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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 media.

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

September 30, 2015  Africa/Global: Climate Action Beyond Paris
September 21, 2015  Africa: Internet Usage Rising Rapidly
August 3, 2015  Africa/Global: Climate Change Roundup
July 21, 2015  Africa/Global: "Stop The Bleeding"
July 6, 2015  Africa/Global: People's Test on Climate
June 22, 2015  Africa: AIDS Struggle Continues

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