11 April 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. Letters & Opinions, 6. African Writers’ Corner, 7. Jobs
CHAVEZ, SOCIALISM AND THE URGENCY OF RESISTANCE
A better world for all is possible. The disgusting opulence of a few people
amidst mass suffering is not the natural order of things. But true change
will only happen after the spirit of resistance is awakened among the
oppressed people. That is the legacy of Hugo Chavez, Chris Hani and Martin
LETTER FROM HUGO CHAVEZ TO AFRICA
Late Venezuelan president’s letter to the participants of the Third
Africa-South America Summit, Equatorial Guinea, February 2013
‘I won’t tire of repeating that we are one people. We are obliged to find
one another, going beyond formality and discourse, in the same feeling of
HUGO CHAVEZ’S ENDURING LEGACY
After four decades of repressive political rule, the legacy of Chavez’s
government in terms of huge socio-economic benefits to the majority of
Venezuelans are remarkable. The forthcoming national elections will decide
whether this legacy is upheld and consolidated or defeated by an oligarchic
elite aligned to the interests of the US.
AFRICA CAN LEARN FROM THE LEGACY OF CHAVEZ
Africa today needs five Hugo Chavez’ – one for every region of Africa:
North, South, Central, East and West to implement a similar level of
socio-economic transformation that Hugo Chavez of Venezuela implemented in
his country through peaceful constitutional means as well as in the region
of Latin America during his 14 years in power.
CHAVEZ, INTERNATIONALISM, AND SOCIALISM
Chavez, internationalism, and socialism
Economist Camille Chalmers is a leader in Latin American social movements
and executive secretary of the Platform for Alternative Development in
Haiti (PAPDA) and was interviewed by Beverly Bell. He shares his views on
Chavez’s vision of a revolutionary Latin America that sought
internationalist solidarity with Haiti, Africa and Asia among other issues.
CHAVEZ’S LEGACY, AFRICAN SOLIDARITY AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE
The Bolivarian Revolution reaffirms linkages with oppressed around the world
Hugo Chavez’s implementation of the Bolivarian revolution inspired African
American people as well as other oppressed people around the globe. They
expressed their opposition to ‘the unconscionable low-intensity war that is
being waged against the people and national sovereignty of Venezuela since
the inception of the Chavez Frias administration.’
TRIBUTE TO CHRIS HANI ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ASSASSINATION
10 April 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic assassination of
Chris Hani, the legendary freedom fighter and one of the most courageous
and talented leaders of the anti-apartheid struggle. Although he was only
50 at the time of his death, Hani’s contribution to the struggle was that
of several lifetimes.
THE NECESSITY OF REVOLUTIONARY VIOLENCE IN EGYPT
Since the removal of the dictator Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian people
envisioned a new socio-political and economic order only to see a
reconfigured neo-colonial order with the Muslim Brotherhood at its helm.
Consequently ordinary people have met state violence with the necessity of
revolutionary violence on the street.
THE BRICS AND SOUTH AFRICA
Assessing the extent to which South Africa’s role within BRICS is an
opportunity for it to defend its economic interests and that of other
African countries will be a tightrope for the country as BRIC manufactures
hurt SA’s domestic sectors
ALGERIANS TO PROTEST AGAINST SHALE GAS PROJECT
Algeria Solidarity Campaign
Sit-in of Algerian citizens in London to oppose the exploitation of shale
gas without a national debate
3 Comment & analysis
A NEW WAR IN MOZAMBIQUE?
The situation in the country is tense. The government has closed all
avenues of dialogue with the main opposition party, which now appears to be
contemplating a return to war.
BOSCO NTAGANDA’S SURRENDER: WHAT MUST BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME
The reasons behind the war crimes suspect’s voluntary surrender to
international justice remain unknown. But Ntaganda was not acting alone in
destabilising eastern DR Congo. He is a creature of Rwanda, like many other
CHAVEZ HAS DIED, BUT THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION CONTINUES
‘The death of Chavez is a great tragedy that saddens the Venezuelan people
and all those who are fighting around the world for the same cause as what
inspired the Bolivarian revolution’
GROWING UP IN WAR: THE CHILDREN OF SYRIA
The atrocious war in Syria has not spared children. In fact there is
evidence indicating the regime and their opponents are targeting them. This
touching story reveals the ugly reality of war that many children in
conflict zones throughout Africa would easily relate to
KENYA’S ELECTIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
Abdullahi Boru Halakhe
The ghost of the disputed 2007 presidential election and its ensuing
violence was omnipresent during Kenya’s 2013 elections, and the overarching
message was peace at all costs. Some argue this posture rendered other
STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF HUGO CHAVEZ
PACM Sierra Leone
He was probably the most demonized democratically elected president in the
world because of his bold opposition to US imperialism, denouncing and
exposing the predatory capitalist system which is inflicting mass poverty
THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. KING AND THE SUPPRESSION OF THE ANTI-WAR AND PEACE
‘Memory, individual and collective, is clearly a significant site of social
struggle.’ (Aurora Levins Morales)
A de-colonial, revolutionary shift in power from the 1% to the people is
the only way Dr. King’s ‘radical revolution of values’ can be realized in a
national and global context in which the West has demonstrated that it will
use all of its military means to maintain its hegemony
UNSC REFORM AND THE DILEMMAS OF AFRICAN INTEGRATION
Jonathan Oshupeng Maseng
There are genuine concerns that the United Nations Security Council should
be reformed to increase African presence and influence. But power intrigues
within and outside Africa suggest that the process of inclusion of African
nations in the UNSC could have grave consequences for continental unity
‘NEVER AGAIN’ MEANS ENSURING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE GENOCIDE IN RWANDA
Tara O’Leary and David Russell
Rwanda has made significant steps in the pursuit of justice for victims of
the genocide 19 years ago. But many suspected perpetrators living abroad
have not been brought to justice and the government does not seem keen to
fulfil its pledges to compensate survivors
4 Advocacy & campaigns
KENYA: NEW LEADERSHIP SHOULD UPHOLD RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
HRW calls for cooperation with ICC, protection of Bill of Rights
Human Rights Watch
President and his deputy, along with Joshua arap Sang, a former radio host,
face trials before the ICC on charges of committing or contributing to the
commission of crimes against humanity during Kenya
TANZANIA: FATE OF OVER 66,000 MAASAI HANGS IN THE BALANCE
Minority Rights Group International
As the fate of over 66,000 Maasai families continues to hang in the balance
over a government decision to declare village lands in Loliondo as a ‘Game
Controlled Area’, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) urges the
government of Tanzania to halt the decision.
URGENT ACTION: SUDANESE DETAINEE IN DANGER OF TORTURE
On April 10, 2013, Sudanese security officers arrested Sharf Eldein Tia,
the nephew of Jalila Khmais, the Nuba woman activist who was been detained
for 10 months before she has been released last January.
Sharf Eldein arrived from Alliry area in Nuba mountains on April 3, 2013.
Eyewitness informed us that he had been arrested by eight plainclothes men
who identified themselves to be members of the Sudanese security. His
whereabouts remain unknown.
Arry organization is extremely concerned about the safety of Sharf Eldein
Tia. He is in danger of torture and ill treatment in detention. We call on
the Sudanese authorities to immediately release Tia and reveal his
whereabouts, or present charges against him.
5 Letters & Opinions
WHY IS CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC FORGOTTEN?
I enjoyed reading the article ‘What’s at stake in the Central African
Republic?’. Since it was published in January, no other contribution has
been published ever since, which is very frustrating.
I think it’s sad for this country forgotten by most African and world
media. In spite of your article, I can’t help wondering if the CAR is
considered a geopolitical issue at all. I’ve been trying to grasp why this
country has been so unstable since it took independence from France in
1960. The CAR gave birth to one of the few panafricanists from the colonial
era : Barthelemy Boganda, who died under dubious circumstances. Since his
death, the CAR has gone to the dogs. Why? Why has the CAR remained one of
the few African states epitomizing instability with its many coups? I would
be very grateful if you would contribute an article about the issue.
6 African Writers’ Corner
FARE THEE WELL ACHEBE
Fare thee well great literary spirit
That inspired millions
To dream a new.
Fare thee well great literary mind
That provoked many a mind
Fare thee well great literary giant
Father of African literature
Who spiced words for eating.
Fare thee well prophet of social justice,
May things not fall apart as you depart;
May anarchy not befall the
African literary world.
May you join the great ancestors
As you cross the great river;
Rest in peace as you await
The second coming.
We are no longer at ease
For you were our arrow of God
Shooting without missing.
You are our man of the people
Traversing the ant hills of the savanah;
Adieu great literary soul, spirit, and mind.
JOB ADVERT: HEAD – HORN OF AFRICA, SAFER WORLD
Based in Nairobi
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