May 2016 - ROAPE
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May 2016

Andy Wynne and Adefolarin A. Olamilekan review the new collection of essays 'Polarising Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis.' They argue that many of the authors in the volume are creatively adapting the traditional tools to the current challenges of global inequalities within as much as between countries, to tackle issues such as climate change and the changing nature of imperialist competition....

ROAPE’s Laura Mann discusses a recent workshop held at the London School of Economics on 3 May, which brought together leading economic geographers and political economists to discuss new prospects for industrialization and transformation in African countries in light of shifts in the global economy....

In February this year, during a protest against the lack of accommodation for poor students in Cape Town, South Africa, students and members of the #RhodesMustFall movement set alight paintings considered to be ‘colonial artwork’. In a conversation with the artist Faith Pienaar, anti-apartheid activist and judge Albie Sachs reflects on the meaning of art in troubled post-apartheid South Africa. ...

ROAPE's Leo Zeilig talks to Yao Graham about radical political economy in Africa, structural transformation and the legacy of neo-liberalism on the continent. In the short video clip included in the interview Graham speaks about the struggle for justice and change in Ghana. Graham is the co-ordinator of Third World Network in Accra, Ghana and the Africa Editor of ROAPE....

Last year witnessed one of the strongest El Niño events since the 18th century. Gary Littlejohn writes about the consequences for Southern Africa and Mozambique in particular, noting that the ensuing drought in parts of Africa continues with serious impacts on food security. Knowledge that could have mitigate the worse effects of the El Niño was discarded by a discredited neo-liberal orthodoxy, a zombie theory that keeps coming back from the dead, with fatal consequences for the poor. ...

In this article Palash Kamruzzaman and Ben Tantua argue that the cognitive world of ‘militants’ and ‘militancy’ in the Niger Delta is embedded in a complex web of formal and informal interactions with political actors and military elites which give significance and sustenance to the conflict. The article attempts to unpick some of the motivations and dynamics at work....

One of the central concerns of our roape.net project on popular protests in Africa is to provide an appreciation of the extent to which the instances of popular protest and social movement can increase the scope for sustainable social, economic and political development, and even, on occasion to contribute to the transformation of the very conditions of continental political and economic life. In this post we republish an important article by François Houtart assessing the problems (and lessons) from South America of building a post-neoliberal alternative....