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Thabo Mbeki’s ‘AIDS Denialism’

Contradicting pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance?

Simphiwe Sesanti

In his nine years as South Africa’s president, Thabo Mbeki was known as a leading pan-Africanist and an advocate of the African Renaissance. Pan-Africanism is an ideology aimed at uniting Africans into a strong force for total liberation. The African Renaissance is a project aimed at restoring Africans’ self-esteem damaged by colonialism and slavery. During and after his presidency Mbeki was criticised by the local and international media for putting at risk hundreds of thousands of South African lives by questioning the link between HIV and AIDS, and blocking drugs that could have saved many lives. If true, this would suggest that there is a contradiction between Mbeki’s pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance, which are supposed to be life-affirming on one hand, and exposing Africans to the perils of a fatal disease, on the other. This article examines Mbeki’s opponents’ arguments, and Mbeki’s stance in the context of pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance.

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Human rights-based service delivery

Assessing the role of national human rights institutions in democracy and development in Ghana and Uganda

Richard Iroanya, Patrick Dzimiri and Edith Phaswana

NHRIs by different African countries (Human Rights Watch, 2009). In this regard, this article attempts to address the question, how can the effectiveness of human rights institutions be determined, particularly in the context of Africa? Differently

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Relational Ethics and Partiality

A Critique of Thad Metz’s ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’

Motsamai Molefe

Thad Metz (2007a) in his ground breaking article ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’ defends an African relational moral theory. 1 By ‘moral theory’ he refers to a principle of right action or ‘normative theorisation’, which involves invoking a

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The Rhizomatic Algerian Revolution in Three Twenty-First- Century Transnational Documentaries

Algérie tours, détours (2006), La Chine est encore loin (2009), Fidaï (2012)

Nicole Beth Wallenbrock

discussion. The octogenarian director reflects on the era when he lived in North Africa, and the majority of the films screened by the Brun-Moschetti and Morouche depict the Revolution and/or critique the French Empire. As the film studies a figure known as

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Francesco Carella

Secretariat, and UNHCR, and, since 2013, as Labour Migration and Mobility Specialist at the International Labour Organization in North Africa, Central America, Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Given the heterogeneity of the countries you have worked

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“Because we are the only ones in the community!”

Protest and daily life in poor South African neighborhoods

Jérôme Tournadre

South Africa has, since the late 1990s, witnessed an almost continuous cycle of social protest against the lack of housing and the unaffordable access to water, electricity, and sanitation networks in many poor areas of the country. This article is

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Tintin and Corto Maltese

The European Adventurer Meets the Colonial Other

Dani Filc

twentieth-century adventurers in European comics. This article addresses the links between European adventure comics and colonialism by comparing their approaches to Africa and Latin America. Tintin and Corto Maltese represent the comics version of a

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Between Afropolitans and new Sankaras

Class mobility and the reproduction of academics in Burkina Faso

Michelle Engeler

aspirational promises for a brighter future as “highly mobile and well connected, successful young Africans of the world,” in the words of Taiye Selasi (2005) , a novelist and photographer, who in one of her essays names them “Afropolitans.” The theorist and

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The Colonial State and Carnival

The Complexity and Ambiguity of Carnival in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa

Christoph Kohl

periods of Portuguese colonialism in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa—the late nineteenth century, when effective colonial seizure was yet to be accomplished, and the heyday of anti-colonial struggle in the 1960s and early 1970s—in order to explore the multiple

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Utilisation of Working Animals (and Women) in Ancient Mesopotamia and Modern Africa

Jill Goulder

-Saharan Africa were almost devoid of working animals until the early or even mid-twentieth century AD, 1 and it has been possible for observers to record the immediate social and economic impact in a community of the introduction of cattle and donkeys for