If RMB’s share of global trade increases, it will expose China’s monetary policy to non-Chinese forces beyond its control, and this would have significant domestic effects. Something will have to give.
It surely may be a better system for producers and manufacturers. Do you know much about this debate?
“Open the Server” is a very common slogan in Kenya since 2013. One of their opposition leaders claims the electoral commission uses a closed server system to rig him out. BY opening the server, he claims, he will proof he was rigged. Now, the problem is that Kenya does not vote by electronic means. It is a paper based voting system supplemented by electronic transmission. The paperwork available has never proofed such a rigging. Even when their Supreme Court canceled the election in 2017, it was not because it was rigged but that the electoral commission did not avail the transmission details as proscribed in law. All this to say, there is potential in using technology both to rig or lie about being rigged it. Since the technology remains a “complexity” no amount of “openness” will satiate a person whose purpose is to deny an election outcome, just as no amount of technology will discipline a government focused on rigging.
That tweet uses a fake more powerful picture of Putin with African presidents even though the conference they are talking about with presidents will be later in July 27-28. Today what they hosted were parliamentary delegations. I wonder why they did not use the picture of those parliamentarians with Putin instead.
This is not true. Just a quick check, Museveni, Uganda’s president, was in Entebbe today: https://twitter.com/KagutaMuseveni.
Also, wasn’t Putin receiving Xi today?
I was quite fascinated to see three major parties having a real chance to win the election. I do not remember such a thing in Eastern or Southern Africa where I have a closer feel of things. Mostly it is a 2 horse race or ruling party only with a reasonable chance.
It is also interesting to see the perception around technology. Introduced as a transparency mechanism, it turns out to be depicted as an opaque electoral artifact.
Seems this was not the time for Peter Obi. I am very biased when age is an issue because I do not think anyone as old as the president-elect is optimized for the brutal work needed to fix major structural issues in the country. Younger people are not necessarily better, but coin for coin, I prefer a younger leader.
That was a nice dress-down. That German ambassador looks clueless. I also love how President Hage took the middle ground (we are also not Chinese puppets). I do not know why it is a hard proposition for outsiders to see that Africa can take an independent position – we neither look West or East. We look forward. (If you remember that quote).
You may think these things are far fetched, but this is like 50% of people I deal with in an East African country. Perhaps context matters but these are not even considered right wing. They are considered centrists.
to justify a massive western military presence that is often, even usually, not invited but imposed.
You do not understand my point. I am not against China nor am I pro-United States. I am for Africa to make their own practical choices for their own dignified progress. Part of that may be kicking all these bases out. It could also be working with some and not others. No simple straight jacket answer.
This is why it is sickening to see someone come and say NATO looked down up you, but China not so much, er go, China is your better option. Like, that is simplistic dichotomy which I have been repeating all morning. Whether China has a smaller base than US, so what, to a Somali? Is it enough to know China will kill you less faster than the US? why can’t Somali focus on building their security infrastructure? But that is not a perspective you have tried to integrate in your work because you are obsessed with China replacing America, and that tired dichotomy.
It is actually not lack of interest in “qualitative differences” but rather “so what?”
Upon reflection on these things, you realize it makes no sense to celebrate such comparisons and would rather focus on how you yourself as a continent can engage all countries in dignity and progress for your people.
Let us see if we can agree on something: Chinese involvement in Africa has had positive effects, just as it has had negative ones too. European, American, Japanese etc.
Whether one has been 10X or 50X of the other is not in my interest. African progress should not be anchored on the *better extractor. *
The logic expressed by Rodney in the 70s is close to what I also feel about china in Africa today even though the degrees might be different. I hope you get my refusal to see generalist comparisons as helpful to an African audience, and why it might be helpful to Europeans and Chinese, for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Europe_Underdeveloped_Africa
My point is not to compare PLAN with AFRICOM. I am just not convinced it helps an African audience. It may help a Chinese apologist in saying “look, we are better than the US” but at the end of the day, they are both invested in extractive infrastructure. One base, 100 bases, that is comparison. I am not interested. I gave that example not to compare but to remind the OP that China does indeed operate a military in Africa, because it was my understanding that the OP thought they do not.
Heard of PLAN’s base in Djibouti? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_People’s_Liberation_Army_Support_Base_in_Djibouti
I refuse simplified dichotomies. They are not helpful to me. May be to you.
The problem with tired dichotomies is you end up with these kinds of statements. Britain, France, Portugal, Germany, Spain, and Belgium do have long histories of violence in Africa through slave trading, colonialism, coups, and proxy wars. The Saudis, Emirates, Soviets, Japanese, Chinese, and Koreans have had their share of violent extraction either directly or indirectly. The question is whether it adds value to always compare these countries over and over again claiming one is more extractive and violent than the other, and refusing to see how the real world is organized, not as a block of harmonious people under “country” but as distinct divisions even in the most unified of a country. Elitism is one of those things that can help us explain what is going on.
In almost all these discussions, you rarely hear people talk about the African people. As if they are passive objects to be moved around. You need to appreciate the everyday forms of resistance waged by farmers, women, semi-structured labour groups etc against the heavy weight of colonialism and apartheid. A major problem was/and continues to be betray from fellow Africans and allies for material benefits. This is where notions of China being more beneficial to Africa via infrastructure come in. Extraversion is a concept you can use here, because Chinese EXIM bank, especially, works with African heads or states or their representative to okay very expensive loans to fund infrastructure, some even not priorities, benefiting those elites directly. In China too, like in the US and Britain et al, it is also the elite who benefot the most from these relations. Some not even in the interest of their countries.
China offers alternative options to Western funding for major public projects. They are fighting for their interests, just like Americans. Just like Africans. To assume other wise is to go down the boring route of “moral equivalencies” which is a waste of time. I am more interested in fighting for my people get a more dignified life, whether that comes from relations with China, Russians, North Koreans, or Britain. Or all of them.
Identification brokerage. What exactly will Twitter add to the identity verification matrix? When you sign up, and want to get those sophisticated things, they ensure you give them verifiable proof you are who you claim to be. Phone number which you can receive a text from periodically, email address which implies other people verified you, date of birth (I do not know how this helps other than then running triangulation on it from other ID providers) etc. After you do all this, they then ask you to pay to be “verified”. The status aspect on Twitter notwithstanding, it sounds like those “irrational” market outcomes.
The funny thing will be governments paying for this, when they are literally the origin of the very documents Twitter uses to verify people.
I agree with this observation. Getting people who otherwise do no care about “backend, code phiosophy etc” to see the power of fediverse would be a major milestone. A lot of people care about something like sports. Having an organized way to discuss news, streaming, historical footage etc would bring such converged interests regardless of whether they understand ActivityPub specifications.
The more the merrier. All browsers + no addon … sounds like a clean option.
How is it different from Fedishare other than one being an addon and the other bookmarklet? https://codeberg.org/meztli/fedishare
That is not the president of Uganda. He is the Foreign Affairs minister, a military general.
By the way, Museveni, the Ugandan president who has been in power since 1986, runs a brutal regime and economy. Recently he gave social capital to a bill that seeks death penalty for individuals suspected of being gay. That is one of the many problems his regime has supported.