Pambazuka News 842 20 October 2017: Kenya on the brink

20 October 2017 — Pambazuka News


1. Features
2. Announcements


 Step back from the brink

*An open letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rt. Hon Raila Odinga* ICJ-Kenya

The ruling Jubilee coalition insists repeat presidential elections must go on next Thursday. The opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) has called for a boycott and nationwide protests on that date. Unless the election is called off now, and efforts made to cool off tempers, Kenya could implode.

 Kenya must call off repeat presidential election

Ndung’u Wainaina

Less than a week to the repeat presidential poll, the country is dangerously polarized. The leading opposition candidate has withdrawn. A senior official of the electoral body quit and fled the country, saying conditions for a credible poll have not been met. The elections chief has said the same thing.

Ugandans resist land grabbing and US-backed dictatorship

*An interview with activist Phil Wilmot* Ann Garrison

Eighty-four percent of the population of Uganda are rural subsistence farmers. They are resisting both rampant land grabbing and US ally General Yoweri Museveni’s attempt to rule for life. Ann Garrison spoke to Phil Wilmot , an American-born activist who now lives in rural Uganda.

Remembering Thomas Sankara on the 30th anniversary of his assassination Amber Murrey

Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara (1949-1987) was assassinated 30 years ago, on 15 October 1987. He was one of the most confident and outspoken anti-imperialist leaders of the late 20th century. Sankara’s life and political praxis continue to be significant in shaping and inspiring anti-imperial and Pan-African youth activism and resistance across the African continent and beyond.

Police brutality in the United States

Mary Serumaga

It will be a source of embarrassment to the United States Department of State to discover that while it is spending billions of tax-dollars in promoting democracy, human rights and the Justice Law and Order Sector in developing countries, justice, law and order are crumbling in, of all enlightened places, New York State.

Why is the US at war in West Africa?
Eddie Haywood

Between 2006 and 2010 the deployment of US special forces troops in Africa increased by 300 per cent. From 2010 to 2017 the numbers of deployed troops exploded by nearly 2000 per cent, occupying more than 60 outposts tasked with carrying out over 100 missions at any given moment across the continent.

Why Islamist attack demands a careful response from Mozambique
Eric Morier-Genoud

The terrorist attack in Mozambique early this month is the first incident of violent extermism in the southern African nation. The attack appears to have been carried out by a group of local young Muslims who formed a sect in 2014 and have told their followers to stop sending their children to secular institutions such as state schools and hospitals. The group wants Sharia law applied in their area.

The Rwandan genocide story has no Canadian heroes
Yves Engler

Washington and London’s support for Paul Kagame’s more than two-decade long control of Kigali explains the dominance of a highly simplistic account of Rwanda’s genocide. But a tertiary reason for the strength of the fairy tale is it aligns with the nationalist mythology of another G7 state: Canada.

Development is resistance against imperialism

*A review of Richard Kamidza’s, ‘From Antagonism to Re-engagement: Zimbabwe trade negotiations with the EU, 2006-2016’*
Yash Tandon

I have argued consistently for many years that trade is war contrary to Kamidza’s view that it is benign and developmental. I do not believe there is any ‘developmental’ potential in EU’s aid or trade policy towards Africa. Indeed, I contend that all development is resistance against imperialism.

The world needs transformation
Million Belay

It has been said that it is insane to do the same thing again and again and expect a different result. The present world system is not sustainable for the majority of the people or the Planet. What is urgently needed is transformation at the levels of the individual and society.

You do not need a PhD to teach at university
Maurice N. Amutabi

Ngugi wa Thiongo holds two teaching positions at the University of California, Irvine, as Distinguished Professor in Comparative Literature and Distinguished Professor of English. He does not have an earned masters or PhD degree, only a bachelor’s degree. And he is not the only one.

‘A’ is for apple?

*How Africa can use its traditional knowledge to make progress*
Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu, PhD, wants to see Africans unleash their suppressed creative and innovative energies by acknowledging the significance of their indigenous, authentic knowledge. In this powerful talk she shares examples of untapped, traditional African knowledge in agriculture and policy-making, calling on Africans to make progress by validating and dignifying their reality.

Mwalimu Apita: Remembering the generation that fought Empire
John Otim <

Nikanori Apita used the classroom to shape the minds of generations, weaning them out of racist ideology of Empire that cramped their mental growth. Empire’s ideology was ingrained in the colonial texts it was his duty to teach. Apita decided his task was to subvert the texts.

3rd People’s Triangular Conference: Between the agrarian development model and the popular alternatives
No to ProSAVANA Campaign

The 3rd People’s Triangular Conference of Mozambique, Brazil and Japan organized by the *No to ProSavana* campaign will take place at the Kaya-Kwanga Conference Centre in Maputo on 24 and 25 October, 2017. This conference aims to reflect the development models in Mozambique, with emphasis on the ProSavana Program, through a deep and democratic debate.




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