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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.



CIA World Factbook
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
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
Basic facts about various African countries and links to New York Times articles.

Pambazuka News
Weekly forum for social justice in Africa.

Washington Post: Africa
News, commentary, editorials and special reports about Africa along with coverage of each country.

World Bank: Africa,,menuPK:258649~page PK:158889~piPK:146815~theSitePK:258644,00.html
Lots of basic country facts and stats.



Aids Foundation South Africa
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
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
A 2003 New York Times article about problems with HIV/AIDS care in Botswana.

HIV/AIDS in South Africa
Causes of HIV/AIDS, budget, education and awareness, treatment and prevention. Part of Gateway to the Nation.

“The Mystery of AIDS in South Africa” by Helen Epstein. The New York Review of Books, July 20, 2000
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.



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
A glimpse of South Africa’s boomtown wrestling with new freedoms and new fears 10 years after apartheid.

Mail & Guardian Online
South Africa's first online newspaper.

Television network with an emphasis on South African and African news, business and sports.

South Africa: The Good News
Positive news and developments, including Fast Facts & Quick Stats About South Africa (with links to sources). Gateway to the Nation
Portal to information about investments, travel, geography, climate, education, history, people and more.

The Star
Johannesburg newspaper that mostly covers regional issues.

U.S. Department of State Consular Affairs: South Africa
Timely information for travelers, such as entry/exit requirements, crime, safety, medical facilities and embassy locations.

U.S. Department of State: South Africa
Fact sheets, press releases, briefings and background information about South Africa.



Bill of Rights from South Africa’s Constitution
Rights and freedoms guaranteed—and denied—to foreign South Africans, even those in the country illegally.

Department of Home Affairs
Official information about identification services for citizens as well as refugees and asylum seekers.

Department of Home Affairs: Deportation Statistics
Figures on deportations from South Africa by country of origin and month deported.

Department of Home Affairs: Immigration Laws, Enforcement and Related Investigations
Valuable background information and definitions related to immigrants and punishments for violating immigration laws.

Department of Home Affairs: Immigration Service Branch
Home Affairs department that handles immigration matters.

Government Communication and Information System (CGIS)
A useful contact directory.

Parliamentary Monitoring Group
Unofficial minutes and documents for South Africa’s 40-plus parliamentary committees.

South Africa Government Online
Portal to agencies and spokespeople.



Up-to-date information about humanitarian emergencies around the world. Produced by the Reuters Foundation.

Cry Beloved Zimbabwe
Blog about Zimbabwe’s peopled, politics, history and economics.

Fact or Fiction? Examining Zimbabwean Cross-Border Migration into South Africa, University of the Witswatersrand
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
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 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
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
Rights and responsibilities of refugees in South Africa.

United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951)
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.



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

The Herald
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
A 2007 Observer (London) article about why Zimbabweans have emigrated to South Africa.

This Is Zimbabwe
Blog by Sokwanele, a civic action support group.

U.S. Department of State: Zimbabwe
Fact sheets, press releases, briefings and background information about Zimbabwe.

U.S. Department of State Consular Affairs: Zimbabwe
Timely information for travelers, such as entry/exit requirements, crime, safety, medical facilities and embassy locations.

Zimbabwe Exiles Forum 
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
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
Jam-packed with daily updates by watchdog journalists documenting the atrocities in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Today
Blog by an independent Zimbabwean journalist based in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.

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