February 2017 - ROAPE
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February 2017

In this moving tribute to the writer and teacher Barbara Harlow who has recently died, Christopher J. Lee looks at the work of a women who dared to treat dispersed worlds, such as Palestine, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, and South Africa within a single framework. Harlow wrote about the conditions of political injustice, literature and liberation, writing with passion and commitment about the South African revolutionary Ruth First. ...

In this far-reaching interview, ROAPE’s Ray Bush argues that the products and commodities that rural people produce must sustain local demand and local needs, rather than produce export crops to generate foreign exchange on the international markets. The foundation of any modern society has to be the basis of generating sufficiently and appropriately priced food stuffs from local markets. This is the path, he argues, to a real alternative for societies in the Global South....

In a new book on the neoliberal moral economy in Africa, Jörg Wiegratz writes how there has been a high intensity of moral-economic interference of foreign, especially Western actors to promote a particular capitalist moral order in contemporary African societies. In this blog-post introducing his book, Wiegratz argues that the moral economy of a country is not just made by domestic but also foreign forces, and, that given morals are in many ways an outcome of politics....

Christopher Hope argues that the dependency school, more than any other approach in economics, tried to understand economic development in a given location through an understanding of global capitalism. Yet today, he argues, such an international dimension is often lacking in the contemporary analysis of African economies. Is it time to return the dependency approach?...

Kenyan doctors have been on strike since 5 December last year. Judy Karagania, a doctor involved in the campaign, writes for roape.net about a vital fight for Kenya’s public health care system. The government, she writes, refuses to properly fund doctors salaries amid collapsing public hospitals, rising living costs and concessions to private medicine. ...