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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....

ROAPE's Hannah Cross introduces the new special issue on women, which deepens our understanding of women’s mobilisations in Africa and elsewhere. It also urges attention to gender relations in the analysis of contestations over land, labour, political rights and other forms of protest....

Marco Mondaini and Colin Darch look at the recent shifts in Brazil’s relationship to Africa. Since 2003 changes have created space for the development of research on Africa and the broadening of research perspectives on the continent, but they must be seen in a broader context of Brazil's modern engagement with the continent. Mondaini and Darch argue that the recent constitutional 'coup' in Brazil threatens the country's developing relationship with Africa....

In a major rethinking of African workers in Europe Faisal Garba argues that precarity is nothing new, and must be approached as a continuation of a longstanding process, the understanding of which cannot be limited to contemporary capitalism but to the very nature of capitalism. Capitalism as the global politico-economic order is responsible for the desperation that drives migration, and the impoverishment of working class people everywhere. The experiences of the Global South, Garba argues, are spreading across Europe....