PAMBAZUKA NEWS 574 12 March 2012: LINKS AND RESOURCES

12 March 2012 — Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

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CONTENTS:
1. Announcements, 2. Podcasts & Video, 3. Zimbabwe update, 4. Women & gender, 5. Human rights, 6. Refugees & forced migration, 7. Social movements, 8. Africa labour news, 9. Emerging powers news, 10. Elections & governance, 11. Corruption, 12. Development, 13. Health & HIV/AIDS, 14. Education, 15. LGBTI, 16. Racism & xenophobia, 17. Environment, 18. Land & land rights, 19. Media & freedom of expression, 20. Social welfare, 21. Conflict & emergencies, 22. Internet & technology, 23. eNewsletters & mailing lists, 24. Fundraising & useful resources, 25. Courses, seminars, & workshops, 26. Jobs

 

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1 Announcements

FAHAMU CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Journalist visit to the 19th African Union Summit- Lilongwe, Malawi, June 2012

The 19th African Union Summit will take place from 23rd-30th June 2012
in Lilongwe, Malawi with the theme of ‘Boosting Intra-Africa Trade’
and ‘2012 year of Shared Values’. Fahamu- Networks for Social Justice
(www.fahamu.org) through its Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative is
pleased to announce a call for applications for its journalist visit
to the Summit. Five successful applicants will be chosen to
participate in a 4 day visit during the Summit. Media professionals in
print, broadcast, radio and online fora from Africa, India, China and
Brazil are encouraged to apply before the deadline of 30 March 2012.
Read More ( http://fahamu.org/AUJournalistscall.pdf )

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2 Podcasts & Video

GLOBAL: CAPITALISM – A GHOST STORY

This is a recording of a speech made by Arundhati Roy as a part of the
Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Trust Lecture that was delivered on the 20th
of January, 2012 at Xaviers college, Mumbai, India.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/podcasts/80659

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GLOBAL: SHADES OF ANGER BY RAFEEF ZIADAH

Rafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian activist, academic and spoken word
artist. She is currently a Phd. candidate in Political Science at York
University in Toronto. She released her spoken word CD Hadeel in
Novermber 2009. Here she performs ‘Shades of Anger’.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/podcasts/80670

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SOUTH AFRICA: LABOUR BROKERS, THE BIG STRIKE AND COSATU’S FUTURE

Ighsaan Schroeder of the Casual Workers Advice Office explains why
Cosatu called for a general strike against the practice of labour
broking. However, he argues that the trade union federation’s call for
a ban on labour brokers is highly problematic for a number of reasons,
not least of which is Cosatu’s inability to respond to the changing
nature of the South African work force.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/podcasts/80557

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3 Zimbabwe update

SOUTH AFRICA: BID TO FORCE SOUTH AFRICA TO FOLLOW RIGHTS TREATY

The North Gauteng High Court is to hear an application to compel SA to
abide by its legal obligations to investigate and prosecute high-level
Zimbabwean officials accused of crimes against humanity. The case,
which has been set down for hearing from March 26-30, is the first of
its kind in SA. The court would have the opportunity to provide
guidance on the scope and nature of the obligations placed on SA by
signing up to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/zimbabwe/80534

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ZIMBABWE: LEAVE ZIMBABWE ALONE, MUGABE PARTY TELLS SA

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party has accused South
Africa of gross interference in the country’s internal affairs. This
comes after President Jacob Zuma’s government insisted that its
troubled neighbour must institute serious reforms before holding fresh
elections. South Africa’s Foreign Affairs minister, Maite
Nkoana-Mashabane, told her country’s parliament on Monday that ‘our
government expects that there would be no deviation from the
provisions’ of Zimbabwe’s power-sharing agreement. A member of Zanu
PF’s top decision-making body, the politburo, Jonathan Moyo, said
Nkoana-Mashabane had no mandate to comment on political developments
in Zimbabwe.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/zimbabwe/80546

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4 Women & gender

AFRICA: CELEBRATING SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN RURAL WOMEN

With 8 March being International Women’s Day, March 8 is International
Women’s Day, Farm Radio Weekly has stories about four remarkable
women. The first story comes from Congo-Brazzaville and follows the
achievements of Ms. Yvonne Nsayi. In an isolated village, Ms. Nsayi
responded to the need for fresh bread by re-opening a local bakery and
turning it into a roaring success. On top of that, she bakes donuts
for sale, is a farmer, and a mother of four. She is described as an
inspiration for both men and women.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/wgender/80533

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EGYPT: COURT CLEARS ‘VIRGINITY TEST’ DOCTOR

A military court in Egypt has acquitted an army doctor accused of
carrying out forced ‘virginity tests’ on women protesters, state media
reports. Ahmed Adel was cleared because the judge found contradictions
in witness statements, the state news agency said. The case was
brought by one of the women, Samira Ibrahim, who said the ‘tests’ took
place after they had been detained during protests last year.
Demonstrators gathered outside the court to protest against the
ruling.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/wgender/80687

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MAURITIUS: GENDER QUOTA LAW A SMALL BUT POSITIVE STEP FORWARD

A new gender law in Mauritius that requires one-third of candidates in
local elections to be women represents another small step towards
parity in decision-making. The gender quota is contained in the new
Local Government Act that entered into force on 1 January 2012 and
compels all political parties to field more women to contest in local
elections due by April this year. Under Mauritian law, the town and
village councillors are elected every five years and their main role
is to ensure the smooth running of five towns and 108 villages,
overseeing the provision of services such as garbage collection and
road maintenance.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/wgender/80588

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ZIMBABWE: HONOUR WOMEN BY NAMING AND SHAMING ZIMBABWE

Why does the UN Security Council call for naming and shaming and then
observe the omission of Zimbabwe without so much as a word? asks
Stephen Lewis on International Women’s Day 2012. Lewis took part in an
interactive panel discussion with the UN Human Rights Council titled
‘Capitalizing on Women’s Potential in Times of Crisis’.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/wgender/80668

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5 Human rights

EGYPT: STATE SECURITY OPERATING WITH IMPUNITY

On the first anniversary of the dissolution of the State Security
Investigation Apparatus, the April 6th Youth Movement (the Democratic
Front in Alexandria), issued a statement declaring that they do not
see a big difference between the state security apparatus during the
regime of Mubarak and the National Security Agency, which is marred by
the same shameful practices and the same violations of human rights
and suppression of freedoms of activists and revolutionaries and human
rights organizations and contributed to the worsening state of
security chaos taking place in the country.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80518

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA: BRAZIL’S SUPPORT FOR UNESCO PRIZE SLAMMED

Brazil is supporting the controversial UNESCO-Obiang prize in an
attempt to improve relations with President Obiang, but this puts
Brazil’s own international reputation at stake. Brazil is showing
questionable judgment by actively supporting the UNESCO-Obiang prize
in an apparent effort to strengthen its relations with the regime of
President Obiang, which has accumulated a long list of human rights
violations in the course of its 32 years in power, says this article
on the EG Justice website.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80532

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ETHIOPIA: HUMAN RIGHTS WORK CRIPPLED BY RESTRICTIVE LAW, SAYS AMNESTY

A law in Ethiopia is crippling human rights work in the country,
forcing organizations to cut programmes, close offices and lay off
staff, according to an Amnesty International report published today.
‘Stifling human rights work: the impact of Ethiopia’s civil society
legislation’ describes how the 2009 Charities and Societies
Proclamation puts in place restrictions on organizations working on
human rights and allows for excessive government interference. The
result is that people in the country have less access to independent
human rights assistance.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80684

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GHANA: NEWMONT ACCUSED OF RIGHTS ABUSES AND BETRAYALS

Newmont Gold has allocated around 20 per cent of its ‘core assets’ to
two projects in Ghana – both of which have now come under fire from
local communities. Human rights abuses have been reported from the
Ahafo mine. And, in February, the people of Yayaaso, Adausina, Ntronan
and surrounding communities in the Birim North District, eastern
Ghana, carried out a peaceful demonstration against Newmont’ proposed
Akyem project.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80600

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GLOBAL: UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL EXHORTED TO DEFEND PEASANTS’ RIGHTS

Decades after peasants’ networks have advocated for a new legal
instrument to protect the rights of small farmers to land, seeds,
traditional agricultural knowledge and freedom to determine the prices
of their production, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
may decide to start drafting a declaration on peasants’ rights next
week. ‘The idea of an international declaration on peasants’ rights
comes from our (base) because many small farmers don’t have access to
land, work, water and seeds,’ Henry Saragih, the general coordinator
of Via Campesina, a movement representing more than 200 million small
farmers around the world, told IPS.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80677

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KENYA: KENYA AT 50, THE UNREALIZED RIGHTS OF MINORITIES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

On the 50th anniversary of Kenya’s independence, many minority and
indigenous communities feel that despite some constitutional gains,
increased ethnicization of politics has deepened their exclusion,
making their situation worse today than it was in 2005, a new Minority
Rights Group International (MRG) report shows. The report titled
‘Kenya at 50’, reviews the current status of minority and indigenous
groups in Kenya, particularly how legal and policy changes over the
last five years have responded to the social, economic and political
challenges confronting them. ‘Despite the adoption of the new
Constitution in 2010, very little has changed in the way the Kenyan
state approaches the question of minorities,’ says Marusca Perazzi,
MRG’s Governance Programme Coordinator.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80669

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LIBYA: BOTH PRO AND ANTI FORCES RESPONSIBLE FOR WAR CRIMES, SAYS UN

Both the troops loyal to the former ruler Muammar Gaddafi and the
forces that fought to oust him committed crimes against humanity and
war crimes, reports the United Nations-mandated commission of inquiry
that probed human rights abuses in Libya. A summary of the findings of
the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya says: ‘Acts of
murder, enforced disappearance and torture were perpetrated within the
context of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian
population.’

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80519

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SOUTH AFRICA: GENERAL MOTORS TO SETTLE APARTHEID CLAIM

Twenty-five South Africans who suffered at the hands of the apartheid
security police have claimed a small victory after a United States
court ratified a settlement between the claimants and General Motors.
Khulumani Support Group attorney, Charles Abrahams, has been quoted as
saying that, ‘The settlement is a small amount. It was a show of good
faith on the part of General Motors, considering that they are
bankrupt.’ The claimants and the Khulumani Support Group, a lobby
group for financial reparations for victims of apartheid, will share
an amount of $1.5-million.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80596

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SOUTH AFRICA: RESIDENTS GO BACK TO COURT OVER HOUSING

In 2009, 37 poor families won the right to receive permanent houses in
terms of an order issued by the Durban High Court. The families must
now return to court to force the eThekwini Municipality to obey the
order. The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and
Abahlali baseMjondolo (ABM) are suing the Mayor of eThekwini on behalf
the families, who now live in the Richmond Farm Transit Camp near
KwaMashu, Durban.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80531

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SUDAN: BASHIR SLAMS ICC WARRANT FOR DEFENCE MINISTER

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has condemned an
International Criminal Court arrest warrant issued for his defence
minister. The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant
for Defence Minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein as part of an
investigation into atrocities in Darfur. Hussein is the latest of
several senior officials in Sudan to be indicted by the court in The
Hague, which is also seeking the arrest of Bashir on charges of
orchestrating genocide.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80508

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SWAZILAND: CONCERN OVER SA JUDGES ON SWAZI BENCH

The Law Society of SA has written to the Judicial Service Commission
(JSC) raising a concern about South African judges serving on the
bench in Swaziland, saying that the Swazi judiciary appeared to be
compromising the rule of law. There is a long tradition of southern
African judges, especially when retired, serving on the benches of
each other’s courts, However, the Swazi judiciary has come in for
increasing criticism over the past couple of years, reaching crisis
point last year when Judge Thomas Masuku was fired by King Mswati on
what were believed to be trumped-up charges.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/rights/80536

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6 Refugees & forced migration

AFRICA: COURT RULES FOR BOAT MIGRANTS’ RIGHTS

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the rights of a
group of Somali and Eritrean nationals who were intercepted by Italian
Customs boats and returned to Libya in 2009 were violated, under
several provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Although this historic decision of the court was for a case under
Italy’s agreement with the Qaddafi regime, it has clear ongoing
relevance, as refugees and other migrants continue to face real
threats in their countries of origin, as well as in Libya. This link
to the AfricaFocus Bulletin contains three short commentaries, with
background explanations, on this significant court ruling, from the UK
Human Rights Blog.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/refugees/80671

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: HARD HOMECOMING FOR NDELE RETURNEES

Thousands of people who have returned to their homes in areas close to
Ndele, in northern Central African Republic’s (CAR) Bamingui-Bangoran
region, after years of displacement, are living in difficult
conditions as the security situation is still precarious, say
officials. Between 2009 and 2011, Ndele was the scene of fighting
between government troops and various armed rebels, forcing thousands
to flee.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/refugees/80538

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DRC: UNHCR WARNS OF NEW DISPLACEMENT

Continued fighting in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC) has forced more than 3,000 civilians into Uganda since
the beginning of this year, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says. In a
statement, the UNHCR said that an average of 50 people were passing
over into Uganda every day this year, after a series of attacks on
farms and villages in the volatile northeastern region.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/refugees/80679

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ERITREA: SWEDEN PILES PRESSURE ON ERITREA WITH PLAN TO SEVER DIASPORA CASH

Sweden, whose citizen has been jailed by Eritrea for more than ten
years without charge, has moved to block the flow of diaspora money to
the isolated Red Sea nation. Its parliament, Riksdag, is preparing
legislation to block a two per cent mandatory tax collected by Eritrea
from its citizens living in Sweden. Sweden has been demanding that
Asmara releases Eritrean-born Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak who has
been in jail since 2001 for being critical of President Isaias
Afewerki’s government.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/refugees/80530

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KENYA: RUTO AGREES TO RETURN IDP’S LAND IN APRIL

Eldoret North MP William Ruto has agreed to give up a 100-acre piece
of land he is accused of grabbing from an internally displaced person.
Ruto has offered to leave the land belonging to Mr Adrian Gilbert
Muteshi, who was displaced during the 2008 post-election violence, by
April 10. In a concession filed in court on Monday, the Eldoret North
MP said that he required two months to remove his properties including
fences and hedges from the land.

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LIBYA: HARD TO STAY IN LIBYA, DIFFICULT TO RETURN

At the battered terminal of Tripoli’s tiny Mitiga airport, over 150
young men and women jostle to be repatriated home to Nigeria on
Libya’s Buraq airlines. This journey to Lagos is one of hundreds the
International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has facilitated since
the start of the uprising against Gaddafi’s regime over a year ago.
IOM estimates that one million migrant workers were in Libya sending
remittances home before the crisis, a heavy footprint for a Libyan
population of under seven million.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/refugees/80558

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NIGERIA: MIGRANTS FLEEING BOKO HARAM VIOLENCE AWAIT AID

Some 1,000 Chadian migrants – most of them children separated from
their families – are waiting for aid in the village of N’Gbouboua in
the Lac region of western Chad having fled Boko Haram-related violence
in Nigeria, according to the International Organization for Migration
(IOM). With more arriving each day – some 100 have arrived in the last
48 hours according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – the food
situation is getting desperate, say aid workers.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/refugees/80537

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NIGERIA: UK DEPORTS 120 NIGERIANS ON IMMIGRATION OFFENCES

A total of 120 Nigerians who have been deported from Britain for
various immigration offences arrived in Nigeria on Friday (9 March).
The 120 deportees, comprising mainly young men and women, narrated
their unsavoury experiences, saying that they were brought back home
unprepared by the British authorities, the source added.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/refugees/80688

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UGANDA: REFUGEE REGISTRATION FEES WAIVED

Following advocacy by the Refugee Law Project, the Attorney General of
Uganda exercised his powers under section 24 of the Births and Deaths
Registration Act and has waived the registration fees payable by
refugees in order to register a birth or death in Uganda. Previously,
refugees were treated as foreigners and were therefore required to pay
$40 in order to obtain a birth or death certificate.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/refugees/80561

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7 Social movements

GLOBAL: HOW YOU CAN VIRTUALLY OCCUPY THE WORLD WATER FORUM

The Council of Canadians, Food and Water Watch, and Focus on the
Global South invite you to virtually Occupy the World Water Forum – a
corporate trade show aimed at giving the world’s largest water
multinationals privileged access to high-level policy making behind
closed doors. Many social justice and environmental groups will be in
Marseille to denounce the World Water Forum and promote an alternative
vision at the Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau (FAME). You can
support our protests virtually from anywhere in the world by occupying
the World Water Forum online.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/socialmovements/80548

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8 Africa labour news

GLOBAL: GETTING READY FOR A 1 MAY GENERAL STRIKE

This year has already seen the largest-ever strike on record in India,
hundreds of thousands marching for democracy in Bahrain, general
strikes in Montreal and Spain where students once again occupied
public space in protest of the austerity measures and spending cuts
being enforced by the European banking elite, massive uprisings in the
streets of Moscow, and more. Even in the United States, the movement
grows. The corporate media claims that Occupy’s strength is waning,
but they are merely in denial. During the coldest months of this year,
the United States has already seen more revolutionary momentum than it
has in decades.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/labour/80698

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9 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/80675

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10 Elections & governance

GAMBIA: OPPOSITION DEMANDS LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Seven Gambian opposition parties have asked the Independent Electoral
Commission (IEC) to create a level playing field for the 29 March 2012
National Assembly election. The opposition is also urging the IEC to
postpone the election for a meeting between them to discuss how to put
the right conditions in place for a genuine vote. The demand follows a
series meetings of the opposition parties which cited the preamble of
the 1997 Constitution that guarantees participatory democracy
reflecting the undiluted choice of the people.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/elections/80549

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MALAWI: MUTHARIKA TELLS DONORS ‘GO TO HELL’

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has told foreign donors to ‘go
to hell’, accusing them of plotting with local groups to topple his
government. The UK and other donors cut aid to Malawi in 2010,
criticising its economic policies. Mutharika said he has intelligence
reports that some Western donor nations were working with local
non-governmental groups (NGOs) to hold street demonstrations and
vigils against his rule.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/elections/80506

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SENEGAL: OPPOSITION JOIN FORCES TO BACK WADE CHALLENGER

Senegal’s opposition joined forces Sunday in a mass rally to block
85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade from landing a third term in
office and back challenger Macky Sall. The 12 presidential candidates
who fell out of the running in a first round of voting on 26 February
have formed a coalition they hope will usher ex-prime minister Sall
into power. Wade is facing a stiff battle to retain power at the March
25 poll after a strong opposition showing crushed his hopes of overall
victory in the first round and forced him into a run-off.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/elections/80686

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SOUTH AFRICA: THE POLITICS OF COSATU’S STRIKE

After a massive strike by trade union federation Cosatu on 7 March,
Lukhona Mnguni writes for Umbilo that he would ‘definitely be feeling
uncomfortable politically’ if he was President Jacob Zuma. He compares
the strike to a similar one that took place in the lead-up to the ANC
2007 elective conference in Polokwane that toppled former president
Thabo Mbeki and asks if there is a realignment of forces poised to
dethrone Zuma come an ANC elective conference in Mangaung in December.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/elections/80697

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SOUTH AFRICA: VAVI BLASTS ZUMA

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has cautioned against blindly
supporting President Jacob Zuma in his court battle with the DA as
divisions among the federation’s leaders intensify. The Supreme Court
of Appeals is expected to deliver its judgment on the application by
the DA to set aside the decision of former National Director of Public
Prosecutions, Mokotedi Mpshe, to halt prosecution on fraud and
corruption charges against Zuma. In his political report to the
federation’s central executive committee, Vavi said they could no
longer use political excuses to protect Zuma.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/elections/80695

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SOUTH AFRICA: YOUTH WANT CHANGE, WITH OR WITHOUT ME

The ANC Youth League will want ‘radical change’ even without its
president, leader of the league Julius Malema told radio station Metro
FM in an interview on Monday night. Malema was expelled from the ANC
last week for bringing the party into disrepute and sowing division in
its ranks. ‘I’ve not stabbed a person. I’ve not been charged with
rape. I’ve not been charged for corruption. I’ve not been charged for
organising factional meetings, and benefiting my own family. I’m not
charged about those things. I’m charged about what has been written in
the resolutions of the youth league.’ Malema added the new league
president would have to continue with the resolutions already adopted.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/elections/80498

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11 Corruption

ANGOLA: ATTORNEY-GENERAL INVESTIGATES TOP GENERALS IN ‘BLOOD DIAMONDS’ CASE

Angola’s attorney general has summoned witnesses to testify in a case
that implicates some of the top figures in the country’s military and
security establishment in acts of torture and murder in the diamond
fields of north-eastern Angola. The witnesses’ hearings will start on
5 March in Luanda. Respondents in the case include General Manuel
Helder Vieira Dias “Kopelipa”, Minister of State and head of the
Military Bureau in the Angolan presidency, as well as a close
confidante and business associate of President Jose Eduardo dos
Santos. The case was brought before the attorney general, on 14
November 2011, by Angolan human rights activist Rafael Marques de
Morais, who has been investigating rights abuses connected with the
diamond industry since 2004.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/corruption/80502

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NIGERIA: OIL CORRUPTION HIGHLIGHTED BY AUDITS

Jolted by a public outcry since the start of the year, Nigeria’s
government has announced a series of measures to address oil industry
corruption in the world’s eighth biggest producer. It is an issue that
may come to define Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency. But two recent
audits of the oil industry reviewed by Reuters show billions of
dollars in irregularities despite years of government promises to
clean it up.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/corruption/80584

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NIGERIA: RIGHTS COURT TO CONSIDER EFFECT OF CORRUPTION ON POVERTY

Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)
has filed a request before the African Court on Human and Peoples’
Rights in Arusha, Tanzania, asking the court to ‘consider the effects
of corruption on the poverty level in Nigeria, and whether rising and
systemic poverty violates specific human rights under the African
Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.’ According to a statement made
available to PANA in Lagos on Sunday, the organization told the court
that Nigeria has ratified both the African Charter and the African
Court Protocol.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/corruption/80552

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SOUTH AFRICA: ANTI-GRAFT GROUP GETS 500 COMPLAINTS IN FIRST MONTH

In its first month of existence, Corruption Watch received 500
complaints from the public, the organisation has said. Complaints
about municipalities, traffic officers and the health sector featured
the most prominently, according to a statement. Corruption Watch was
started as a non-profit organisation by the Congress of SA Trade
Unions in January.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/corruption/80694

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SOUTH AFRICA: DEPUTY PRESIDENT’S PARTNER LINKED TO HELICOPTER DEAL

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s romantic partner Gugu Mtshali has
allegedly been linked to a scheme to ‘buy’ government approval for a
plan to sell helicopters to Iran, according to a report by the Sunday
Times. Mtshali, former De Beers executive Raisaka Masebelanga and
others allegedly met with representatives of 360 Aviation to solicit a
bribe of R104 million.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/corruption/80696

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UGANDA: DRAFT OIL LAW A SEARCH IN VAIN FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND
DEMOCRATIC OVERSIGHT

Platform has released a new briefing analysing Uganda’s draft
‘Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill’. The report
– entitled ‘The Ugandan Upstream oil law: A search in vain for
accountability and democratic oversight’, highlights the lack of
parliamentary oversight, transparency, or consultation or involvement
of affected communities in the proposed oil law. At the same time, the
Bill does include clauses that restrict information flow and could
potentially threaten or close down public debate.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/corruption/80664

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12 Development

EAST AFRICA: OIL RUSH IN FULL SWING

East Africa is in the middle of a major scramble for oil and gas
resources as exploration firms rush to seal deals and optimism grows
about more oil strikes. Last year saw at least 17 notable deals in
East Africa, including five corporate ones worth over $250 million
combined, more than double the number in 2010, which was just eight.
Mid this year, Tullow, a wildcat oil prospector, is expected to
announce the results of the wells it is currently drilling in Kenya
and Ethiopia.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/development/80555

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GLOBAL: BRAZIL EMERGING AS SOUTHSOUTH DONOR

The Brazilian government is stepping up South-South aid, to strengthen
the South American giant’s status as a donor country and its
international clout. It now provides assistance to 65 countries, and
its financial aid has grown threefold in the last seven years. A
project to extend financing for food purchases to five countries in
Africa has helped confirm that Brazil, traditionally a recipient of
aid, has taken its place among the group of foreign donor countries.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/development/80587

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GLOBAL: REPORT CALLS FOR STRICTER REGULATION OF UK MINING COMPANIES

London Mining Network has published a report calling on the government
to include a review of regulatory regimes as part of the current
discussion on the Financial Services Bill. Looking at eight case
studies, the report, ‘UK-Listed Mining Companies & the Case for
Stricter Oversight’, argues that many mining companies listed in
London have very poor records of complicity in human rights abuse,
environmental pollution or destruction of people’s cultures and
livelihoods around the world.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/development/80674

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GLOBAL: THE FUTURE OF THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM

In line with calls from the Global South for changes in the UN
governance system, a survey report carried out in 2010 showed
overwhelming support for changes in the mandates and functions of the
UN agencies and for NGO and private sector representation in UN
governance. The government respondents to the survey were also equally
strongly in favour of both, and more so than the UN respondents.
Download the report by clicking on the link provided. To participate
in a 2012 survey report, please click here (
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/web-english ) .

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/development/80693

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LIBERIA: THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF FDIS

The marginalization of indigenous communities during concession
negotiations and project implementation has resulted in high tensions
around a number of foreign direct investment projects in Liberia, says
this report from Columbia University’s Centre for Conflict Resolution
that looks at the social impact of FDI. ‘This tension has occasionally
led to violence and other forms of social unrest, which could feasibly
lead to conditions that might threaten peace in the country.’

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/development/80601

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SOUTH AFRICA: ANC POLICY PAPERS SHOW DISCONTENT WITH WORLD BODIES

The United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) must be reformed, according to an ANC discussion document on
international relations. ‘The current global governance regimes remain
untransformed and ill-prepared to respond to the systemic challenges
that are arising,’ the ANC said in new policy papers.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/development/80499

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SOUTH AFRICA: LOAN SNEAKED TO SWAZILAND

South Africa is sneaking E2.4 billion (US$320 million) to Swaziland to
help it shore up its ailing economy so that the undemocratic kingdom
does not have to instigate political reforms, a Swazi campaigning
group claimed. The Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic
Organisations (SCCCO) says the loan money is being channelled into
Swaziland disguised as cash from the Southern African Customs Union
(SACU). This way Swaziland gets the money without reforms by King
Mswati.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/development/80515

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TANZANIA: EXPERTS CAUTION DAR ES SALAAM OVER LAMU PORT PLAN

Tanzanian ports may soon become idle if plans to build new and
competitive facilities are not implemented now.This comes in the wake
of plans by Kenya to construct a 23 billion US dollar transshipment
port at Lamu. Experts say that in today’s business every port in the
world keeps pace with fewer but much larger shipping lines and
concentration of cargo into bigger vessels able to utilise just a few
key hub ports.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/development/80574

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13 Health & HIV/AIDS

AFRICA: NEWBORNS CONTINUE TO DIE NEEDLESSLY

Millions of newborns, children and mothers continue to die needlessly,
especially in sub-Saharan Africa where rates of child mortality are
the highest in the world. In this region one out of every eight
children die before their fifth birthday, twenty times the rate of
industrialised countries. Speaking at a Healthcare in Africa
conference yesterday (WED) Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save
the Children, said although there has been a reduction in the under
five mortality rate, the death of newborns was still the ‘stubborn
piece of the problem’.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/hivaids/80579

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GLOBAL: REPORT CONFIRMS DONOR FATIGUE FOR AIDS

The third Global Health Watch report shows that health financing,
including dwindling support for AIDS, is one of the challenges facing
global health. The third edition of the Global Health Watch report
provides an analysis of health challenges facing the world today. It
also seeks solutions to these challenges. The new edition identifies
three main issues that affect people around the world. ‘We talk about
the three acts – the three main crises that face poor people every
day…the crises of finance, of food and fuel, which are life crises
squeezing people’s lives throughout the world,’ said Peter Benjamin of
the People’s Health Movement, during the launch of the report in
Johannesburg.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/hivaids/80581

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KENYA: HOSPITALS STRUGGLE AS STRIKE ENTERS DAY 10

A strike by health workers entered its 10th day on Sunday as private
and referral hospitals struggled to cope. ‘I am concerned about the
anxiety, including psychological torture, Kenyans have gone through in
the last few days due to the industrial action,’ Health minister
Anyang’ Nyong’o said in a notice. ‘We are working around the clock to
address the issues and reach an amicable solution,’ read the
statement, dated March 9.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/hivaids/80685

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SOUTH AFRICA: MINERS HAVE WORST TB EPIDEMIC IN THE WORLD

Gold miners in Southern Africa are probably the group worst affected
by tuberculosis (TB) in the world. This is according to Dr David
Mametja of South Africa’s National TB Programme. In a recent
interview, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi compared the country’s
TB burden to a snake, and said that TB among mineworkers the fangs of
the snake. Speaking at a briefing earlier this week, Mametja also
emphasised government’s concern about the high prevalence of the
disease among miners, and said that it is holding an entire region
back in the fight against TB.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/hivaids/80582

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TANZANIA: MEDICS WARNED NOT TO STRIKE

Tanzania’s Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda has warned medical doctors in
public hospitals to refrain from a nationwide strike saying the
government could react with very drastic measures against them. ‘At
present, we see no reason to apply the force of law. We are trying to
do what is humanly possible with a patriotic sense in order to avert a
disaster that could affect poor patients whose lives are in the hands
of medical staff,’ Pinda said at a press conference he called to
address the issue.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/hivaids/80550

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UGANDA: CHOLERA WARNING AS HEAVY RAINS PREDICTED

A cholera outbreak in Uganda that has claimed eight lives among 280
cases since 14 February could escalate as predicted heavy rains are
likely to lead to flooding, the Health Minister warned. In an alert
issued in the capital, Kampala, on 7 March, Denis Lwamafa,
commissioner for non-communicable diseases, said 280 cases had been
recorded in the western Ugandan districts of Kasese, Buliisa, and
eastern districts of Mbale, Bududa and Sironko. Others affected are
Pallisa, Butaleja and Manafa districts.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/hivaids/80690

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14 Education

AFRICA: AFRICA MAY BE SPARED UNESCO BUDGET CUTS

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) says its African science programme may be spared in budget
cuts brought on by the organisation’s current financial problems.
UNESCO cut its science budget by 31 per cent last December owing to a
shortfall in funding, which was a result of the United States freezing
its contributions to contest a vote to admit Palestine as a member.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/education/80512

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KENYA: ETHNIC BASTIONS ON CAMPUS EXPOSED

Public universities in Kenya have become ethnic bastions, reveals a
report by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission presented
to Parliament on Tuesday. The Big Five ethnic groups in Kenya dominate
the work forces of the centres of higher education, the report shows.
Although the Kikuyu, Luhya, Kalenjin, Luo and Kamba, make up 66 per
cent of the country’s population, they take up 93 per cent of the jobs
at Masinde Muliro University, 89.8 per cent at Moi University, 87.3
per cent at Egerton University, 86 per cent at Jomo Kenyatta
University, 82.3 per cent at the University of Nairobi and 81.7 per
cent at Kenyatta University.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/education/80544

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15 LGBTI

GLOBAL: ISLAMIC STATES, AFRICANS WALK OUT ON UN GAY PANEL

Brushing aside high-level UN appeals for cooperation to halt murder
and violence against gays and lesbians around the globe, Muslim and
Arab countries recently stalked out of a Human Rights Council panel to
tackle the issue. The 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC), Pakistan described homosexuality as ‘licentious behaviour’
while African group leader Senegal said it was not covered by global
human rights accords.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/lgbti/80583

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16 Racism & xenophobia

GLOBAL: THERE ARE TOO MANY FOREIGNERS IN FRANCE, SAYS SARKOZY

Nicolas Sarkozy has declared there are too many foreigners in France,
deliberately using extreme-right rhetoric to regain ground in his
difficult re-election battle. The French president is already under
attack by religious leaders and from within his own party for veering
to the right and stoking anti-Muslim sentiment by forcing the marginal
topic of halal meat into the centre of his campaign. He has now vowed
to cut immigration by half and limit state benefits for legal
migrants.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/racism/80591

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17 Environment

NIGERIA: CHEVRON GAS RIG FIRE STOPS BURNING

A fire that killed two workers and destroyed a gas exploration rig off
Nigeria’s south-east coast has gone out after 46 days, Chevron has
said. Friends of the Earth, which said this was the world’s worst such
accident in recent years, welcomed the news. The environmental group
has urged Chevron to compensate local Nigerian fishermen for income
lost while the fire burned.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/environment/80541

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NIGERIA: GAS FLARES STILL A BURNING ISSUE IN THE NIGER DELTA

Despite longstanding laws against gas flaring – the burning of natural
gas during oil extraction – in Nigeria, and shifting deadlines to end
the practice, the activity continues, with serious health consequences
for people living nearby. In the Niger Delta, where most of the
flaring takes places, residents living near gas flares complain of
respiratory problems, skin rashes and eye irritations, as well as
damage to agriculture due to acid rain.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/environment/80689

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ZAMBIA: HEALTH CONCERNS, ENVIRONMENT, SHUT DOWN ZAMBIA COPPER MINE

Zambia environment authorities on Saturday closed a copper mining
plant operated by the Mopani Copper Mine company after health
complaints from local residents continued to drag the mine. The move
was seen by locals as an attempt to crackdown on poor conditions at
mines across the country and comes after environmental activists
called on the government to enhance oversight on mining operations in
the country. The plant, which is controlled by Swiss commodity trader
Glencore AG, was placed under the spotlight for its pollution levels.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/environment/80507

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18 Land & land rights

ETHIOPIA: THE THORNY BUSINESS OF ROSE EXPORTS TO EUROPE

Over the last seven years Karuturi Global has acquired rights to
311,700 hectares of land in Gambela and Bako region in Ethiopia for
the purpose of agricultural development. But Karuturi’s practices in
Ethiopia has also attracted less welcome attention from human rights
activists. Investigators from New York-based Human Rights Watch paid a
visit to a Karuturi lease area in Gambela in May 2011 where they found
that maize, sorghum, and groundnut crops planted by local Anuak
farmers had been cleared without consent and residents moved off their
land.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/land/80514

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GLOBAL: THE NEW WAVE OF LAND GRABBING BY EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES

Chances are that, no matter where you live on Earth, land acquisitions
for mining, oil and gas might soon be at your door, says this report
from the Gaia Foundation. ‘This trend is now a major driver of land
grabbing globally, and poses a significant threat to the world’s
indigenous communities, farmers and local food production systems, as
well as to precious water, forests, biodiversity, critical ecosystems
and climate change. This report alerts global citizens to the dynamics
in the extractive industries as a whole, and shows the alarming scale
of this overall trend.’

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/land/80602

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LIBERIA: LAND DEALS WITH FOREIGN FIRMS COULD SOW SEEDS OF CONFLICT

Pa Sando, the town chief of Konja, in Grand Cape Mount county in
Liberia, looks out across the farmland. ‘I used to pick cocoa on this
farm for more than 30 years. My grandfather planted it for us,’ he
says. ‘All this area here was mine, and now it’s all gone.’ The land
has been leased by Sime Darby Plantation (Liberia) Inc, owned by the
Malaysian-based multinational Sime Darby, to grow trees for palm oil.
Sando said he was never asked whether he wanted to give up his land –
only that he saw the bulldozers in the bush and then his land was
taken.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/land/80543

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19 Media & freedom of expression

KENYA: KENYANS INCENSED OVER CNN REPORTING GAFFE

Kenyans on the micro-blogging sites Twitter and Facebook on Sunday
heavily criticised global television network CNN for depicting grenade
blasts in Nairobi as an eruption of ‘violence’ in the country. The
news channel was forced to pull down a video seen as misrepresenting
events by depicting Saturday’s grenade attacks that killed six and
injured 63 as being widespread.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/media/80681

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KENYA: THE HAZARDS OF REPORTING ALL SIDES OF THE LAMU PORT STORY

Freelance photographer Abdalla Bargash had accompanied Kenya’s
permanent secretary for transport, Cyrus Njiru, to cover a meeting
with Lamu community members over the newly constructed Lamu port. The
Kililana Farmers’ Association are concerned that the major
construction on the once-sleepy island of Lamu off Kenya’s coast could
encroach on their farmland. Covering the viewpoints of those who do
not support the Lamu project, however, can be challenging. When
Bargash tried to take photos of the meeting between the transport
official and the Kililiana Farmer’s Association, officials confiscated
his memory card and notebook and Njiru refused to provide Bargash a
lift home, forcing him to trek two hours by foot.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/media/80657

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LIBERIA: REPORTING ON GENITAL MUTILATION DRAWS THREATS

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Liberian
authorities to ensure the safety of journalists who have been
repeatedly threatened for exposing the practice of female genital
mutilation in the country. Mae Azango, a reporter for the daily
FrontPage Africa and the news website New Narratives, told CPJ she had
gone into hiding after receiving several threats for an article she
published about Liberian tribes practicing female genital mutilation
on as many as two out of every three girls in the country. ‘They left
messages and told people to tell me that they will catch me and cut me
so that will make me shut up,’ Azango said.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/media/80658

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MALAWI: PRESIDENT MUTHARIKA WARNS ‘DISRESPECTFUL’ MEDIA

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has in an astonishing broadside at
perceived opponents including the country’s media warned them to
desist from insulting him or they would be ‘properly dealt with by the
law’. A press release signed by State House press officer Albert
Mungomo said that Malawi law provides for the ‘total respect and
protection’ of the country’s leader and that the authorities would no
longer stand by and watch as the President of the Republic of Malawi
was ridiculed.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/media/80682

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SOMALIA: ‘SERIAL KILLING’ OF JOURNALISTS CONDEMNED

Following the killing of yet another Somali journalist, Ali Ahmed
Abdi, the global media rights body – International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) – on Monday expressed ‘total dismay over the serial
killing of Journalists’ in Somalia, PANA reports. The latest killing
followed the ‘brutal murder’ of another Somali media executive, Abukar
Hassan Mahamoud, barely a week ago. According to IFJ, three Somali
journalists have been killed since the start of this year and Abdi
becomes the 30th journalist murdered in Somalia since 2007.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/media/80551

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SOMALILAND: PUNTLAND RADIO STATION CLOSED, DIRECTOR HELD

Authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia shut
down an independent radio broadcaster and arrested the station’s
director over coverage of fighting between the government and
Al-Shabaab militants, local journalists said. Armed police arriving in
two vehicles raided Codka Nabadda (Voice of Peace) in the port city of
Bossasso, confiscated equipment, and sealed the studios, local
journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/media/80676

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TOGO: POLICE ASSAULT PHOTOJOURNALIST

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Togo to
investigate a report that police assaulted a photojournalist after he
took photos of officers seizing a motorcycle during a protest,
according to media reports and local journalists. Koffi Djidonou
Frederic Attipou, a photojournalist with the weekly Le Canard
Independant and the biweekly magazine Sika, told CPJ he was covering a
protest over government human rights violations when he turned his
camera to police confiscating a demonstrator’s motorcycle nearby.
Togolese police, facing numerous allegations of heavy-handed and
abusive tactics, have had a number of recent confrontations with
journalists covering their activities, according to news accounts and
CPJ research.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/media/80562

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TUNISIA: CALL FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

The development of the new constitution must follow a participatory
approach: the government must provide and implement clear mechanisms
for the participation of the Tunisian people in this historical
process, which go beyond simple monitoring of and via the media. This
was one of the recommendations made by participants of the seminar
‘guarantying freedom of expression in the Constitution’ organised by
ARTICLE 19, Alpha Steppa, the development league of Kasserine, and
Moulahedh at Sbeitla from 25 to 26 February.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/media/80566

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ZIMBABWE: MISA CRITICISE ‘EMPTY’ MEDIA REFORM PROMISES

The Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
has criticised ’empty’ promises of media reform made by the country’s
coalition government. The criticism comes with less than a week left
for Media and Information Minister Webster Shamu to implement key
media reforms, after an alleged agreement by the principals in the
unity government. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told a press
conference recently that this agreement had been reached during a
weekly meeting with his coalition partners more than two weeks ago.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/media/80571

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20 Social welfare

SOUTH SUDAN: RESTORING A NEW COUNTRY’S VISION

Newly independent South Sudan has some of the highest blindness rates
in the world. Endemic diseases that have been stamped out in other
post-conflict countries are rife, and the only fully functioning eye
centre is in the capital, Juba. ‘There is only one ophthalmologist in
South Sudan and that’s me,’ says Wani Mena, who is also the Ministry
of Health’s representative for eye care and head of the country’s main
hospital. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends one
ophthalmologist for every 400,000 people, while South Sudan has one
for more than nine million people.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/welfare/80540

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TUNISIA: UNEMPLOYMENT NEARS 19 PER CENT

The Tunisian unemployment rate reached 18.9 per cent in the fourth
quarter of last year, with nearly three-quarters of jobless citizens
under the age of 30. The rate marks a 0.6 per cent rise from the
second quarter of 2011, according to data released by the Tunisian
National Institute of Statists (INS) on 23 February. The total number
of jobless Tunisians was reported at more than 738,000, a jump of
33,500 people.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/welfare/80585

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21 Conflict & emergencies

EGYPT: EGYPT-ISRAEL GAS PIPELINE BLOWN UP FOR 13TH TIME

A section of an Egyptian pipeline supplying gas to Israel and Jordan
has been blown up in the thirteenth attack on the energy link since
January 2011. According to witnesses, the attack on the gas pipeline,
which crosses the Sinai Peninsula, occurred on Monday in the Massaeed
area west of the Mediterranean coastal town of al-Arish in the
northern Sinai.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80516

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GAMBIA: 70 PER CENT OF FOOD HARVEST FAILS, AID NEEDED

Gambia has appealed for food aid after it said that 70 percent of its
crops failed during the last growing season, extending the reach of a
food crisis already hitting millions of people across Africa’s Sahel
strip. Gambia’s agriculture ministry said the impact of poor rains
last year had been exacerbated by high world food prices, crippling
household incomes in the West African state, which has ridden out
previous food crises.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80594

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GLOBAL: ABOLITIONISTS TARGET FUNDS BEHIND NUCLEAR ARMS INDUSTRY

The world’s nuclear weapons industry is being funded – and kept alive
– by more than 300 banks, pension funds, insurance companies and asset
managers in 30 countries, according to a new study. And these
institutions have substantial investments in nuclear arms producers.
Released by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
(ICAN), the 180-page study says that nuclear-armed nations spend over
100 billion dollars each year assembling new warheads, modernising old
ones, and building ballistic missiles, bombers and submarines to
launch them.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80586

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KENYA: DEADLY GRENADE ATTACK IN KENYAN CAPITAL

A series of explosions at a bus station in the Kenyan capital Nairobi
have killed at least four people and wounded 40 others, the Kenyan Red
Cross has said. The Red Cross reported on its official Twitter account
that eight out of the 40 injured people admitted to hospital on
Saturday are in a critical condition. Kenyan police immediately blamed
al-Shabab, the Somali Islamist armed group, that Kenyan troops are
currently fighting in neighbouring Somalia.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80680

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KENYA: FIGHTER JETS STRIKE SOMALI BORDER TOWN OF DIFF

Kenyan fighter jets have stricken several targets in the southern
Somali town of Diff, raising fears of potential casualties, Press TV
reports. A Diff resident told Press TV that four warplanes launched
raids on Monday 5 March and bombarded training camps of Somali
militant group, Al-Shabab in Diff, about 20 km from the border.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80517

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LIBYA: LEADER VOWS TO HALT AUTONOMY BID

Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil has said he will defend national
unity ‘with force’ after tribal leaders and a political faction
declared that the east would become a semi-autonomous region. ‘We are
not prepared to divide Libya,’ Jalil said, calling on eastern leaders
to engage in dialogue and warning them against remnants of the former
regime in their ranks.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80559

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MOZAMBIQUE: DEADLY CYCLONE LASHES SOUTHEASTERN AFRICA

At least 77 people in southeastern Africa have been killed and more
are still missing as Tropical Cyclone Irina sweeps through the region.
The storm struck northern Madagascar more than two weeks ago and has
slowly tracked down the west of the country. Torrential rain from the
system hit the whole of the island, leading to the deaths of 65
people, weather officials said on Monday. The majority of the deaths
occurred in the southeastern district of Ifanadiana. The storm has
also affected southern areas of Mozambique and eastern South Africa.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80503

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NIGERIA: DEATHS AS BLAST TARGETS NIGERIAN CHURCH

A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church in Nigeria on Sunday,
killing at least 10 people in the blast, and the retaliatory violence
that followed, officials said. The bomb detonated as worshippers
attended the final Mass of the day at St. Finbar’s Catholic Church in
Jos, a city where thousands have died in the last decade in religious
and ethnic violence.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80665

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SOMALIA: SHABAB AND ETHIOPIAN TROOPS CLASH

Scores of people have been killed after the Somali armed Islamist
group al-Shabab attacked Ethiopian troops in a town close to the
border of both countries. There were differing accounts of which side
bore the brunt of the fighting in Yurkud on Saturday, the worst
involving Ethiopian troops since they returned in force to Somalia
last year after withdrawing in early 2009. The fighting came the day
after the African Union (AU) said Ethiopia planned to pull its troops
out of the Horn of Africa nation by the end of April with soldiers
from Djibouti, Uganda and Burundi taking their positions.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80678

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SOUTH SUDAN: OFFICIALS SAY OVER 200 KILLED IN FRESH JONGLEI FIGHTING

More than 200 have been killed and several others are missing in fresh
fighting between two rival ethnic groups in the troubled Jonglei state
of South Sudan officials said, raising stakes ahead of a disarmament
exercise set for mid this month. The fighting erupted Friday (9 March)
morning in cattle camps in Akobo County when armed men from Pibor in
the same state crossed in from the Ethiopia borders and attacked the
area, Jonglei state Local Government minister Duop Lam said.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/conflict/80683

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22 Internet & technology

UGANDA: KONY TARGET OF VIRAL CAMPAIGN VIDEO

A campaign by US activists to capture alleged Ugandan war criminal
Joseph Kony has gone viral on the web. Invisible Children’s half-hour
film on the use of child soldiers by Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army has
been viewed nearly 10m times on YouTube. But an article in Foreign
Affairs accused Invisible Children and other non-profits of having
‘manipulated facts for strategic purposes’ was circulated on the web.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/internet/80556

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23 eNewsletters & mailing lists

GLOBAL: INTERIGHTS QUARTERLY UPDATE: WINTER/SPRING 2011/2012

The latest INTERIGHTS Quarterly Update, a regular email containing
summaries of recent news, including updates on litigation, events and
publications, with links to full details on their website, is
available. It contains news about the repeal of death sentences in
Egypt, a ruling on hate speech against the LGBTI community in Sweden
and news on resources and publications.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/enewsl/80692

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GLOBAL: PRISON RADIO NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE

The Prison Radio newsletter features posts about – and writing and
commentary by – Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving life imprisonment
without parole in the US for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police
officer Daniel Faulkner, but whom many activists consider to be
innocent. It also contains other news about prisoner campaigns and
solidarity.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/enewsl/80691

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24 Fundraising & useful resources

GLOBAL: ALTERNATIVES TO PRIVATISATION

The Municipal Services Project, which explores alternatives to
privatisation, has a new website which is well worth a visit. It has
links to publications, blog posts and a twitter feed.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/fundraising/80535

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25 Courses, seminars, & workshops

FIFTH SOUTHSOUTH SUMMER INSTITUTE ON RETHINKING DEVELOPMENT

Global and Regional Alternatives for the Development in the South

The Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), the
Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), and the Council
for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
are pleased to announce – in the framework of the second three-year
phase of the Africa/Asia/Latin America Scholarly Collaborative Program
– the call for applications for participation in the Fifth South-South
Summer Institute on Rethinking Development: Global and Regional
Alternatives for the Development in the South. The Institute will be
held in Recife, Brazil, from 21 May to 1 June 2012. Read more (
http://www.pambazuka.org/images/articles/573/SouthSouth_eng.pdf )

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INAUGURAL SESSION OF THE ADVANCED AFRO-ARAB INSTITUTE

12-23 March 2012, Rabat, Morocco

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
(CODESRIA), the South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the
History of Development (SEPHIS) and the Institut des etudes africaines
(IEA) of Universite Mohammed V-Souissi, Rabat (Morocco) are pleased to
announce the launching of the Advanced Institute on Afro-Arab
Relations. The inaugural session will be held on 12-23 March 2012 and
will be directed by Professor Shamil Jeppie of the University of
Capetown (South Africa). Read more (
http://www.pambazuka.org/images/articles/573/Press
Release_Afro-Arab-Institute.pdf )

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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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FREDSKORPSET (FK) EXCHANGE PROGRAMME (2012/2013)

African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Starting 2010, FEMNET has been partnering with South African-based
African Democracy Institute (Idasa) and Zimbabwean-based Public
Affairs and Parliamentary Support Trust (PAPST) in the Fredskorpset
(FK) Exchange programme. The Exchange programme facilitates the
exchange of personnel (ages 22 – 35 years) within participating
organizations with an aim to transfer expertise/skills and promote
networking for a period of nine months. The programme is supported by
FK a government body under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway.
Read more ( http://www.pambazuka.org/images/articles/573/TORs for the
Exchange Programme-2012.pdf )

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