Friday, November 22nd, 2013

That New York Times column about Cape Town

Let me be clear, because some responses suggest I was not in my recent column for the International New York Times: from just about every assessment, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape are consistently rated among the top performing South African metros and provinces respectively in terms of governance and levels of service delivery....

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

What happens to women in “villagization”? Don’t ask the news media

On Monday Human Rights Watch released a major report: 'Waiting Here for Death’: Forced Displacement and ‘Villagization’ in Ethiopia’s Gambella Region. Villagization basically amounts to rural gentrification, in which vulnerable populations are forcibly relocated, often at gunpoint...

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Dances with Samburu

The Samburu of northern Kenya are pastoralists, and they are under attack. According to Survival International, two US-based charities — the Nature Conservancy and the Africa Wildlife Foundation — bought lots of land, from Daniel arap Moi....

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Buying 10 Hollands*

It’s not just Evil Arab City States or Chinese firms that are buying up vast tracts of land in portions of Africa, set to produce specialised food crops exclusively for export. Now, the news is that “ome...

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The Land Question

The Guardian’s John Vidal reports from Ethiopia’s remote Gambella region where in the last 10 years “1.1 million hectares, nearly a quarter of its best farmland” have been sold or leased to foreign companies by the Ethiopian...

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