PAMBAZUKA NEWS 647: TERROR IN KENYA, ELECTION DRAMAS AND BUILDING AFRICA

26 September 2013 — Pambazuka News

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

CONTENTS: 1. Features<http://admin.pambazuka.org/newsletter/a_view.php?lang=en&id=647&version=email&part=1#cat_1>,
2. Announcements<http://admin.pambazuka.org/newsletter/a_view.php?lang=en&id=647&version=email&part=1#cat_2>,
3. Comment & analysis<http://admin.pambazuka.org/newsletter/a_view.php?lang=en&id=647&version=email&part=1#cat_3>,
4. Books & arts<http://admin.pambazuka.org/newsletter/a_view.php?lang=en&id=647&version=email&part=1#cat_4>,
5. Jobs<http://admin.pambazuka.org/newsletter/a_view.php?lang=en&id=647&version=email&part=1#cat_5>

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1 Features
KENYA TERROR ATTACK: PUTTING THE WESTGATE SIEGE IN CONTEXT Kenyan
ambivalence and the distortions of Pan-African solidarity Horace G Campbell

The Somali militant group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the
September 21 attack at an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi in which dozens
of people were killed. Progressives must intensify their opposition to
extremists who manipulate Islam, but also reject the imperial forces inside
Africa and their allies
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89010

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AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON US EXCEPTIONALISM Ajamu Baraka

Exploding the dangerous myth of American exceptionalism is absolutely
critical if the global community ever hopes to collectively solve the
existential challenges that we face on the planet today. For people of
colour around the world the US has imposed itself on the world as the
exceptional state
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89012

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GMOS – WHO WILL FEED US AND WHAT WILL THEY FEED US? Nana Ama Amamoo

The International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants,
known as UPOV 91 is dangerous to African farmers. It will force farmers to
buy patented corporate seeds and agrochemicals from the same corporations.
The consequences will not only be debt for farmers but a harmed ecosystem
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89001

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HOW THE WEST HELPS ITS AFRICAN ALLIES TO LOSE ELECTIONS Agun Mod

The duplicity of the West at election time in Africa is evident. In Kenya?s
recent election there were threats such as that made by Johnny Carson,
former official in the Obama administration who warned Kenyans that voting
for particular leaders will ?have consequences?
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89002

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CITIZEN PERSPECTIVES ON THE ROLE OF THE AFRICAN PARLIAMENT?S MONITORING OF
AU LEGAL INSTRUMENTS Kijala Shako

The Pan African Parliament has a way to go in terms of consolidating its
position as a continental parliamentary institution, not only with the AU
system, but also in the eyes of the member states of the AU and the general
public across the continent
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89000

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THE MAPUTO PROTOCOL: ITS POTENTIAL FOR A REVOLUTION IN WOMEN?S RIGHTS Moreen
Majiwa

Much has been achieved since the Protocol came into force. But to ensure
gender equality and transformation in gender relations between women and
men, a comprehensive change that radically alters the status quo of the
power relations rather than ad hoc or piecemeal reforms is needed.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89008

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2 Announcements
PAMBAZUKA SPECIAL ISSUE ON RACE RELATIONS IN BRAZIL A call for articles

Pambazuka News (www.pambazuka.org) is organizing a special issue for
November 2013 on the specific theme ?Racial Relations in Brazil.? Given the
role and status of Brazil in the current global world order, as an emerging
power from the South, some crucial issues in the social development of the
country must be discussed. That specific issue is the problem of racial
relations is an old one in Brazilian society. It is a country popularly
known as a ?racial paradise.? However, this foundational myth relies on the
cordial relations of the races (black, white and indigenous), but
fundamentally Brazil has so far made little efforts to solve this problem.

November is the month historically chosen to celebrate black consciousness
in the country. It is the month when Zumbi dos Palmares, who founded the
maroon (quilombo) society of freed African slaves during the 17th century
in northeastern Brazil, died on 20 November 1695.

We therefore invite people to write about the dynamics of racism in Brazil
in order to publish this issue in this special month for not only black
Brazilians but to remind our readers in Africa and globally that Brazil has
historical, political, social and cultural ties to the African continent.
We believe that Pambazuka can contribute to the debate on racism in a
country that is emerging. Yet Brazil?s development will be halted if it
fails to resolve the structural racism and its psychological impact that
continues to withold human development in that country.

Authors are invited to write on any of the following topics (however, the
list below is not exhaustive):

1.Racism and gender relations;
2.Race and class;
3.Racism and education;
4.Racism and psychology;
5.Racism and childhood;
6.Racism and the youth;
7.Environmental racism;
8.Institutional racism;
9.Case studies of racial problems;
10.Compared perspectives on racism;

Deadline for submission of articles in Portuguese, English and French
languages is 26 October 2013
Texts must be sent to editor@pambazuka.org
Word length: articles must be between 1000-3000 words and in Times size 12
font.
Biography: please, submit a two line bio at the end of the article.
Bibliographical Endnotes can be submitted at the end of the article.

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PAMBAZUKA SPECIAL ISSUE ON SANKARA

Pambazuka News (www.pambazuka.org) is preparing a special edition dedicated
to Thomas Sankara to be published in late October 2013. Thomas Sankara was
murdered on 15 October 1987 and this initiative is to perpetuate the memory
and the revolutionary Pan-Africanist ideals of the former President of
Burkina Faso.

The theme of this special issue focuses on the relevance of the struggle of
Sankara after 25 years since his death; the impact of the global crisis on
Africa and the nature of current progressive struggles that are thriving in
Africa.

This special edition will address the question: how far are the key ideas
underlying the struggle of Thomas Sankara still of highest relevance for
the liberation and development of Africa today?

Articles can be written in the following areas:

– Crisis in Africa, events and progressive ongoing struggles to deal with:
how relevant remains Sankara?s ideology currently?
– Gender issues in Africa in light of the ideology of Sankara
– Sankara and the issue of debt
– Sankara and Pan-Africanism
– Endogenous development in Africa: what can we learn from the experience
of Sankara
– Sankara ? Chavez: experiences of two revolutionaries who have gone too
soon


Texts must be submitted to: editor@pambazuka.org

WORD LENGTH: Texts must be between 1000-3000 in length

DEADLINE: 30 September 2013

BIOGRAPY: Please submit a two line biography of yourself at the end of your
article

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3 Comment & analysis
BUILDING AFRIKA FROM THE RUINS Maimuna Safiyya

Afrikan unity after 500 years of a holocaust cannot be like perfect
geometrical shapes. Yet it is imperative that the 54 countries that make up
the Afrikan continent unite to solve the conflicts facing Afrikans at home
and abroad
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/88999

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PAN-AFRICAN INSTITUTIONS: A CASE FOR YOUTH ENGAGEMENT Nicholas Ngigi

Youth involvement in pan-African discourses is minimal because they have
largely been excluded from the deliberative and decision-making spaces in
continental institutions, especially the African Union. This needs to change
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89009

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RWANDA’S 2013 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS: A POST-MORTEM Theogene Rudasingwa

Rwanda’s recent elections were a sheer wasteful circus, like previous ones
since Paul Kagame came to power in Kigali. The ruling party has a
choke-hold on the country’s politics. Progressive forces have a difficult
task to truly free Rwanda
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89004

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SOUTH SUDAN: A THIRD ALTERNATIVE TO THE OIL PIPELINE PROPOSAL Makol Bona
Malwal

Discussions are ongoing inside South Sudan about building an oil pipeline
through Kenya to the port of Lamu to better exploit the country’s most
important natural resource. But roads would be a better option
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89007

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4 Books & arts
DARK GIRLS: A REVIEW Ama Biney

?Dark Girls? is a much needed candid film to expose the psychological scars
of slavery and colonisation on the psyche of African people, scars that
exist on account of the global white supremacist paradigm that promotes
European forms of beauty
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/89003

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5 Jobs
REGIONAL CONTENT MANAGER Salary: $64,951 Location: Nairobi Closing Date:
6th October 2013 Amnesty International

Digital channels are key to connecting with our supporters, publicizing our
campaigning work and encouraging people to take action. In this new post
within our Digital Communications team, you?ll oversee the way we use
multimedia content to reach target audiences.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/89005

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REGIONAL CONTENT MANAGER Salary: ?50,962 Location: Dakar Closing Date:
13th October 2013 Amnesty International

Digital channels are key to connecting with our supporters, publicizing our
campaigning work and encouraging people to take action. In this new post
within our Digital Communications team, you?ll oversee the way we use
multimedia content to reach target audiences.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/89006

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