PAMBAZUKA NEWS 606: THE STRUGGLE FOR POLITICS OF HUMAN DIGNITY

16 November 2012Pambazuka News

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

 

CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4. Advocacy & campaigns, 5. Books & arts

 

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1 Features

 

KHARTOUM’S CONTINUING CAMPAIGN OF EXTERMINATION

Eric Reeves

 

There is hardly any meaningful international response to the horrible

suffering of up to a million Sudanese now targeted in a military

campaign by President Al Bashir – who is already indicted for crimes

against humanity by the International Criminal Court.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85440

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THE PEOPLES’ POSITION ON SIERRA LEONEAN ELECTIONS

Pan-Afrikan Community Movement

 

This Sunday, Sierra Leoneans head to the polls where President Ernest

Bai Koroma faces his main rival Julius Maada Bio. But key issues

affecting the people have not featured in the campaigns.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85434

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LIBYA ALL IN? FAILED NATO MISSION EXPOSES US GENERALS

Horace G. Campbell

 

The extramarital affair cited for the resignation of CIA chief Gen

Petraeus is insignificant by far compared to his belonging to a

section of US military and intelligence elite pursuing a complex

right-wing global agenda.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85450

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NIGERIA’S POWER PRIVATISATION WILL BE A DISASTER

A call for democratic public ownership and management of the power sector

Kola Ibrahim

 

Nigeria is handing over the country’s strategic power sector to

private investors ostensibly to improve service delivery. This is

being done despite the glaring and costly failure of privatization in

other sectors. Nigerians should resist this fraud.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85447

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WHY FIGHTING CORRUPTION IN AFRICA FAILS

William Gumede

 

Most well-intentioned corruption busting remedies in Africa fail

because the root causes of corruption on the continent are often

poorly understood.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85443

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ORGANISING THE ‘PATIENCE INDUSTRY’ IN MOZAMBIQUE

Ruth Castel-Branco

 

There are at least 37,000 domestic workers in upper and working class

suburbs of the Mozambican capital earning low wages and working long

hours. Recent moves to include them in labour protection schemes could

change their fortunes.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85444

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THE POLITICS OF HUMAN DIGNITY

Lindela Figlan

 

Despite living in dehumanising conditions in their own country, the

organised shack dwellers of South Africa find dignity in working

together to resist their oppression. They build the power of the poor

from below.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85441

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MALAWI: ILLUSIONS OF ELITE ENTITLEMENT

The quota system and higher education access woes

Steve Sharra

 

At the heart of the quota system debate is the incredibly small number

of students who are admitted to Malawi’s public universities. Malawi

ranks bottom in the university-age cohort of young people enrolled

annually.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85439

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ELEARNING CAN SOLVE HUMAN RESOURCE GAP IN AFRICA

Bakary Diallo

 

Only a tiny percentage of African students are admitted to university

because of limited capacity at the institutions. Developments in

computer technology can address this problem, as the case of African

Virtual University shows.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85432

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THE ROOT OF BLACK LANDLESSNESS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Motsoko Pheko

 

The ‘New South Africa’ or ‘Rainbow Nation’ is today a country of two

nations: one is the extremely rich white settler minority and the

other is the extremely poor African indigenous majority. All this

thanks to a land law passed a hundred years ago.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85442

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2 Announcements

 

012 ISSUE AVAILABLE

 

The Fahamu Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the November 2012

issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter. The issue can be

found here ( http://frlan.tumblr.com/post/34751267370/november-2012 )

. Please feel free to share it widely.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/85448

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3 Comment & analysis

 

ON THE APPOINTMENT OF WOMEN TO SOMALI CABINET

Hala Alkarib

 

While the nomination to key ministerial posts shows commitment of the

government to involve women, it must not mask the massive day-to-day

persecution of women in Somalia. A drastic ideological change is

needed.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85435

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UNDERSTANDING CHALLENGES OF SOUTH SUDAN: A REJOINDER

Christopher Zambakari

 

South Sudan analyst responds to critiques of his previous articles on

the challenges of building the new nation.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85433

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4 Advocacy & campaigns

 

URGENT ACTION: DOZENS OF SUDANESE WOMEN DETAINED

Osman Naway

 

The detainees are in danger of torture and ill treatment by the

security forces. They should be released immediately or formally

charged and allowed access to family and lawyers.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/85449

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THE VICIOUS ATTACK ON ACTIVIST OKIYA OMTATAH

Philo Ikonya

PEN Kenya

 

PEN Kenya condemns in the strongest spirit possible the attack on the

person of Okoiti Okiya Omtatah on 8 November 2012 and the attempts and

threats on his life which he has often spoken about. Regardless of the

reasons for his attack, we know Omtatah to be a voice of free

expression, a political activist as well as a writer. We know that he

has lost a tooth before after an attack by the then acting boss the

Nairobi Central Police Station Richard Mugwai (now transferred but who

was promoted after he beat up several activists) and that case is

documented. We know that Okoiti continues being a political activist

and that he was attacked outside the Nairobi Police station and he

lies in hospital with a deep gash on his head and more lost teeth.

 

Silencing the voices of the outspoken is meant to instil fear in one

and all. Insecurity in Kenya is a matter of grave concern. We urge one

and all not to be intimidated and condemn this case and others

fearlessly as we look to an election year. We must be secure in Kenya

and enjoy all our freedoms. May justice be served to Omtatah and his

attackers be brought to book. We must be the defenders of justice and

peace since justice and peace have been prevented from being our

shield and defender for many years now.

 

Philo Ikonya

Austria,Vienna

09-10.2012

Member, PEN Kenya

Board Member, PEN International

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TRADE JUSTICE: THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES

 

Trade justice organisations have published a new report titled,

‘Southern alternatives to EU Trade Policy’, which proposes a diverse

set of alternative to the current unjust international trade system.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/85437

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GREED AND CORRUPTION IN ZIMBABWE’S MARANGE DIAMOND FIELDS

Partnership Africa Canada

 

A new report has found that despite government denials, the illicit

trade of Marange diamonds is alive and well, with the full knowledge

and complicity of top state officials.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/85436

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5 Books & arts

 

A RETORT TO WHITE RACISTS

Review of Wole Soyinka’s ‘Of Africa’

Biko Agozino

 

Soyinka presents ‘Of Africa’ as a long overdue retort to a white

supremacist who had challenged him in Germany to admit that Africans

are inferior, otherwise Europeans and Arabs could not have enslaved

and colonised them for centuries.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/85445

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UNCOMMON DIPLOMAT: PETER PENFOLD AND SIERRA LEONE

A review of ‘Atrocities, Diamonds and Diplomacy: The Inside Story of

the Conflict in Sierra Leone’ by Peter Penfold. Published by Pen and

Sword, UK 2012

Lansana Gberie

 

This ‘superbly well-written, well-documented and passionate book’

reveals tragic failures of the international community in tackling the

civil war in Sierra Leone.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/85446

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