THE QUESTION

China's leader Hu Jintao just provided Sudan with an interest-free loan to build a presidential palace. Meanwhile, genocide continues in Darfur as Western sanctions prove ineffective.

Does China's willingness to invest in Africa without preconditions cause more harm than good? In the end, could Africa be re-colonized by China?

Posted by William Gumede on February 7, 2007 11:54 AM

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Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

America Is Colonizing Us Quietly

Sure, products say "Made in China" but America is the one re-colonizing us quietly. I cannot extract juices from a small plant in my native village for medicine because an American pharmaceutical company owns the rights to it.

Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 23 COMMENTS
Feb 9, 2007 at 10:44 AM
William M. Gumede is a former deputy editor of The Sowetan, Johannesburg. He is the author of the bestselling Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. His new book, The Democracy Gap: Africaʼs Wasted Years, will be released in the U.S. in May, 2009.

Don't Condemn Africa to Underdevelopment

William M. Gumede South Africa | 537 COMMENTS
Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley.

Finally, A Multipolar World

Lamis Andoni Doha, Qatar | 4 COMMENTS
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Good Jobs Fix Bad Politics

Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 13 COMMENTS
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» Yankee Robert, Baghdad | Interesting observations. I guess we are all in a more complex web of colonial cross feeding instead of the simple and one way methods of the 19th an...
» Gideon Kumwenda | Africa has an abundance of natural resources we however,have a shortage of skilled lobour,capital,technology and fare markets.China brings into Africa...
» D. Hodara - Monte-Carlo | Countries who violate human rights will find it difficult to criticize another country who ignores those rights. Darfur has been on ghe UN agenda for...
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