6 August 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. Books & arts, 6. Letters & Opinions, 7. Jobs
1 Features THE KILLING AND TRIAL OF TRAYVON MARTIN
Black humanity and rights again on trial in America Horace G. Campbell
The killing of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin in the US requires a new movement for human dignity amongst all progressive forces and people genuinely committed to freedom, justice and equality for all in America http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88479
TRAYVON AND WHITE MADNESS Glen Ford
George Zimmerman is no more provably racist in a U.S. court than most white Americans – which is why a Justice Department action will get nowhere. Whites consider it ‘reasonable’ to believe in the inherent dangerousness of Black males http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88458
THE LEGAL LYNCHING OF TRAYVON MARTIN US Social Forum
This moment requires a huge and unified social movement in the U.S. with millions of politically conscious people to ensure victory for the arising social motion in the interests of humanity and the planet – especially the oppressed, exploited, and dispossessed http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88461
OBAMA SUPPORTS THE RACIAL SURVEILLANCE THAT KILLED TRAYVON Glen Ford
In his effort to “put the angry Black genie back in the bottle” following George Zimmerman’s acquittal, President Obama once again claimed to oppose racial profiling. He’s lying. Obama has endorsed the most prolific racial profiler in the country as a potential head of Homeland Security. The president is a bulwark of the system that targets millions of Trayvon Martins http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88460 ******
THE CORPORATE MEDIA’S MASS HYPNOSIS Margaret Kimberley
Delivery systems and platforms for information may proliferate at blinding speed, but most Americans have no access to anything resembling the truth. They may know the names of the dead – like Trayvon Martin – but have no clue why they died http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88459 ******
REQUIEM FOR A REVOLUTION THAT NEVER WAS Ajamu Baraka
With the collusion of some radicals and liberals, the term ‘revolution’ in the context of Egypt has been de-radicalised. There has been no revolutionary process in Egypt, in the sense of a transfer of power away from the class forces that dominated Egyptian society http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88470
IS THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION DEAD? Philip Rizk
Egypt is in the midst of a neocolonial reality in which the army is co-opting the 25 January revolution. Liberals, the Brotherhood and the generals are vying for power but power must lie with the people to advance the revolution http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88471
EGYPT’S MASS STRUGGLES, THE COUP AND ITS REGIONAL IMPLICATIONS Will Tunisia, Libya and other states follow a similar pattern? Abayomi Azikiwe
In order for Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Turkey to move forward there must be a revolution led by the people and not controlled by the military which represents in Egypt the interests of the national bourgeoisie in league with US imperialism http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88477
THE 6TH AFRICA AGRICULTURAL WEEK IS NOT ABOUT SCIENCE The science of agribusiness profits, versus science for healthy, chemical-free, patent-free food Ali-Masmadi Jehu-Appiah
Ghana is on the verge of starting to test Genetic Engineering (GE) of seeds. It will poison Ghana’s and Africa’s food supply as well as co-opt and contaminate its land and water. African farmers must be free to maintain their own forms of agroecological farming http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/88478 ******
2 Announcements MEDIA IN AFRICA: A CALL FOR ARTICLES
Pambazuka News is planning a special issue on the media in Africa. We are inviting our readers and contributors to celebrate as well as critique the media on the continent. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/88203
3 Comment & analysis DISTRACTING THE PEOPLE
How homophobia benefits the government of Nigeria Ijeoma Ekoh
Despite signing the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the continued violation of the human rights of homosexuals means that Nigeria’s government cannot be relied upon to protect the inalienable rights of all its citizens http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88486 ******
THE BABY MARKET Aamera Jiwaji
In the absence of clear regulation, the practice of surrogacy in Kenya is growing as an unsupervised industry with no law to fall back on if anything goes wrong during the treatment http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88485
THE TRAGEDY OF AFRICA The scourge of the youth unemployment (The Lost generation) Kamran Mofid
The security of Africa’s development is under threat if the rising phenomenon of jobless growth and high youth unemployment is not addressed http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88462
IT’S MORE THAN A CLASS THING WHEN WE DEAL WITH CLASS STRUGGLE Ajamu Nangwaya
Race ought to be addressed centrally in any analysis and prescriptions on fighting capitalism. If the struggle against white supremacy and patriarchy is not given a prominent role in the resistance to capital, it is likely to breed cynicism and detachment from movements such as Occupy http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88463
MARRIAGE BILL WILL FAIL AS IT IGNORES SAME-SEX UNIONS Eric Gitari
Excluding gays and lesbians from marriage amounts to denial of equal protection of the law and unfair discrimination by the state against them because of their sexual orientation http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88464
INEC’S PROPOSED ELECTORAL REFORMS A TRIGGER FOR ANARCHY Ayo Ademiluyi
The raft of proposed amendments to the electional law is only meant to benefit INEC, but is likely to create massive complications in the conduct of polls in Nigeria http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88466
‘I AM NOT A SLAVE’ Remembering to sustain and connect our Black radical traditions Wangui Kimari
The tenacity of womyn like Mekatilili of Kenya and Lelia Gonzalez of Brazil should inspire others to engage in radical struggles for total liberation from all forms of oppression http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88467
BRITAIN AND THE IGBO GENOCIDE: NOW FOR THE PERTINENT QUESTIONS Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe
Harold Wilson, then British prime minister, actively supported the genocide in Igboland during the Biafra War. Britain owes the Igbo an apology for this complicity http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88468
KENYA NEEDS A COMPREHENSIVE EXIT PLAN FROM SOMALIA Abdullahi Boru Halakhe
When will Kenya withdraw its troops from Somalia? The highly publicized military intervention in pursuit of Al Shabaab is no longer a subject of public discussion. Kenya seems to be pushing a hidden agenda in south Somalia and its military presence there is beginning to look like an occupation http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88469
4 Advocacy & campaigns
CORRUPTION IS KILLING THE PEOPLE PACM statement on corruption in Sierra Leone Pan-Afrikan Community Movement
Sierra Leone’s successive governments since independence have institutionalized bribery and other forms of corruption http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/88473
GAYS ACCUSE PRESIDENT MUGABE OF HATE SPEECH GALZ
The statements created a climate of intolerance, fear, coercion, intimidation and acts of vengeance directed at gays and lesbians http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/88472
//////////////////////////////////// 5 Books & arts IS AFRICA REALLY RISING? Ama Biney
Is Africa really rising?
For whom does it rise?
It rises for neoliberal and neo-colonial African governments selling off large tracts of land to outsiders for food or bio-fuel jatropha while their people go hungry and landless
Ask the widows of the Marikana miners ‘is Africa rising’ or those in the Unemployed Peoples Movement, Abahlali, or those living in the black townships of South Africa and across the rest of Africa
Is Africa really rising for the women and young girls who have been raped in the Congo?
It rises for a small African middle class whilst the 99 percent remain in the rural areas as farmers, unable to get subsidies like their European counterparts whose governments intervene on their behalf
Africa rises for those with forked tongue who ‘talk left and walk right’
Africa is rising for the charismatic Christian preachers engaging in what they call ‘prosperity preaching’ to congregations obliged to pay one tenth of their miserly wages as tithes so the preacher can wear designer suits from Italy
Africa is rising for the continued exploitation of its enormous wealth by MNCs, tax evaders and those who engage in illicit wealth appropriation in a continued (not new) scramble for Africa
Africa is rising for a tiny black elite who believe in NEPAD and market fundamentalism alongside their governments committed to such policies
Africa is rising for those African women who equate economic freedom with the means to purchase Brazilian and Korean weave, false eyelashes and nails in their aspirations to resemble an African Barbie doll
Africa is rising for those few countries who have recently discovered oil: Uganda, Ghana, Ivory Coast – but will their people say the same in 20 years and not meet the same wretched fate as the peoples of the Niger Delta of Nigeria?
Let us not be deceived.
Africans can only rise if the vast majority rise in Pan-African consciousness, towards a socially just economic system that destroys neoliberal capitalism and ALL forms of oppression
Africans can only rise when we cease self-loathing and return to Ubuntu and self-love
African people can only rise in realising this vision. ******
‘THE HARD ROAD TO REFORM’ The Politics of Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement, Edited by Brian Raftopoulos Timothy Scarnecchia
The authors examine the past four years of the coalition government through diverse critical lenses. There is no sugar coating http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/88475
6 Letters & Opinions
WALTER RODNEY LIVES Eric Kisanga
I am Eric ‘gifted’ Kisanga, a Tanzanian living in Arusha City, Eastern Africa. With all my all my reading, I’ve never been inspired the way Dr. Walter Rodney did in my life. At the University of Dar es Salaam where Rodney once taught, there is until today ‘Rodney Square’ where students meet to discuss matters relating to equality and activism.
I am a recent father, blessed with a baby boy, and his name is Walter Rodney. A combination of names that I believe will take over his life forever, with the spirit of defending peoples’ rights and breaking the classes in society. The fire started by Rodney will keep on burning forever…
Blessed are ones who died in fighting for equality!
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, EAST AFRICA – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Starting salary USD $ 100,175 Location: Nairobi, Kenya AI Amnesty International
( http://careers.amnesty.org ) The mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people campaign for their rights. To remain effective, Amnesty International’s (AI) International Secretariat needs to adapt to that change. That’s why we’re opening a regional office in Kenya. And why we need you to lead it. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/88484
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, SOUTH AFRICA – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Starting salary USD $102,363 Location: Johannesburg, South Africa AI Amnesty International
( http://careers.amnesty.org ) The mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people campaign for their rights. To remain effective, Amnesty International’s (AI) International Secretariat needs to adapt to that change. That’s why we’re opening a hub in Johannesburg. And why we need you to lead it. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/88483
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, WEST AFRICA – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Starting salary EUR 79,298 Location: Dakar, Senegal AI Amnesty International
( http://careers.amnesty.org ) The mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people campaign for their rights. To remain effective, Amnesty International’s (AI) International Secretariat needs to adapt to that change. That’s why we’re developing our presence in Senegal. And why we need you to lead the way. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/88481
REGIONAL GROWTH COORDINATOR, AFRICA – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Salary: $64,951 – $79,590 Location: Nairobi, Kenya AI Amnesty International
( http://careers.amnesty.org ) At the forefront of human rights, Amnesty International works tirelessly across the world to fight injustice and help those affected by it. Amnesty International believes that through the building of our global movement we will have a greater ability to create positive changes in the global Human Rights situation. To achieve this in Africa we need a talented Regional Growth Coordinator to strategically build our movement in the region. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/88482
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