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Lee Wengraf unpicks the myths of Africa’s so-called 'resource curse', a term she argues that is profoundly ahistorical. Blaming a 'resource curse' purely on dictators and politicians, as many Western academics have argued, refuses to admit that the colonial pillage of Africa continues, now driven through trade rules, bilateral and multilateral arrangements, multinational companies and international agencies....

Hours before the deadline Senegal maintains its troops are ready to intervene if Gambia’s President Jammeh refuses to hand over power. Jammeh has replied that he would not be intimidated, and the regional body ECOWAS had no right to interfere in The Gambia's affairs. David Seddon looks at the elections last month and the current crisis....

In this blogpost Horman Chitonge focuses on the question of whether African societies can be classified as capitalist or not. He argues that the answer one gives, depends, largely, on the meaning of capitalism that one adopts and there have been different meanings which researchers and writers have espoused for decades. Chitonge details some of the debates. ...

In this introduction to a major paper on the Near East and North Africa, ROAPE's Ray Bush focuses on the struggles by small farmers across the region. He notes the spike in protests since the food price hikes of 2008 that had intensified rural malnutrition, poverty and inequality. How can the battle for livelihood and food security by the regions small and family farmers be assisted? ...

For our series on capitalism in Africa, political economist Pádraig Carmody argues that although globalisation has ‘hollowed out’ the manufacturing base of many European and North American economies, in some parts of Africa there might be the possibility of connecting global production networks on relatively more favourable terms, which could assist industrialisation. ...