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African Sexualities

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Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya

From Citizen to Refugee Horace Campbell
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How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

To Cook a ContinentWalter Rodney
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    Appeal for Africa Unity Tour of Cynthia McKinney

    2011-10-09, Issue 551

    A network of Pan-Africanists from Ubuntu Pan African Network and Pan Africanist Unity groups are initiating an invitation to Cynthia McKinney to serve as the African World Envoy starting 28 October 2011. It has been recognized that Cynthia McKinney, ...

    'Critical Reflections on Accumulation by Dispossession in the Agrarian Sector in Africa'

    2011-10-09, Issue 551

    14 October will see the launch of the book 'The Agrarian Question in the Neoliberal Era: Primitive Accumulation and the Peasantry'. The launch forms part of a day-long event taking place at Nyerere theatre one at the University of Dar es Salaam, whi...

    South Africa: Ugandan feminist lawyer Sylvia Tamale to launch book in Cape Town

    2011-10-10, Issue 551

    The African Gender Institute (AGI) and the Women and Gender Studies programme of the University of the Western Cape will on the 11th and the 12th of October 2011, co-host Professor Sylvia Tamale. Professor Tamale will be launching the book, 'African ...

    Dear Mandela – the struggle for dignity and human rights for South Africa’s shack dwellers

    2011-09-27, Issue 550

    Please join Amnesty International and War on Want to hear about the remarkable work of Abahlali baseMjondolo (‘people of the shacks’), a movement campaigning for the rights of many thousands of South Africans living without access to adequate housing and at risk of forced evictions. The evening includes a a screening of the 20 minute short version of the film, Dear Mandela, the story of the emergence of Abahlali, its courageous response to the numerous challenges it has faced and its campaign against forced evictions, which led to the constitutional court victory in 2009. VENUE: Human Rights Action Centre, 17 - 25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA DATE AND TIME: Friday 7 October 2011 at 6:30 p.m. CONTACT: Caroline Elliot, War on Want CElliot[at] Attn Africa Programme, Amnesty International, amnestyis[at] PRICE: FREE BOOKING: book your space here.

    Global: 2011 Right Livelihood Awards announced

    2011-10-03, Issue 550

    The 2011 Right Livelihood jury has awarded Jacqueline Moudeina from Chad 'for her tireless efforts at great personal risk to win justice for the victims of the former dictatorship in Chad and to increase awareness and observance of human rights in Af...

    Fahamu call for research proposals

    Comparative African perspectives on China and other emerging powers in Africa

    2011-09-13, Issue 550

    China’s deepening engagement with Africa is receiving increased attention from the global media, the public and private sectors and academic research. This should not however overshadow the activities of other emerging powers in Africa, including India, Brazil and the Gulf states. This call therefore seeks to develop African perspectives in the discourse surrounding the engagement between Africa and these emerging powers. Deadline for receiving applications: 12 October 2011. For further details please download information here.

    Scholarships for Masters in International Human Rights Law

    2011-09-14, Issue 547

    We are very pleased to announce that admissions are now open for five scholarships for candidates from African Commonwealth countries to study for the part-time Masters in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, starting September 2012. The course website can be found here, while details about the scholarships, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found on the fees and funding pages.

    Chimurenga receives the Prince Claus Fund’s 2011 Principal Award


    2011-09-15, Issue 547

    Through the annual Prince Claus Award, the Fund honours eleven cultural pioneers, for their outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. Chimurenga is honoured to receive the Prince Claus Fund’s 2011 Principal Award, and congratulates the 2011 laureates. We thank the Prince Clause Fund for their recognition of our work over the past nine years, and are proud to join the list of previous winners. Most of all, this award honours Chimurenga’s contributors and readers. Congratulations Chimurenga People.

    Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter - September issue

    2011-09-06, Issue 546

    The new Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now available. This issue includes breaking news about Australia's plan to 'swap' asylum seekers with Malaysia; an in-depth article on the issue by Dr Savitri Taylor; a trio of pieces about the situation faced by Rwandan refugees, including an important statement, which you can sign on to, against the planned invocation of the Cessation Clause; a review of issues faced by LGBTI people in Sudan, a little-known topic; case notes on rulings about Dadaab camp and UK-Cyprus return; discussion of a recent review of asylum in Poland; and a report from visits to Syrian refugees in camps in southern Turkey – as well as our usual announcements of opportunities, requests and relevant new resources.

    Request for French–English article translation

    2011-09-06, Issue 546

    Do you have experience translating articles in French into English? Would you be able to volunteer to translate an article for us? Please drop us a line at [email protected] if so.

    Pambazuka Press books at bargain prices

    2011-08-16, Issue 545

    Pambazuka Press titles are now available at bargain prices – get your copies from our website. Food Rebellions! $8 (RRP $27.95) / £5 (RRP £16.95) Ending Aid Dependence $8 (RRP $16.95) / £5 (RRP £9.95) Speaking Truth to Power $8 (RRP $24.95) / £5 (RRP £14.95) Reclaiming African History $15 (RRP $20.95) / £9 (RRP £12.95) My Dream is to be Bold $19 (RRP $27.95) / £12 (RRP £16.95) Where is Uhuru? $19 (RRP $27.95) / £12 (RRP £16.95) SMS Uprising $13 (RRP $20.95) / £8 (RRP £12.95) African Voices $6 (RRP $28.95) / £4 (RRP £17.95) Experiments with Peace $19 (RRP $32.95) / £12 (RRP £19.95)

    Pambazuka Press books at bargain prices

    2011-08-09, Issue 544

    Pambazuka Press titles are now available at bargain prices – get your copies from our website. Food Rebellions! $8 (RRP $27.95) / £5 (RRP £16.95) Ending Aid Dependence $8 (RRP $16.95) / £5 (RRP £9.95) Speaking Truth to Power $8 (RRP $24.95) / £5 (RRP £14.95) Reclaiming African History $15 (RRP $20.95) / £9 (RRP £12.95) My Dream is to be Bold $19 (RRP $27.95) / £12 (RRP £16.95) Where is Uhuru? $19 (RRP $27.95) / £12 (RRP £16.95) SMS Uprising $13 (RRP $20.95) / £8 (RRP £12.95) African Voices $6 (RRP $28.95) / £4 (RRP £17.95) Experiments with Peace $19 (RRP $32.95) / £12 (RRP £19.95) * As our website uses sterling as its primary currency, prices in dollars are approximations.

    Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: July newsletter available

    2011-08-08, Issue 543

    In this months newsletter Daniel Large provides commentary on relations between China and South Sudan, as well as the potential role for China to play in the newly independent state. In our second commentary piece, Peter Bosshard provides insight int...

    Pavement dwellers in Johannesburg to promote new book

    Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers

    2011-08-04, Issue 543

    The Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers – the authors of 'No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way' – invite Pambazuka readers to learn more about their struggle by attending events in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week. Naomi Klein ('The Shock Doctrine', 'No Logo') has called their book 'a beauty, extraordinary in every way’.

    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 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


    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.

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