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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.

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.

‘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.

G8 hypocrisy over corruption and aid

11 June 2005
"The problems of Africa are very complex. Aid just gets swallowed up in corruption." That argument, from the Daily Telegraph, has been repeated in various forms in the last week.

Africa round-up

11 June 2005
Niger Some 2,500 people marched through the streets of Niger’s capital, Niamey, last week to demand that the government does more to relieve the food crisis.

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.

Moolaadé — a battle of traditions

11 June 2005
Moolaadé Directed by Ousmane Sembène

Interview with Ousmane Sembène — father of African film

11 June 2005
In London to promote his new film, Moolaadé, Senegalese film maker and novelist Ousmane Sembène spoke to Ken Olende and Charlie Kimber

Meetings on Africa at Marxism 2005

28 May 2005
The Marxism 2005 event in central London from 7-11 July will feature meetings on Africa. Including: Resistance in Africa Today, Britain’s Legacy: the Mau Mau, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, and What Happened to the Dream of African Liberation?

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