PAMBAZUKA NEWS 633: MILITARISM, CHINA IN AFRICA AND SILENCING TRUTHS

7 June 2013 — Pambazuka News

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

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


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1 Features

AFRICOM GO HOME!
AFRICOM out of Germany – NOW! AFRICOM out of Africa – NOW!

On the 50th anniversary of African Liberation Day a group of progressive
Pan-Africanists and internationalist activists from around the world
declare that the continued military presence of AFRICOM on African soil is
profoundly detrimental to the short and long term interests of African
people
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87733
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KENYA TRUTH COMMISSION REPORT DOCTORED BY STATE HOUSE
Gertrude Chawatama, Berhanu Dinka and Ronald C Slye

The following statement by three members of the Truth, Justice and
Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) laments the doctoring of the Land Chapter
by the Office of the President. The authors point out ?the irony of a
Commission dedicated to truth, justice, and reconciliation suppressing the
voice of a minority in clear violation of agreed upon procedures.?
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87728
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ALGERIA: MORE OF THE SAME
Anne Wolf

With Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika facing ill health,
speculations are arising as to whether he will participate in the elections
scheduled for next year and whether real change will shift the prevailing
status quo whether he stays in power or does not
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87734
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CHINA-AFRICA RELATIONS: LOOKING BEYOND THE CRITICS
Babette Zoumara and Abdul-Rauf Ibrahim

Africa is lacking a clear and unified policy in terms of how it relates to
China. In developing further social, economic and political ties with
China, African leaders must develop a coherent and structured plan to
promote the interests of Africans
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87735
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THE FRONTIER THAT DRONES CAN NEVER CROSS
Farooque Chowdhury

The increased use of drones raises not only questions related to efficiency
and reliability, but also questions about ethics, human rights, legitimacy,
sovereignty, and the morality of war
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87715
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HAITI: PERSECUTION AND DEATH THREATS TO CAMP ACTIVISTS
Sokari Ekine

Three activists ? Jean-Louis Elijah Joseph, Esther Pierre and human rights
lawyer Patrice Florvilus ? are now in hiding and in fear for their lives
because of defending the interests of people displaced by the 2010
earthquake
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/87714
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2 Comment & analysis

THE SKY GODS OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
Doug Griffin

The excesses of our planet have reached toxic levels, with environmental
destruction, carbon dioxide emissions, wealth and income inequality
disparities and many other socio-economic injustices. This breakdown
requires the urgent understanding and action of all humanity
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/87716
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ETHIOPIA HAS ARISEN
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Last weekend thousands of young people poured out into the streets of Addis
Ababa demanding democratic reforms. The security forces did not attack them
as in the past. Peaceful change is possible in Ethiopia
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/87717
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FIFTY YEARS LATER, WE ARE INDEPENDENT BUT NOT FREE
Mugambi Kiai

On June 1, Kenya marked 50 years of the declaration of self-rule ahead of
the granting of independence on December 12, 1963. But do the country?s
people enjoy full freedom?
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/87718
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CAN’T CROSS, WON’T RETURN
Abdul Ghelleh

My two countries are both in crisis: one is a failed state which has become
almost permanently a terrorist-invested country; and the other is a
recession-hit country with increasingly fragmenting society
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/87732
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THE POWER OF ORGANIZING THE URBAN POOR
S’bu Zikode

The state has failed the poor in South Africa. Now they must organize
themselves and demand an equal place in society, even when this is very
difficult. It means that they must survive repression
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/87730
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MEDIA SIEGE: POLICE FIGHTING THE WRONG ENEMY
Deo Tumusiime

In one of the most bizarre attacks on media freedom, police descended on
certain news organizations in Uganda and closed them down for days because
of publishing claims about divisions in the military. The officers? action
displayed lack of professionalism
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/87731
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NIGERIA: WAITING FOR THE UNDERTAKER
Abdulrazaq Magaji

Election year 2015 is around the corner. But the year may herald the coming
of an undertaker if one of dewy-eyed and colourless governors of the north
captures the presidency to further run the region aground as many governors
have so far done their fiefdoms
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/87729
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CHICKENS ROOST IN WOOLWICH
Margaret Kimberley

Outrage sparked by the recent brutal murder of a British soldier quickly
spread around the world. The deed was called depraved, sick, disgusting,
savage, horrifying, but this killing was no more awful than those committed
by the military from the U.S. or other NATO nations
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/87741
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3 Advocacy & campaigns

HATE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LGBTI PERSONS RISES IN ZAMBIA
Tor-Hugne Olsen

Since March a combination of factors, including the fall in popularity of
Zambia’s ruling party PF, has led to a hate campaign against LGBT people in
the country
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/87737
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MESSAGE ON CLIMATE CHANGE TO 21ST AU SUMMIT
Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance

The biggest challenge for the continent?s economic take-off is climate
change, which threatens to roll back multiple gains attained over the past
years
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/87740
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STOP INTIMIDATION AROUND SIERRA LEONE OIL PALM PROJECT

Groups around the world accuse European business magnates Vincent Bollor?
and Hubert Fabri of using intimidation to silence local opposition to
African land grab
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/87738
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TAKE ACTION ON OFFICER WHO ASSAULTED JOURNALIST
MISA-Malawi

The Media Institute of Southern Africa’s (MISA) Malawi Chapter is calling
upon the National Assembly and the Police to act on Parliamentary Chief
Security Officer, Youngson Chilinda, for assaulting photojournalist Thoko
Chikondi
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/87739
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4 Books & arts

ADICHIE?S AMERICADABRA
Biko Agozino

Adichie appears to be trying to demonstrate that all novels are full of
lies but that readers prefer delightful lies to inconvenient truths. That
is why novels sell millions of copies while boring scholarly tomes manage a
few hundred copies in sales
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/87736
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