Posted: March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

Reflections of a pan-Afrikanist

Baffour Ankomah’s writing never ceases to be thought-provoking.He is incapable of writing an unengaging read,talk of consciousness-raising.Baffour Ankomah is a Ghanaian journo.An editor of one of the creme de la creme pan-African publications-The New Africanmagazine,since July 1999,his column Baffour’s Beefs has been running since 1998 and no,make no mistake,I haven’t been around that long to have read my first copy of the New African { http://www.newafricanmagazine.com/ } in the late 90’s.I got my first copy of the New African in May last year and needless to say really,I instantaneously fell head-over-heels in  love with it.As a student who subscribes to the political ideology that is pan-Africanism,it follows that I naturally have a soft spot for engaging on the subject of Westernisation/Westernization and its subsequent impact and/or ramifications  on the African continent and the world.In an article published on Friday 15th February 2013,Baffour poses a…

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Can non-Europeans think? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.{Link}.

Michel Foucault

French philosopher Michel Foucault,he of the discourse concept {Post structuralism}.

Why is European philosophy ‘philosophy’,but African philosophy ‘ethnophilosophy’ ?

”How can history have a truth if truth in itself has a history” ? -Michel Foucault.Michel Foucault,an important influence on postructuralists in international relations,was opposed to the notion that knowledge is immune from the workings of power.Instead,he argued that power in fact produces knowledge.All power requires knowledge and all knowledge relies on and reinforces existing power relations. Thus there is no such thing as ‘truth’ outside of power.Postructuralists examine the concepts that dominate international relations-the discipline.That the dominant concepts are highly contingent on specific power relations.It is worth noting that all the major theories of International Relations/Studies -realism,liberalism,Marxism,social constructivism, and postructuralism- all emerged in  Europe in response to specific European problems,reckon postcolonialists.Postcolonial scholars question whether such theories can really purport to explain world politics.It is more likely that they continue to justify the military and economic subordination of the global South by powerful Western interests.(Globalization of World Politics).

Mental freedom and the omission of African achievement from history – Opinion – This Is Africa.[Link]

Kwame Nkrumah

Posted: January 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Reflections of a pan-Afrikanist

North Africa.

Comprising Algeria,Egypt,Libya,Morocco,Tunisia,Mauritania and Sudan,north Africa,as at 2012 had a total population of 220 million people.This is projected to reach 329million come 2050,inclusive of South Sudan.

Algeria.

Population: 36 million, Urban population: 73%,Health expenditure as percentage of GDP: 4.2%,Life expectancy: 73,Adult literacy: 73%, Mobile phone penetration: 99%, Main export: Petroleum oil,which accounts for 95% of exports and 45% of the national budget, Projected GDP growth for 2013: $214.45 billion (current GDP $206.55bn).

Egypt.Population: 82.5 million, Urban population: 44%, Health expenditure as percentage of GDP: 4.7%, Life expectancy: 73, Adult literacy: 72%, Mobile phone penetration: 101%, Main export: Petroleum oil, Current GDP: $255bn, Projected GDP growth for 2013: $275.9 billion.

Libya. Population: 6.4 million, Urban population: 78%, Health expenditure as percentage of GDP: 3.9%, Life expectancy: 74, Adult literacy: 89%, Mobile phone penetration: 156%, Main export: Petroleum oil, Current GDP: $85.1 billion, Projected GDP growth for 2013: $97.6billion.

Mauritania.
Population: 3.5…

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Infographic:Africa’s Largest Economies By GDP.(Of MNCs Bleeding A Continent)..(Link).

A United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report probing illicit financial flows from Africa says that the continent has lost an estimated $854bn from 1970-2008.This trend worsened between 2000-2011 with the average illicit flows amounting to $50bn per year.Another report by Global Financial Integrity puts the amount of money lost by the EAC countries combined at 1.33bn over the past decade.The UNECA(United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) report which was compiled by a high-level panel chaired by former South African president,Thabo Mbeki,points an accusing finger at Multinational Corporations.Your guess is as good as mine though,other players exist in this massive continental bleeding.As regards aid,for every $1 received in aid,$10 is lost in  illicit financial transfers.

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The Myth of Africa’s Rise – By Rick Rowden | Foreign Policy.(Link).

Rick Rowden:Recent high growth rates and increased foreign investment in Africa have given rise to the popular idea that the continent may well be on track to become the next global economic powerhouse.This ”Africa Rising” narrative has been the most prominently presented in recent cover stories by Time Magazine and The Economist. Yet both publications are wrong in their analysis of Africa’s developmental prospects………..Click on the link provided above to find out just why Rick Rowden reckons that the rumours of Africa’s explosive growth have been greatly exaggerated.What do you think?Is Africa really rising?

Rick Rowden is a development consultant who has worked as an Inter-Regional Advisor for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva and as a senior policy  analyst for the NGO ActionAid.He is currently a doctoral candidate in economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi,India.

The State of East Africa 2012. Deepening Integration, Intensifying Challenges.

The world’s largest platinum miner,Anglo American Platinum, agreed to hand over a 51% share of its mine in Zimbabwe under a new law requiring foreign owned firms to surrender majority stakes to black Zimbabweans.President Mugabe’s government say this  policy will help redress inequalities  caused by the country’s colonial past.Is this the right way to redress historical inequalities?Via BBC Africa.

46% of Kenyans still live below the poverty line.(less than a dollar a day). How do you think countries should redistribute wealth?Should Kenya adopt a similar policy?