SADC: Tonight: Prof. Horace Campbell Talks Libya and NATO
Tonight there are two competing events: a China happy hour and an Africa tweetup. Both events will be great!
The Chinese miners in Ghana stories have justifiably dominated the recent Sino-Africa headlines. Sadly there is no upcoming local event that I can find for us to better learn about the issue, so I hope we might make that a topic of a future event.
Feedback for the new newsletter has been pretty positive, though opinions are split as to whether the old aesthetic was more pleasing or not. If there is any section you think I should add, please let me know..
JemilaandAndyare thinking of putting together some fantastic Google+ Hangouts about different Sino-Africa issues, I will keep you updated as to their progress (there is a chance I might participate in both, but I would be sharing this information regardless)
Here is one call for papers but I could not find a website, so I put it on here: We invite you to submit your essay dealing with globalization issues (broadly defined) to theJournal of International and Global Studies. The deadline for submission of essays is August 15, 2013. The Journal of International and Global Studies provides a peer reviewed multidisciplinary forum for the critical discussion of and reflections on the consequences of globalization throughout the world. The editors welcome essays that deal with globalization from economists, historians, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, linguists, religious, ethnic, or environmental studies specialists, cross-cultural education, media and communication researchers, or other humanities or social science scholars that have an international and global focus. One of our goals is to help undermine the fragmentation of specialization within the international academy by emphasizing broad interdisciplinary approaches to the comprehension of globalization in all of its many different forms and implications for different regions of the world.
Here is another call for papers without a website:The Scientific Committee of the General Labor History of Africa are seeking authors to contribute the underlisted topics for the ILO-supported Volume II of the General History of Africa, 1900-Present. (Work has not yet begun on Volume I.) Selected authors will participate in a conference of authors to take place in Addis Ababa in December this year. Social welfare implementation and consequences on labour (pension, security, safety and health) (max. 30 pages). Mutualistic, associational and cooperative labour (max. 30 pages). Entrepreneurs (max 15 pages). Service/trade (max. 15 pages). A case study of migrant labor within Africa (can be seasonal labor) (max. 15 pages). A case study on outside Africa (highly paid/poor migrants) (max. 15 pages). We request those who are interested in contributing any of the above chapters to please send an abstract of not more than 500 words to Ugo Nwokeji <email@example.com> and Stefano Bellucci <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
We are still a ways off on the next event (the debate). Rather than risk losing momentum for the group, perhaps we could put together a potluck at someone's house? I am thinking it would have to be close to the metro (If anyone wants to do it at my place, you would have to take a short bus after getting off at Pentagon City, but I would be more than happy to pick you up from there). I would be quite willing to help set up and clean up if we were to do so, and even bring some of my famous (though neither Chinese or Ghanaian) garlic mashed potatoes. Thoughts? I think we could put something together by early or mid July.
I hope to see you at Prof. Campbell's talk tonight! Just so you know: there WILL be radical Pan-Africanist sentiment present. You have been warned!
A Chinese investment view on mining in Africa - Though the article itself does not break new ground, it is interesting because it is written by Jianke Gao, the Chinese chief executive of Wesizwe Platinum and also it talks about the AU-sanctioned "African Mining Vision" of 2009, which I had never heard of. Chinese gold miners abused and raped Ghanaians, says online report - If the allegations are true, it might change the tenor of Chinese-Ghanaian relations. Quote that stuck with me: “I am not surprised - judging by how the Chinese treat their own mine workers at home,” Chinese gold miners released in Ghana - The miners are released and the Chinese embassy recommends anyone who is being targeted by the authorities to buy a plane ticket back to China. According to the Global Times, nearly 300 Chinese had returned to Guangxi while many others were preparing their evacuation from China. Due care for miners - A statesmanlike response about the detained Chinese miners in Ghana from the China Daily. Fears for African rhino in China rainforest - Seven African rhinos were transported to a Chinese wildlife park, but it may be part of a husbandry project. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on June 7, 2013 - Hong Lei is quite the diplomat in his response to a question about miners in Ghana. Hisense factory in Atlantis ‘to create 1,200 jobs’ - So China is bringing (more) manufacturing opportunities to Africa, it would seem. Also, calling anything "Atlantis" is just inviting trouble. Shanglin residents making millions in Ghana gold rush - This story one puts the number of Shangliners in Ghana at 50,000 and explains that they are changing the cultural landscape (Karaoke bars, possible brothels, etc.), among other observations. Survey shows China main source of inspiration for Kenyans- Interesting study carried out in January of this year, as China (34%) just beat out the US (33%) and Japan (9%) came in distant third. Finally, there is this quote: “Increasingly, Kenyans’ perception to the ‘Made in China’ tag is turning positive.” Everyone at the Chinese embassy in Nairobi is probablydoing the macarena now. 网友独家-中国工人曝一人在加纳遭枪击遇 - (The title may be misleading or I read it wrong, but I did not see anybody get shot, I did not watch the entire video though) Sina video of Chinese being rounded up in Ghana. The video is really interesting, everyone apparently has a gun in the first clip.