PAMBAZUKA NEWS 671 28 March 2014: RACIST ATTACKS, LOOTED ART, JAILED SCRIBES AND STATE WASTAGE

28 March 2014 — Pambazuka News

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

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

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1 Features
ISRAEL ‘MAKING LIVES MISERABLE’ FOR AFRICANS, HOPING THEY ‘SELF-DEPORT’
Interview with The Real News Network
David Sheen

Prime Minister Netanyahu has called African asylum seekers infiltrators and
several other right-wing politicians have openly incited violence against
them. Besides tough laws, the interior ministry’s plan is to make the lives
of the Africans so miserable that they are forced to leave on their own
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91102
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GEORGE CLOONEY AND THE RETURN OF AFRICA’S STOLEN ARTEFACTS
Chika Ezeanya

The actor George Clooney has in the past campaigned on Darfur. Yet in his
recent film he is now campaigning for the return of the Elgin Marbles to
Greece and fails to make the same argument for Africa’s stolen artefacts
scattered across the Western Hemisphere
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91113
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MOROCCO AND THE SAHARAWI REPUBLIC PARTICIPATE SIDE BY SIDE IN AN AFRICA-EU MEETING?
Malainin Mohamed Lakhal

Morocco appears to a adopt a schizophrenic behavior towards the Saharawi
Republic by officially sitting down in international forums side by side
with the Saharawi delegation. Yet behind closed doors it continues to wage
a campaign to discredit the rights of the Saharawi for full independence
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91114
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‘RASTAMAN WITH A BULLET’ REVISITED
Rolling Stone’s 1976 cultural mash-up of Bob Marley and Jamaica
David Dusty Cupples

There is a generalized Western dismissal of the Global South and its
peoples, as exemplified in the racist attack on Jamaican President Manley
and reggae star Bob Marley. It is quite unlikely that anyone growing up in
a culture which constantly touts itself as ‘the greatest in history’ will
not be cursed with delusions of a superior heritage
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91103
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2 Announcements
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Evaluation of the Fahamu transition plan: 01/09/2012-31/12/2013

The proposed external evaluation seeks to find out to what extent members
of the Board of Trustees, Senior Management Team and other members of staff
of Fahamu have implemented recommendations provided by the Change Manager
as part of the transition process of the organisation
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/91115
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RWANDA: 20 YEARS AFTER THE GENOCIDE: A CALL FOR ARTICLES

How has Rwanda fared in the past two decades since the 1994 genocide? And
what does the future hold for this nation of 11 million people? Pambazuka
News invites articles for a special issue to be published in April
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/90534
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PAMBAZUKA SPECIAL ISSUE: AFRICA IN 50 YEARS TIME – INVENTING A NEW AFRICA

What kind of Africa do women, youth, trade union activists,
environmentalists, human rights, LBGTI and sex worker activists envision?
What are the dreams of African writers, poets, scientists, engineers,
agronomists, musicians for the continent in 50 years time? Pambazuka would
like to hear from you.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/Announce/90936
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PAMBAZUKA NEWS: CALL FOR VOLUNTEER TRANSLATORS

Pambazuka News needs volunteers to translate articles. Published weekly in
English and French, and every 15 days in Portuguese, our electronic
newsletter sometimes translates articles from one language to another.
Through this, we aim to break down language barriers, give more audience to
relevant analysis for our contributors and encourage exchanges between
linguistic communities in Africa and around the world. In this Pambazuka is
unique.

To deal with our increasing translation needs, we are looking for
volunteers to strengthen our team of volunteer translators who assist us in
this task and contribute to what Pambazuka is.

We engage to sign all translated articles with the name of their authors.

If you are a student or professional translator, we are counting on you.
Write to the editors at the following address: editor@pambazuka.org
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3 Comment & analysis
LETTER TO MY SON
Eskinder Nega

Freshly smuggled from a gulag in Ethiopia, this is a poignant, albeit long,
letter from a journalist of exceptional courage: the brilliant veteran
editor Eskinder Nega who is serving an 18-year prison sentence based on
trumped-up terrorism charges in reprisal to his 2011 articles about the
implications of the Arab Spring in his country
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91111
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KENYA: EVERY DAY IS PARTY TIME IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES
Paul Mwangi

Kenya is struggling with a huge public wage bill. Much of the money goes
into the pockets of ghost workers and greedy government officials. At all
levels, there is breathtaking wastage of taxpayers’ money
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91104
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KWADIR FELTON AND CORY BOOKER
Margaret Kimberley

Kwadir Felton, one of Sen. Cory Booker’s constituents, faces 30 years in
prison for allegedly assaulting the Jersey City police who shot and blinded
him. But Felton can expect no constituent services from Booker. Black
people demand next to nothing from their politicians.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91105
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4 Advocacy & campaigns
REEYOT ALEMU: HONORING ONE OF AFRICA’S BRAVEST WOMEN IN JOURNALISM

Her principled stance for truth and justice in defiance of government and
injustice, has earned her international accolades. You can join the
campaign for her release
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/91106
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NKANDLA REPORT’S STORY: TAKING FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE RICH

Funds meant for informal settlement upgrading and urban regeneration
diverted to upgrading the President’s home
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/91107
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WORLD BANK GRANT FOR INGA 3 DAM DENOUNCED AS SUPPORT FOR AFRICA’S NEXT ‘WHITE ELEPHANT’

Even though only 9 percent of the DRC population has access to electricity,
the power generated by Inga 3 will primarily benefit mining companies and
export markets
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/91108
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4TH EDITION OF THE WEST AFRICAN SEED FAIR: A COMMUNIQUE
West African Peasant Seed Committee (COASP)

On the occasion of the 4th edition of the West African peasant seed fair,
held in Djimini, Senegal, from March 11-13, 2014, 350 participants,
representing 54 delegations from Benin, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Niger,
Mali, Togo, Senegal, Guinea, India, Europe and Canada assembled to promote
peasant seeds.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/91109
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STATEMENT BY CIVIL SOCIETY ON RECENT TERROR ATTACKS IN KENYA

Six people were killed and several others injured in Mombasa in the latest
terror attack on 23 March. Police have announced a shoot-to-kill order
against terror suspects, a decision civil society rejects
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/91112
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NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM REVEALS BRAZILIAN ANGER AT SOCCER WORLD CUP

Brazilian rage against Fifa’s Soccer World Cup is revealed in a new
documentary film ahead of the event planned for June this year
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/91110
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