PAMBAZUKA NEWS 674 17 April 2014: AFRICAN CASH COWS: FROM THE SLAVE TRADE TO WAR ON TERRORISM

17 April 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, 5. Obituaries, 6. Jobs

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1 Features
AFRICAN CURRENCY UNIT: AN URGENT QUESTION IN THE MIDST OF THE CAPITALIST CRISIS
Horace G. Campbell

There is enough research to show massive capital drain from Africa and that
Africa is a net creditor to Europe and North America. Without an African
central bank functioning under democratic control and a credible African
currency, the drain of resources will continue to rob Africa the means to
achieve development
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91371
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EU-AFRICA SUMMIT MAY LEAD TO INCREASED IMPERIALIST INTERVENTIONS
Gathering in Brussels undermines African unity
Abayomi Azikiwe

Thirty six African heads of state recently attended an EU-Africa summit on
the theme “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.” Yet, behind the
scenes the EU plans to deploy a thousand troops to join UN troops in the
Central African Republic
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91379
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HOW TO WIN A WAR WITHOUT A FIGHT
The example of Russia in Crimea and the lesson for Africa
Jean-Paul Pougala

Those who are fighting today against the splintering of Ukraine are the
same as those who are working behind the scenes to break up Mali and who
are financing the rebellions in eastern DRC in order to create a new
republic in the Kivu tomorrow
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91369
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CARIBBEAN REPARATORY JUSTICE PROGRAM: TEN POINT ACTION PLAN
Caricom Reparations Commission

The Caricom Reparations Commission has outlined ten demands of the former
European trading nations to pay reparations to them. Among the root causes
of the current problems facing descendants of slavery and genocide in the
Caribbean is the racial victimization that was engendered by enslavement of
black people
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91378
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CLIMATE CRISIS IS INCREASING INSECURITY
Farooque Chowdhury

Underlying the current climate crisis that will worsen if not alleviated is
the greed for greater profits, markets, fuel, and the rape of the earth’s
resources. As this continues the ramifications will be increasing
insecurity, competition and conflicts for water and scarce resources
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91380
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HONDURAS: ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE IN RIO BLANCO
Beverly Bell

Despite U.S.-backed violence against them, indigenous communities are
fighting back as multinational corporations encroach on their lands
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/91370
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2 Announcements
CALL FOR ARTICLES: AFRICA AND ITS DIASPORA IN MIGRATION DYNAMICS

Pambazuka News proposes to address migration dynamics in a special issue in
late June. Analysis may include historical, cultural, economic,
psychological, developmental, social, legal and political dimensions of
this age-old phenomenon.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/announce/91397
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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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AFRICAN ODYSSEYS AT BFI SOUTHBANK, APRIL – JUNE 2014
FEATURING LIVELY Q&As WITH THE FILMMAKERS FOLLOWING EACH SCREENING

The forthcoming African Odysseys programme will feature screenings of
inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, followed by question
and answer sessions with the film directors
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/announce/91306
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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
SOMALIS: THE CASH COW OF THE KENYAN POLICE
Badrudeen Shariff

Badrudeen Shariff looks into some of the reasons for police corruption and
unfair treatment of Somalis in Kenya – and questions whether giving fair
treatment to police in the first place would not prevent such problems.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91394
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INDUCED AND FORCED REPATRIATION IS ONGOING IN KENYA
Victor Nyamori

Refugees in Kenya are often the victims of inhumane and illegal treatment
by the government. Activists must work with the government to abolish the
practice of forcible repatriation and to improve the pathetic conditions in
refugee camps.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91393
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REVISITING THE QUESTION OF RADICALIZATION AND VIOLENCE AT THE KENYAN COAST
Hawa Noor Mohammed

Excessive government force and state assassinations in the name of
counterterrorism have split the Muslim community in Kenya into moderates
and radicals with differing interpretations of Jihad. Extremists attract
especially impoverished youths who hold resentment towards the government
as their communities continue to be marginalized and deprived
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91376
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BRITISH TEACHER’S HEROISM VERSUS AL SHABAB’S BARBARISM
Bashir Goth

Al Shabab followers wake up every morning with a plan on how many lives
they can take, not how many lives they would save. They read Quran and in
their demented minds come up with wrong self-serving interpretations
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91377
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IT’S WRONG TO ADVOCATE DECRIMINALISATION OF MASS MURDER AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Obote-Odora Alex

Thabo Mbeki and Mahmood Mamdani have argued for post-conflict political
resolution which seeks to peacefully reconcile societies by treating both
victims and perpetrators as survivors. But such a model is an insult to
victims and promotes impunity rather than justice. The courts are
indispensable tools of justice and reconciliation.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91392
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THE HABRE AFFAIR : WHY CHAD CANNOT FILE A CASE
Reed Brody

Chad accuses Hissene Habre of having looted the Chadian treasury upon
fleeing the country, and with reason. But it is obvious that a legal
entity, such as a company or a state, cannot be the victim of most serious
violations of international law, such as genocide, crimes against humanity,
war crimes and torture.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91395
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RUSSIA AND THE UKRAINE CRISIS
The Euro-Asian project in conflict with the Triad imperialist policies
Samir Amin

Russia’s policy to resist the project of colonisation of Ukraine by western
powers should be supported. The target of constructing a Euro-Asian
community, independent of the Triad and its European subordinate partners,
is a positive initiative
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/91396
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4 Advocacy & campaigns
AN OPEN PROTEST TO PRESIDENT KENYATTA ON HARASSMENT OF SOMALIS
Khalif Abdi Farah

Ethnic Somalis in Kenya have always been the target of security operations
resulting in serious human rights violations. That is what is currently
happening again following attacks by suspected Al Shabaab militants. But
not all Somalis are terrorists. The state should respect their fundamental
rights as citizens
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/91373
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DON’T VOTE FOR THESE MESSIAHS
Ayanda Kota

We have the vote but the political parties do not represent the aspirations
of the people, writes Ayanda Kota, founder of the Unemployed People’s
Movement.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/91374
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OAU STUDENTS UNION ELECTIONS AND MANAGEMENT’S VICIOUS INTERFERENCE
Democratic Socialist Movement

To blacklist students is not only a witch-hunt aimed at preventing
activists from holding union offices but also a calculated scheme to weaken
the OAU students’ union and establish it under the direct manipulation of
the university administration
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/91375
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5 Obituaries
NORMAN GIRVAN: THE PASSING OF A TRUE CARIBBEAN PATRIOT
Movement for Social justice

The Caribbean has lost a fighter and believer in social justice, one who
knew that another world is not only necessary but possible! The working
people and poor have lost a true friend!
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/obituary/91372
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6 Jobs
CAMPAIGNER – SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDAN
$45,621 per annum Location: Nairobi, Kenya
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 fight
for their rights. In order to be effective, Amnesty International’s (AI)
International Secretariat needs to change how we work. That’s why we have
opened a Regional Office in Kenya. And why we need your campaigning
expertise with us on the ground.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs2/91307
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RESEARCHER – SUDAN
$64,951 per annum Location: Nairobi, Kenya
A I
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 fight
for their rights. In order to be effective, Amnesty International’s (AI)
International Secretariat needs to change how we work. That’s why we have
opened a Regional Office in Kenya. And why we need your campaigning
expertise with us on the ground.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs2/91308
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