PAMBAZUKA NEWS 732: LEGISLOOTERS, AXIS OF SHEVIL AND WHITE TERRORISM

24 June 2015 — Pambazuka News

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CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4. Books & arts, 5. Jobs

 

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1 Features BUHARI, ‘LEGISLOOTERS’ AND THE CHANGE AGENDA Chido Onumah and Godwin Onyeacholem

 

Nigerian lawmakers will soon pocket $45 million as ‘wardrobe allowance.’ All that – and a lot more – in a country with a minimum wage of about $80 and where more than half the states have not paid workers for months. Pathological greed! http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/95036

 

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THE AXIS OF SHEVIL: DOES AFRICA NEED GAYLE SMITH’ What do Gayle Smith, Wendy Sherman and Susan Rice have in common’ Alemayehu G. Mariam

 

Without the support of America’s top women Smith, Sherman and Rice, many African dictators would not remain in power for a single day. Smith’s appointment to head USAID is a boon to the despots. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/95037

 

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THE ICC IS NOW AN INSTRUMENT OF IMPERIALISM Motsoko Pheko

 

Former US President George W Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair destroyed entire countries in their military adventurism. Yet they are free men enjoying their retirement without any fear of international justice. The ICC must have the substance and manifestation of justice and fairness. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/95038

 

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HOW THE UN FAILS WHISTLEBLOWERS

 

Despite having clear policies to protect whistleblowers, the UN’s internal system of justice hardly implements those policies. Some whistleblowers have been fired or demoted; others have been subjected to subtle forms of abuse like non-renewal of contracts or sudden transfer to distant duty stations. Many others have been forced to leave the world body to save their livelihoods, health and reputations. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/95030

 

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EU’S MILITARY STRATEGY WILL INTENSIFY MEDITERRANEAN TRAGEDIES Nizar Visram

 

Europe and NATO are responsible for the huge crisis of refugees attempting to enter Europe. Having destabilised other countries through militarism and plunder of resources, they are now converting the Mediterranean Sea into a mass grave for poor people fleeing the turmoil they created. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/95033

 

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IDPS FACE INCREASING SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN MOGADISHU Abdifatah Hasan Ali

 

Sexual violence remains one of the most pressing problems faced by the IDPs who live in insecure areas controlled by armed militias in the Somali capital. The rainy season has already started and those forcefully evicted by the government are once again suffering from the cold weather. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/95022

 

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SOWETO DECLARATION From the 5th Africa Unity for Renaissance Conference

 

This Declaration contains some of the salient ideas from delegates who hailed from across the continent, as well as from the rest of the world, to articulate what is required for the creation of a united, liberated, renascent and prosperous Africa. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/95029

 

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US FOREIGN POLICY A REFLECTION OF RACISM AND NATIONAL OPPRESSION Charleston massacre represents a long line of crimes against humanity that extend around the globe Abayomi Azikiwe

 

Why is the American government constantly at war with one enemy or another abroad and at the same time failing to foster peace and stability inside the country’ It has everything to do with US imperialist militarism around the world and systemic racism at home. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/95027

 

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CLOSING THE HISTORICAL CIRCLE: WHITE TERRORISM AT EMANUEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH Ajamu Baraka

 

African Americans are slowly coming to the conclusion that it does not matter whether it is the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson: the non-white-other is the enemy who must be stopped. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/95024

 

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2 Announcements

 

FIRST CHRISTOPHER FREEMAN ANNUAL LECTURE

 

The first Freeman lecture will be held on 31 July 2015 in India. This year’s theme is ‘Chris Freeman’s Enduring Contributions to the Economics of Innovation.’ http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/announce/95031

 

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INVITATION TO APPLY: 2ND WEST AFRICA EXECUTIVE COURSE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND DRUG POLICY

 

The University of Ghana School of Law, in collaboration with the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program and Open Society Initiative for West Africa, is inviting applications for its intensive 6-day 2nd West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy to be held at the University of Ghana, Legon between July 27 and 1 August, 2015. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/announce/94953

 

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3 Comment & analysis

 

LAND GRABS IN LIBERIA: THE PEOPLE RISE UP Ali Kaba

 

The Liberian government’s refusal to recognize and respect rural people’s customary land rights is marginalizing and destabilizing local communities. The state has handed out millions of hectares to investors in recent years. Now emotions are flaring into full-scale conflict. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/95023

 

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ENDING VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS AND ENSURING #JUSTICEFORGIRLS IN AFRICA Kimberly Brown

 

Schools are places where girls should feel safe, supported and nurtured, rather than at risk of violence ‘ particularly by teachers or school administrators, who owe them a particular duty of care. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/95032

 

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ON THE STATE OF DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA Steven Friedman

 

South African democracy spans two very different worlds. In one, people complain loudly but enjoy full democratic rights ‘ in the other, most remain unheard and battle for the right to speak. In both, life is difficult for those who do not conform. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/95025

 

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GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO MORE FOR THE YOUTH Oliver Meth and Gerard Boyce

 

As South Africa celebrates 39 years since the June 1976 Soweto Uprising, more needs to be done to ensure that young people are educated, employed and empowered. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/95039

 

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DOUBLE TALK FROM WASHINGTON Hama Tuma

 

America knows pretty well that the regime in Addis Ababa is dictatorial and repressive down to its core, but US officials will never say so openly. Ethiopia is an important ally for the pursuit of US interests in the region. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/95026

 

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FROM CAPE TO CAIRO: AFRICA RISING WITH TRIPARTITE FREE TRADE AREA Odomaro Mubangizi

 

The newly signed Tripartite Free Trade agreement bears great opportunities, especially in the areas of information technology, agriculture, social and intellectual capital. However, as with previous and future agreements its success depends highly on political will and stability in the countries involved. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/95035

 

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SENATOR MEREDITH’S PROBLEMS ARE NOT A CROSS FOR THE AFRIKAN COMMUNITY TO BEAR Ajamu Nangwaya

 

Politically aware members of the Afrikan Canadians should not be embarrassed by the alleged behaviour of a man who supports a capitalist system and the exploitation of the natural resources of Afrika by imperialist foreign interests. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/95021

 

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4 Books & arts

 

DAMNED IF WE DON’T: AHJAMU R. UMI’S PRESCIENT LIBERATION LITERATURE Michelle Renee Matisons

 

Umi communicates a straightforward political message: People have the right, even the duty, to defend themselves and their communities against racist terrorist violence. And white people should not sit by idly, but instead, join this struggle. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/books/95034

 

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5 Jobs

 

CAMPAIGNER – NIGERIA Location:Nigeria, Various Type:Permanent Working Hours:35 Salary:Competitive A I Amnesty International

 

Amnesty International (AI) is establishing an office in Nigeria. We are seeking a proven expert on Nigeria, to lead on the development and implementation of campaigning strategies, and to manage and coordinate action on human rights concerns that ensures a lasting impact. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/95019

 

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FINANCE AND OFFICE MANAGER ‘ NIGERIA Location:Various, Nigeria Type:Permanent Working Hours:35 Salary:Competitive A I Amnesty International

 

Are you a fantastic accountant or office manager with a love of social justice’ Then we want to hear from you! We are looking or talented individuals who share our passion for human rights and our desire to see positive change in Nigeria, to help grow our new office in Abuja. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/95018

 

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POSITION: GRANTS AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER Location: Dakar, with regular international travel Deadline: 11 July 2015 TA Trust Africa

 

The goal of the Grants and Compliance Manager is to ensure smooth running of TrustAfrica’s grants administration and other compliance processes. S/he will maintain up to date grant records, ensure adherence to established industry standards and TrustAfrica’s policies and procedures; provide periodic analysis of TrustAfrica grants for internal and external audiences and technical assistance to grantees on all TrustAfrica grants related policies and procedures. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/94937

 

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PRESS OFFICER – EAST AFRICA Location:Nairobi Type:Permanent Working Hours:35 Salary:$68,699 A I Amnesty International

 

This is a new post based in Nairobi that will take strategic ownership of Amnesty International’s media strategy across East Africa, creating awareness of human rights as well as bolstering support for Amnesty International and shaping a better future for those in need. You will drive media coverage across national, regional and international media in order to promote Amnesty International’s campaigning, research, advocacy and growth objectives. You will provide communications that help to develop the human rights agenda and raise awareness of Amnesty International’s work in this important region. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/95028

 

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