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Pambazuka News 812: No Revolution without women!


9  March 2017

CONTENTS: 1. Features  2. Announcements  
 


Features


Letter to "Man-Africanists" on International Women's Day

Ama Biney

The Pan-Africanist movement harbours some African men who conceal patriarchal attitudes. These "Man-Africanists" are cancerous to the advancement of the movement that needs to engage in developing new men who are genuinely anti-sexist, anti-heterosexist, empathetic, connected to a radical political concept of self-awareness, and guided by an ethical sense of equality, justice and freedom for all.harbours some African men who conceal patriarchal attitudes. These "Man-Africanists" are cancerous to the advancement of the movement that needs to engage in developing new men who are genuinely anti-sexist, anti-heterosexist, empathetic, connected to a radical political concept of self-awareness, and guided by an ethical sense of equality, justice and freedom for all.


 

Feminist thought and the Pan-African struggle: From Anna J. Cooper to Addie W. Hunton

Abayomi Azikiwe

Women played an instrumental role in the formation of the Pan-African Movement and in the national liberation struggles. Inside Africa, women were at the forefront of the independence movement in the areas of mass mobilization, political education, armed struggle and national reconstruction. In the U.S., numerous women provided the impetus for the reemergence of the Civil Rights and Black Power struggles.


 

African women have made significant gains, UN rights report shows

Leonida Odongo

To mark this year's International Women's Day, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published its first-ever report on the human rights of African women. The report celebrates important achievements such as provisions on sexual and gender based violence, economic, social and cultural rights and the principle of non-discrimination in constitutions, polices and in legislations across the continent.


 

We are going to triumph

Letter to Bertha Cáceres from her daughter, Laura Zúñiga Cáceres

Laura Zúñiga Cáceres

On what would have been indigenous and environmental movement leader Bertha Cáceres' 45th birthday [March 4, 2017], we reproduce this letter from her daughter Laura. Cáceres was assassinated in her native Honduras just before midnight one year and one day ago. Her birthday party had already been planned.



 

Reflections on a lecture by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o in Baxter Theatre

Kolosa Ntombini

Before the start of a public lecture by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o in South Africa, student activist Kolosa Ntombini requested the renowned Kenyan writer and academic to ask white people in the audience to leave the hall as only black people could meaningfully discuss decoloninization. Kolosa recounts the episode.

 

 

Can we trust Ngũgĩ and Mangcu with decolonisation?

Sisipho Fongoqa and Lindsay Maasdorp

What good is Ngũgĩ, revered as a literary great, if he is unable or unwilling to respond to the most basic of decolonial questions: Can the oppressor leave so that the oppressed can engage? The time for grandstanding and sloganeering about decolonization has come to an end. The time for praxis is now.

 

 

Western Sahara: Self-determination delayed

Radhi Bachir

Western Sahara stands out today as Africa's last colony, occupied illegally and forcefully by Morocco with the backing of France. Everyday Saharawi people suffer horrendous human rights violations by the occupying power. This is one of the world's forgotten conflicts. The only peaceful solution is for Morocco to accept the Saharawi people's right to self-determination.

 

 

Re-trial of Saharawi nationalists resumes

International pressure urged to ensure fair re-trial for 'unfairly convicted' Saharawis

Peter Kenworthy

International presence and pressure is necessary to ensure a fair re-trial, set to continue on March 13, against the Gdeim Izik Group from Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, who Amnesty International says were "unfairly convicted." The Group strenuously denies the charges, claim that they are politically motivated, and insist that confessions used at the trial were obtained using torture.


 

Kenya's universities and counties should not have ethnic names

Maurice N. Amutabi

Government statistics show that Kenya's public universities and counties are largely ethnic ghettos. The universities are often headed by academics - and have a majority staff - from the ethnic communities where these institutions are located and whose names they bear. Same thing with the country's 47 devolved units. The names of universities and counties should be changed to de-ethnicize them.


 

Biafra at the Rio 2016 Olympics: A retrospective

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

Biafra's sons and daughters must cease to represent genocidist Nigeria in all conceivable competitions. Never again should we be treated to the grotesque scene of witnessing some Igbo athlete, some Igbo writer, some Igbo academic, appearing at some world stage carrying or wrapping themselves around a Nigerian flag. Enough! Order a Biafran flag for the occasion.

 

 

Something is rotten in the state of Somaliland

Ahmed M.I. Egal

Despite widespread vociferous opposition by citizens, the government of Somaliland has granted a military base to Abu Dhabi. There is no credible justification for this decision in terms of Somaliland's national security or economic needs. The decision is one more example of the culture of impunity, entitlement and mendacity of the Kulmiye government.


 

Reflections on post-US elections geopolitics: Part Seven

What is fascism in our times?

Yash Tandon

In this final essay of a seven-part series, Yash Tandon depicts fascism as a systemic phenomenon arising from the incompatibility of democracy and capitalism. For capitalism to persist, as is the case now, democracy is dispensed with. Hegemonic imperialist powers embody fascism in their relations with the rest of the world. Leaders of African neo-colonies administer the fascist system on behalf of the global corporate and financial fascism.

 

 

How Muslims can help defeat Donald Trump's retrograde agenda

Ahmed I. Samatar

As American contradictions get sharper in the coming four years, what is needed is a rich Islamic selfhood that abides by the law of the land, is at ease with quarrelsome heterogeneity, and is confident enough to enter into open, vigorous and respectful dialogue.



 

Africa's name, knowledge and dynamics

Motsoko Pheko

It is wrong history to teach that Africa was named by Greeks or Romans when these colonialists illegally occupied this unique continent through aggression and invasion. This was in 332 B.C. until the Roman invasion in 30 B.C. Africa got its name from Africans.



 

African challenges to African development

Ehiedu Iweriebor

Development capacitation through local resource exploitation, mass industrial production and domestic prosperity-generation is what Africa requires to become the self-actuated mover of its own development  that does not depend on the vagaries of external demand for primary commodities. But sometimes even such initiatives are resisted by anti-African development leaderships.



 

Dangerous air pollution in the city of Port Harcourt

Fidelis Allen

The business community, oil companies, government officials, residents of Port Harcourt and non-governmental organizations need to come together to find a lasting solution, which borders more on structural and systemic issues associated with the oil and gas capitalist economy than with any flimsy explanation being given.

 

 

I'm voting for nonsense!

muchira c.n.

Getty Images

Kenya's much-awaited elections on August 8 have thrown up the usual crowd of crooks in designer suits shouting themselves hoarse with the well-worn promises to deliver a sparkling new nation of milk and honey. It is all nonsense.

 

 

Hugo Chávez: A tribute to his respectful solitary effort towards Africa

Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

A record of some visits, different moments, several episodes, significant speeches, various events and testimonies, as part of the international work of President Chávez to Africa between 2001 and 2013.

 


Announcements

 


Development of a baseline study on the concept of sustainable economy in the Kenyan context

As part of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Country Programme, the KonradAdenauer-Stiftung is aiming to implement a number of projects on sustainable management in Kenya and therefore planning to produce a baseline study on the concept sustainable economy in Kenya, its status and challenges. 

Please send your expression of interest before 23rd of March 2017

 

 

Now accepting applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation

Fellows earn either a master's degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within seven leading universities around the world. The over 1000 program alumni are working in over 100 countries as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations.
 

 

Radical transformations in Africa today: interventions from the left

An opportunity for activists and scholars to contribute to a series of three linked workshops in Africa. Each two-day meeting will debate current challenges and prospects for Left analysis and action. We are seeking both key speakers and offers of papers, with a plan to publish a selection in the Review of African Political Economy.

Deadlines for abstracts:
. Accra meeting – June 2017
. Dar es Salaam – November 2017
. Johannesburg – January 2018.

 

Pambazuka Android App is now on Google Play Store

As a way to reach more people and to make your experience with Pambazuka News better, we have developed an android app as another tool to create a better reading experience with mobile devices. The app will have periodic updates to cater for changing readers' requirements and experiences.to cater for changing readers' requirements and experiences.
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