PAMBAZUKA NEWS 611: ELECTIONS, EMPIRE ON TRIAL AND AFRICA IN 20 YEARS

22 December 2012Pambazuka News

 

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

 

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

 

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Highlights from this issue

 

We would like to wish all our subscribers a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Pambazuka News will cease publication from 20 Dec 2012 and resume on 10 January 2013.

 

EDITORS

 

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1 Features

 

SOUTH AFRICA: A COUNTRY AT ODDS?

Social discontent and the ANC leadership

Thabani Mdlongwa, Azwifaneli Managa, Lwazi Apleni and Bertha Chiroro

 

The just concluded ANC conference at which Jacob Zuma was re-elected

party president came against the backdrop of growing violent

discontent among ordinary people who are dissatisfied with government

performance.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85845

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ZUMA AND ZULU NATIONALISM

William Gumede

 

Zuma has skillfully used Zulu or African ‘traditions’ to cover-up poor

personal choices, indiscretions and wrong behavior, and portrayed

those who oppose such poor behavior of being opposed to African

‘traditions’ or ‘culture,’ argues William Gumede.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85841

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POLITICS, PROFITS AND POLICING AFTER MARIKANA

Patrick Bond

 

As the official South African judicial investigating commission into

the Marikana Massacre draws to a close in 2012, with many weeks of

testimony in 2013 still ahead, what did the SA Police Service (SAPS)

learn from their behaviour?

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85848

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GOOD-ENOUGH RACIAL EQUALITY AT WORLD BANK

Adrienne Smith

 

The effort to abolish racial discrimination within the World Bank

largely depends on the whims of its president and his perception of

what is good enough for blacks. Adrienne Smith argues that after more

than three decades of pledges and reaffirmed promises to end

discrimination the Bank’s reforms have failed

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85843

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AFRICA: THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS

J. Paul Martin

 

What can Africa anticipate over the next twenty years? More of the

same? If it is not to be more of the same, what economic and political

processes need to change? J. Paul Martin looks into Africa’s future

and addresses these crucial questions.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85839

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ELECTORAL POLITICS AND TRANSITION IN KENYA

The 2013 general elections as a tipping point

Antony Otieno Ong’ayo

 

With elections in March 2013 Antony Otieno Ong’ayo reflects on how

ethnicity has become politicised in Kenya’s past violent elections and

argues that the forthcoming election is a bridge between stagnation

and a forward leap towards a middle-income country

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85844

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RULE BRITANNIA: EMPIRE ON TRIAL

Katie Engelhart

 

An attempt to twist posterity and the archival record for future

generations has been exposed as a consequence of a British court

ruling in a case by Kenyan freedom fighters

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85842

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HISTORY, IMPERIALISM AND ENDANGERED AFRICANS

Sankara Kamara

 

Whilst the international community celebrates the anniversary of the

Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2012, Sankara

Kamara reflects on the dehumanization and outright denial of human

rights for Africans through the experiences of enslavement and

colonisation

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85840

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ETHIOPIA AND KENYA HAVE TAKEN OVER SOMALIA

Mohamud M Uluso

 

The recent Memorandum of Understanding delegitimizes the federal

government and pre-empts its sovereign leadership role in the internal

and external affairs of Somalia

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85847

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WILL US STAND BY THE SIDE OF BRAVE AFRICANS?

Alemayehu G Mariam

 

Is the US standing with brave Africans or in bed with Africa’s

strongmen? Now, at the cusp of the beginning of President Obama’s

second term, there are some tough questions about his promises to

Africa

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85846

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2 Announcements

 

CALLING YOUNG WOMEN LEADERS

The 2013 Akili Dada Fellowship application process is now open

Akili Dada

 

The Fellowship is an opportunity for Kenyan women to design and

implement solutions to the challenges faced by their communities.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/85837

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3 Comment & analysis

 

HEROES AND “HERO-IZATION”: A CAUTION

David Cupples

 

Heroic efforts by individuals and NGOs may have beneficial outcomes

and in very poor countries may be a prime option for dealing with

social ills. But African leaders are advised against the wholesale

adoption of Western ideals of “personal responsibility.”

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85849

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WHY MALAWI’S EDUCATION SECTOR IS IN A MESS

Steve Sharra

 

Problems in Malawi’s education sector are tied to the country’s

governance and have their roots in a broader global context of

economic and education policy prescriptions

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85850

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WORKING ON THE THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER

Reflections on leaving Kenya National Commission on Human Rights

Lawrence Mute

 

During his time at the commission, Mute recalls many achievements on

behalf of Kenyans. But there were also times when people appeared to

be momentarily distracted from the things that really mattered

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85851

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BIOFUELS FUELING AND CEMENTING THE CYCLE POVERTY

Collins Cheruiyot

 

Many farmers who were duped into growing crops for biofuels have

nothing to show for their investment. As well, the biofuels craze is

behind land grabs in Africa

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85852

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4 Books & arts

 

MUGABE: VILLAIN OR HERO?

Ama Biney

 

This new film exposes the truth behind President Robert Mugabe’s

troubles with the West. But it lacks the nuances, complexities and

critical questions (other than ‘the land question’) that are key to

understanding Mugabe’s legacy

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/85853

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