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Pambazuka News 813: Invasions, protests and fifth columnists


16  March 2017

CONTENTS: 1. Features  2. Announcements  
 


Features


Liberated Africa: Pathways to transformational development

Ehiedu Iweriebor

In order for Africa to assume responsibility for its own transformation and elevation, and be able to undertake self-reliant development and create secure domestic prosperity, it must create its own specific ideology and strategy of self-development. To do this there are 5 irreducible components that have to be designed and put in place.


 

Africa ignores Cameroon crisis as human rights abuses mount

Kumi Naidoo

Security forces shooting dead unarmed protesters, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture, disappearances, harassment and intimidation are some of the reported human rights abuses that have been continuing for more than four months now in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.



 

Occupy Laikipia! Kenya's indigenous people must liberate their land

White ranchers owning half the land enjoy a colonial era lease rate of Sh3.50 ($.03) a hectare

Henry Makori

Kenya's rulers and some elite commentators frame the ongoing occupation of indigenous lands grabbed by colonialists in Laikipia as a criminal invasion of private property by lawless bands of tribal herders. Really? Those white ranches - in land-hungry Kenya, half-a-century into "independence" - are nothing more than ample proof of neocolonialism. The dispossessed indigenous people must take back their land. By any means necessary.


 

Kagame's economic mirage in Rwanda: An interview with David Himbara

"Kagame routinely manipulated statistics to exaggerate social and economic performance."

Ann Garisson

The Rwandan dictator has mastered the philosophy of the big lie: if you keep repeating a falsehood over and over again, people will sooner or later believe it. Kagame has grossly exaggerated his social and economic accomplishments of the past 23 years. He says he has built the Singapore of Africa. In reality, though, Rwanda is the poorest country in East Africa, except for Burundi.


 

The Empire's fifth column in Africa: Morocco

Aidan O'Brien

Morocco's newfound interest in Africa is linked to NATO's attack on Africa and the murder of Muammar Gaddafi. NATO's destruction of Libya completely humiliated the African Union. It tore the heart out of an alternative African future. And left Africa seriously exposed once again to the Western imperial virus: a virus contemporary Morocco carries.


 

Somalia: A country devastated by drought, famine and conflict

Bashir Goth

Somalia's president has declared the famine ravaging the country a national disaster. There has been little response from the world.  Drought is a natural calamity that can happen anywhere, but what makes it more deadly in Somalia is the continued conflict that prevents relief aid from reaching the needy or makes it difficult for affected nomads to travel to other places to find help.


 

#IsraeliApartheidWeek: Conflict, occupation and partriarchy

Nomvula Mokonyane

Israel summoned the South African ambassador for an official reprimand after two SA officials condemned Israeli policies in Palestine. During the Israel Apartheid Week, SA Minister of Water and Sanitation called the Israeli Defence Forces "a murderous machine" and accused Israel of conducting a "water apartheid" against Palestinians.


 

Why #IsraeliApartheidWeek in Kenya?

Shailja Patel

The 13th Israel Apartheid Week continues in Kenya, March 20-25, 2017. The event, organised by Kenya Palestine Solidarity Movement, will feature films, poetry and discussions. In this poem, Shailja Patel shares her thoughts on why Kenyans - and Africans - should support the struggles of the Palestinian people against Israeli apartheid.


 

Biafra and Scotland's plans on a second referendum for restoration of independence

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

Britain will have no problem explaining to the world why it accepts 5 million Scots to exercise their right to self-determination which could cause the collapse of a union of 310 years of willing partners, but is unrelentingly instrumental in supporting a 51-year-old genocide campaign against 50 million Igbo people, forced into a conquest agglomeration of a "state" created and called Nigeria by Britain, but who, equally as the Scots, want their freedom.


 

 

Electoral integrity in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria

Paul Ejime

As the head of Nigeria's elections body, Prof Attahihu Jega is widely acknowledged to have delivered a credible election, with abiding lessons for Africa. For him, a credible election requires planning, effective organisation, focus, resilience, relative autonomy of the electoral body, as well as its impartiality and integrity.


 

Pan-Africanism, Shirley Graham Du Bois and Nkrumah's Ghana

Second wife of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois was a towering political figure in her own right impacting the radical phase of the First Republic

Abayomi Azikiwe

Not only was she involved in the development of the first national television network in Ghana, Graham Du Bois worked on a high level within the CPP government as an administrator within the state publishing house. She worked directly with President Nkrumah and was a part of his inner circle of advisors.



 

IWD in the Caribbean: Marching in Solidarity with #LifeinLeggings to end violence against women and girls

Alissa Trotz

Last week in six Caribbean countries - Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago - survivors of gender based violence and their supporters took to the streets for International Women's Day in solidarity with the #LifeInLeggings movement to raise awareness and to demand adequate measures to end the vice.


 

Trumpism: Farewell globalism, welcome Americanism

Odomaro Mubangizi

President Donald Trump's declared agenda is to put America first in world affairs. That seems to have frightened some people as it suggests the so-called leader of the free world is not interested in promoting multilateralism. But, as a matter of fact, when has America ever been interested in internationalism? When has America ever championed interests other than its own?


 

New MOU to strengthen relations with Diaspora Africans

N'COBRA and PAISAS

The National Coalition for Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA) and the Pan-African Institute for the Study of African Societies (PAISAS) have signed an MOU as part of a process of strengthening relations between Africa and its Diaspora. 
 

 



Announcements

 


 

Call for articles: Pambazuka News Special issue on activism in Africa

What is the state of activism in Africa today? How effective is activism in bringing about the transformations that are needed to improve the lives of the African people? What should be done better? Pambazuka News invites articles exploring different perspectives on this theme.

 

 

CCPAU`s Volunteer Vacancy

CCPAU is a Pan-Africanist network of national, regional and continental African civil society organisations and citizens, which facilitates deeper engagement of African civil society organisations and citizens with regional and continental policies and programmes. CCPAU's mandate extends to ensuring that the continent has its people at its centre and not governments, and that decision-making is driven by, and accountable and accessible to African citizens.



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

 

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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