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    Symphony Way: 'Let the outside world hear our voices'

    Author tour – campaign to bring Symphony Way words to the world

    2011-06-30, Issue 537

    'We need to let the outside world hear our voices.' We are working to bring the voices of the Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers to the outside world with the launch of a new campaign. The aim is to bring three authors of the acclaimed book 'No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way' on a tour of the USA and the UK. Their story is testimony that there is thinking in the shacks and that there are complex humans who dialogue, theorise and fight to bring about change. This tour is a response to global interest and will allow the authors share in person the story of their struggle against injustice with dignity and courage. Every donation is rewarded, from books and DVDSs to personal meetings with the authors themselves, and every donation helps carry their message further. See the campaign on IndieGoGo for details at http://bit.ly/jGXF3i and follow the struggle on Twitter at #symphonytour.

    Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter - July issue

    2011-06-30, Issue 537

    Fahamu’s Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the July issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, a monthly publication that provides a forum for providers of refugee legal aid. With a focus on the global South, it aims to serve the needs of legal aid providers as well as raise awareness of refugee concerns among the wider readership of Pambazuka News. You can also read the newsletter on our blog.

    Seminar: 'Civilian Protection: Achilles Heel of Humanitarian Agencies'

    2011-06-30, Issue 537

    Dr. Sreeram Sundar Chaulia Professor & Executive Director of the Center for Global Governance and Policy, Jindal School of International Relations, and author of International Organizations and Civilian Protection: Power, Ideas and humanitarian aid in Conflict Zones (IB Taurus) 4:30-6.30 pm, Tuesday 5 July 2011 A J Herbertson Room School of Geography and the Environment South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY (Map) All welcome - see flyer (PDF)

    The Modernist Democratic Pole: A 'new' political coalition

    Afef

    2011-06-15, Issue 535

    The political scene in Tunisia has witnessed the birth of a new political force: The Modernist Democratic Pole. This pole is a coalition of a number of political parties and civic associations. Mr. Riadh Ben Fadl and Mr. Mustapha Ben Ahmed, the founders of the pole, believe that it is crucial for all entities that have the same political ideas to unite.

    Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: May newsletter available

    2011-06-19, Issue 535

    Following the second India-Africa Forum Summit held in Addis Ababa in May, two articles focus on the event in this edition of the newsletter. First, Prof K Mathews provides an overview of the activities and outcomes of the Summit, as well as commenta...

    Food volatility linked to US hedge funds' land grabs in Africa

    Oakland Institute

    2011-06-09, Issue 534

    A series of investigative reports reveal never-before-seen materials connecting financial backers – including US universities and pension funds – to land deals responsible for destabilisation of food prices, mass displacement and environmental damage, writes the Oakland Institute.

    Why did the Oakland Institute publish its findings on land grabs in Africa?

    Oakland Institute

    2011-06-09, Issue 534

    'Land grabs encompassing the size of France, displacing thousands of families, building miles of irrigation canals without concern for environmental impacts, allowing crops to be planted that do not improve food security for Africa--done with little or no consultation with those directly impacted, and have no accountability or transparency--are exactly the kind of issues the Oakland Institute was established to investigate and make public.'

    Join us for an Amandla! cultural celebration of the fighting spirit of 16 June

    2011-06-09, Issue 534

    FEATURING: Raakwys (The reunion of one of Cape Town's greatest Bands) PLUS: The Zoe Abrahams & De Kaapo, DJ Sampie: Zounds of Da South, Spoken word/poetry, Stand up Comedy & more... DATE: 15 June 2011 TIME: 7pm till late VENUE: AIDC Sol...

    Zanzibar International Film Festival

    2011-06-09, Issue 534

    The Zanzibar International Film Festival, now in its 14th year and the largest of its kind in East Africa, takes place from 18-26 June. Renowned the world over for putting African film, music, art and design at the forefront of the international scene, main events are in Stone Town, Zanzibar, with some events on Pemba Island and mainland Tanzania. See the website for more details.

    Doshisha International Conference on Humanitarian Intervention

    2011-06-09, Issue 534

    Academics, NGOs, policy makers, students and other interested parties are invited to participate at the Doshisha International Conference on Humanitarian Intervention, to be held in Kyoto, Japan from 27-29 June 2011.

    Summer University of Palestine: A new Middle East

    People power, democracy and Palestine

    2011-06-02, Issue 532

    Viva Palestina Arabia is organising a seven-day summer university in Beirut, Lebabon, at the end of July with internationally known academics, writers, political figures and activists to discuss the unfolding revolutionary events in the Middle East and what they mean for Palestine and the international solidarity movement.

    Event: Women and Security Governance in Africa

    UK book launch

    2011-05-25, Issue 531

    Pambazuka Press and The Africa Centre invite you to: Women and Security Governance in Africa In the field of international security, discussions about women and children are usually marginalised. But is it possible to achieve human security without placing women at the centre of the policy agenda? Discussion with Funmi Olonisakin, Awino Okech, Ecoma Alaga and Ekaette Ikpe, chaired by Patricia Daley. The speakers' important new book, Women and Security Governance in Africa, will launched at this event and will be on sale at a reduced launch price of £13.50, discounted from £16.95 Free - All welcome Tuesday 31 May 6pm for 6.30pm The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JT

    Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter - June issue

    2011-05-26, Issue 531

    Fahamu’s Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the June issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, a monthly publication that provides a forum for providers of refugee legal aid. With a focus on the global South, it aims to serve the needs of legal aid providers as well as raise awareness of refugee concerns among the wider readership of Pambazuka News. You can also read the newsletter on our new blog and Facebook page.

    Hubert Harrison: In tribute

    Event in London

    2011-05-19, Issue 530

    Karia presents an 'in tribute' event featuring a presentation by Dr Jeffrey B. Perry based on his biography 'Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918'. During the discussion he will refer to Theodore W. Allen’s work 'The Invention of the White Race', which he edited. Centerprise 136-138 Kingsland Road Dalston, London, E8 2NS Friday, 20th May, 2011 7:30 – 10:00PM Donations: £3.00 Restaurant on site Bookings, and other information from Karia Press: [email protected] Tel: 0750 4661 785 Books will be available for sale at the event. If you wish to order a copy(ies) of the book(s) in advance, please email or call for availability and prices. To get to the venue: London Overground: Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction. Buses: 149, 76, 243, 67, 236.

    Event: Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem: 2011 Memorial

    2011-05-19, Issue 530

    Venue: Cyprian Ekwensi Cultural Centre, Garki, Abuja Date: 25th May 2011 MEMORIAL SYMPOSIUM THEME: “Linking Elections to Good Governance – Don’t Agonise, TIME: 9:00am to 1:00pm PANEL CHAIR: Mallam Kabiru Yusuf KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State SPEAKERS: Dr. Chidi Odinkalu (Open Society Justice Justice Initiative), Dr. Hussaini Abdu (ActionAid Nigeria), Hajiya Saudatu Mahdi (Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative), Dr. Siddique Abubakar (A. B. U. Zaria), Amb. (Hon). Nkoyo Toyo (Member House of Representatives), Dr. Otive Igbuzor (African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development), Oronto Douglas (Presidency), Dr. Mohammed Kuna (INEC) and Dr. Abubakar Momoh (Lagos State University). Chair Organising Committee: Dr Kole Shettima

    Why the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa is important to youth

    Essay competition

    SOAWR coalition

    2011-05-19, Issue 530

    In Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, this June, African heads of state and government will gather at a summit with the theme, ‘Youth empowerment for sustainable development’. Youth action is critical to the continent’s development, and more specifically, in ensuring that girls and women can make equally valued contributions to this development. As such, the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) coalition would like to invite youth to reflect on the importance of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. Contestants are asked to respond to the question (in French or in English), ‘Why is the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa important to you?’ in an essay of a maximum of 2000 words. The competition is open to citizens of all African countries aged between 18 and 25.

    The Egyptian Socialist Party Inauguration

    4 June 2011

    2011-05-16, Issue 529

    'In response to the woes of our dispossessed masses and the aspirations of our popular classes and in the name of the Great Revolution of the Egyptian People on January 25th, 2011, we are founding The Egyptian Socialist Party, the Party that aims to ...

    Perspectives on emerging powers in Africa: April newsletter available

    2011-05-16, Issue 529

    The edition highlights the recent BRICS Summit, held in China. An article by Mr John Bailey provides commentary on the event following his media coverage of the proceedings. A second article by Peter Konijn then provides a review of the second intern...

    Event: No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way

    Picket by Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers and Blikkiesdorp residents, 16 May, Cape Town, South Africa

    2011-05-09, Issue 529

    What: Picket by Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers and Blikkiesdorp residents. Where: Parliament (Cnr Roeland St & Plein St) When: 12h00 - 13h00 on the 16th of May Why: We will be protesting against the horrible conditions in Tin Town and the go...

    Essay competition: Why the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa is important to youth

    SOAWR coalition

    2011-05-05, Issue 529

    In Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, this June, African heads of state and government will gather at a summit with the theme, ‘Youth empowerment for sustainable development’. Youth action is critical to the continent’s development, and more specifically, in ensuring that girls and women can make equally valued contributions to this development. As such, the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) coalition would like to invite youth to reflect on the importance of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. Contestants are asked to respond to the question (in French or in English), ‘Why is the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa important to you?’ in an essay of a maximum of 2000 words. The competition is open to citizens of all African countries aged between 18 and 25.

    IkamvaYouth: Urgent appeal for donations and help

    2011-05-05, Issue 527

    IkamvaYouth's head office in Makhaza, Khayelitsha was petrol-bombed on 27 April and the organisation is appealing for donations and help. IkamvaYouth is a non-partisan, non-governmental organisation that was established in 2003 in Makhaza, Khayelitsha with the objective of enabling disadvantaged youth to pull themselves out of poverty and into university and employment through peer-to-peer learning and support. The programme's success (87-100 per cent matric pass rate since 2005 and over 70 per cent of learners accessing tertiary for the past three years) has led to the model's replication in five townships in three provinces, and numerous accolades include winning the Mail and Guardian / Southern Africa Trust Drivers of Change award in 2010.

    Samir Amin Award - deadline extended

    2011-05-05, Issue 527

    Following requests from a number of individuals, the deadline for the submission of essays has been extended until Monday 9 May. If you haven't already submitted your essay, please do so now.

    African Awakenings and New Visions of Solidarity

    2011-05-05, Issue 527

    Pambazuka and the Carleton University Institute of African Studies invite you to a talk to celebrate Africa Liberation Day with Firoze Manji and Molly Kane, Pambazuka News. It takes place on Wednesday, 25 May at 6pm at the Arts Lounge, 1025 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

    Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter - May issue

    2011-05-05, Issue 527

    Fahamu’s Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the May issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, a monthly publication that provides a forum for providers of refugee legal aid. With a focus on the global South, it aims to serve the needs of legal aid providers as well as raise awareness of refugee concerns among the wider readership of Pambazuka News. You can also read the newsletter on our new blog and Facebook page.

    Africa and the challenges of the 21st century

    CODESRIA

    2011-05-03, Issue 527

    The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA, will hold its 13th General Assembly on 5-9 December 2011, in Rabat, Morocco. The triennial General Assembly is one of the most important scientific events of the African continent. It provides the African social science research community with a unique opportunity to reflect on some of the key issues facing the social sciences in particular, and Africa and the world at large. The theme of the scientific conference of the 13th CODESRIA General Assembly is ‘Africa and the challenges of the 21st century’.

    Law in development: Work in progress

    2011-05-03, Issue 527

    This workshop will provide an opportunity for postgraduate students in the broad field of law and development to reflect on its themes, progress and future.

    Adilisha: Emancipating communities

    Analysis and commentary from Fahamu’s Education for Social Justice programme

    George Mwai

    2011-04-21, Issue 526

    Adilisha, Fahamu’s Education for Social Justice programme, has launched its first newsletter. Pambazuka News speaks to programme manager George Mwai about how Adilisha’s work is contributing to the emancipation of communities, by providing activists with the skills they need in the struggle for social justice. Download the newsletter [PDF: 4.8MB].

    UK event: The assassination of Patrice Lumumba

    50 years on, what future for the Congo?

    Jubilee Debt Campaign, Pambazuka News & Tipping Point Film Fund

    2011-04-14, Issue 525

    Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara, a history of glory and dignity. Join us for a short documentary film: ‘Assassination: Colonial Style – Patrice Lumumba, an African Tragedy’, followed by a discussion with Firoze Manji from Pambazuka News and Vava Tampa from Save the Congo. Where? Human Rights Action Centre, New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA When? 7-9.30pm, Monday 18th April Entry is free

    The assassination of Patrice Lumumba: 50 years on, what future for the Congo?

    18 April, Human Rights Action Centre, New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

    2011-04-11, Issue 524

    Join us for a short documentary film: ‘Assassination: Colonial Style – Patrice Lumumba, an African Tragedy’. The film will be followed by a discussion with Firoze Manji from Pambazuka News and Vava Tampa from Save the Congo. 50 years ago Democratic R...

    Strengthening the Civil Society Perspective

    Series II: China and Other Emerging Powers in Africa

    2011-03-31, Issue 523

    The Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative commissioned four research policy reports in June 2010 following the successful completion of the first round of commissioned reports that was undertaken in 2009, culminating in an electronic publication avail...

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