6 June 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
BOKO HARAM A BLESSING FOR IMPERIALISM IN AFRICA: US TRAINING DEATH SQUADS
The danger of America’s military assistance to Africa – whether it is in
fighting Boko Haram or Al-Shabaab – lies in the fact that the US has a
lethal history of training death squads around the world. These death
squads are now coming to Africa via the blessing of Boko Haram
THE MENACE OF BOKO HARAM AND FUNDAMENTALISM IN NIGERIA
Horace G. Campbell
The hardline military approach to Boko Haram by the Nigerian government is
inadequate. Boko Haram’s challenge has economic, political and social
dimensions that government ignores to the detriment of Nigerians. All
progressive forces will now have to wade in to oppose both Boko Haram and
the states that provide the enabling conditions for the growth of terror
BOKO HARAM: THE NECESSARY STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR TRANSFORMING THE
INTRACTABLE CONFLICT IN NIGERIA
As Boko Haram adopts new strategies for shaking up Nigeria, the government
must understand that they cannot respond effectively with force. The
government must provide effective social services, thereby instilling trust
in the state and discouraging discontent and radical action.
THE BANANALISATION OF RACISM
Ana Maria Goncalves
The ‘banana campaign’ against racism is cheap as it fails to address the
fact that racism is a serious crime that should be punished. Such
depoliticised reactions from athletes, artists, opinion-shapers and
policy-makers help to cover up the real meaning of racism (
THE AFRICAN UNION AND THE ELUSIVE PROMISE OF UNITY
All across the continent and the Diaspora imperialism tightens its grip on the people
( http://www.au.int/en/ ) 51 years after the founding of the OAU, now AU,
Africa has largely failed to build effective unity, with countries ravaged
by internal conflict and the AU failing to have any impact in global power.
Internal failures are exploited by imperialist powers to continue their
meddling in African affairs. A political alternative based upon
revolutionary Pan-Africanism, anti-imperialism and socialism provides the
only hope for Africa
FGM: KENYAN WOMAN USES FILM TO FIGHT SCOURGE
Valentina Acava Mmaka
Circumcision of women and girls continues around the world even in
countries where it has been expressly banned by law. More and diverse
efforts are need to win this struggle, as this Kenyan film-maker explains (
THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT’S RELATIONSHIP WITH AFRICA: AN UNFAIR BIAS?
All current cases before the ICC are from Africa and case referrals are
restricted by international politics. However, this should not be an excuse
for African leaders to circumvent justice. As no African Court with
efficient jurisdiction and capacity exists, the ICC remains vital to
African victims and ending impunity.
THE MANDELA LEGACY: FAREWELL TO BLACK NATIONALISM
The neoliberal policy stance of the African National Congress and the
socioeconomic consequences of these policies mark the death of the
conservative Black Nationalist movement. The working class and the
revolutionary Left must now move away from ‘black consciousness’ to ‘mass
consciousness’ to challenge social injustice.
PAMBAZUKA SPECIAL: WHEN WILL PEACE BE CREATED FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE DRC?
The special issue on the DRC seeks to expose not only the realities of war
that continue to have a traumatic and tragic impact on the lives of those
directly affected, but also to address the complex realities and issues
that the Congolese have faced in the past since the assassination of its
valiant leader, Patrice Lumumba
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SPECIAL ISSUE ON GMOS, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND AFRICA: CALL FOR ARTICLES
Pambazuka News invites articles on the vexed question of GMOs and food
sovereignty in Africa to help readers make sense of the debate in order to
effectively play their roles as citizens
3 Comment & analysis
MALAWI’S CHAOTIC ELECTION
Previously touted as transparent, Malawi’s recent election proved chaotic
amid polling day havoc and vote counting anomalies. Incumbent Joyce Banda
cried foul over preliminary results, but an electoral commission recount
upheld opposition leader Peter Mutharika’s win. Malawi’s leaders, the AU
and SADC must now continue to promote stability to protect democracy and
the will of the Malawian people.
4 Advocacy & campaigns
CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER WRITES TO WORLD BANK CALLING FOR ACTION AGAINST RACISM
The Chair of The National Congress of Black Women wants the World Bank to
expeditiously establish an independent high-level commission to review the
current situation of racism against blacks at the institution and provide
recommendations for fundamental reforms.
REV JACKSON’S LETTER TO THE WORLD BANK BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Rev. Jesse Jackson urges the Bank to address the issue of rampant racism
against Black people.
THE POLITICAL PERILS OF CRIMINALISING ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN MOZAMBIQUE
A well-respected Mozambican academic is facing trial for a comment he made
on Facebook critical of President Guebuza. This is flagrant violation of
the professor’s freedom of opinion and of expression. Such repression may
close down public debate and lead to self-censorship.
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