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AFRICA: ECONOMICS AND POLITICS

Africa and the World Trading System (Volume 1) by Ademola Oyejide, William Lyakurwa and Dominique Njinkeu. Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2004
A multi-authored examination of analytical and policy issues plus comparisons with other countries.

The African Economy: Policy, Institutions and the Future by Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa. London: Routledge, 1999
A bit old. More guidebook focused than history focused.

Borders and Border Politics in a Globalizing World by Paul Ganster and David E. Lorey. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 2004
Essays about the paradox of political boundaries that divide countries and the globalization that leaps barriers.

Politics and Economics of Africa (Volume 5) by Frank H. Columbus and Olufemi Wusu. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Publishers, 2006
A collection of papers about challenges and solutions to some of the continent’s most difficult problems.

 

AFRICA: GENERAL

CIA World Factbook
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sf.html
Up-to-date information about the demographics, politics, economics, military transportation and transnational issues of each country recognized by the United States.

IRIN (Integrated Regional Information Networks) Humanitarian News and Analysis http://www.irinnews.org/
Timely reports on humanitarian efforts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Produced by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Lonely Planet Southern Africa (4th Edition). Oakland, California: Lonely Planet Publications, 2007
Guidebook with brief but detailed histories of the countries in southern Africa plus cultural snapshots, statistics on HIV/AIDS and some economic information.

New York Times: Africa  http://www.nytimes.com/pages/world/africa/index.html
Basic facts about various African countries and links to New York Times articles.

Pambazuka News  http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/blog/
Weekly forum for social justice in Africa.

Washington Post: Africa
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/world/africa/
News, commentary, editorials and special reports about Africa along with coverage of each country.

World Bank: Africa http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/AFRICAEXT/0,,menuPK:258649~page PK:158889~piPK:146815~theSitePK:258644,00.html
Lots of basic country facts and stats.

 

AIDS

Aids Foundation South Africa http://www.aids.org.za/hiv.htm
Current situation, response to the epidemic and prevention. Sponsored by the first AIDS non-governmental organization in South Africa.

AIDS in South Africa: Treatment, Transmission and the Government
http://www.avert.org/aids-south-africa.htm
Information about the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. Sponsored by AVERT, an international AIDS charity.

“Botswana's Brain Drain Cripples War on AIDS” by Celia W. Dugger
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE2D61738F930A25752C1A9659C8B63
A 2003 New York Times article about problems with HIV/AIDS care in Botswana.

HIV/AIDS in South Africa
http://www.southafrica.info/ess_info/sa_glance/health/aids.htm
Causes of HIV/AIDS, budget, education and awareness, treatment and prevention. Part of SouthAfrica.info: Gateway to the Nation. http://www.southafrica.info/

“The Mystery of AIDS in South Africa” by Helen Epstein. The New York Review of Books, July 20, 2000
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/9
Interesting insights about the AIDS crisis in South Africa, particularly President Thabo Mbeki’s denial and destructive handling of the situation. A bit outdated but good for background.

 

SOUTH AFRICA: GENERAL

Everyone’s Guide to the South African Economy by Andre Roux. Cape Town, South Africa: Zebra Press, 2004
Clear, balanced analysis of issues facing South Africa’s economy.

Johannesburg: City of Hope, City of Fear by Peter Godwin, National Geographic, April 2004 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0404/feature3/
A glimpse of South Africa’s boomtown wrestling with new freedoms and new fears 10 years after apartheid.

Mail & Guardian Online http://www.mg.co.za/
South Africa's first online newspaper.

News24 http://www.news24.com/
Television network with an emphasis on South African and African news, business and sports.

South Africa: The Good News http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/
Positive news and developments, including Fast Facts & Quick Stats About South Africa (with links to sources).

SouthAfrica.info: Gateway to the Nation http://www.southafrica.info/
Portal to information about investments, travel, geography, climate, education, history, people and more.

The Star http://www.thestar.co.za/
Johannesburg newspaper that mostly covers regional issues.

U.S. Department of State Consular Affairs: South Africa http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1008.html
Timely information for travelers, such as entry/exit requirements, crime, safety, medical facilities and embassy locations.

U.S. Department of State: South Africa http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/sf/
Fact sheets, press releases, briefings and background information about South Africa.

 

SOUTH AFRICA: GOVERNMENT

Bill of Rights from South Africa’s Constitution http://www.info.gov.za/documents/constitution/1996/96cons2.htm.
Rights and freedoms guaranteed—and denied—to foreign South Africans, even those in the country illegally.

Department of Home Affairs http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/
Official information about identification services for citizens as well as refugees and asylum seekers.

Department of Home Affairs: Deportation Statistics http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/stats%5Cdep%20stats%202006_08.pdf
Figures on deportations from South Africa by country of origin and month deported.

Department of Home Affairs: Immigration Laws, Enforcement and Related Investigations
http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/documents%5CPublic%20Interface1.pdf
Valuable background information and definitions related to immigrants and punishments for violating immigration laws.

Department of Home Affairs: Immigration Service Branch http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/nib1.asp
Home Affairs department that handles immigration matters.

Government Communication and Information System (CGIS) http://www.gcis.gov.za/docs/
A useful contact directory.

Parliamentary Monitoring Group http://www.pmg.org.za/
Unofficial minutes and documents for South Africa’s 40-plus parliamentary committees.

South Africa Government Online http://www.gov.za/
Portal to agencies and spokespeople.

 

SOUTH AFRICA: IMMIGRATION ISSUES

AlertNet http://www.alertnet.org/
Up-to-date information about humanitarian emergencies around the world. Produced by the Reuters Foundation.

Cry Beloved Zimbabwe http://crybelovedzimbabwe.blogspot.com/
Blog about Zimbabwe’s peopled, politics, history and economics.

Fact or Fiction? Examining Zimbabwean Cross-Border Migration into South Africa, University of the Witswatersrand
http://migration.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/fmsp-2007-b-zimbabwe-border-1.pdf
A 2007 special report on myths concerning immigrants in South Africa and the government’s refusal to acknowledge those claiming political asylum.

Forced Migration Studies Programme, University of the Witswatersrand
http://migration.org.za
A non-governmental organization that studies humanitarian and social issues relating to immigration, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and works with refugees and other forcibly displaced people in South Africa.

Law Clinic: Past Cases, University of the Witwatersrand http://www.law.wits.ac.za/clinic/past.htm Cases related to the treatment of refugees or alleged violations of deportation laws.

Prohibited Persons: Abuse of Undocumented Migrants, Asylum-Seekers, and Refugees in South Africa http://www.hrw.org/reports98/sareport/
A 1998 Human Rights Watch document that spells out the rights of immigrants in relation to South Africa’s Bill of Rights.

South Africa Refugees Act of 1998  http://www.info.gov.za/view/DownloadFileAction?id=70666
Rights and responsibilities of refugees in South Africa.

United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/o_c_ref.htm
Who is and who is not a refugee, the rights of individuals granted asylum and the responsibilities of nations that grant asylum. Also sets out which people do not qualify as refugees, such as war criminals.

 

ZIMBABWE

Association of Zimbabwe Journalists http://www.zimbabwejournalists.com
Jarring insights into the struggles and hardships faced by Zimbabwean journalists (many exiled) when covering controversial topics.

The Herald http://www.herald.co.zw/
Zimbabwe’s paper, which is considered a mouthpiece for Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe’s FuturebyMartin Meredith. New York: PublicAffairs, 2007
Excellent, comprehensive and truly disturbing biography about what Mugabe and his cronies have done to reduce Zimbabwe to poverty and terror.

“Refugees flood from Zimbabwe” by Andrew Meldrum
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/jul/01/zimbabwe.southafrica
A 2007 Observer (London) article about why Zimbabweans have emigrated to South Africa.

This Is Zimbabwe http://www.sokwanele.com/thisiszimbabwe/
Blog by Sokwanele, a civic action support group.

U.S. Department of State: Zimbabwe http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/zi/
Fact sheets, press releases, briefings and background information about Zimbabwe.

U.S. Department of State Consular Affairs: Zimbabwe http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1063.html
Timely information for travelers, such as entry/exit requirements, crime, safety, medical facilities and embassy locations.

Zimbabwe Exiles Forum www.zimexilesforum.org 
Articles and reports about events in Zimbabwe and the countries affected, such as the “Report on Human Rights Violations against Refugees in South Africa.”

Zimbabwe: Shadows and Lies http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/zimbabwe504/index.html
Undercover report by PBS Frontline about a country struggling with hunger and poverty and living in fear of a government that has become a brutal dictatorship.

Zimbabwe Situation http://www.zimbabwesituation.com
Jam-packed with daily updates by watchdog journalists documenting the atrocities in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Today http://www.zimbabwetoday.co.uk/
Blog by an independent Zimbabwean journalist based in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.

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