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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839
CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4. Advocacy & campaigns, 5. African Writers’ Corner
MADE IN BANGLADESH: THE TERROR OF CAPITALISM
The workers’ tragedy in Dhaka provides a peek into the landscape of
globalization that is mimicked in factories along the US-Mexico border, in
Haiti, in Sri Lanka, and in other places that opened their doors to the
global garment industry’s savvy use of the new manufacturing and trade
order of the 1990s
NIGERIA: FINDING ANSWERS BEYOND KANO BUS BOMBING
Nigeria is unworkable as one nation-state because of intractable internal
ethnic rivalries and the deeply rooted determination of the north to
AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY
An open letter to the Cultural Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany
How can the German Federal Cultural Foundation believe that 2 million Euros
will promote cultural relations with the whole continent of Africa (and not
even involve the Africans in the process)?
THE FRENCH, THE UN AND THE IVORY COAST
Gary K Busch
With the violent overthrow of democratically elected President Gbagbo,
Ivory Coast has reverted to its old status of a French colony in fact. The
hands of French, Western and UN officials drip with the blood of Ivorians
PALESTINE, ISRAELI FOREIGN POLICY AND THE PAN-AFRICAN MOVEMENT
Rooted in imperialism and racist ideology, Zionism is a bulwark of Western
Liberation movements, progressive governments, left parties, peace and
anti-war organizations, solidarity coalitions and social justice groups
must continue their support and alliances with the Palestinian people, the
resistance forces and the progressive states throughout the Middle-East
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3 Comment & analysis
MENELIK EDUCATION’S POSITION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN DRC
Dr Theodore Menelik-Mfuni
Brutal crimes of violence against women and girls have massively increased
and become pervasive in the country.
NIGERIA’S AMNESTY AND ITS INFINITESIMAL CALCULUS
The decision by the Jonathan administration to grant amnesty to Boko Haram
does not inspire much hope, given that similar steps have not solved the
problem of militant groups in the past. A national congress on the future
of Nigeria is needed
RACIST MOTIVE OF BOSTON MARATHON BOMBERS?
The bombers may have dreamt of finding the final solution to the domination
of their chosen sports by people of African descent
SHOULD KENYA LEAVE HER OIL IN THE SOIL?
With the recent discovery of oil in Kenya there needs to be a debate as to
whether the country follows the path of Ecuador and Norway and leave the
oil in the soil or the environmentally and people damaging path of oil
exploration in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
SOMALIA’S PRIORITY: NATIONAL INTEGRATION FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Mohamud M Uluso
More international talks on Somalia are lined up; international financial
institutions are ready for business with the recovering nation…All this
portends good for Somalia and Somalis should not squander this chance to
restore their nation to peace and prosperity
SWAZILAND: PRESS FREEDOM CRISIS
Freedom of the press and the existence of political parties do not exist in
Africa’s only kingdom of Mswati III of Swaziland. The fine imposed on the
publisher of the Nation magazine by the Swazi High Court continues the
suffocation of the Swazi press and journalists.
WATCHING AMERICAN DIPLOCRISY IN ETHIOPIA
Diplomacy by hypocrisy is ‘diplocrisy’
Alemayehu G Mariam
The US has been practicing diplocrisy in Ethiopia for the past two decades.
It has propped up the regime of the late Meles Zenawi with billions of
dollars of ‘development’ and ‘humanitarian’ aid while filling the stomachs
of starving Ethiopians with empty words and emptier promises.
4 Advocacy & campaigns
KCA CALLS FOR ENHANCED SECURITY FOR JOURNALISTS AND RESPECT FOR LABOUR RIGHTS
Kenya Correspondents Association
Whereas Kenya enjoys considerable media freedom, there are frequent reports
of threats or harassment of journalists in connection with their work.
Media owners violate the labour rights of journalists with impunity
5 African Writers’ Corner
ICC WORLD CUP VETERAN FROM AFRICA!
Happy birthday, John Nagenda
Neither money nor political power can earn you lines in English cricket
literature that say, ‘He was a mercurial skipper’ who was ‘elected a
vice-president of the Nomads’; ‘He was a leading personality in the club’
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