28 October 2011 — Pambazuka News – The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa
Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839
CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Comment & analysis, 3. Advocacy & campaigns, 4. Books & arts, 5. Letters & Opinions
THE EXECUTION OF GADDAFI AND THE ATTEMPTED HUMILIATION OF AFRICA
Horace Campbell reconstructs ‘the decision at the highest levels’ to execute Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi and considers ‘the urgency for organising to oppose the remilitarisation of Africa.’
THE TOP TEN MYTHS IN THE WAR AGAINST LIBYA
Maximilian C. Forte
With Muammar Gaddafi buried in a secret desert grave this week, Maximilian C. Forte, in this article written earlier this year, outlines the ten myths that served to justify the NATO-led war on Libya and advance the cause of ‘war corporatists, transnational firms, and neoliberals’.
HOW THE WEST WON LIBYA
‘From the minute a United Nations resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya became a green card to regime change’, NATO’s ‘plan A was always to capture and kill’ Gaddafi, writes Pepe Escobar.
GADDAFI’S MURDER AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
Nothing in international law allows regime change and the assassination of a leader, says Firoze Manji, editor-in-chief of Pambazuka News, in an interview ( http://bit.ly/tHooin ) with The Real News Network.
NATO MURDERED GADDAFI
Demba Moussa Demb’l’
The taking-control of Libya by the West and the assassination of Gaddafi may signal the beginning of the militarisation of Africa and the hastening of its recolonisation, writes Demba Moussa Demb’l’.
MUSINGS ON THE DEATH OF GADDAFI
Sokari Ekine takes a look at what ‘African bloggers had to say about Gaddafi’s demise and Libya’s freedom celebrations.’
FRANCAFRIQUE GOES DEMOCRATIQUE?
Did France intervene in Libya out of desire to promote democracy, or simply to secure its business interests, asks Khadija Sharife.
EARTH GRAB: GEOPIRACY, THE NEW BIOMASSTERS AND CAPTURING CLIMATE GENES
‘Where men seeking to grab power once looked to acquire territories
and slaves, now the entire globe and its productive capacity’ is up
for grabs, writes Vandana Shiva, in the foreword to Pambazuka Press?
latest title, ‘Earth Grab ( http://bit.ly/earthgrab )’. The book’s
‘three groundbreaking reports pull back the curtain on disturbing
technological and corporate trends that are already reshaping our
world and that will become crucial battlegrounds for civil society in
the years ahead.’
Artist Brandon Carter has released a new rap entitled ‘Blood Money’ –
a strong criticism of capitalism and Wall Street. There’s an excellent
video ( http://occupywallstreetmusic.com/ ) which goes with the song.
THE UNITED STATES AND THE LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY
Gary K. Busch
With the US announcing that 100 troops will be sent to help combat the
Lord’s Resistance Army, Gary K. Busch unpacks the history of US
intervention in Africa – and points to recent oil discoveries in East
Africa as the real reason for the military intervention.
THE QUIXOTIC INVASION OF SOMALIA WILL DEVASTATE KENYA
Kenya?s military invasion of Somalia ostensibly to pursue the Al
Shabaab terrorists is unconstitutional and unnecessary, argues Onyango
Oloo. The war is part of a larger US/NATO geo-political agenda to
‘stabilize’ the Horn of Africa in line with wider imperialist
KENYA?’S ICC TRIALS A DAVID VS. GOLIATH STORY
The two cases at the International Criminal Court against six Kenyans
suspected of masterminding the post-election chaos present a good
opportunity for victims to get justice for the atrocious crimes,
writes Shailja Patel. Kenya failed to set up a special tribunal for
POWERFUL CRIMINAL NETWORKS HOLD KENYA HOSTAGE
‘Kenyans are seen to have a ‘business-as-usual’ approach to
corruption, but a new report published by the International Peace
Institute shows that our extreme tolerance of impunity is having
devastating consequences and is, in fact, undermining the State’s
legitimacy,’ writes Rasna Warah.
FRESH POLITICAL STORM FOR WESTERN SAHARA
Following the kidnap of three humanitarian workers from Sahrawi
refugee camps on the southern Algerian border, Konstantina Isidoros is
sceptical about Morocco?s narrative about who is behind the attack.
WHY DOES SPAIN NEED MOROCCO TO FREE THE HOSTAGES IN WESTERN SAHARA?
Sahrawi refugee camps have been ‘safe from any kind of security
problems for the last three decades’, writes Malainin Lakhal, arguing
that Morocco could be behind the recent kidnapping of three
humanitarian workers, in an attempt to challenge the Sahrawi national
project and terrorise Western Sahara’s supporters into stopping their
humanitarian aid and political efforts.
SAHRAWI CAMPS NOT ‘DANGEROUS’
Visitor rejects Morocco?s claim
Human rights campaigner Sabrina Tucci spent a month in the Sahrawi
camps in Tindouf earlier this year. Despite the recent kidnapping of
three aid workers, Tucci feels she can still confirm that ‘the camps
are one of the safest places on the planet’.
ETHIOPIA: KANGAROO JUSTICE FOR TWO SWEDISH JOURNALISTS
Alemayehu G Mariam
The Ethiopian government has accused two freelance Swedish journalists
of ‘terroris’?, after they entered the country with insurgents from
the Ogaden National Liberation Front. With Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
backing the charges against them, they have little chance of a fair
trial, writes Alemayehu G Mariam.
24 YEARS SINCE THE ASSASSINATION OF SANKARA
It is almost a quarter of a century since Thomas Sankara disappeared.
In the pantheon of the brave sons of Africa assassinated by the former
colonists and their African accomplices, he joins people like Lumumba,
Um Nyob’, F’lix Moumi’, Osend’ Afana, Ben Barka, Outel Bono and Pierre
Mulele. But today, now that Africa needs the Sankarist spirit of
action more than ever, Guy-Marius Sanga wishes more people looked to
Sankara as a role model
2 Comment & analysis
THE FACE AND CHALLENGE OF MUSLIM WOMEN’S MOVEMENTS
The dominant discourse among Muslim women tends to be about dated
cultural rules and practices, writes Salma Maoulidi. But activists are
now increasingly preoccupied with contemporary questions such as
leadership and political participation, as was the case at a recent
conference in Istanbul
CAPE TOWN ADMINISTRATION VIOLATES THE RIGHTS OF THE POOR
In July, Carmen Ludwig took part in the World Congress of Education
International in Cape Town, speaking to a number of activists and
occupants of land. Here are her thoughts.
WHAT NOW, LIBYA?
Following the death of Gaddafi, Libyan communities ‘will have to work
together to prevent the nation from disintegrating or being
recolonised,’ writes Cameron Duodu.
3 Advocacy & campaigns
STATEMENT ON BRITISH ‘AID CUT’ THREATS TO AFRICAN COUNTRIES THAT VIOLATE LBGTI RIGHTS
We, the undersigned African social justice activists, working to
advance societies that affirm peoples’ differences, choice and agency
throughout Africa, express the following concerns about the use of aid
conditionality as an incentive for increasing the protection of the
rights of LGBTI people on the continent.
OPPOSED TO KENYA’S MILITARY INCURSION INTO SOMALIA
Statement from Kenyan writers and public intellectuals
The ‘reasons put forward by the Kenyan government for this operation
are demonstrably false’, writers and intellectuals have said in
statement arguing against the country’s military attack on Somalia,
following the recent kidnapping of three foreigners, allegedly by
JAPAN: NO TO NUCLEAR AND EXPORT OF CONTAMINATED FOOD AS AID
To women all over the world
Japanese women have launched a petition to stop the government from
exporting nuclear power plants and sending food from disaster areas
contaminated with radioactive waste as aid to developing countries.
ETHIOPIA STEPS UP TERRORISM ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JOURNALISTS
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned a campaign of
intimidation against the private press which it says has seen the
arrest of six journalists on alleged terrorism charges.
FIRST-EVER LEGAL CHALLENGE TO JAMAICA?S ANTI-GAY LAWS
AIDS-Free World has presented a first-ever legal challenge to the
Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, arguing that by criminalising homosexuality
under its constitution, Jamaica is in violation of international human
4 Books & arts
WHAT MAKES BIYA’S DESPOTIC REGIME TICK
Review of ?Au Cameroun de Paul Biya?
Peter Wuteh Vakunta
Several books have been written in an attempt to capture Cameroonian
President Paul Biya’s personality, and ‘the enigmatic aura that
surrounds this African dictator’, but Fanny Pigeaud?s new account
‘surpasses them all’, writes Peter Wuteh Vakunta.
5 Letters & Opinions
HYPOCRISY KNOWS NO LIMITS
With the death of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, Mazin Qumsiyeh says the US
and their allies may still be in for a surprise in the region.
LION OF AFRICA IS KILLED IN COMBAT
Gerald A Perreira
Gerald A Perreira recalls Muammar Gaddafi as a brilliant and profound
man of honour, courage, strength and great integrity. He spent his
entire life fighting on the side of oppressed humanity worldwide and
will continue to inspire those who admired him
STATEMENT ON THE NEWS THAT MUAMMAR GADDAFI HAS BEEN MURDERED
NATO’s assassination of Gaddafi ‘may well turn out to be the final
nail in the coffin of the system of “international law”‘, writes David
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