7 May 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. Books & arts, 6. African Writers’ Corner, 7. Jobs
BRITAIN, LIBYA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN: THE CREATION OF A HUMANITARIAN
Drownings are now being used as a pretext to further militarise Africa
The EU’s new policy is to let as many refugees as possible drown in the
Mediterranean to deter others from attempting similar voyages. Yet these
refugees are often fleeing from wars and miseries created by the West and
CAPITALIZING ON SORROW?
‘We are between hell and the deep blue sea’.
The public outcry against the mass drownings of desperate people at the
hands of slave traders demands a solution. But the solution offered by
Empire does not include eradication of poverty or resolution of wars. It is
War, the mainstream media and the tragic death of African refugees
Corporate media writes of drowning refugees fleeing poverty and violence in
the Middle East and North Africa without mentioning the actions of the
United States and its European allies that have caused the humanitarian
GEOENGINEERING THE CLIMATE: A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR AFRICA, ASIA AND PLANET
Naomi Klein’s book ‘This Changes Everything’ shows how climate change and
the bleak future we are marching toward are inextricably bound up with
unfettered capitalism. To preserve capitalist excesses, hi-tech fixes for
warming–like Solar Radiation Management–may be employed that hasten the
demise of large parts of Africa and Asia and the natural world.
8TH PAN AFRICAN CONGRESS: THE CONGRESS IS NOT THE MOVEMENT
Reflections on Phase I of the Congress in Accra, March 2015
The pan-Africanist spirit is alive and strong, but building a solid Pan
African Movement remains a big challenge — as witnessed in the Pan African
Congress in Accra, Ghana, in March. A Pan Africanist political culture must
be inculcated, nurtured and institutionalized throughout the six regions of
the African world.
WHY MAY DAY MATTERS TO BOTSWANA
A history with anarchist roots
Sian Byrne, Paliani Chinguwo, Warren McGregor and Lucien van der Walt
When we commemorate May Day we rarely reflect on why it is a public holiday
in Africa or elsewhere. Sian Byrne, Paliani Chinguwo, Warren McGregor, and
Lucien van der Walt tell of the powerful struggles that lie behind its
WILL THE WORLD REMAIN SILENT WITH RWANDA AND UGANDA IN DR CONGO AGAIN?
An interview with international criminal defense attorney and former law
professor Peter Erlinder
While international attention is focused on the constitutional crisis in
Burundi, Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers have again violated the territorial
integrity of DR Congo by sending troops into the country. What are they up
AFRIKAN RESISTANCE TO STATE VIOLENCE
Remembering Toronto’s 1992 Yonge Street Uprising and its lessons
The Yonge Street Uprising has made it clear that the oppressed might have
to resort to violence in order to occupy the stage of history as the
principal actors in the drama of emancipation.
CALL FOR ARTICLES: AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES ON THE POST-2015 AGENDA FOR
Pambazuka News, in collaboration with AfricAvenir (www.africavenir.org),
invites contributions on the evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) and the question of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
JOURNAL OF PEACEBUILDING & DEVELOPMENT: CALL FOR PAPERS
‘Donor Driven Peace’ A Critical Reflection on Donor Support to
Peacebuilding in Practice? Volume 11 Number 1. With Visiting Editor: Cheryl
Duckworth, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Key challenges include how to support genuinely addressing the root causes
of many intractable conflicts, which often involve deeply entrenched
inequalities of wealth and power, while often having to meet headquarter
demands for short term, quantifiable results rooted in linear and
problematic assumptions about how change manifests.
KUWALA JOURNAL: CALL FOR PAPERS
The African Academy of Languages invites Africa scholars in the continent
and the Diaspora to submit contribution for publication in a special
edition of KUWALA (ACALAN’s Journal), which will explore the academic,
conceptual and practical elements on the contribution of African languages
to Agenda 20163.
3 Comment & analysis
THE AFRICAN DRUGS TRADE
Cocaine threatens to destabilize economic and political advances
Economic growth in West Africa is badly threatened by the cocaine trade.
The power of cocaine cartels is enormous, and the scope of their business
to pervert and corrupt society at every level is making itself felt.
XENOPHOBIA AT ODDS WITH SA ‘RHETORIC OF INCLUSIVITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS’
Francis B Nyamnjoh
If belonging is articulated in rigid exclusionary terms, where everyone
however mobile, is considered to belong to a particular homeland somewhere
else, a place they cannot outgrow and which they must belong to regardless
of where they were born or where they live and work, then South Africa can
only belong to one group of people, those who were there before everyone
else: the San.
ZWELITHINI’S LICE COMMENT ONLY DEFLECTS ATTENTION FOR PARASITIC ROYAL
The real parasites in South Africa are institutions such as the moribund
royal households that are maintained in luxury by taxpayers without
delivering any meaningful public good.
GLEBELANDS: DERELICTION AND DENIALS
‘justice is blowing in the wind
The police and public watchdog institutions are increasingly unwilling to
hold government accountable and to protect the constitutional rights of
HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN CAMEROON FOR DISPLACED WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Thousands of persons displaced by Boko Haram attacks in northern Cameroon
are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. But they have virtually been
forgotten by the Paul Biya government whose attention is focused – rather
disproportionately – on refugees.
AFRICA’S SOCIAL MOVEMENTS PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES, NOT THREATS, FOR RIGHTS
Lucia Nader and Akwasi Aidoo
To maintain their relevance, African rights groups will have to become more
innovative and nimble. They must keep their ears to the ground, forging new
and more creative partnerships with the activists of new social movements.
4 Advocacy & campaigns
IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS CONDEMN KILLING OF TERRENCE KELLOM SR.
Kellom’s killing clearly demonstrates that the systems criminalizing Black
communities, people of color, and immigrants are integrally related in
America. There must be an end to government-sanctioned violence in all
PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT: RESPECT THE CONSTITUTION OF BURUNDI & THE
Sign a petition (
) to the Government of Burundi via Embassy of Burundi in Kenya on the
crisis and violence.
5 Books & arts
NEW BOOK BY NICK TURSE: ‘TOMORROW’S BATTLEFIELD: U.S. PROXY WARS AND SECRET
OPS IN AFRICA?
Forthcoming book explores Washington’s escalating war on the continent
The book examines how repeated failed counter-terrorism operations
throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia have led to broader
interventions and the promotion of the military and intelligence theorists
who concoct these operations.
6 African Writers’ Corner
ON MIGRANTS ISSUES
To the rest of the world, they are merely statistics of persons drowned at
sea while trying to reach Europe in illegal voyages. But these are real
human beings, with complex lives, pursuing a dream.
VACANCY: DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, TRUST AFRICA
Location: Dakar Senegal Deadline: 30 May 2015
The goal of the Director of Programs is to manage the programs of
TrustAfrica (convenings, grant- making, knowledge generation and provision
of technical assistance) working under the supervision of the Executive
Director and in close collaboration with All Staff.
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