ETHIOPIA

Suspension of US Aid to Ethiopia is Yet Another Example of Trump’s Disregard for Africa

Yohannes Gedamu

The Conversation  | September 27, 2020

Man wearing a hard hat standing at a point overlooking dam construction site with crane
Workey Tadele, a radio operator, at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in December 2019. Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images

America’s Department of State recently suspended $130 million worth of aid to Ethiopia because of “a lack of progress” on negotiations pertaining to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the River Nile.

According to state department officials, the decision to cut aid came as a result of a direct “guidance” from President Donald Trump.

Estimates show that almost half of Ethiopia’s budget is linked to foreign aid. The country depends on economic assistance to support its infrastructure projects, health care and education expansion efforts, and security sector reforms.Read More »

AFRICA

Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in the Sudan and the activities of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in the Sudan (S/2020/912) [EN/AR]

reliefweb | September 24, 2020

I. Introduction

1.The present report, submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2524 (2020), is the first 90-day report on the implementation of the mandate related to the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in the Sudan (UNITAMS). The report covers political, security, socioeconomic, human rights and humanitarian developments in the Sudan from 3 June to 8 September 2020 and contains an update on the planning process for the establishment of the Mission. The suggested structure and geographical deployment of the Mission and the 90-day report on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) are included as annexes to the present report.Read More »

BOOK REVIEW 

Book Review: The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy

Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Labor Notes | September 29, 2020

The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy, edited by Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Ellen Reese. 2020, Pluto Press, 320 pages. Background image: Scott Lewis, CC BY 2.0, cropped from original.

Amazon’s name appears regularly on picket signs and in headlines decrying worker abuse and corporate callousness. It can be difficult, though, to find a comprehensive perspective on the company’s crimes and transgressions, not to mention discussion of what we can do about it. In The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy, organizers and academics provide just that.

In a series of articles, authors—ranging from former Amazon warehouse workers to Labor Notes co-founder Kim Moody—encourage us to learn from experience and to know what we’re taking on. They walk us through Amazon’s sinister innovations, put them in historical context, and dissect the company’s vulnerabilities. Internationally-focused chapters supply valuable insights from organizing elsewhere, particularly the organizing drives and strikes in Europe.Read More »

BOOK REVIEW 

Thinking Art: Materialisms, Labours, Forms

Kingston School of Art | October 01, 2020

Capitalism: Concept, Idea, Image – Aspects of Marx’s Capital Today

Edited by Peter Osborne, Éric Alliez and Eric-John Russell

Contributors: Éric Alliez, Étienne Balibar, Tithi Bhattacharya, Boris Buden, Sara. R. Farris, John Kraniauskas, Elena Louisa Lange, Maurizio Lazzarato, Antonio Negri, Peter Osborne, Eric-John Russell, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Keston SutherlandRead More »

POETREY 

Demolition

Annette Marie Skade

Culture Matters | October 01, 2020

Demolition

 

Before they were demolished the tennies were rough,
drug dealers on the stairwells mopped by the women,
rubbish tipped down chutes to the rats on the bins,
bonfires on the tarmac between the blocks. A toddler
dressed like a doll in a fun-fur jacket, pokes a stick
into a puddle iridescent from oil leak, a kid pounds
a ball against the end wall. Overnight any car
not from here gets the tyres taken off. The dark
is a rag to smear a woman’s screaming, on July
the twelfth echoes to “Come out, you Fenian bastards!”
The old girl on the ground floor is robbed again,
heads shake in the street about robbing your own.
She’s on the council list for grilles on her windows, calls
the bizzies to come from the copshop round the corner,
they never arrive because they just can’t be arsed.
One year later these cops will turn out in force, chase
the looters who thought the riots were Christmas,
grabbed tellies and fridges out of smashed up shops.
Walkways turn to battlements: old TVs, car batteries,
bricks and rubble are missiles to hurl onto the same
police who had yanked an unsuspecting black kid
off the back of a moped, picked him out for nothing
because they fancied a laugh, roughed him up
so bad his own mother wouldn’t know him.Read More »