PAMBAZUKA NEWS 655 21 November 2013: ARRESTING CLIMATE CHANGE, RESOURCE GRABS AND MALDEVELOPMENT

21 November 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. Jobs

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1 Features
AT WARSAW’S COP19 CLIMATE SUMMIT, SOUTH AFRICA HAS NO BRAGGING RIGHTS
Patrick Bond

Can Pretoria’s delegation to the Conference of the Parties COP19 in Warsaw
http://www.cop19.gov.pl/ ) – the annual UN Framework Convention on
Climate Change summit which opened on Monday and closes on November 22 –
make a convincing statement that one of the world’s highest per-capita
greenhouse-gas polluters is reforming?
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89738
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FOOD SECURITY, SMALL WOMEN FARMERS AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN SIDS
Opportunities for advancing women’s sustainable and green livelihoods
Nidhi Tandon

In the context of changing climates and increased stresses on the natural
environment, women farmers need consistent, relevant and intelligent
support, in a timely manner, to secure their critically important roles in
food security, health and biodiversity conservation. There are important
lessons from the Caribbean in this regard
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89728
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THE SOUTH: WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
The conclusions of the Algiers symposium
Samir Amin

The project to which we wish to contribute is that of a creative utopia. If
one were to give that future, that vision, a name, one could call it
‘value-based development,’ in other words development based on a body of
moral, ethical and social values that integrate democracy, liberty and
equality, solidarity, etc. To my mind, this is called ‘communism,’ as
envisaged by Marx.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89729
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MORE CONGO PROPAGANDA: M23 AND THE UNSEEN HIGH-TECH GENOCIDE
Keith Harmon Snow

Has the M23 rebel group been defeated? No. And there is nothing in the
recent reportage in major western media that tells anything close to the
whole truth about the ongoing genocide and depopulation in DRC
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89731
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BLOOD COLTAN: REMOTE-CONTROLLED WARFARE AND THE DEMAND FOR STRATEGIC
MINERALS
Giunta Carrie

The atrocious war in Congo is tied to the huge appetite in the west for
strategic minerals essential to the electronics and military industries.
The criminal regimes in Uganda and Rwanda sponsor proxy militias whose
violence facilitates the smuggling of these minerals through the two
African nations.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89735
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ETHIOPIA: THE ‘LIBERTY OF MOVEMENT’
Government announces temporary ban on traveling abroad for work
Alemayehu G. Mariam

In response to a crackdown on “illegal” immigrants by Saudi Arabia in which
many Ethiopians were repatriated, Addis Ababa has imposed an
unconstitutional ban on foreign travel for work. The ban is illogical.
Better ways of handling the matter abound
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89732
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COCA-COLA PROMISES TO PROTECT LAND RIGHTS OF FARMERS
Peter Kenworthy

The soft drinks manufacturing multi-national bowed to pressure after
hundreds of thousands of people appended their signatures to a campaign by
Oxfam demanding that Coca-Cola cut links with companies supplying it with
sugar from cane grown on grabbed lands
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89733
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‘LAND GRABBING IN MADAGASCAR: ECHOES AND TESTIMONIES FROM THE FIELD’ REPORT
LAUNCH

Madagascar, a country rich in natural resources and potential to sustain
its own development even though its people is one of the poorest is the
world, is facing strong pressures of land grabbing by local and foreign
investors at the expense of peasant and local communities
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89737
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LIBERATION WITHOUT REPOSSESSION OF LAND IS GIGANTIC COLONIAL FRAUD
Motsoko Pheko

Repossession of land was at the heart of the African struggle for freedom
from European colonialism. It is sad that to this day many Africans in
‘independent’ nations still have no access to the most essential resource
for human survival
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89730
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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘WORLD CLASS’ FOR THE FEW, ‘THIRD CLASS’ FOR THE REST
Dale T. McKinley

Despite government and ruling party hype, South Africa remains a country in
which the capitalist class and their small minority of middle class and
political hangers-on ride the ‘world class’ gravy train while telling the
rest of the people to cram into the ‘third class’ carriages
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89734
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LOW MOTIVATION TOWARDS RUSSIAN LANGUAGE IN AFRICA
Kester Kenn Klomegah

For the past two decades, Russian language studies has drastically fallen
among the African population primarily due to lack of general interest,
financial constraints in support for study programs and a lack of
consistent interactive cultural activities by the Russian authorities, both
Russian and African experts say
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/89736
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2 Announcements
CALL FOR ARTICLES: AMILCAR CABRAL

Pambazuka News seeks to commemorate 41 years since the death of this
important African political thinker. The Editors invite articles for a
special issue on his life and work
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/89544
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3 Comment & analysis
NOT IN NIGERIA BUT IN GERMANY
Newly discovered Nok sculptures exhibited for the first time
Kwame Opoku

It is difficult to understand why artefacts newly recovered in Nigeria
should be exhibited first in Germany and not in the country where they were
discovered
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89746
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THE AFRICAN UNION AND MORAL ABDICATION
Olufemi Taiwo

African leaders and their intellectual enablers in the cozy confines of
their Chinese-donated palatial headquarters in Addis Ababa think nothing of
justice, forget respect when they ask for immunity of prosecution. This is
nothing more than moral abdication
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89685
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SYRIA, THE DRC AND THE ‘RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT’: THE US DOUBLE STANDARD
Kambale Musavuli

The Obama administration is concerned with the prevention of mass
atrocities mainly when it is in alignment with US interests. However, in
the case of the deadliest conflict in the world where US allies are the
aggressors, R2P is rarely if ever mentioned or invoked
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89683
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UNITED STATES EXPANDS FOCUS ON GULF OF GUINEA
Capture of two Americans provides rationale for deeper involvement off
coast of West Africa
Abayomi Azikiwe

The recent abduction of two American citizens near the Gulf of Guinea
provides ideological cover for Washington to increase its military
operations in Africa. Meanwhile, American looting of oil, natural gas and
other strategic resources in the region also continues
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89682
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RENISHA MCBRIDE AND KYM WORTHY
Margaret Kimberley

Following the outrageous death of Travyon Martin in the US is the murder of
Renisha McBride who sought help after a car accident and was brutally
murdered. It is now ‘open season on black people’ in America with a black
prosecutor, Kym Worthy, who does not inspire justice will be won
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/89681
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4 Advocacy & campaigns
CHILDREN DRIVEN ADVOCACY: RESISTING CHILD LABOUR IN MT ELGON, KENYA

Evelyn Mkite is a Fahamu Fellow 2013 based in Cheptais location in the Mt
Elgon region in Bungoma County, western Kenya. Her activism work revolves
around fighting against child labour in Cheptais with the intent of keeping
them in school.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/89742
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GROUP PROTESTS HARASSMENT OF JOURNALISTS IN SOMALILAND

The following open letter was sent by Somaliland Focus (UK) to Somaliland’s
government on Nov 11 2013.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/89741
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LETTER TO AFRICAN GROUP ON WHRD RESOLUTION

‘We are extremely concerned to hear that the African Group has developed a
group position objecting to several core elements of the draft resolution’
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/89739
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URGENT ACTION: MASS DEPRIVATION OF NATIONALITY UNDER WAY IN DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC

The Constitutional Court ruling which deprives thousands of individuals of
foreign descent of their Dominican nationality is being implemented. This
has created an increasing nationalist and hostile atmosphere where
individuals of Haitian descent are particularly discriminated against and
at risk of violence and further violations.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/89740
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5 Books & arts
A CAUSAL MODEL OF CHINESE EXCEPTIONALISM: A REVIEW OF ‘CAPITALISM FROM
BELOW’
Chambi Chachage

Victor Nee and Sonja Opper’s (2012) book on Capitalism From Below: Markets
and Institutional Change in China is an ambitious attempt at explaining,
theoretically and empirically, the country’s economic miracle. It is also a
bold attempt at prescribing a model for replicating such a success in other
reforming countries.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/89744
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THE MORE THINGS CHANGE…
Rosa Parks

Jubilee, freedom, celebration
Fifty years to restore, renew, rebuild
Union Jack down
Kenya flag up
Fifty years lost to excuses
To lip service not public service
To me not we
To kneejerk reactions not pro-action
To bodyguards not public guards
To greed not needs
Hallow the fiftieth year
Day of Atonement is nigh
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‘THE IDEALIST: JEFFREY SACHS AND THE QUEST TO END POVERTY’
Beatrice Fantoni

Nina Munk’s ‘The Idealist’ comes with a heavy dose of discomfort. In fact,
it’s almost all uncomfortable, all the time. And that’s a good thing if you
like ambiguous endings.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/89743
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6 Jobs
REGIONAL ACTIVISM & YOUTH COORDINATOR
#35,640; Johannesburg
Amnesty International

For 50 years, we’ve been campaigning for human rights wherever justice,
freedom and truth are denied. We’ve reshaped policies, challenged
governments and taken corporations to task. In doing so, we’ve changed
thousands of lives for the better. Join Amnesty at our new Secretariat
office in Johannesburg and you will too.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/89747
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