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Mozambique Tag

This blogpost by Meera Sabaratnam is based on her recent book 'Decolonising Intervention: International Statebuilding in Mozambique', which argues that by challenging forms of received wisdom or analysis one may challenge the unjust distributions of power that underpin them. Sabaratnam challenges the Eurocentric habits of analysis have characterised much of the literature on international statebuilding, that focuses principally on the interveners while obscuring the interpretations and viewpoints of the intended recipients of intervention...

At last week’s ROAPE and TWN (Third World Network Africa) workshop in Accra, sixty activists and activist-researchers came together to discuss radical political economy and structural transformation in Africa. Given the recent, tumultuous events in Zimbabwe, we begin by posting short interviews filmed in Accra by ROAPE’s Peter Dwyer with Tafadzwa Choto and ROAPE’s Laura Mann interviewing Munyaradzi Gwisai. ...

Jointly published by Jacobin and ROAPE, David Seddon writes about Che Guevara's doomed, heroic mission to the Congo in 1965. Seddon argues that Che Guevara’s expedition in the Congo, though ill-fated, stands as a crucial example of anti-imperialist solidarity. In the blog-post Seddon charts the failures of the expedition and draws the lessons....

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....

Gary Littlejohn looks at the incredible research output of the radical Mozambican Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Economicos (IESE). The Institute has succeeded in organising nine annual conferences already under what have been at times difficult circumstances, run by a fairly small research unit that is entirely dependent on the funds that it raises through consultancy work and book sales, is remarkable....

Gary Littlejohn introduces the Mozambique News Reports and Clippings, distributed and collated by Joseph Hanlon. ROAPE will regularly post Hanlon’s reports. By Gary Littlejohn The latest issue of Mozambique News Reports and Clippings, No. 335, distributed by Joseph Hanlon, shows that the drought induced by the last El Niño event is by no means Mozambique’s only problem. There are large numbers of food insecure people in Mozambique, as in other parts of Africa. Firstly, there is the fact (covered in an earlier edition of this newsletter) that negotiations between Frelimo and Renamo are in limbo, with the international mediators having ‘paused’ them owing to apparently irreconcilable positions taken by each side. Neither side was reportedly willing to consider a compromise document drafted by the mediators, who have now left the country. Meanwhile, low level fighting continues between Renamo and government forces, with considerable consequences for movement of...

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 the first of a two part article on the struggle of Mozambique’s workers and poor, Judith Marshall writes about the experiment in radical transformation in the first years of the country’s independence after 1975. However the tragic slide in the 1980s into the arms of the IMF and World Bank saw the adoption of structural adjustment. Marshall charts the birth of new protest movements against the government and international capital....

Gary Littlejohn writes how the outbreak of the Zika virus in Central and South America, has spread across some 23 countries and has caught international health agencies by surprise. It has now shown up in recent months in Cape Verde, so it has returned to Africa after circling the globe eastwards in less than 70 years. Littlejohn asks what are the lessons from Africa for defeating the virus....