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[AUDIO] China and the Rise of Africa’s New Autocrats

Anzetse Were is a Nairobi-based international development economist and newspaper columnist who is increasingly worried about a resurgence of autocratic rule in Africa. Buoyed by the United States’ apparent receding interest in promoting democratic and civil society values around the world, Africa’s authoritarian leaders are now seemingly taking comfort in their countries’ deepening ties with China. Beijing, for its part, makes a ... Read More »

[AUDIO] U.S. not concerned about Chinese competition in Africa… but it probably should be

The difference between US and Chinese foreign policies in Africa was on stark display in July when president Barack Obama made his landmark visits to Kenya and Ethiopia. The president brought along with him a vast agenda that transcended trade, democracy, human rights, gay rights, women’s issues and on and on and on. Compare that to similar visits to both ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s booming Africa trade in torture devices

Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation recently published a new report that alleges China is selling hundreds of millions of dollars in so-called ‘torture tools’ to African governments. Despite mounting evidence these devices are being used to commit severe human rights abuses, little is being done to regulate or limit their sale. Patrick Wilcken is a security trade and ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China & Ethiopia: Partners in Surveillance

Human Rights Watch’s recent report on telecom surveillance in Ethiopia focuses a lot of attention on the role of Chinese contractors who are building out the country’s new communications infrastructure. One of the co-authors of that report, Cynthia Wong, joins us for more on the role of Chinese tech companies operating in Ethiopia and her recommendations for what should be ... Read More »