PAMBAZUKA NEWS 560 5 December 2011: LINKS AND RESOURCES

5 December 2011 — Pambazuka News

The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa
Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839
CONTENTS:
1. Announcements, 2. Podcasts & Video, 3. Women & gender, 4. Human rights, 5. Refugees & forced migration, 6. Emerging powers news, 7. Elections & governance, 8. Corruption, 9. Development, 10. Health & HIV/AIDS, 11. LGBTI, 12. Environment, 13. Land & land rights, 14. Media & freedom of expression, 15. Conflict & emergencies, 16. eNewsletters & mailing lists, 17. Fundraising & useful resources, 18. Courses, seminars, & workshops, 19. Jobs

1 Announcements

FAHAMU REFUGEE LEGAL AID NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER ISSUE

In this month’s issue ( http://bit.ly/FRLAN1211 ) [PDF]:

– The Bangkok Principles on the Status and Treatment of Refugees
– African NGO resolution on the rights of refugees, asylum seekers,
migrants and displaced persons
– Asia Pacific model pledge towards upholding refugee rights worldwide
– MIGREUROP explores readmission instruments
– The situation of refugees in Israel
– Question & answer: the Cessation Clause examined
– The Cessation Clause: a primer
– ECtHR allows extradition to Rwanda of alleged Hutu genocidaire with
refugee status in Denmark; UNHCR does not intervene
– ?Is this Caribbean idyll the worst place in the world to be a woman??
– WikiLeaks diplomatic cables: a tool for refugee legal aid workers?
– In limbo in Latvia
– Asia Pacific Regional Immigration Detention Working Group workshop
– Country of origin & legal news headlines
– Requests, announcements, publications & opportunities

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid ( http://www.srlan.org )

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LAUNCHING ‘TO COOK A CONTINENT’, ‘EARTH GRAB’ AND ‘AFRICAN AWAKENING’

New Pambazuka Press titles

Click to access COP_flyer_a5_3books_v7.pdf

You are cordially invited to the launch of three Pambazuka titles, To
Cook a Continent, Earth Grab and African Awakening on Tuesday the 6th
of December at Ike’s Books in Durban. Authors and activists, Nnimmo
Bassey, the ETC Group, Patrick Bond and more will be present at this
exciting event happening alongside the COP17 talks in Durban. Visit
this Facebook page ( http://on.fb.me/u0yOTz ) to find out more or
click on the link provided to view a flyer about the event.

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NGAPHAKATHI ESIPHAKATHINI

CAS Gallery Exhibition, UCT Upper Campus, 8 December

Zanele Muholi and Khanyisile Mbongwa put together a collaborative show
around the idea of interstices, of spaces in between/in-between spaces
– literal, metonymic, metaphorical. ‘Ngaphakathi esiphakathini’ is
directly translated as ‘inside the in-between’, writes Khanyisile. The
artists respond to the economies of violence of the everyday, a
reality of bodies marked and inscribed in particular ways.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/78484

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TO COOK A CONTINENT: DESTRUCTIVE EXTRACTION AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS IN AFRICA

New book by Nnimmo Bassey

As thousands assemble in Durban for this year?s climate talks, the
countries of the global South hope for some listening as well as all
the talking, says international climate campaigner, Nnimmo Bassey.
Bassey?s new book ?To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the
Climate Crisis in Africa? shows that the climate crisis confronting
the world is mainly rooted in the wealthy economies? exploitation and
abuse of fossil fuels. Unless the connection is made between resource
extraction, profiteering and climate change, the talks can not resolve
the crises we all face.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/78404

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2 Podcasts & Video

UGANDA: THE PLIGHT OF REFUGEES LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

http://bit.ly/ugEzFP

Every year on 1 December, the world unites to commemorate the World
AIDS day. This year’s global theme, ‘Getting to Zero’ is aimed at
reducing the global prevalence to the lowest rate possible. Based on
Uganda’s theme, ‘Re-engaging leadership for effective HIV prevention’,
the Refugee Law Project brings you a five-minute video aimed at
raising awareness about the plight of refugee communities living with
HIV/AIDS. The lack of a coherent strategy for engaging refugee
communities renders them invisible to caregivers and undermines
efforts to reduce the prevalence of HIV in the country and indeed
Getting to Zero. The corresponding lack of attention is a challenge
affecting all areas of refugee protection and assistance, whether they
live in camps or in urban areas.

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3 Women & gender

AFRICA: NEW STUDY REVEALS WOMEN NOT BENEFITING FROM TRADE AGREEMENTS

A recent study conducted by the African Women?s Development and
communication Network (FEMNET) with support from Trust Africa has
reviewed that a majority of African women still have relatively
limited access to material assets, low incomes and very limited
opportunities to engage in regional and foreign trade. The study was
commissioned in five African countries (Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
and Zambia) to assess the gender effects of the economic partnership
agreements that the European Union is currently negotiating with
different economic blocs in Africa, specifically how African women
have benefitted from these new trade arrangements and their impact on
women?s economic rights. Findings of the country studies indicates
that trade arrangements in Africa and with its partners in other
regions of the world has had different impacts on women and men and
most often than not it affects women more negatively in their position
as entrepreneurs, workers, consumers, producers, and care givers
within the public and domestic spheres. Full report is available on
request: admin@femnet.or.ke

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EGYPT: ‘VIRGINITY TESTS’ CASE AGAINST MILITARY ADJOURNED

http://bit.ly/tdGVfU

The State Council on Tuesday (29 November) adjourned till 27 December
a case against the military institution to end the practice of
virginity tests.The case was filed by a women who was subjected to a
virginity test in military prison last March. The victim, Samira
Ibrahim, was arrested by military police during a sit-in in Tahrir
Square and was subject to a forced virginity test inside the military
prison by unidentified military personnel.

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GLOBAL: FOR BIG FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, PROFIT TRUMPS WOMEN’S RIGHTS

http://bit.ly/vM9P9i

This year, for the first time, the World Bank dedicated its 2012
annual flagship World Development Report to women as indispensable
players in the global economy and launched a media campaign to ‘think
equal’. But while bold statements and glossy reports paint the picture
of benevolent financial institutions throwing money behind the gender
justice struggle, the paper trail of IFI investments leads elsewhere –
down into mines and barren fields, where big business is reaping
private profit at the expense of women’s safety, equality and dignity.

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SOUTH AFRICA: RURAL FARMERS PROTEST ‘CLIMATE APARTHEID’ IN DURBAN

http://bit.ly/rzFiIF

Protesting outside the Durban climate talks, members of the Southern
African Rural Women?s Assembly are expressing their frustration with
international inaction on climate: ‘We?ve come to join other rural
women farmers from the southern African region,’ said Thandiure
Chidararume, a member of ActionAid, an international organisation that
helped bring together this meeting of the Southern African Rural
Women?s Assembly. The assembly unites women?s farming and agricultural
unions and movements from around the world. The protesters, who also
have the support of women?s movements in Latin America, do not believe
that government negotiators represent their interests.

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4 Human rights

AFRICA: HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS MORE THAN EVER AT RISK

http://bit.ly/tDQHcY

A series of interviews of human rights defenders from Sub-Saharan
Africa and North Africa has been released by the Observatory for the
Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World
Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), in a context of increasing
harassment and obstacles to civil society activities on the African
continent. Human rights defenders from Algeria, The Gambia and Guinea,
interviewed on the occasion of the publication of the 2011 Annual
Report of the Observatory in the framework of the 50th ordinary
session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
(ACHPR), report the main restrictions on the freedom of action of
human rights non-governmental organisations in their respective
countries.

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C?TE D’IVOIRE: GBAGBO TRANSFERRED TO THE HAGUE

http://tgr.ph/uMOG5O

Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of the Ivory Coast has left the
country for The Hague, where the International Criminal Court is
investigating alleged crimes committed during post-election violence,
an official has said. Gbagbo will become the first former head of
state to be surrendered to the ICC.

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GLOBAL: THE AGE OF INTERNET CENSORSHIP

http://bit.ly/sRLVjs

This Al Jazeera article and video looks at the issue of internet
censorship. ‘Google said that in the first half of 2011, governments
requested private data on about 25,440 people from the internet search
and advertising company. Eleven thousand of those requests came from
the US government…The Electronic Frontier Foundation accuses US and
European technology companies of selling surveillance equipment and
software to countries including Thailand, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, and
China.’

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KENYA: SECURITY FORCES ARBITRARILY DETAINING PEOPLE

http://bit.ly/uf129j

The Kenyan police and military should stop using illegal
mass-round-ups and beatings as a substitute for proper police
investigative work, Human Rights Watch said. Attacks by suspected
al-Shabaab sympathizers on the military and civilians inside Kenya do
not justify violating the rights of civilians.

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SOUTH SUDAN: SWEDEN RUNS INTO SOUTH SUDANESE OILGATE

http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/11/sweden-runs-into-south-sudanese-oilgate/

Civil society leaders in South Sudan are closely watching a legal
battle unfolding in Sweden, as prosecutors investigate an oil company
accused of involvement in massive human rights abuses here. James
Ninrew vividly remembers the day Sudan?s military attacked his
community, which had the misfortune of living above vast oil reserves
consigned to a consortium led by the Swedish oil giant, Lundin Oil.
‘They used helicopter gunships to bomb houses,’ he said. Such
accusations form part of the basis of a report that has recently
prompted Sweden?s public prosecutor, Magnus Elving, to launch an
investigation that could lead to a criminal case against Lundin Oil.

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SUDAN: FIVE YOUTH ACTIVISTS ARRESTED IN SUDAN TOWN

http://bit.ly/u6dwoC

At least five activists affiliated with the youth group Girifna were
arrested Tuesday (29 November) afternoon in Omdurman, a city in
Khartoum State. A member of the group, identified only by initials ME
for fear of victimisation, said that among the arrested were leaders
and founders of the group.

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SUDAN: KENYA?S AMBASSADOR EXPELLED

http://bit.ly/ujCJV1

Sudan has ordered the expulsion of the Kenyan ambassador after a
Kenyan judge issued an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President Omar
al-Bashir, Sudan’s foreign ministry has said. The Kenyan ambassador to
Sudan now has 72 hours to leave that country and subsequently the
Sudanese ambassador in Kenya has also been ordered to return to
Khartoum.

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ZAMBIA: ZAMBIA IGNORES ARREST CALL FOR BUSH

http://bit.ly/szi2PB

We will consider arresting George Bush when Amnesty International
‘give us the facts’, said Zambia President Michael Sata on Sunday
shortly before he saw off the visiting US former president. The
Zambian president also said ‘it?s a coincidence’ that Mr Bush and
Zimbabwe long-time ruler Robert Mugabe were in Zambia at the same
time. Sata was responding to questions from journalists at KK
International Airport in the capital Lusaka about Amnesty
International?s calls on Zambia to arrest Mr Bush for human rights
violations during his 2001-2009 Presidency.

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5 Refugees & forced migration

ERITREA: ERITREANS FLEE FROM DICTATORSHIP TO DETENTION IN ISRAEL

http://bit.ly/rtYI9Y

Standing across the street from the American embassy in Tel Aviv, more
than 200 Eritrean asylum seekers chanted ‘Yes to justice! Yes to
humanity!’, and demanded international intervention to stop torture
camps in the Egyptian Sinai. Protests by African asylum seekers in
Israel are growing, in the face of increasingly tough policies by the
Israelis. ‘We?re here to stop this torture and to call the world to be
aware of this,’ said Habtom Mehari, a 30-year- old Eritrean asylum
seeker, at the rally on 25 November.

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GLOBAL: REMITTANCE FLOWS TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES EXCEED $350 BILLION IN 2011

http://bit.ly/tcLYCR

Officially recorded remittance flows to developing countries are
estimated to have reached $351 billion in 2011, up 8 per cent over
2010. For the first time since the global financial crisis, remittance
flows to all six developing regions rose in 2011. Growth of
remittances in 2011 exceeded our earlier expectations in four regions,
especially in Europe and Central Asia (due to higher outward flows
from Russia that benefited from high oil prices) and Sub-Saharan
Africa (due to strong south-south flows and weaker currencies in some
countries that attracted larger remittances).

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KENYA: CITY DEMOLITIONS HIGHLIGHT URBAN-RURAL AID GAP

http://bit.ly/tX3HKo

Several demolitions of housing near airports in the Kenyan capital,
Nairobi, have not only displaced hundreds of families but challenged
the humanitarian response in urban emergencies. Amid criticism of the
way the demolitions were carried out, humanitarian workers say relief
aid for urban crises was often not pre-positioned, unlike in
rural-based emergencies.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘HARSHER REGIME’ FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS

http://bit.ly/vGOGCU

Nearly half a million asylum seekers in South Africa may lose their
right to earn a living or study while their refugee status is being
determined after indications that the government plans to amend
legislation governing those rights. An announcement on 23 November
that Cabinet is ‘reviewing’ the minimum rights of immigrants,
including the right to work and study, was followed by a media
briefing two days later at which Mkuseli Apleni, Director General of
the Department of Home Affairs, suggested that the asylum seeker
system was being abused.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ERITREAN GETS URGENT ORDER TO PROCESS TRAVEL FORMS

http://bit.ly/uSzoz2

A refugee from Eritrea has obtained an urgent North Gauteng High Court
order to force Home Affairs to supply him with application forms and
to immediately process his application for travel documents so that he
can attend a peace conference in Djibouti next month. Tsehaye Yoel
Alem applied for a court order with the help of Lawyers for Human
Rights (LHR) after being told Home Affairs no longer issued refugee
travel documents as the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees
no longer provided such documents. He said there was no certainty as
to what Home Affairs was doing to reinstate the issuing of refugee
travel documents and it in effect meant it was almost impossible for
refugees like himself to travel outside SA.

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TANZANIA: NO PLACE CALLED HOME

Urban Refugees in Tanzania

http://bit.ly/rNxXhp

To gain greater insight on the daily challenges faced by urban
refugees, Asylum Access conducted a survey of 122 urban refugees in
Dar es Salaam. The results are published in a report, ‘No Place Called
Home’, which unveils a stark reality for this population. For example,
only 3 per cent of those surveyed have a permit to live outside
refugee camps. The remaining participants live in constant fear of
deportation back to countries where they face persecution.

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6 Emerging powers news

LATEST EDITION: EMERGING POWERS NEWS ROUNDUP

In this week’s edition of the Emerging Powers News Round-Up, read a
comprehensive list of news stories and opinion pieces related to
China, India and other emerging powers…

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/emplayersnews/78411

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7 Elections & governance

DRC: CONGO VOTES

http://bit.ly/uLRq0e

Over the past week, it’s been hard to find articles not looking at the
DRC elections through the lens of fear and/of violence. This is in
contrast to how Congolese citizen journalists have reported on the
elections on their blogs, in their local papers, or on their facebook
pages, says blog Africa is a Country. For reports by local journalists
outside Kinshasa, read Now AfriCAN (North Kivu), Local Voices
(Bunyakiri, South Kivu), Mutaani FM (also in Kivu), Radio Okapi
(MONUSCO?s website and radio channel) and Le Congo.

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DRC: OPPOSITION REJECTS EARLY RESULTS

http://bit.ly/vlqJE7

Opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo have rejected
partial results released by the electoral commission giving incumbent
President Joseph Kabila an early lead in the vote count from the
November 28 presidential election. In a joint statement signed by
major parties, including that of veteran opposition leader Etienne
Tshisekedi, the opposition on Saturday cited irregularities and said
the electoral commission was ‘psychologically preparing the population
for fraud’.

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EGYPT: ISLAMISTS SEEK TO EXTEND GAINS IN RUN-OFF VOTE

http://bit.ly/snHBSP

Egyptians voted on Monday in run-off contests for parliamentary seats,
with the Muslim Brotherhood’s party trying to extend its lead over
hardline Islamists and liberal parties in a political landscape
redrawn by the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. The Brotherhood’s Freedom
and Justice Party (FJP) is set to take the most seats in Egypt’s first
free election in six decades, bolstering its hand in any struggle with
the ruling army council for influence over the most populous Arab
nation.

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EGYPT: PROBLEMS WITH VOTE COUNTS, BALLOTS THREATEN INTEGRITY OF THE
RESULTS, SAYS ACTIVIST

http://bit.ly/vtyzNc

With stamped ballots piled on the desk in front of her, rights
activist Ghada Shahbandar, said: ‘As long as I have these obtained in
my hands, I cannot trust the final declared results.’ Speaking at a
press conference held Saturday by the Egyptian Coalition for Election
Observation, Shahbandar of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights
highlighted several incidents that demonstrated incompetence by the
judicial committee supervising the elections. The stamped ballots, for
instance, should only be found inside polling stations and vote
counting centers and heavily guarded throughout the process.

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GLOBAL: STOP LAND-GRABBING NOW!

Statement of Mali meeting

http://bit.ly/viFViS

‘We, women and men peasants, pastoralists, indigenous peoples and
their allies, who gathered together in Nyeleni from 17-19 November
2011, have come from across the world for the first time to share with
each other our experiences and struggles against land-grabbing. One
year ago we supported the Kolongo Appeal from peasant organizations in
Mali, who have taken the lead in organising local resistance to the
take-over of peasants’ lands in Africa. Now we came to Nyeleni in
response to the Dakar Appeal, which calls for a global alliance
against land-grabbing. For we are determined to defend food
sovereignty, the commons and the rights of small scale food providers
to natural resources.’

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KENYA: ENFORCE CONSTITUTION OR RESIGN, CJ TELLS KENYA LEADERS

http://bit.ly/udXbmp

State officers must enforce the Constitution fully or honourably
resign, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga told the Kofi Annan meeting on
Kenya progress Monday. Speaking when he gave a key note address at the
two-day meeting, Dr Mutunga said complying with Kenya’s new
Constitution was not an option, however unpalatable some officers may
find its provisions.

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SOUTH AFRICA: COP17 CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT ON CONFLICT DURING THE
GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION

‘On Saturday 3 December, the mid-point of COP 17, about 12,000 people
from across the continent and the world gathered in Durban to demand
climate justice and unite against climate change. The march was
largely peaceful, with divergent activist groups uniting to demand
action from governments around the world. There was, however,
disruption during the course of the march in which a group of about
300 protesters, dressed in official COP17 volunteer uniforms tore up
placards, physically threatened and attacked activists participating
in the march.’

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/elections/78427

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SOUTH AFRICA: TENSIONS RUN HIGH AS CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH IS DISRUPTED

http://bit.ly/tDFh5b

ANC supporters dressed in the COP17 volunteers’ tracksuits tossed
stones and water bottles at members of civil society organisations
that were marching in protest against climate change, the
corporate-funded lack of progress at COP17 and other green issues in
Durban on Saturday. At around 11am, as the protesters were still
congregating at Botha’s Park near Warwick Triangle in Durban, a
phalanx of volunteers joined the march, in ‘support of COP17’ and ‘in
defence of President Zuma’, according to some of the 200 or so
volunteers who spoke to the Mail & Guardian.

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TUNISIA: ISLAMISTS AND SECULARISTS FACE OFF

http://bit.ly/sCEnvc

Thousands of Tunisian Islamists and secularists staged parallel
protests outside the interim parliament in a dispute over how big a
role Islam should play in society after the country’s ‘Arab Spring’
uprising, and subsequent election. Tensions have been running high
between the two camps since the revolt in January scrapped a ban on
parties that advocate political Islam, paving the way for a moderate
Islamist party to come to power at the head of a coalition government.

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8 Corruption

KENYA: MUTUNGA EXPOSES FRAUD IN COURTS

http://bit.ly/v2BdkK

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has revealed corruption at the heart of
the judiciary and ordered a stop to construction of court buildings
until an audit is done. He took journalists on a tour of the Milimani
courts, opened only in February, but which have in some instances
degenerated with collapsed ceiling and malfunctioning locks. The cost
of refurbishing the former income tax department building shot from
Sh600 million to Sh1 billion and it took eight years to be completed –
after a three-year delay.

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TANZANIA: TANZANIA URGED TO TAKE ACTION OVER BAE BRIBERY CLAIM

http://bbc.in/t0e65S

A cross-party parliamentary group is urging the Tanzanian government
to prosecute those guilty of corruption or bribery over the sale of a
BAE Systems air traffic control package. The company, despite not
being found guilty of corruption, has agreed to pay nearly ?30m
compensation to Tanzania. The International Development Committee also
wants any others involved in the deal to face prosecution.

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9 Development

AFRICA: BANKERS DON’T SEE CFA CURRENCY DEVALUATION

http://bit.ly/surFZ7

Cameroon’s finance minister and Central Africa’s top central banker
both said on Monday there would be no devaluation of the CFA franc
currency used by 14 states in Africa, denying market rumours. The CFA
franc is currently tied to the euro at a fixed exchange rate of one
euro to 655.957 CFA francs, with the peg guaranteed by the French
treasury.

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AFRICA: EU BANKS REFUSE LOANS TO FIRMS DOING BUSINESS WITH AFRICA

http://bit.ly/upmwSo

Some European banks are now refusing to lend to firms trading with
Africa, threatening growth in the world’s poorest continent, a senior
official of the African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Tuesday. The
reluctance of some banks to make Africa-related loans as Europe’s own
debt crisis turns them increasingly risk-averse is an ominous sign as
it repeats one aspect of the 2008 credit crisis.

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GLOBAL: AID DEPENDENCY ON THE DECLINE

http://bit.ly/uuy8Ei

Poor countries have depended on rich nations to supplement their
sector budget without which millions of people would have continued to
live in abject poverty. Have the years of funding made these countries
any less dependent? Sector budget is aid that is allocated to
developing a country?s particular development priorities, which could
be in the areas of health, education or even sanitation and housing.

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GLOBAL: CIVIL SOCIETY TELLS WORLD BANK TO CLEAN UP

http://bit.ly/uplw6Q

Civil society organisations from around the world released a report at
the Durban climate talks that highlights the contradictions inherent
in the World Bank Group?s presence at the talks. While the Bank seeks
a leading role in climate finance, it has been unable to finalize an
energy strategy and continues to finance dirty energy projects. The
report titled, ‘Unclear on the Concept: How Can the World Bank Group
Lead on Climate Finance without an Energy Strategy?’ finds that ‘in
spite of its climate-friendly rhetoric, the WBG continues to
disproportionately fund dirty energy projects. In fact, nearly half of
energy lending – more than US$15 billion – went to fossil fuels over
the past four years.’

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GLOBAL: FORUM STRIVES TO MAKE AID EFFECTIVE

http://bit.ly/tO0Znz

Despite broad agreement that international development cooperation
must become effective in order to achieve its objective of closing the
rich-poor gap, the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness
(HLF-4), which kicked off on 29 November in Busan, South Korea, may
fall short of marking a genuine ‘turning point’ for the effectiveness
agenda. Some 3,000 delegates including UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon, high-level government officials from around the world and
international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are attending the
Forum.

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GLOBAL: WORLDWIDE REBELLION AND GLOBAL CHAOS

http://bit.ly/tuFPHX

The global revolt underway has shifted the whole political landscape
and the terms of the discourse, writes William I. Robinson, a
professor of sociology, global studies, and Latin American studies at
the University of California at Santa Barbara. ‘Global elites are
confused, reactive, and sinking into the quagmire of their own making.
It is noteworthy that those struggling around the world have been
shown a strong sense of solidarity and are in communications across
whole continents. Just as the Egyptian uprising inspired the US Occupy
movement, the latter has been an inspiration for a new round of mass
struggle in Egypt. What remains is to extend transnational
coordination and move towards transnationally-coordinated programs.’

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MALAWI: IMF EXPERTS IN MALAWI TO HELP REVIVE ECONOMY

http://bit.ly/sVFxlN

Technical experts from global lenders the International Monetary Fund
arrived in Malawi recently for a mission to offer technical assistance
that seeks to revive a stalled programme meant to cushion foreign
exchange shortages. Ruby Randall, an IMF resident representative told
reporters the team, co-led by Etibar Jafarow and Nadia Rendak,
comprises monetary capital markets and legal experts whose findings
will be ‘expected to help authorities implement key extended credit
facility (ECF) programme commitments’.

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SOUTH AFRICA: THE ANC’S RESOURCE NATIONALISM

http://bit.ly/vRATro

The ANC will push for a new interventionist economic nationalism,
rather than a simplistic nationalisation of the country’s
$2.5-trillion in resources not yet mined, which was what ANC Youth
League leader Julius Malema had wanted. The Mail & Guardian has
learned from various sources that central to this plan is to force
competitive input prices through taxes and other penalties and for
state institutions to take bigger stakes in companies that hold key
strategic infrastructure minerals.

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SUDAN: SOUTHERN OIL SHIPMENTS HALTED

http://bit.ly/rDsqR6

The Sudanese Ministry of Petroleum has suspended the exportation of
the South Sudanese oil through north Sudan till an agreement is
reached between the two governments on transit fees, the acting
Petroleum Minister in Sudan, Ali Ahmed Osman, has said.

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WEST AFRICA: EU ACTING ‘AGGRESSIVELY AND DIVISIVELY’ ON EPAS

Joint statement by The West African Civil Society Platform on the
Cotonou Agreement

http://bit.ly/uTvLzm

‘There is nothing new in this aggressive and bullying stance of the EU
in the EPA process. The last Conference of African Ministers of Trade
held in Kigali once again officially registered its condemnation of
the EU?s approach and methods in the EPA negotiations. It is in this
context that we welcome the statements by Ghana?s Minister of Trade as
well as the ECOWAS Director of Trade to the effect that member-states
will continue to work to reverse the multiple conflicting trade
regimes that the EU is imposing in West Africa through the EPA
process, and that genuine developmental outcomes rather than arbitrary
deadlines are the appropriate and legitimate reference point for
ECOWAS in the EPA negotiations.’

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10 Health & HIV/AIDS

AFRICA: ON THE GUTTING OF THE GLOBAL FUND

Remarks by Stephen Lewis, Co-Director of AIDS-Free World

http://bit.ly/uO3elG

‘Just think of these figures: The third quarter profits for Morgan
Stanley $2.2 billion; for Wells Fargo $4.1 billion; for J.P. Morgan
Chase $4.6 billion; Bank of America $6.2 billion…these were the
banking outfits that helped to fashion the near-depression. Remember
all these figures are this year, well after the fiscal calamity of
three years ago. Or take the oil companies in the third quarter of
2011: BP, despite paying out billions in compensation for the oil
spill, made $5.1 billion; Shell made $7 billion; Mobil Exxon came in
at $10.3 billion. And we can?t find money for the Global Fund? Is
there any better definition of the 1%? And I haven?t even enumerated
the restoration of corporate bonuses. Do you see what?s at work here?
In the reckless haste to coddle the multinationals, global public
health has taken a merciless hit. And here?s something else to think
about. Not a one of these companies has given a direct nickel to the
coffers of the Global Fund, despite endless requests that they do so.
And BP, Shell and Exxon Mobil are all members of the Global Business
Coalition Health (GBCHealth), successor to the Global Business
Coalition on HIV/AIDS.’

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AFRICA: ?NOTHING AT BUSAN FOR AFRICAN WOMEN, CHILDREN?

http://bit.ly/vQWUj6

Although there has been considerable progress towards reducing
maternal and infant mortality, millions of women and children in
Africa are still in need of better health services, food and
sanitation. Some 250,000 mothers are estimated to die in Africa every
year, leaving behind infants with reduced chances of making it beyond
five years of age. Statistics by Save the Children, an international
non-government organisation, reveal that African countries claim nine
out of ten bottom places in a worldwide maternal health ranking that
involves 164 countries.

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EGYPT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF FIELD HOSPITALS IN TAHRIR SQUARE

http://bit.ly/v01dwi

Since Saturday, 19 November, more than 12 makeshift hospitals have
been established in Tahrir Square and floods of doctors, nurses,
pharmacists and other health professionals have swarmed in to offer
their services, writes Amani Massoud in relation to the voluntary
medical effort to treat those injured in clashes against military
rule. ‘The swiftness and efficiency with which the hospitals are
established and managed bears little resemblance to the make-shift
hospitals characteristic of the initial uprising in January. Nine
months of experience that followed the beginning of the revolution has
made hard-core emergency medics out of young doctors.’

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GLOBAL: HEALTH CO-BENEFITS OF CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION

http://bit.ly/uz6eL1

Evaluation of the health impacts of climate mitigation strategies is
critical to informed decisions that will attain the greatest combined
gain for health, well-being and sustainable development.
This report from the World Health Organisation considers the
scientific evidence regarding possible health gains and, where
relevant, health risks of climate change mitigation measures in the
residential housing sector. The report is one in a Health in the Green
Economy series led by WHO?s Department of Public Health and
Environment. Other reports in the series focus on transport, household
energy in developing countries, agriculture and health care
facilities.

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KENYA: CRISIS AS DOCTORS PLAN STRIKE

http://bit.ly/vR84Y1

Kenyan doctors are set to go on strike from December 5, saying talks
with the government over their terms of service had stalled. The Kenya
Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union accused the
government of dragging its feet in starting negotiations. The 2,300
doctors in public hospitals issued a 19-day strike notice. They are
demanding a 300 per cent salary increase and hardship allowances.

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KENYA: MEN?S GROUP FIGHTS STIGMA THROUGH FARMING

http://bit.ly/uw2jpL

In 2007, Robert Amakobe went public and declared that he was HIV
positive. He formed the Elwesero Men?s Support Group with other men
who were public about their HIV status. Theirs was probably the first
men?s HIV support group in Kenya. It has become an important force in
diffusing the stigma around HIV and AIDS in their community, reports
Farm Radio Weekly.

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SOUTH AFRICA: SEEKING HEALTHCARE COMPLEX FOR TRANSGENDERS

http://bit.ly/rDct63

‘I am a woman trapped in a man?s body. People ask me whether I am a
woman and I answer, no. I have no feelings to women, I prefer
relationships with men.’ Gulam Peterson sighs and takes a long drag
from his cigarette: ‘Transgender sex workers have a tough time. They
often get beaten up and raped by so-called clients insisting on a full
house. Going to the police is not even an option. Going to a clinic or
a hospital even more so,’ says the tall, lanky man, dressed today in
khaki slacks and a body-hugging denim jacket.

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11 LGBTI

ETHIOPIA: GAY GATHERING SPARKS ROW BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE

http://bit.ly/u6c3se

A meeting organised by an African gay lobby group ahead of an AIDS
conference in Ethiopia has sparked a rare spat between the government
and religious groups. Religious leaders demand the cancellation of the
gathering scheduled for Saturday, organised by African Men for Sexual
Health and Rights, saying it would violate the country’s conservative
culture. State officials, however, are unwilling to budge having
lobbied hard to win hosting rights for the influential 16th
International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa due to start a day
later.

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NIGERIA: SENATE OUTLAWS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

http://bit.ly/s52cJC

The Nigerian senate on 29 November passed a bill prohibiting same-sex
marriage. Termed Same-Sex Prohibition Bill, it stipulates a 10-year
jail term for offenders. Announcing the passage of the bill, Senate
president David Mark said that marriage between same sexes is alien to
the Nigerian tradition and against all religious morals.

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UGANDA: CALL FOR MATERIALS ON DAVID KATO

http://bit.ly/um8aEe

This is a call for materials for a biographical book on the life, work
and legacy of David Kisule Kato ? the deceased Ugandan human rights
defender for sexual (and other) minorities. The biography is being
developed and written by researchers in the Law, Gender and Sexuality
Research Project of the Faculty of Law at Makerere University ?
Kampala. We are interested in a range of materials including essays,
fiction, poetry, web blogs, art, crafts, photographs, film,
documentaries, speeches, diaries, letters and other correspondence,
music, academic publications, etc. that reflect any aspect of the life
and work of David Kato.

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12 Environment

AFRICA: CARBON TRADING IN AFRICA

A critical review

http://bit.ly/tudgWL

This critical review of carbon trading in Africa includes analyses of
the context and trends in the carbon market in Africa; offset projects
in Uganda, Ethiopia and South Africa; and carbon finance and
regulation. It shows how carbon trading provides new and different
ways of profiting at the expense of a deteriorating climate.

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AFRICA: THE TRANS-AFRICAN CARAVAN OF HOPE

http://bit.ly/tSxp2I

Brandishing a plea for developed countries to make good their promises
to reduce carbon emissions, 300 farmers, youths and activists took the
scenic route to the COP17 conference in Durban, travelling more than
7,000km from Burundi in 17 days, through 10 eastern and southern
African countries, aboard a convoy of buses draped in various national
flags. The aim of the Trans-African Caravan of Hope, organized by the
Pan African Climate Change Justice Alliance, was to gather information
about and raise awareness of the impact of climate change on those
least responsible for causing it.

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GLOBAL: BIOENERGY WITH CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE

New panacea or a really bad idea?

http://bit.ly/vnwVkt

BECCS, or biomass with CCS, has recently gained attention in national
as well as international
high level discussions on climate, as a supposedly viable means to
reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. But the underlying premises
for these claims are unfounded and dangerous, says this briefing paper
from Biofuelwatch. ‘Capturing carbon and pumping it underground itself
requires considerable energy consuming from 10-40% of the power
generated at the power station where it is applied, and hence
increasing energy demand and cost of construction and operation.’

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GLOBAL: DEVELOPING COUNTRY MITIGATION GREATER THAN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

http://bit.ly/tMVUKb

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has recently issued a report
that examines four recent detailed studies of countries? mitigation
pledges under the Cancun Agreements, for the purpose of comparing
developed (Annex 1) country pledges to developing (non-Annex 1)
country pledges. It finds that there is broad agreement that
developing country pledges amount to more mitigation than developed
country pledges.

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GLOBAL: FINANCIALIZATION, COMMODIFICATION AND CARBON

http://bit.ly/vzyIFI

The carbon markets operating today under the aegis of the UN, the EU,
and a variety of state and non-state actors are the default
international approach to the climate crisis. Reflecting, extending
and deepening neoliberalism, these markets grew rapidly until 2008,
when they began to stumble, following the financial crash, the 2010
failure of the US Congress to pass proposed carbon trading
legislation, uncertainty about the future of UN climate treaties, and
a recent spate of criminal and other scandals. This article explains
how carbon commodities work through a process of radical disembedding
– in particular, through disembedding the climate issue from the
historical question of how to organise for structural, long-term
change aimed at keeping remaining fossil fuels in the ground.

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GLOBAL: FOREST-DEPENDENT COMMUNITIES LOBBY FOR END OF REDD+

http://bit.ly/tg9Qh9

Organisations working with indigenous peoples living in forests say
the United Nations programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) is just another
way for big corporates to reap huge profits. REDD+ has been touted as
a global scheme to conserve forests, enhance carbon stocks and support
sustainable forest management. ‘It is a system where you pour a lot of
money into forests that will attract powerful international investors
who will make big profits,’ warned Simone Lovera, managing director of
the Global Forest Coalition.

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GLOBAL: THE PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:

An interview with Fred Magdoff

http://bit.ly/u3lw8I

Fred Magdoff is professor emeritus of plant and soil science at the
University of Vermont and adjunct professor of crop and soil science
at Cornell University. As climate crisis threatens millions of people
around the world, the latest round of climate talks, COP 17, began in
Durban on 28 November. Farooque Chowdhury interviewed Fred Magdoff for
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org about what strategies and tactics
people can employ to tackle climate crisis at COP 17 and beyond.

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SOUTH AFRICA: FINANCING BATTLE EMERGES AT CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS

http://bit.ly/uRD0K3

International climate negotiators were at odds Tuesday 29 November on
how to raise billions of dollars to help poor countries cope with
global warming. Details of the tussle over the funding emerged as the
UN’s weather agency reported that 2011 was tied as the 10th hottest
year since records began in 1850. Putting the final touches on what’s
known as the Green Climate Fund is a top issue at the 192-party UN
climate conference.

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SOUTH AFRICA: THE GLOBAL DAY ON CLIMATE JUSTICE IN PICTURES AND WORDS

The blog Climate Connections ( http://bit.ly/vLOAiO ) has a photo
gallery of the Global Day of Action Against UN Conference of Polluters
(COP) in Durban, while the Durban Climate Justice blog has a
commentary ( http://bit.ly/vGHvUC ) from Patrick Bond about how the
protest turned out.

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SOUTH AFRICA: THE KYOTO PROTOCOL IS IN GRAVE DANGER

http://bit.ly/u6VMhc

The opening statements in the Durban climate talks sounded more like
conclusions, writes Nnimmo Bassey on the New Internationalist blog.
Negotiators will be grappling with two key issues – the first is
whether to have a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol or
whether to bury it and raise a Durban Mandate in its place. ‘A whole
lot of the foot dragging here is about money. Avoiding responsibility
means holding tight to one?s money bag. And the rich countries,
reeling from the financial crisis, do not want to take any step in the
direction of doing the right thing.’

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SOUTH AFRICA: WANTED! A CLIMATE DEAL WITH MEANINGFUL STEPS

Memorandum from the Rural Women’s Assembly to the UNFCCC, the
government of the Republic of South Africa and the Governments of
Africa

‘We demand that climate change solutions put indigenous knowledge
systems at the centre of policies to promote biodiversity,
rehabilitate our ecosystems and rebuild the livlihoods destroyed by
colonialism, apartheid and economic imperialism. Rural women are the
holders of indigenous knowledge – our marginalisation from economic
production, scientific knowledge generation and social systems has
resulted in the steady loss of such knowledge to Africa, thereby
making us more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.’

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/environment/78428

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13 Land & land rights

AFRICA: CHINA TO LOOK TO AFRICA FOR FOOD, SAYS STUDY

http://bit.ly/w4eRwe

China will increasingly look to Africa over the next decade as the
world’s most populous nation seeks to ensure it has sufficient food
supplies, according to a study. While China has is recent years turned
to Africa to secure energy and raw material resources to fuel its
rapidly-growing economy, it will soon be for food commodities,
according to Standard Bank research analysts Simon Freemantle and
Jeremy Stevens.

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AFRICA: NO AGRICULTURE, NO DEAL

http://bit.ly/vtmgkI

Fears of what climate change will do for African agriculture are real
and in southern Africa farmers are taking action to ensure that
negotiators at 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) in Durban get the
message. The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions
(SACAU) ? granted observer status at the United Nations Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC) session ? wants the global negotiations to put
agriculture firmly on the climate change agenda and establish a work
programme that will outline and coordinate necessary responses such as
a specific allocation to the sector under the Green Climate Fund.

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AFRICA: SAFEGUARDS FAILING TO PROTECT CUSTOMARY RIGHTS DURING
LARGE-SCALE LAND ACQUISITIONS

http://bit.ly/unktaa

Legislation and practices aiming to safeguard customary land rights
are largely failing to give real decision-making authority to
communities affected by large-scale land acquisitions in sub-Saharan
Africa, says a recent report by the Center for International Forestry
Research. This has seriously undermined the widely anticipated
benefits from the recent surge in land-based investments for food,
fuel and fiber on the continent.

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MALI: A GLOBAL ALLIANCE EMERGES IN WEST AFRICA

http://bit.ly/vfdgiR

Early morning on day one of the first peasant-organised international
conference to stop land grabbing held in Ny?l?ni, Mali, delegates from
more than 30 countries took their seats for the opening ceremony.
Delegates strategized late into the nights, resolving to make land
rights a reality. On the final day, both exhausted and energized, they
read the fruition of their work – the Final Declaration to Stop Land
Grabbing.

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MOZAMBIQUE: LAND GRABS EXPOSE HYPOCRISY OF LARGE SCALE LAND TRANSFERS
TO PRIVATE INVESTORS

http://bit.ly/t8Em3M

Civil society in Mozambique has been actively engaging among
themselves, with the state, and with investors to improve large scale
land transfer governance. The initiatives underway range from: a land
forum that brings together the various stakeholders to discuss land
governance issues; community land delimitation initiatives by the
Rural Mutual Support Organisation (ORAM); more extreme actions where
communities have uprooted investors? eucalyptus plantations and
successfully renegotiated the return of their subsistence production
land from an investor.

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TANZANIA: LAND DEAL OPPOSED BY US ENVIRONMENT GROUP

http://bit.ly/texrlL

A leading US environmental group is opposing the planned purchase of
325,000 hectares of land in Tanzania by an American company.
Tanzania?s parliament is debating the government?s willingness to
lease the land in the Rukwa and Kigoma regions to Agrisol Energy
Tanzania Ltd, which is backed by a consortium of US investors.
Opponents charge that the deal amounts to a ‘land grab’ that would
result in the displacement of 160,000 refugees from Burundi, some of
whom have lived on the land for 40 years.

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14 Media & freedom of expression

BURUNDI: MUZZLING THE MEDIA OVER THE GATUMBA MASSACRE

http://bit.ly/tjDCfj

The Burundi Security Council has recommended that the president impose
sanctions against media and civil society groups who made comments
over September?s massacre in a Gatumban bar that claimed the lives of
more than 39 people. ‘We recommend the empowered authorities take
remedial measures or sanctions against the media and civil society
groups who violated the law,’ said Major General Pontien Gaciyubwenge,
the Burundian minister of defence.

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C?TE D’IVOIRE: JUSTICE PINS GBAGBO, BUT NOT YET OUATTARA’S FORCES

http://bit.ly/vs12gp

This week, former Ivory Coast ruler Laurent Gbagbo was extradited to
the Hague to account for alleged human rights violations before the
International Criminal Court. Justice appears to be slower in coming
to rival fighters loyal to current President Alassane Ouattara.
According to Committee to Protect Journalism research, Ouattara’s
forces have been involved in the deaths of two journalists, most
recently Gilles Tutsi Murris Dab?.

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C?TE D’IVOIRE: OPPOSITION JOURNALISTS DETAINED FOR INSULTING PRESIDENT OUATTARA

http://bit.ly/t9SK9f

Two journalists and an administrator for the opposition newspaper
‘Notre Voie’ have been held by police since they were arrested on 24
November for allegedly publishing false information on President
Alassane Ouattara. A Media Foundation for West Africa correspondent
reported that publisher C?sar Etou and political desk chief Boga
Sivori were arrested in connection with a 21 November article that
claimed President Ouattara had acquired luxury Mercedes Benz cars for
himself and members of his cabinet.

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COTE D?IVOIRE: THREE JOURNOS ARRESTED

http://bit.ly/uZ5Nnp

Three journalists have been arrested and detained in Abidjan prison on
charges of ‘incitement to theft, pillaging and destruction of public
properties through the media’.

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ERITREA: SOLOMON ABERA, WHO VOICED END OF ERITREAN FREE PRESS, DIES

http://bit.ly/v2jykr

The name Solomon Abera will forever be etched in the collective memory
of Eritrea’s press corps. On 18 September 2001, as the world focused
its attention on the terrorist attacks on the United States, the
government of Eritrea borrowed Abera’s voice to sound the death knell,
on state-controlled airwaves, of the Red Sea nation’s independent
press. Shortly after Abera read the announcement, the government
rounded up leading independent newspaper editors and a dozen
ruling-party dissidents calling for democratic reform – all of whom
have disappeared in custody. On 2 December, the Committee to Protect
Journalists said they learned that Solomon Abera, who lived in exile
in Germany after fleeing government censorship and intimidation in
2005, was no more.

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RWANDA: DRAFT PENAL CODE FLAWED

http://bit.ly/skUFhk

ARTICLE 19 says it has analysed the provisions of the Draft Penal Code
for Rwanda (Draft Penal Code) that engage the rights to freedom of
expression and information, to assess their compatibility with
international standards. ‘With this focus, ARTICLE 19 finds the
reviewed provisions to be fundamentally flawed and incompatible with
Rwanda?s obligations under international law. The bill represents a
significant regression in protections for the right to freedom of
expression and information in Rwanda.’

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SOMALIA: CAMPAIGN OF INTIMIDATION AGAINST JOURNALISTS’ UNION LEADERS CONDEMNED

http://bit.ly/rGJPGR

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has asked the
authorities in the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to end
the campaign of intimidation and harassment of leaders of the National
Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), an IFJ affiliate. The Federation
was reacting to news that NUSOJ organising Secretary in Mogadishu was
summoned by police for questioning over the union’s activities in the
country.

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SOUTH AFRICA: CONCOURT PASSES THE BUCK ON ZIMBABWE REPORT

http://bit.ly/v1hEDO

The Constitutional Court has directed a Mail & Guardian application to
have a South African government report on the 2002 Zimbabwe general
elections made public, back to the North Gauteng High Court in
Pretoria for further consideration. This decision, says the blog
Writing Rights, shows the fragility of legality and the rule of law
should the Constitutional Court become pro-executive or pro-wealth
rather than stand fearlessly on the side of the Constitution and the
people?s right to know.

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15 Conflict & emergencies

DRC: ARMS EMBARGO, SANCTIONS RENEWED

http://bit.ly/sizXdf

The Security Council has agreed to extend by another year the arms
embargo and other sanctions it has imposed against armed rebel groups
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for nearly a decade. In
a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member Council extended the
sanctions through 30 November 2012 and asked Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon to renew the mandate of the group of experts monitoring these
measures and to appoint a sixth expert ? on natural resources ? to the
team.

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EAST AFRICA: KENYA, ERITREA TAKE THEIR SOMALIA QUARREL TO THE UN

http://bit.ly/vHu2v8

Just days after Asmara called for reprimand against Kenya for
associating her with Somali rebel group Al-Shabaab, Kenya has filed a
case before the UN Security Council’s sanctions committee calling for
investigations into Eritrea’s alleged support to the insurgents.
Kenya’s UN Permanent Representative Macharia Kamau filed the case days
after the Eritrean Foreign minister Osman Saleh wrote to the Council,
calling for independent investigations into Kenya’s accusations that
it was arming the Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

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EGYPT: OFFICIALS REFUSE TO SIGN FOR TEARGAS IMPORTS

http://bit.ly/rzfCJV

The arrival of seven and a half tons of tear gas to Egypt?s Suez port
created conflict after the responsible officials at the port refused
to sign and accept it for fear it would be used to crackdown on
Egyptian protesters. Local news sites published documents regarding
the shipment showing that the cargo that arrived in 479 barrels from
the United States was scheduled to be delivered to the ministry of
interior.

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GLOBAL: ANTI-TERRORISM LEGISLATION, IMPEDIMENTS TO CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION

http://bit.ly/rsGr93

This Berghof Conflict Research paper, ?Anti-terrorism Legislation:
Impediments to Conflict Transformation?, reviews the ambivalent impact
of terrorist ?blacklisting? regimes on peace processes with non-state
armed groups, and argues that when applied unwisely, they might
interfere with efforts to find a political solution to asymmetric
intra-state conflicts. Indeed, the political nature and inconsistent
application of terrorist proscription tends to blur the distinction
between legal and unlawful political activism, encourage state
repression of unarmed dissidents, and fuel radicalism.

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LIBYA: OVERTHROW NEW LIBYAN GOVERNMENT, SAYS QADDAFI’S DAUGHTER

http://bit.ly/w1Trwl

Muammar Qaddafi’s daughter has urged Libyans to overthrow their new
rulers, possibly violating the terms of her exile in Algeria. In an
audio message broadcast on Syria’s al-Rai television station, Aisha
Qaddafi called for a revolt against the men who overthrew her father,
the government she said ‘arrived with the planes of NATO’.

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SUDAN: FIGHTING FLARES IN DISPUTED SUDAN REGION

http://bit.ly/vTmofK

Fighting has erupted in a disputed border region between Sudan and
South Sudan, with the Sudanese army claiming a strategic victory in
its offensive against rebels in the state of South Kordofan. The army
said on Saturday it had captured camps on a key supply route after
deadly clashes. South Kordofan and Blue Nile states served as the
ninth and tenth divisions of the southern rebel forces during the
decades-long civil war between south and north, but the peace pact
that ended the conflict placed the areas they fought for in the north.

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SWAZILAND: OPPOSITION TO MILITARY SPENDING GROWS

http://bit.ly/syBqZT

Swaziland spends 4.7 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on
paying, equipping and barracking the 3,000 soldiers in its army, and
now parliament has passed a US$8 million supplementary budget for the
force, provoking a rare public reaction in questioning the role or
even the need for an army in view of the deepening economic crisis.

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UGANDA: FRESH PLUNDER CLAIMS OF CONGO MINERALS

http://bit.ly/sW7w0K

The Central African Republic and DR Congo have accused the UPDF
hunting down LRA rebels in the two countries of allegedly involving in
illegal extraction of timber, gold, diamond and other gems. This is
contained in a report by the Brussels based International Crisis
Group. The Ugandan military reacted angrily to the accusations,
describing the report as a ‘hogwash’ writing tinged with accounts by
‘racist armchair’ researchers.

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16 eNewsletters & mailing lists

MOZAMBIQUE: NEWS REPORTS AND CLIPPINGS

http://bit.ly/rT7hNA

The latest edition of the Mozambique Political Process Bulletin has
articles on corruption in Mozambique, the inability of coal mines to
reduce poverty, the need for more jobs in Mozambique and much more.
Visit the web address provided to subscribe to the Mozambique
Political Process Bulletin and Joseph Hanlon’s Mozambique News Reports
and Clippings.

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17 Fundraising & useful resources

AFRICA: 2011 AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST STARS IMPACT AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The STARS Foundation has selected three African organisations working
with children for this year?s 2011 Africa & Middle East STARS Impact
Awards and one organisation for the Rising Star Award. The STARS
Foundation supports frontline, impactful initiatives improving
children?s health, education and protection needs across the
continent.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/fundraising/78403

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GLOBAL: PUBLIC IMAGES OF RESISTANCE

http://bit.ly/vrHXT3

Meet You At The Crossroads is a library of public images of
resistance, rebellion, revolt and rebuilding occurring in cities right
across the globe, often on the streets; in the public realm. You are
invited to send in your images and sign up to receive a weekly public
image.

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INTERNATIONAL WATER LAW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

http://bit.ly/tuscWw

The Global Water Partnership together with IHP-HELP Centre for Water
Law, Policy and Science, under the auspices of UNESCO, at the
University of Dundee, is looking to build on their successful 2011
International Water Law Programme (www.dundee.ac.uk/water/workshop),
and offer scholarships for 30 participants to undertake a module in
International Water Law, in Dundee 11-29 June 2012. Scholarship
recipients are responsible for all travel (to/from Dundee) and
subsistence (food/accommodation) costs. GWP is aiming at providing
funding for travel and subsistence for a limited number of successful
Scholarship applicants. Even though final funding is pending, GWP and
the University of Dundee now invite applications from suitable
candidates. Applications will be accepted from 24 November 2011 to 3
February 2012. Successful candidates will be notified at the beginning
of March 2012 to allow as much time as possible to obtain visas,
additional funding, etc.

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18 Courses, seminars, & workshops

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD: PART-TIME MASTERS IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

Admissions open for five scholarships for candidates from African
Commonwealth countries

The Department for Continuing Education and the Faculty of Law at
Oxford University are very pleased to announce that admissions are now
open for five scholarships for candidates from African Commonwealth
countries to study for the part-time Masters in International Human
Rights Law at the
University of Oxford, starting September 2012. The course website can
be found at http://bit.ly/s37dHr and details about the scholarships,
including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found on the
Fees and Funding pages at http://bit.ly/ugKcPf

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19 Jobs

LONDON: SENIOR DIRECTOR ? GLOBAL OPERATIONS

Amnesty International (AI)

For fifty years, we?ve been campaigning for human rights wherever
justice, freedom and truth are denied. We?ve reshaped policies,
challenged governments and taken corporations to task. And in doing
so, we?ve changed thousands of lives for the better. Forging ahead,
we?re looking for an exceptional facilitator and leader to support and
coordinate Amnesty International?s global operations.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/78396

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End of Pambazuka-news Digest, Vol 204, Issue 1
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