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Warmer tropical oceans fuel the risk of drought in Africa

13 August 2005
A paper in Science magazine in November 2003 showed that rainfall in the Niger region is driven by temperatures in the nearby south Atlantic and Indian oceans.

The South African revolt against poverty

16 July 2005
Around 200,000 South African local government workers struck for a day on Tuesday over pay.

Africa’s economic crisis

09 July 2005
Lots of commentators ask why Africa does badly compared to Asia. Here’s a quick answer.

The West has backed Africa's dictators

09 July 2005
In 1981 the World Bank produced a very important document on Africa called the Berg Report.

African activist — the robber barons are not part of movement

09 July 2005
Malawian activist Mzimasi Makiniki has been following the Live8 and Make Poverty History events — and he hasn’t liked everything he’s seen

Protesters from around the world

03 July 2005
One of the most significant factors in the march was its internationalism. African Drop the Debt campaigners protested alongside British Asians from Islamic Relief.

Anger at IMF and World Bank

03 July 2005
Many African activists were on the Edinburgh protest. Ken is a student at Imperial College in London, but he grew up in Nigeria where he was involved in struggles against the military dictatorship.

African music offers a social message against dictatorship and oppression

03 July 2005
It came as an insult when the Live8 organisers forgot to put any African artists in their line-up in London. Many of these artists regularly fill concert venues in Britain, France and have a huge following across the African continent.

Charlie Gillett on a missed opportunity to showcase Africa’s artists at Live8

03 July 2005
I admire Bob Geldof but the fact that he has chosen to run this event with virtually no African artists is bewildering. Each artist has only got 15 minutes, so it’s not like anyone is going to be on stage for very long.

Charles Abugre: My image of Africa

03 July 2005
As the G8 summit draws nearer, dramatic and distressing images of Africa are appearing everywhere. These show emaciated and drooping bodies of women and children, dilapidated villages and shanty towns, and barefooted jalabiya-wearing nomads roaming forlornly across the dusty fields of Africa.

‘We are here to fight, not beg’ — Africa in revolt against the G8

02 July 2005
I am coming from Johannesburg to Edinburgh to be part of the movement confronting the G8 leaders. People from across the world will stand together in solidarity—fighting the battle to end poverty and exploitation.

The view from the global south

02 July 2005
The view from the global south

Classic African music

02 July 2005
KhaledKhaled (1992)

‘Africans will not be silent victims’

02 July 2005
Imagine a different G8. Flying in to Lagos, the centre of the United States of Benin, are the leaders of Great Zimbabwe, Katanga and Aksum. They will be joined by other leaders of Asia and South America to decide their latest proposals for lifting the debt burden from impoverished states in Europe.

Make war and poverty history

25 June 2005
The planet’s most dangerous men are coming to Scotland in two weeks time to attend the G8 summit. Men whose economic policies are causing catastrophe in Africa, Latin America and beyond.

International Socialism journal

25 June 2005
How the G8 is strangling the world Gavin Capps, Charlie Kimber and Jacob Middleton expose the neo-liberal trick held up by Blair and Brown as a solution to poverty in Africa

Divisions at heart of South Africa’s rulers

25 June 2005
THABO MBEKI, the president of South Africa, fired deputy president Jacob Zuma, the country’s second most powerful politician, last week.

Geldof In Africa throws spotlight on trade injustice

18 June 2005
Pride of place in the BBC’s upcoming Africa Lives season goes to a series called Geldof In Africa. Six 30 minute reports, with a related coffee table book, will start on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Monday of next week.

The poor rise up in fury to protest in Cape Town

11 June 2005
Toyi-toying youth, burning tyres, barricades, teargas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, running battles with the police — these scenes from apartheid’s battlefields were rerun in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, over the last week.

Using art as a weapon — Ousmane Sembène's story

11 June 2005
Ousmane Sembène was born in 1923 in Senegal. At the time this was part of the colony of French West Africa.

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