PAMBAZUKA NEWS 640: SPECIAL ISSUE: BRAZIL: SIZING UP AFRICA’S NEW SUITOR

26 July 2013 — Pambazuka News

 

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

 

CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Jobs

 

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1 Features 

 

BRAZIL: SIZING UP AFRICA’S NEW SUITOR Alyxandra Gomes Nunes and Ama Biney

 

Pambazuka News publishes a special edition for the first time in three languages: English, French and Portuguese, on the relations between Brazil and Africa http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88401

 

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LESSONS FOR BRAZIL FROM SOUTH AFRICA Ordinary Brazilians foot the bill for Sepp Blatter to foot the FIFA ball Patrick Bond

 

Brazilians have much to learn from South Africans who hosted the 2010 World Cup in which thousands of South Africans rioted in the streets prior to the games and FIFA took billions in revenues. Will Brazil’s main trade union remain stymied by their alliance to the ruling party like South Africa’s? http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88381 

 

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VALE LEADS CORPORATES IN OFFSETTING AND ‘FALSE SOLUTIONS’ Friends of the Earth International

 

Vale’s two-handed climate strategy – through which it develops a global extractive business while undertaking profitable offsetting initiatives at home – has allowed it to profit from false solutions to the climate crisis while worsening the problem http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88333 

 

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BRICS LESSONS FROM MOZAMBIQUE Bobby Peek

 

Brazil is among the extracting wealth from Mozambique. The southern African nation could soon join the resourced cursed societies, with polluted local environments and a changed structure of peoples’ lives, making them dependent on foreign decisions rather than their own local and national political power http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88334 ******

 

BRAZIL, THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY Boaventura de Sousa Santos Coimbra

 

The recent protests by social movements, which forced the president to consider certain policy changes, are a clear indication that a great opportunity exists for the progressive forces to strengthen democracy http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88379 ******

 

AFRICA’S NEW SUITOR AND THE DILEMMA OF MANY INVESTMENT PARTNERS Odomaro Mubangizi

 

Among the investment suitors lined up for Africa, Brazil has close historical and cultural links with Africa and this makes her a more likely partner than other rivals. Africa should develop the chemistry that exists between her and Brazil http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88382 ******

 

BRAZILIAN SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION AND DEMOCRACY Adriana Erthal Abdenur and Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto

 

One largely unknown area of Brazilian development cooperation is provision of electronic voting machines and training. This cooperation reveals a key part of Brazilian promotion of democracy and human rights abroad through state capacity building and reinforcing institutions http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88386 ******

 

BRAZIL’S SOCIAL POLICIES A MODEL FOR KENYA Julius Okoth

 

The funds transfer programme has lifted millions of people out of poverty, although critics dismiss it as welfare adventurism which African countries can ill afford http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88397 ******

 

STRENGTHENING ZIMBABWE-BRAZIL RELATIONS South-South co-operation for economic transformation Garikai Chengu

 

Harare stands to benefit a great deal from increasing engagement with Brasilia in energy, mining, agriculture, or poverty alleviation policies. Zimbabwe must now engage the government of Brazil and expand mutually beneficial areas of political, economic and social cooperation between the two nations http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88380 

 

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ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND AFRICANIZATION OF BRAZIL Marco Zoppi

 

Whether as skilled labourers, domestic servants, field hands, or as soldiers in the military, enslaved Africans brought to Brazil not only such important skills but their cultural and religious beliefs and practices that were to blend with European practices and customs. Ultimately it led to an Africanization of Brazil http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88383 ******

 

BRAZIL AND AFRICA The pre-discovery of Brazil from the Portuguese Cape Verde Islands, 1481-1500 Trevor Hall

 

Archival records from the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries show the Portuguese knew about Brazil years before 1500, when they officially discovered the South American landmass http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88385 ******

 

THE AFRO-BRAZILIAN LEGACY IN THE BIGHT BENIN Alinta Sara

 

If one were to consider the cultural links between Brazil and Africa, Yoruba legacy in the North of Brazil could be the object of focus. However, this exchange was not just in one direction; the Brazilians also has a cultural impact on Africa http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88387 ******

 

THE BRAZIL HOUSE: A RETURN TO THE FUTURE Mae-ling Lokko

 

Brazil House in Jamestown, Ghana, can be conceptualized as an urban landscape of memory framing Tabon identity. But the house is also a powerful modern tool of nostalgia and longing for authenticity that sparks the desire of the Tabon to explore their roots and origin http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88388 ******

 

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2 Announcements 

 

AFRICA SMALL RESEARCH GRANT COMPETITION Review of African Political Economy

 

The Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) is pleased to announce the establishment of a small research grants competition for African scholars/activists based in Africa and pursuing a political economy agenda. This is a call for applications. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/88202 ******

 

MEDIA IN AFRICA: A CALL FOR ARTICLES

 

Pambazuka News is planning a special issue on the media in Africa. We are inviting our readers and contributors to celebrate as well as critique the media on the continent. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/88203 ******

 

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3 Jobs 

 

STATION MANAGER – WEST AFRICA DEMOCRACY RADIO (WADR) OPEN SOCIETY INITIATIVE FOR WEST AFRICA (OSIWA)

 

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is an advocacy and grant making foundation that forms part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA is based in Dakar, Senegal and works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. It has offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.

 

Based in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) is a well-established broadcaster with a unique remit. WADR broadcasts in French and English to several countries in West Africa and is looking to expand its presence across the region. At present, the station broadcasts on FM in Dakar and its surroundings, while its programs are relayed via satellite through a series of partner stations in different parts of West Africa. Listeners can also monitor WADR’s output through the streaming service on its website.

 

OSIWA seeks a STATION MANAGER FOR WEST AFRICA DEMOCRACY RADIO who would be based in Dakar to take charge of its daily operations. As a spin-off project of OSIWA, WADR is entering a period of consolidation and expansion. The station is looking to: take on a higher profile in West Africa and beyond, tightening links with partner stations and building new audiences in key countries; develop more engaged, wide-ranging and imaginative programs, with a strong focus on development issues, governance and human rights; create a solid network of partners from civil society and humanitarian and development agencies across the region and use a new injection of technology to build a much better performing station, and provide an authoritative new service to a mass audience in West Africa and the Diaspora.

 

For more details please visit http://www.osiwa.org

 

To Apply: send resume (in English), cover letter, brief writing sample and salary requirements, by cob August 10th, 2013 to: osiwarecruitment@osiwa.org

 

No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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