The Battle for Africa


“When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.” African proverb The Battle For Africa, the first in a two-part People & Power investigation into the effects of China’s increasing influence in Africa, premieres on Al Jazeera on Thursday, 28 August 2014. Emmy-winning Sierra Leonean journalist Sorious Samura travels to Kenya, to witness how the rise of Chinese … [Read more...]

On the jailed Al Jazeera Journalists


Lawyers for the jailed Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt have today filed appeals against their convictions. The weaknesses in the case have been widely protested and ridiculed, and much of the public criticism is reflected in the grounds for appeal. The case will next be heard before the Court of Cassation, which will examine the grounds for hearing a full appeal. A date for … [Read more...]

The New Scramble For Africa – Documentary Film Review

Africa is undergoing a new wave of colonization that is being spurred by its recent new economic growth. The documentary, “Empire: The New Scramble for Africa” by Marwan Bishara is a welcome perspective on the global political economy and how nations are once again rushing in to Africa in the back drop of the 'Africa Rising' narrative. As 'neo-colonizers' China, the US and … [Read more...]

Empire: The new scramble for Africa

Marwan Bishara

Al Jazeera's Empire examines unsettling realities in Africa, from claims of a new Eastern imperialism to the effects of terrorism • Empire’s Marwan Bishara explores whether Africa’s growing economies are driven by the exploitation of natural resources by foreign companies. • With 2,500 Chinese companies operating in Africa and over one million Chinese nationals moving there … [Read more...]

Top 10 sources of news and comment on Africa in 2011


It is undeniable that the media is the mirror through which we look at ourselves and the lens through which we see the world around us. Whether it is broadcast, print or digital, the media is second only to first-hand experience, in shaping our world view.   Yet so much of the media is devoid of international reporting and that little that exists is often a vacuous … [Read more...]

Africa Investigates- A New TV Series Exposing Corruption

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I heard about Africa Investigatesa few weeks ago and I really needed to share. It’s a new TV series (broadcasted on the Al Jazeera channel), in which journalists risk their lives to expose corruption taking place in their countries. Their goal is to have everyone become accountable for their actions. No matter who the person targeted is: police, minister, scammers…they are … [Read more...]