11 January 2013 — Pambazuka News
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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839
CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4. Advocacy & campaigns, 5. Obituaries, 6. Books & arts
HAITI: THE EARTHQUAKE, CHOLERA AND HURRICANE SANDY Empty promises of the West and designs of capitalist plunder Ama Biney
Following the 7.0 earthquake that annihilated Port-au-Prince and killed thousands of Haitians in January 2010, Ama Biney reviews socio-economic and political developments in the country and argues that the radical Fanmi Lavalas party still resonates with the Haitian majority http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85867 ******
THE DEBT OWED TO HAITI Nia Imara
Three years after the unprecedented earthquake in Haiti that extinguished at least 300,000 lives and upended millions more, the world is asking the same questions that were posed six months, one year, and two years after January 12, 2010 http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85866 ******
US ISSUES HAITI TRAVEL WARNING: HOW DARE THEY! Malaika Kambon
In the wake of the Obama administration’s gaffe in their attempt to replace the bloodied hands of Hilary Rodham Clinton with the bloodied hands of Susan Rice, comes now another historic and cruel irony http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85856 ******
WHAT’S AT STAKE IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC? Neo-Colonial intrigue, minerals, militarism and the struggle for sovereignty and unity Abayomi Azikiwe
African states must resolve the conflict inside the Central African Republic in order to avoid further French and US military involvement argues Abayomi Azikiwe http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85864 ******
THE ULTIMATE LOGIC OF A SOCIETY BUILT ON MASS MURDER Glen Ford
White America lacks the capacity for self-examination. It cannot grasp the simple truth, that a culture that celebrates the annihilation of whole peoples, casually and without guilt or introspection, is devoid of human values at its very core http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85854 ******
DID BLOODY HANDS, NOT BLACK WOMANHOOD, SINK SUSAN RICE NOMINATION? Bruce A. Dixon
Did Susan Rice step down on her own or did she do so at the insistence of the White House? Did Republican opposition doom her nomination, or was the Obama administration too afraid to have such a bare knuckled champion of disaster capitalism and African dictators as Secretary of State? http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85855 ******
NEO-LIBERAL THINKING AND THE PROBLEM OF POLITICISED ETHNICITY IN AFRICA Killian Ngala
In insisting on referring to Africa’s ethnic groups as ‘tribes’ and publishing the idea that the continent’s woes have their origins in the tribalism of its leadership and its peoples, we collaborate in a degrading and demeaning description of Africans, argues Killian Ngala http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85865 ******
HUNDREDS OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS MURDERED IN CANADA Farooque Chowdhury
Despite their endless preaching about human rights to the global South, the so-called developed democracies are themselves blighted by serious violations which they have done little to address http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85868 ******
FAHAMU REFUGEE LEGAL AID NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2013 ISSUE AVAILABLE
The Fahamu Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the January 2013 issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter. The issue can be found here ( http://frlan.tumblr.com/post/39344784671/january-2013 ) . Please feel free to share it widely. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/85870 ******
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: COUNTRY RESEARCHER – THE STATE OF THE UNION (SOTU) Fahamu – Networks for Social Justice
Fahamu on behalf of the SOTU coalition is seeking to engage a consultant researcher to conduct assessments in Kenya to determine the level of compliance with and implementation of key commitments in AU protocols, conventions and declarations and the impact of implementation on citizens’ quality of life.
The study seeks to establish the status of ratification, domestication and implementation of AU instruments, policy standards and decisions at country level- best practices and challenges- and strategies to enhance implementation and monitoring. The overall goal of the study is to review the progress of ratification, domestication and implementation made since the previous SOTU reports published in 2010. The outcomes of the study will be used to engage with member states at national and regional levels: country reports will be launched at country level while the continental report will be launched at the African Union Summit in May 2013.
Please click here for more details. Use firstname.lastname@example.org for correspondence. The deadline is 15 January 2013. ******
3 Comment & analysis
FROM MARIKANA TO MARITZBURG: OUR COUNTRY IS DISGRACING ITSELF Unemployed People’s Movement
It is an outrage that people who are desperate for jobs were treated in such an inhuman manner. If the apartheid government had done that it would have been an international scandal provoking protests around the world http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85857 ******
REVOLUTION‘S COST Philip Rizk
In the wake of the political uprisings in Egypt, Philip Rizk examines the cost of the revolution in the loss of a family’s son, Ahmed Mahmoud Mohamed Bekheit, killed by the security forces, and argues that this revolution has shown a tendency to create new revolutionaries in the place of every fallen martyr http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85869 ******
SOMALIA: JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION CASUALTY OF CLAN MORASS Mohamud M Uluso
The disintegration of Somalia into feuding armed clans, some headed by warlords, still remains the biggest problem in rebuilding the nation http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85859 ******
THE QUAGMIRE OF SOMALILAND Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye
While global attention is focused on Somalia, the self-declared republic of Somaliland has been independent for 20 years without recognition by the international community. This lack of recognition is an injustice to Somalilanders http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85860 ******
WHAT’S ALL THIS MALARKEY ABOUT OBAMA OWING CLINTON? Judson L. Jeffries
The notion that Obama owes his second term to Bill Clinton’s support raises the following question: does every Black success story require a White savior? http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/85858 ******
4 Advocacy & campaigns
GOVERNMENT POLICIES BEHIND CAPE TOWN SHACK FIRES Abahlali baseMjondolo Western Cape
The government denies shackdwellers the basic things they need to live healthy and safe lives http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/85863 ******
JOSEPH MKWANAZI: TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN A Pan Africanist leader in exile for many years Motsoko Pheko
The graves are full of great men who never became great because they did not give themselves responsibility. Joseph Mkwanazi, affectionately called ‘Kwani’ by many who know how he has lived his life, gave himself responsibility http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/obituary/85861 ******
6 Books & arts
DEMISSIONNEZ! A CALL FOR PRESIDENT BIYA TO STEP DOWN A review of Lapiro’s latest musical composition Peter Wuteh Vakunta
There is no question that the new song is a rap on the face of President Biya by a valiant dissident musician who views the Cameroonian leader as undeserving of the public office he holds http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/85862 ******
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