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Apr 10, 2011 Swaziland: Time for Democracy?
Demonstrations planned for Tuesday April 12 in Swaziland are probably the most ambitious effort
yet in sub-Saharan Africa to spark a pro-democracy surge comparable to those earlier this year in Tunisia and Egypt.
Economic crisis coupled with the conspicuous luxury of an absolute monarchy committed to
repression make the parallels obvious. Over 7,000 protesters marched in demonstrations three
weeks ago to oppose salary cuts for civil servants. But the regime has banned Tuesday's
demonstrations, organized by labor, student, and civic organizations as well as through social
Jan 27, 2008 Africa: Footloose Industry and Labor Rights
"The largest investments in manufacturing [resulting from the U.S.
Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)] are in the garment
industry. However, throughout the world, garment industries have
been the most footloose, moving from country to country following
government incentives and low wages" - Global Policy Network
Feb 6, 2006 Swaziland: No Democracy Allowed
"King Mswati's time is up," headlined South Africa's Sunday Times last month after arrests and reports of torture of banned opposition party members in Swaziland. But with inauguration of a new constitution entrenching the powers of the monarchy, the prospects for democracy in this small country neighboring South Africa do not seem promising.
Feb 1, 2005 USA/Africa: Textile Meltdown?
Apr 22, 2004 Swaziland: AIDS in Context
Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues
November 18, 2013 Africa: Time to Pay for Climate "Loss and Damage"
November 12, 2013 Africa: Digital Divide to Power Divide
November 9, 2013 Africa: Monopolizing Maize
October 18, 2013 Africa: Whose "Africa Rising"?
October 11, 2013 Africa: AU and the International Criminal Court
Oct 6, 2013 Africa: Migrant Deaths at Sea
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