growth of its GDP in the past 20 years, combined with its impressive accumulation of manufacturing power, has dramatically changed the equation of global trade. China’s heavily export-oriented model is, however, not free of contradictions. The country’s low wages—although increasing drastically—mean low aggregate domestic demand,...

School Started by Refugees Becomes One of Uganda’s Best

KYANGWALI REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Uganda – When he arrived at this United Nations camp in western Uganda in 1997, Joseph Munyambanza had been able to attend only poor-quality schools. Eight years later, he and other young refugee students wanted to help children who also faced dismal education prospects, so they started a club with activities focusing on education. In 2009, they...

Specially Organised Retreat for TRANSCEND and Galtung-Institut Members in Nilgiris Hills, South India

If you are going to the IPRA Conference in India in November 2018, here is an opportunity to include a stay at a Bed&Breakfast Retreat in the green and peaceful Nilgiris Hills of South India. Vithal Rajan, a TRANSCEND and Galtung-Institut member and an old friend of Johan Galtung, will help organise your stay on concessional terms, and guide your...