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Ethiopia’s new parliament: Inauguration of electoral authoritarianism

Eyob Balcha Gebremariam

2015-10-06, Issue 745

In May the ruling party claimed to have won an incredible 100 per cent of the seats in a country that has nearly 80 political parties that contested the elections. And the regime’s allies around the world keep churning out reports of rapid economic development – while turning a blind eye to the widespread repression by the dictatorship.

The plight of African refugees in Israel

Alessandra Di Cataldo

2015-10-06, Issue 745

Israel has implemented a two-step plan to reduce the number “infiltrators” from Africa. The first step has been to stop the flow of asylum seekers into the country by constructing an expansive fence on the Egyptian border. Second, an old law has been updated to keep asylum seekers in detention without trial for a year. Additionally, refugees are being repatriated to third countries without consent.

Buhari is not alone, join or resign now!

Rex Essenowo

2015-10-07, Issue 745

All well-meaning Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora must now rise up and join to return looted wealth that is stashed away abroad, and to fight grand corruption at home. It is time bring back decency in government and restore human dignity to the people.

The ICC is in the I.C.U

Faith Mabera

2015-10-01, Issue 744

Criticism of The Hague-based court as targeting African leaders at the behest of Western powers, and the relentless efforts by the Big Men to escape accountability for alleged crimes, seem to frustrate international justice. The ICC might appear to be weak but it still has the teeth to bite.

Celebrating the unbowed ‘crazy woman’

Njoki Wamai

2015-10-01, Issue 744

September 25 marked the 4th anniversary of the death of Kenya's celebrated environmentalist and Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai. A tribute.

In repressive Ethiopia, the BBC will get listeners

Elyas Mulu Kiros

2015-09-29, Issue 744

Tired of a stale diet of propaganda churned out by state radio, many Ethiopians rely on foreign broadcasters to follow events in their own country. Now the BBC has announced plans to broadcast in Ethiopian languages. This is welcome. But Ethiopians must continue the struggle to have their own independent and vibrant media.

Somalia’s strategic depth and investment opportunities

Bashir Goth

2015-09-25, Issue 743

Somalia has seen renewed international interest this year, with visits from foreign leaders, international conferences on ending piracy and significant foreign investment. Bashir Goth links these developments to the global realization that the world economy suffers from Somali-based piracy, caused by neglect of the Horn of Africa nation during its 20 years of collapse.

My free legal advice to President Lungu

Munyonzwe Hamalengwa

2015-09-23, Issue 743

On September 13, 2015, President Edgar Lungu announced that he had drawn battle lines with Post Newspapers editor-in-chief Fred M’membe and vowed to ‘take him on’ using his powers as Head of State. In most jurisdictions, including Zambia, what President Lungu issued against the journalist constitutes a criminal offence of threatening or uttering a death threat.

Africa’s ‘scarcity’ versus the reality of abundance

Marjanne Baker

2015-09-23, Issue 743

The pyramids of Egypt, erected thousands of years ago, were constructed with a precision that cannot yet be replicated with all the sophistication of today’s technology. Africans must refrain from looking east, west, north or south but inside, for the solutions they seek!

#PunchBack: Introducing Pambazuka’s new Video Blog

2015-09-17, Issue 742

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Pambazuka News Team is pleased to announce to its readers and supporters the launch of a new video blog called #PunchBack. #PunchBack provides comment and analysis of current affairs from a pan-Africanist perspective. We invite our readers to watch #PunchBack, share the vlog, engage with the issues raised and share your views with us. A new post of #PunchBack will appear every two weeks in the Comments & Analysis section of your newsletter. Welcome! Click on this link to the first post of #PunchBack. Pambazuka News Team

Cancelled APRM Summit sends distressing signals

Sydney Letsholo and Steven Gruzd

2015-09-15, Issue 742

Large billboards at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport welcomed delegates with the beaming face of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the newly-elected Chairperson of the African Peer Review Mechanism Forum. Other costly marketing and logistical activities had already taken place. And then the Kenyan government announced it had cancelled the event.

Wanted: A binding international instrument on business and human rights

Maina Kiai

2015-09-16, Issue 742

A binding international treaty that imposes human rights obligations on businesses would be a monumental step towards protecting peaceful assembly and association rights.

Ugandan politicians ought to focus attention on national issues

James Muhindo

2015-09-17, Issue 742

Uganda is heading to presidential elections in March. The country seems to have hardly matured as its politicians are pre-occupied with their own interest and not that of the country and its people. Whether President Museveni retains power next year or the opposition unseats him, there is no hope that this state of affairs will change for the better.

Why we reject imposition of Western democracy on Somalia

Ali Ghedi

2015-09-07, Issue 741

Many efforts to restore Somalia to stability have proved disastrous precisely because solutions are imposed from outside and do not reflect the realities of the country. Usually there are no mechanisms to involve the Somali people – only warlords, some elites and neighbouring nations are consulted.

Buhari’s next battle: Exam malpractice

Hafsatu Magaji

2015-09-09, Issue 741

The renewed anti-corruption war in Nigeria will receive a big boost if the Buhari Administration considers examination malpractice as another battle to be won.

10 years after Katrina: Natural disaster or forced removals?

National oppression and mass impoverishment continues in the Gulf and around the U.S.

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-09-09, Issue 741

The images of hundreds of thousands dislocated African Americans in public areas, buses and on warships awaiting removal illustrated the national oppressive and class contradictions within the world’s leading capitalist and imperialist state.

Canada’s military footprint in Africa

Yves Engler

2015-09-08, Issue 741

Unlike the US or France, Canada is not a leading military force in Africa. But Ottawa exerts influence through a variety of means including training initiatives.

Gambian executions 3 years on: Silence, secrecy and impunity

2015-09-02, Issue 740

Three years after the arbitrary executions of nine prisoners in The Gambia, there is still no response for the families. No one knows where the bodies are, whether they were buried or the motive for the extra-judicial killings that shocked the world.

Wathint'Abafazi Wathint'imbokodo: The promise of bread and roses

Pregs Govender

2015-09-03, Issue 740

Across South Africa today, women are still often the victims of human rights violations, despite their rich historical and present contributions to public life. Clearly, democracy’s unconscious choices has not radically altered Apartheid’s conscious policy choices.

Does President Buhari give a damn about asset declaration?

Chido Onumah

2015-09-02, Issue 740

President Buhari seems to have embarked on the war against endemic corruption with gusto. His recent appointment of a special advisory anti-graft team of respected Nigerians has met with approval. To truly lead from the front, the president ought to publicly declare his wealth and make other top officials in his administration do the same.

The politics of circumcision in South Africa

William Gumede

2015-09-03, Issue 740

The deafening silence of political, traditional and cultural leaders, who have in the past positioned themselves as the guardians of African culture, on the atrocities arising from circumcision, is surprising.

Pan Africa Movement-Kenya is a walking lie

Julius Okoth

2015-09-02, Issue 740

The local organizing committee for the August national congress was driven by private gain, abuse of rules set by the global Pan African Movement secretariat and proceeded contrary to the legitimate and moral expectations of Pan African ideals.

Africa’s problem from hell: Samantha Power

Ann Garrison

2015-09-01, Issue 740

Having successfully advocated for US-led NATO wars in Libya and Syria "to stop the next Rwanda," Power has her sights set on the tiny, impoverished East African nation of Burundi, which has a highly geostrategic border with the resource-rich Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Celebrating Africa’s ‘Father of Geology’

Hajiya Hafsat Magaji

2015-08-14, Issue 739

Baba has seen it all and conquered all. He is one of Nigeria’s most decorated intellectuals and certainly one of Africa’s best gifts to the world. He is a man widely respected across Nigeria and widely honoured abroad.

Saved by a speech: Obama’s trip to Eastern Africa

Mahlet Ayele Beyecha

2015-08-11, Issue 739

President Obama has been fiercely criticized for his claim at a press conference in Addis Ababa that the Ethiopian government is “democratically elected.” The facts on the ground do not support him. But his message of hope to the continent was well received.

Buhari slips on human rights in US visit

Uchenna Osigwe

2015-08-06, Issue 738

During his recent visit to Washington, the Nigerian president failed to acknowledge human rights violations perpetrated by the country’s soldiers in the ongoing war against Boko Haram. And his defence of Nigeria's draconian law against homosexuality was disappointing.

Maxwell's trials and tribulations

Peter Kenworthy

2015-08-06, Issue 738

The dissident Swazi student leader was released on bail after spending 14 months in remand prison for singing a pro-democracy song. He shares his experiences inside prison and his political convictions.

Another Nigerian crisis called tertiary education

Wole Olubanji

2015-08-06, Issue 738

Chronic underfunding of tertiary education has reduced Nigerian public universities into shameful outfits that are incapable of discharging their responsibilities of teaching, research and community service. The government of President Buhari must quickly raise education funding to 26% of the national budget as recommended by UNESCO.

A hundred days too soon

Tunde Oyetaru

2015-08-05, Issue 738

It is about a month to the 100-day deadline the Buhari campaign set for itself to achieve a raft of pledges made ahead of the March elections. There are notable signs of progress, but the new administration must strive to achieve more for the millions of Nigerians who pinned their hopes on Buhari. The people themselves must remain vigilant.

Putting profits first

10 labourers hospitalised after use of toxic pesticide at China-Zimbabwe farm

Promise Ndlovu

2015-07-28, Issue 737

In a scenario reminiscent of the slave era, workers at this farm jointly owned by Zimbabwe and China have been exposed to high levels of a toxic chemical without adequate protection, in contravention of both local and international laws. Complaints have been met with deaf ears and some worker leaders have been dismissed for airing their grievances.

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