PAMBAZUKA NEWS 649 10 October 2013: AU AND IMPUNITY, BIKO, GMOS AND POLITICAL PRISONERS

10 October 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. Obituaries, 6. Books & arts, 7. Jobs

 

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1 Features

AU, KENYA AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT: BEYOND IMPUNITY

Horace G. Campbell

 

The African Union should be working hard to ensure that there is no

impunity in Africa. If Kenyatta and Ruto are innocent they should not be

afraid to get their day in court. Any discussion at the AU about mass

withdrawal from the ICC could be tantamount to self-delegitimization

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89173

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SAVING AFRICAN DICTATORS FROM THE ICC

Alemayehu G. Mariam

 

Africa’s anti-ICC crusaders who are threatening mass withdrawal from the

Rome Statute are in a desperate last-ditch effort to rescue their brethren

Kenyatta and Ruto from the ICC hook and simultaneously immunize themselves

against any future legal accountability for crimes against international law

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89174

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CIVIL SOCIETY SUPPORTS ICC AHEAD OF SPECIAL AU SUMMIT

Open letter urges state parties to continue supporting the court

 

130 civil society organisations say the International Criminal Court,

though having weaknesses, remains the only permanent court with the

authority to act when a state with jurisdiction is unable or unwilling to

investigate or prosecute serious crimes

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89175

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TUNISIA IN THE GRIP OF A POLITICAL CRISIS

Mounira Chaieb

 

In efforts to end a political stalemate, Tunisia’s governing Islamist

Ennahda party and the opposition have agreed on the appointment of a

caretaker government composed of independent figures to be in power until

fresh elections. But that is no guarantee that the crisis is over

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89179

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THE BIG FIVE AS DANGEROUS AS EVER

German development cooperation, colonial-racist imagery and civil society’s

response

Daniel Bendix with glokal e. V.

 

Representation of Africa in the German public shows that a one-sided racist

image prevails, which is disseminated via family socialisation, mass media,

school books, films, advertising, and travel magazines/brochures. That is

the image that informs German-Africa development cooperation

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89176

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BIKO AND THE QUEST FOR BLACK POWER TODAY

Veli

 

Thirty-six years after Biko’s death, the issues of land repossession,

ownership of the economy and wealth redistribution, which he in the 1970s

regarded as essential to the meaning of freedom and power for black people,

have now found their way back on our nation’s political discourse

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89177

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CIVIL SOCIETY REJECTS COMESA APPROVAL OF NEW SEED RULES

 

They say COMESA approval of seed trade regulations is a disaster for small

farmers and food sovereignty in Africa and will open the door for GMO

merchants to flood the region

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89178

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2 Announcements

PAMBAZUKA SPECIAL ISSUE ON RACE RELATIONS IN BRAZIL

A call for articles

 

Pambazuka News (http://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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SPECIAL ISSUE ON KWAME TURE (FORMERLY STOKELY CARMICHAEL)

 

On 15 November 1998, Kwame Ture died of prostate cancer. He was also known

as Stokely Carmichael, one of the founding leaders of the Black Power

movement in the USA during the 1960s. He was a radical figure who connected

with downtrodden African Americans fighting for their civil rights in

America; he later married the South African singer Miriam Makeba and

relocated to Guinea-Conakry where he took up the name ‘Kwame’ after Ghana’s

illustrious Pan-Africanist leader , Kwame Ture and after Guinea’s first

leader, Sekou Toure.

 

Throughout his political career as a dedicated life-long activist, during

his time with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Council (SNCC); in the

Black Power Movement, as well as in the All African Peoples’ Revolutionary

Party (AAPRP) that he founded, Kwame Ture remained committed to

Pan-Africanism – that is the unity of all people of African descent in the

Diaspora with continental Africans. He was uncompromising in his belief

that the plight of people of African descent in the Diaspora was intimately

linked with the fate of the African continent for socio-economic and

political liberation from the forces of imperialism and neo-colonialism.

 

This special issue seeks to commemorate the many ideas, activism and

contribution of Kwame Ture. The issue seeks to remember his actions,

thoughts and their relevance for African people today around the globe.

 

We would like articles on any of the following aspects (however, the topics

below are not exhaustive):

* His contribution to SNCC; the fight for civil rights and Black Power

* Kwame Ture’s political thought

* His founding of the AAPRP and role as a leader and activist

* Kwame Ture’s contribution to internationalism

* His political activism in Africa

 

Articles are to be between 1000-3000 words in length

 

Please add a two line biography at the end of your article

 

Deadline for submission of articles is FRIDAY 1 NOV 2013

Please send articles to: editor@pambazuka.org

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3 Comment & analysis

DEATH AND SOMALIA

Margaret Kimberley

 

The American government bears responsibility for the loss of life at the

Kenyan Westgate mall, yet most Americans are totally unaware of America’s

role in keeping Somalia in a constant state of war as a consequence of huge

omissions in American reporting

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89180

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INDISPENSABLE NATION OR EMPIRE IN PERIL?

Theogene Rudasingwa

 

America looks like a perfect nation, but upon deeper reflection, one gets a

very unflattering image. The nation is angry, grumpy, indulgent, violent,

fearful, divided, distracted, in debt, addicted to power and material

stuff, and in a self-inflicted siege

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89181

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OF HEROES AND GYROS: WHICH DO SOUTH AFRICANS LOVE MORE?

Sam Schramski

 

Given the injustices of apartheid, heritage has become a surrogate for the

black majority in the country to attempt an earnest conversation with a

historically privileged minority (whites) and underprivileged minorities

(coloureds, Indians, and other Asians) that reaffirms the value and merit

of Africanness in South Africa

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89170

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PERSISTENCE OF FGM IN BARINGO AND POKOT: MORE EFFORT NEEDED

Ruth Njeng’ere

 

Kenya has registered remarkable achievements in the fight against Female

Genital Mutilation. But as the world marks the International Day of the

Girl Child, evidence shows that the government and other stakeholders need

to step up efforts to fully eradicate the vice

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89182

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SPENDING, DEBT AND THE SHUTDOWN

The bi-partisan ‘disappearance’ of race and class

Ajamu Baraka

 

American workers and the poor are not part of the conversation around

spending and the debt. When the US government resolves this phony drama of

the shutdown, racial and capitalist oppression will not have been altered

in any form

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89172

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THE CARIBBEAN COURT OF JUSTICE MAKES A LANDMARK DECISION

Norman Girvan

 

The landmark ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice gives Caricom

nationals the right of entry into Caricom member states for six months. It

is a victory for strengthening the legal basis for the operation of the

Caribbean Community

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89171

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‘SHAME, SHAME ON YOU AND YOUR ILLEGAL AND FILTHY SANCTIONS!’

Thato Mmereki

 

Land reform in Zimbabwe was delayed by the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement

and Britain’s subsequent failure to honour this agreement. Many African

Heads of State applaud Mugabe for the stance he has taken to empower his

people through land redistribution

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89169

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4 Advocacy & campaigns

KENYA: TORTURE REFORMS MUST TACKLE IMPLEMENTATION GAP AND END IMPUNITY

 

At the conclusion of a visit to Kenya by a delegation of anti-torture

experts, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and its coalition of

partner organisations in Kenya call for the continuation of the reform path

and effective steps to end impunity

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/89146

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STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF SUDAN

Sudan Solidarity Network

 

The recent violent repression of peaceful protests following the removal of

fuel subsidy leading to a high coast of living showed a brutal government

that has little regard for the lives and rights of its own people. State

violence is still going on

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/89183

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5 Obituaries

HERMAN WALLACE: VETERAN BLACK PANTHER, POLITICAL PRISONER, FREEDOM FIGHTER

Angola 3 member was held in solitary confinement for 41 years before being

released from prison

Abayomi Azikiwe

 

The injustice of the Angola 3 is not an isolated situation. There are many

political prisoners being held in prisons inside the U.S, despite repeated

government denials

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/obituary/89184

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6 Books & arts

IN DEFENSE OF NATIONALIST HISTORIOGRAPHY OF COLONIALISM

Chambi Chachage

 

An examination of the nationalist struggles in India and those in Africa

reveals a historiography that is splashed with personalities. But these did

not simply emerge as elite phenomena

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/89185

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7 Jobs

REGIONAL CONTENT MANAGER

Salary: $64,951 Location: Nairobi Closing Date: 6th October 2013

Amnesty International Secretariat

 

( http://careers.amnesty.org ) 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: [euro]50,962 Location: Dakar Closing Date: 13th October 2013

Amnesty International Secretariat

 

( http://careers.amnesty.org ) 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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