PAMBAZUKA NEWS 591: RIO +20, EGYPTIAN ELECTIONS, SUDAN CRISIS, AND HAITI

29 June 2012 — Pambazuka News

 

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CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Advocacy & campaigns, 3. Letters & Opinions, 4. African Writers’ Corner, 5. Cartoons

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

 

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1 Features

 

AT THE CROSSROADS BETWEEN ‘GREEN ECONOMY‘ AND RIGHTS OF NATURE

 

Pablo Solon

 

Under the rhetoric of ‘green economy’, capitalists are actually

attempting to use nature as capital, proposing unconvincingly that the

only way to preserve natural elements such as water and forests is

through private investment.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83206

 

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THE ELEPHANTS IN RIO

 

Don’t bank on a new “green economy” to solve our climate challenges.

 

Janet Redman

 

One, infinite growth on a finite planet is an exercise in futility.

And two, the 20 percent of the world’s population living in North

America, Europe, and Japan gobbles up 80 percent of the Earth’s

natural resources. These are the elephants.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83207

 

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THE FALSE SOLUTIONS OF RIO+20

 

Carbon Trading and REDD+ in Mozambique: farmers ‘grow’ carbon for the

benefit of polluters

 

Via Campesina – Africa

 

Food production and people’s sovereignty in Africa could be seriously

compromised by carbon capture projects and the so-called Reducing

Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+)

mechanism.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83197

 

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BEYOND CAPITALIST GREEN ECONOMY: IN DEFENCE OF MOTHER EARTH AND THE COMMONS

 

Democratic Left Front

 

The Democratic Left Front calls for action against destructive

corporate interests that are driving the commercialisation and

commodification of the natural environment.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83214

 

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RIO+20: GOVERNMENTS GAMBLE WITH OUR FUTURE

 

South feminists demand responsible action now

 

DAWN Executive Committee

 

“We are outraged that a vocal minority have hijacked the text on

gender and health and blocked mention of sexual and reproductive

rights, claiming that these have nothing to do with sustainable

development.”

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83215

 

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THE PEOPLE MUST BE THE FOCUS OF ?GREEN? PROJECTS

 

Indigenous Peoples Movement

 

Indigenous peoples insist on rights-based approaches and respect for

traditional knowledge and practices in Rio+20 outcomes.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83216

 

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THE ELECTORAL VICTORY OF POLITICAL ISLAM IN EGYPT

 

Samir Amin

 

The Gulf States, America and Israel are hell bent on frustrating the

revolution in Egypt. That is what the results of the presidential

election show.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83202

 

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SUDAN AND EGYPT: THE UPRISING CONTINUES

 

Sokari Ekine

 

Sudanese President al Bashir must contend with the anger of his own

people on the streets; and in Egypt, the people are not convinced the

win by Morsi is their own victory.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83203

 

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ARE WOMEN OCCUPYING NEW MOVEMENTS?

 

Hakima Abbas

 

Long before people took to the streets of Tunis and the squares of

Cairo, two important acts of mass civil resistance tipped the balance

of power and forced concessions for democratization in Guinea (2007)

and Madagascar (2009), with women maintaining visible leadership

within the top tiers of the mobilizations.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83199

 

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SOUTH SUDAN A YEAR LATER: WHAT TO DO?

 

Makol Bona Malwal

 

The problems facing the new nation are the product of non-existent or

underdeveloped state institutions, themselves the product of the

current system’s failure to redefine itself from a liberation movement

to a ruling party with a mandate to deliver services to the

population.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83205

 

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SIGNS OF THE TIMES IN HAITI

 

The military, money and the meaning of an occupation

 

Nia Imara

 

There are periods in a country’s history when the signs and warnings

that that history will soon enter into a dramatically different phase

are clear as day. Such is the period today in Haiti, where daily

events portend an inauspicious development for the future: the Haitian

Army may soon be returning.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83222

 

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AND YOU, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? A WORLD WITHOUT SLAVERY

 

Beverly Bell

 

Haiti is home to one form of slavery propelled by economic

desperation. Parents who cannot feed or school their children

regularly give them away in the hopes that the family receiving them

will offer more than they themselves can.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83196

 

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NIGERIA: THE MANY FACES OF ISLAM

 

Abdulrazaq Magaji

 

Militant Islam is well known in Nigeria thanks to the atrocities

committed by Boko Haram and other radical groups. What is less known,

but remains a problem, is the intense conflicts among Muslim sects,

which often hurt non-Muslims.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83204

 

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KENYA RAILWAYS: A CASE STUDY OF HUMAN RIGHTS TRAVESTIES

 

Kenya Railways Action Group

 

Kenya Railways Corporation has over the past two decades gone from

being an exemplar of service and care to leaving behind a greed-driven

legacy of retrenchment, dislocation and abandonment of its employees.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83200

 

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DEMOCRACIA NA AFRICA: ENTREVISTA COM FIROZE MANJI

 

O que significa democracia?

 

Firoze Manji

 

Entrevista com Firoze Manji, redator-chefe de Pambazuka News –

Panafrican Voices for Freedom and Justice

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83227

 

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A COMPARA??O FALSO ENTRE AFRICA E ASIAN DRAG?ES

 

Jean-Paul Pougala

 

Existe uma lenda colonialista zelosamente conservada afirmadora de que

a ?frica estaria melhor repartida nos anos 60 do que os 4 tigres

asi?ticos: Coreia (do Sul), Taiwan, Mal?sia e Indon?sia.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83225

 

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TRANSFER?NCIA DE TECNOLOGIA

 

Jean-Paul Pougala

 

Existe um dom?nio no qual a propaganda ocidental investe de modo

especial na opini?o p?blica da ?frica, e esse assunto, alardeado

atrav?s das suas ONGs c?mplices e seus governos, ? o do dom?nio

inexistente e ilus?rio da chamada ?transfer?ncia de tecnologia?.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83226

 

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2 Advocacy & campaigns

 

UMLAZI POLICE SHOOTINGS

 

Democratic Left Front

 

This is a case of sustained state repression against community

protests and a violation of basic rights to freedoms of assembly,

speech and association.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/83193

 

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ANOTHER 18 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN UMLAZI, DURBAN

 

Unemployed People’s Movement

 

Police disrupt a peaceful party for a child, apparently at the

instigation of the local ANC leadership, which wants to crush a

rebellion in the area.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/83209

 

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RIO+20: A DECLARATION BY AFRICA ALLIANCE FOR GREEN ECONOMY

 

Africa Alliance for Green Economy

 

Civil society organisations say the ‘green economy’ concept is vague

and that profit-oriented strategies could endanger Africa’s natural

capital.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/83213

 

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RIO+20 : ACTION AGAINST USE OF AGROCHEMICALS

 

La V?a Campesina

 

The militants put up posters throughout denouncing the abusive

practice of using agrochemicals, which poison the food of the

Brazilian population.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/83211

 

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LAND GRABS: THE AGRISOL FILES

 

The Oakland Institute

 

Complaint filed with Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board against

Bruce Rastetter over the Tanzania land grab.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/83195

 

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WHY GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD IS DANGEROUS

 

New report by genetic engineers

 

Earth Open Source

 

The initiative for the report came not from campaigners but from two

genetic engineers who believe there are good scientific reasons to be

wary of GM foods and crops.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/83210

 

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SCRAMBLE FOR NATURAL RESOURCES IN EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA THREATENS

MINORITIES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND FUELS CONFLICT

 

Minority Rights Group International

 

The way of life of minorities and indigenous communities in East and

Horn of Africa is under threat as governments and investors expand

natural resource extraction on their lands, Minority Rights Group

International (MRG) says in its 2012 annual report.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/83198

 

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ESKINDER NEGA, 5 EXILED JOURNALISTS CONVICTED OF TERRORISM

 

Committee to Protect Journalists

 

They were condemned for using “the guise of freedom” to “attempt to

incite violence and overthrow the constitutional order.”

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/83201

 

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UGANDA TO BAN NGOS ACCUSED OF PROMOTING GAY RIGHTS

 

Government accuses local groups of receiving foreign funds to recruit

children into homosexuality.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/83194

 

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3 Letters & Opinions

 

ON REPUBLICATION OF ‘HOW EUROPE UNDERDEVELOPED AFRICA

 

Gus John

 

Dear Comrade,

 

A belated ‘Thank You’ for keeping the message of Walter’s seminal and

timeless work alive and reminding us to always honour his memory.

 

The symposium that resulted from your collaboration with OWTU, Pat,

Norman Girvan and other comrades in T & T was hugely inspirational

and, for me, it brought back so many memories of more focused action

in equally challenging times.

 

Thank You!

 

Solidarity, Peace and Progress!

 

Gus John

 

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4 African Writers’ Corner

 

LIBATION – A POEM

 

For my elder student

 

Dennis D Mosiere

 

I remember the days

 

when you hold a jar of water

 

A metal gong

 

Then you shout that our ancestors must be called

 

they must be heard

 

You shout,

 

CALL THEM! CALL THEM!

 

Yes we call them

 

our ancestors

 

I guess they cheer

 

our ambition to reunite with them

 

these lines are a sign

 

that, like libation,

 

my soul is yearning

 

for liberation

 

unity of mankind

 

spirituality, may we free our minds

 

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THE MUSIC OF OBOKANO

 

Dennis D Mosiere

 

(English version)

 

It is me, Masese

 

Now am coming from Bundo

 

Look how my body smeared with ebundo* is shining

 

Am going to the battlefield with a hummer

 

I have carried with me a spear and a mallet

 

I have come as a warrior

 

With warrior spears

 

Belongings and the spirit of warriors

 

Listen to the way I play the Obokano*

 

Trumpets and flutes

 

I will not close my eyes even if it?s misty

 

So misty and clumsy like heavy sounds of trumpets

 

Even if you pierce my waist with a spear-chigi!*

I will sway and fight like grass

 

On a mountain against strong winds

 

I come

 

Wearing clothes like moving stream of water

 

Now, stand over there and watch, don?t move closer

 

Look! The way I am preparing shields

 

Put them down to cover the soil like heavy drops of rain

 

One man army, one man government

 

I am the only son like the eye

 

Even if you trouble me, I can hide in a basket

 

And come out with a dagger

 

If we wrestle I will defeat you, like it is a wedding

 

Weaken you, make you wither before they come to separate us

 

Before we hold hands and fight

 

I and you will not draw

 

I burn like fire glowing from ekerende* and esasi*

 

Grow and spread further like Emanga* and Esameta* ranges

 

Grow and spread so you can play pianos- Nda! Nda! Nda!*

 

Don?t be jealous you may walk naked

 

Then you burst ? NDA!

 

If someone troubles you,

 

Don?t worry yourself too much

 

Be silent and look for a piano

 

Or go to your bed and sleep –NDA!

 

END NOTES

 

1. Ebundo – a type of paint made from some specific soils and clay

that was used as a kind of body protection from dirt or in ceremonies

 

2. Obokano – an eight-stringed harp from the Gusii people of western Kenya

 

3. Chigi – the sound made by a spear when it pierces flesh

 

4. Ekerende and esasi – these was a traditional tools of making fire

by using a dry wood,ekerende, with a stick to drill; esasi is dry

leaves mixed with dry dung that is fed to the spot of contact between

the wood and the stick.

 

5. Emanga and Esameta are two great ranges in Gusiiland and normally

people are told to spread out (grow) and produce like the two ranges

 

6. Nda – the sound of music/strings, largely onomatopoeic here

 

*Dennis Dancan Mosiere aka Grandmaster Masese is a poet, musician,

actor, writer/editor, human rights educator and a Fahamu Pan African

fellow for Social Justice

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/African_Writers/83224

 

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5 Cartoons

 

RIO+20

 

Gado

 

Twenty years of Rio: Assessing the progress.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/cartoons/83219

 

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THE WINNER IN EGYPT

 

Gado

 

Celebrating victory in Egypt’s presidential elections.

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/cartoons/83220

 

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EGYPT‘S NEW PRESIDENT

 

Gado

 

President Morsi’s pledge of service to all is quite sincere, isn’t it?

 

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/cartoons/83218

 

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