27 February 2015 — 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. Letters & Opinions
1 Features VATICAN OWES AFRICA THE TRUTH Could the Catholic Church’s Ethnology Museum be holding artefacts with doubtful histories? Kwame Opoku
Churches supported the establishment of colonial regimes, especially through the destruction of societal, cultural and religious systems in Africa. Until today racist and ignorant assumptions about African cultures inform the justification of keeping artefacts that missionaries looted from Africa to create collections and museums in Europe. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94050
THE INVASION OF BENIN KINGDOM Michelle Yaa Asantewa
British colonial soldiers committed genocide in the Kingdom of Benin in 1897. They then looted some 4,000 pieces of art which have never been returned. A Nigerian film recreates the invasion, exposing the bestial brutality of Empire. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94040
MALCOLM X: REVOLUTIONARY VOICE OF STRUGGLE AND LIBERATION Five decades since his martyrdom the struggle continues by any means necessary Abayomi Azikiwe
50 years have passed since the shooting of Malcolm X, yet the institutionalized racism he fought against, as well as its resulting violence, poverty and inequality, still blight many African American communities in the US. It is time to revisit Malcolm X’s life, death, and legacy to find a way out. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94052
MALCOLM X’S INTERNATIONALISM AND THE STRUGGLE FOR HAITI TODAY Ajamu Nangwaya
Internationalists who are in agreement with Malcolm X’s internationalism and global justice commitments ought to actively support the fight for self-determination, independence and development of the labouring classes in Haiti. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94047
INTRODUCING THE MALCOLM X MOVEMENT Building towards a new wave of Global South decolonial anti-imperialist resistance in Britain Sukant Chandan
Inspired by the man himself, The Malcolm X Movement is a Black and Asian decolonial and anti-imperialist initiative launching in August 2015 in the UK, which is trying to develop unity among the peoples of the Global South in fighting all oppression. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94044
EGYPT IS CALLING THE WEST’S BLUFF OVER ITS PHONY WAR ON ISIS Dan Glazebrook
As Egyptian President Sisi calls for more support in the fight against NATO-funded militias in Libya, the West’s refusal to back him raises the question of their ultimate aims in entering the region. The West is complicity in enabling ISIS to gain a strong foothold and further destabilise Libya, Syria and, potentially, Egypt. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94051
BYE, BYE KARUTURISTAN, ETHIOPIA! Alemayehu G. Mariam
Karuturi has nothing to show for his “investment”, except a humongous debt. Where are the tens of thousands of hectares of oil palm, sugar cane, rice, edible oils and maize and cotton he promised? Where are the 60,000 workers? They exist only in the warped imaginations of the corrupt state fat cats in Addis Ababa. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94049
DESERTEC: THE RENEWABLE ENERGY GRAB? Hamza Hamouchene
A plan to power Europe from Saharan solar plants seems to have stalled, but several large North African solar projects are still going ahead despite local concerns. Hamza Hamouchene asks: where did the Desertec project go wrong, and can desert solar power yet play a role in a democratic and sustainable future? http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94048
RACISM, CLASSISM AND ELITISM ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN SOUTH AFRICA Dhiru Soni and Mark Hay
Despite the fact that apartheid officially ended in 1994 in South Africa, new forms of racism and elitism continue to linger on, grounded in enduring asymmetries of power. Such power relations continue to serve the interests of elites whilst marginalising millions of indigent people. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94054
GIVE US BACK OUR LAND Motsoko Pheko
The issue of land ownership in South Africa has been on the minds of millions of Africans for many decades, some with no place to bury their dead while being surrounded by luxurious golf courses and palatial hotels. This must change. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94055
KATUNA: A PARADIGM OF POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CROSS-BORDER TRADE AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION IN AFRICA Odomaro Mubangizi
In the quest for regional integration, it is helpful to look at some of the less known yet strategic locations such as Katuna for models of emulation and improvement. Katuna offers a model of integration from below. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/94053
2 Announcements AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT: REVITALIZING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR AFRICA’S FUTURE
The Summit in Dakar, Senegal, March 10-12, 2015 seeks to build a movement of like-minded institutions to transform the African higher education sector. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/announce/94067
CALL FOR PAPERS
International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Environmental Ethics: Implications for Peace-building and Sustainable Development: 28-30 April 2015, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/announce/93911
SPECIAL ISSUE: WHERE NEXT FOR THE MILLENUIM DEVELOPMENT GOALS? African perspectives on the Post-2015 development agenda process
Pambazuka News invites articles on the evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals and the question of the post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa to help readers make sense of the debate in order to influence the UN’s construction of a Post-2015 Development with Africa as an active partner. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/announce/93920
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3 Comment & analysis PRISON NOTE: A SEARCH FOR JUSTICE OR RESIDENTIAL VENDETTA? Charles Tonbra Okah
Denied bail, Nigerian bombing suspect Charles Okah has spent four years in jail as his case drags on. He denies the charges leveled against him and accuses President Goodluck Jonathan of a vendetta, whose details he does not disclose. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/94041
AFRICA RISING: MYTH OR REALITY? Sungu Oyoo
Most African countries have failed to transform the much-trumpeted economic growth into economic development for their citizens. Africa’s rising therefore mainly benefits multi-national corporations and local elites. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/94042
BURUNDI’S BID TO SILENCE CRITICAL VOICES Another piece in the puzzle of shrinking space for civic freedoms in East Africa? Aloys Habimana
Step by step Burundi is reverting to the police state of the 1980s and 1990s during which human rights defenders and journalists were routinely portrayed publicly as enemies of the state. This is now the trend in East Africa. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/94066
BOKO HARAM: PLAYING POLITICS WITH HUMAN LIVES Abdulrazaq Magaji
Recent gains in the fight against Boko Haram have justified growing calls for appropriate sanctions for those found complicit in playing politics with an insurgency that has claimed more than 13,000 lives, placed hundreds in captivity, displaced thousands and virtually grounded the economy of Nigeria’s northeast. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/94039
THE FUNDAMENTALIST TRAP Fatou Sow
Fundamentalism rooted in politics, religion and culture, allows and justifies unbearable violence now reported in many parts of Africa. We are potential victims. We must have the audacity to denounce it. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/94045
VISITING AFRICA: A SHORT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS Keguro Macharia
Are you heading out to Africa to carry out some research? Well, you are not the first one, as you might know. That has been going on for ages. But certain tendencies that insult the African people persist. Here are some: http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/94046
4 Advocacy & campaigns A CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WITH FAMILIES MISSING TUNISIANS
Regarding the repeated and contemptuous silence of the different Tunisian governments, which have taken place since the revolution, to requests from families to know the fate of hundreds of missing young Tunisians who have been lost at sea since the revolution, we call on you to organize an international solidarity movement with the activities they have decided to initiate today Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Tunis; a rally at the seat of government in the Kasbah area of Tunis.
After the fall of the regime, tens of thousands of young Tunisians from working class districts have crossed the Mediterranean on small boats in search of a better future they can’t find in their country. Thousands could reach the coasts, but hundreds have disappeared and many remained at sea. Four years after these dramatic events, families are still helpless, their sufferings have deepened day by day at the refusal of the successive governments, including the current one, to respond to their request to create a commission of inquiry equipped with the necessary means and skills to know the truth about the missing young Tunisians. We suggest that you send your support to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org and organize all actions that you consider useful and rallies in front of consulates and embassies in Tunisia Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
TUNISIAN FORUM FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS
5 Letters & Opinions RWANDA GENOCIDE: REPLY TO ERLINDER AND BLACK Odora-Obote Alex
The position that whenever a prosecutor makes decisions that are unpopular to the defence Counsels, then such decisions are political is bizarre. Defence counsels ought to separate legal issues from their own political views about Rwanda. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/letters/94043
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