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    Nigerian NGO asks ICC to probe Zulu King for xenophobic attacks

    Adetokunbo Mumuni

    2015-04-23, Issue 723

    c c BI
    The organisation says that it considers the use of speech by the Zulu King to promote hatred and/or incite violence against non-nationals such as Nigerians as a clear violation of the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

    South Africa’s new scapegoats

    Arnold Wehmhoerner

    2015-04-23, Issue 723

    c c AO
    In the land that ended apartheid two decades ago, violence against other Africans has been on the rise. What has gone wrong and what is to be done?

    Xenophobia undermines Pan-African agenda

    Motsoko Pheko

    2015-04-23, Issue 723

    c c CA
    The xenophobia – better called Afrophobia – which broke out in South Africa in 2008 and again in 2015 is a sign of the continued existence of a deep-seated colonial mentality in this country. The ideas of pan-Africanism and the vision of a United States of Africa need to be embraced by the masses. Only by uniting the false borders will we be able to liberate ourselves for the benefit of all African people.

    Xenophobia, #RhodesMustfall and the revival of Black consciousness

    Sekou Nyabinghi

    2015-04-22, Issue 723

    c c YV
    The xenophobic attacks in South Africa reveal the relics of apartheid, colonialism and imperialism; but they are also a starting point for Africans all over to re-think nationalism, being African and black consciousness in the context of enduring inequalities.

    Is Durban capable – and deserving – of hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games?

    Bandile Mdlalose

    2015-04-23, Issue 723

    c c LG
    Durban has made a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. However, the city is built on a foundation of race and class inequality, leading to xenophobic attacks and unrest. Before Durban is ready to host any international events, it must become the strong African citizen it has promised to be by treating all of its citizens equally.

    Ethiophobia, Afrophobia: A shame

    Elyas Mulu Kiros

    2015-04-22, Issue 723

    c c AC
    Nelson Mandela was welcomed to Ethiopia with open arms during his time in exile. He was given a handgun, a gift that meant a great deal to him and which may have been the ANC military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe's first weapon. Now Ethiopians and other Africans are being murdered by the liberated South Africans.

    Political economy of Xenophobia: Cry the Beloved Country

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    2015-04-22, Issue 723

    c c PZ
    Many black South Africans are yet to enjoy the freedom dividend. This is the primary source of their frustration that needs to be addressed urgently. As one of Africa’s leading nations, the country should also intensify its efforts to realize the dream of pan-Africanism.

    Xenophobia or Afrophobia in South Africa: It is just convenient amnesia

    Wellington Muzengeza

    2015-04-22, Issue 723

    c c KA
    All those years when South African freedom fighters crisscrossed the continent in search of support for the anti-apartheid struggle, they received only unstinting hospitality and solidarity. Have South Africans forgotten this? What do they teach their children about Africa?

    Xenophobia and ethno-nationalism: Not-so-strange bedfellows

    Awino Oketch

    2015-04-23, Issue 723

    c c M24
    While plenty of anger has been targeted at South Africa, in Kenya the Uhuru Kenyatta administration’s reactions to Al Shabaab attacks have resulted in deepening anti-Somali and anti-Islam sentiments, thereby weakening the nation’s ability to build a united and effective response to the terror group.

    Beyond borders: Africa needs peaceful coexistence

    Akina Mama wa Afrika

    2015-04-23, Issue 723

    c c AO
    We have seen our fellow women in South Africa take part in the looting and killing of helpless fellow Africans. What example are they setting for the South African girl-child?

    SA xenophobic attacks: A view from below

    Abahlali baseMjondolo

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    c c PR
    The attacks on African migrants in South Africa are connected to oppression of poor black people in general. To prevent the poor from organizing and standing up to their real enemies, the state is tacitly encouraging violence against foreigners.

    The political significance of South Africa's protests

    Jane Duncan

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    c c SC
    Is the end of global capitalism starting from South Africa? With its high rates of protest and record strike levels by global standards over the past decade, South Africa is a weak link in the global capitalist chain. A national organisation to harness this revolutionary fervour could change the world.

    Universities as sites of struggle for South Africa’s promise

    Dhiru Soni, Ahmed Shaikh, Anis Karodia and Joseph David

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    c c MX
    South African universities are a microcosm of the society. Recent events at these institutions are symptomatic of a wider social malaise deriving from failure of social transformation and incomplete reconciliation and restorative post-apartheid justice.

    No oil drilling in Western Sahara

    243 organisations from around the world want the UN to condemn Morocco's colonial oil plans.

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    c c BS
    A huge global coalition is calling on the UN Security Council to make sure that no oil drilling takes place in Western Sahara until the Saharawi people have had the chance to exercise their right to self-determination and have freely and fairly decided the political status of their homeland.

    Which path to liberation?

    Evans Rubara

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    c c BB
    Nonviolence or armed uprising? The question about which approach is the best path to liberation from oppression remains ever-pertinent in social movements struggles; and the two paths are often intertwined. The thoughts of Frantz Fanon and Paulo Freire shed some light on the debate.

    Interrogating term limits

    Does holding on to power for decades make any difference to the well-being of citizens?

    Mathias Hounkpe

    2015-04-16, Issue 722

    c c TG
    Across Africa, there is often the argument by regime supporters that the constitution should be amended to extend the rule of the incumbent because he is doing a splendid job. Of course opponents of the regime reject this. But, objectively, should “successful” leaders continue in office indefinitely for the good of the people?

    US-Cuba: Photo-op with a warmonger

    Finian Cunningham

    2015-04-15, Issue 722

    c c IND
    The mere fact that a US leader - the first in 11 consecutive presidents - should condescend to shake the hand of the Cuban head of state is not really anything to get too excited about.

    Caught between the deadly, dead-end alternatives of imperialism & religious fundamentalism…

    …only revolution can get us out of this situation

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    c c BM
    Millions of people around the world are burning with outrage under imperialist oppression. Islamic fundamentalism tragically channels this explosive discontent into mindless violence that offers nothing positive. This nightmare will only get worse, unless people fight to take their societies on a radically different path.

    A proper response to the massacre at Kenya’s Garissa University College

    Jonathan Horowitz

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    c c M24
    Kenya’s counter-terrorism strategies are woefully ineffective and counterproductive, as the repeated murderous attacks show. Only sound approaches and implementation of long-delayed security sector reforms will protect the people from the al-Shabaab menace.

    Bokoharamization of politics and the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    c c LD
    The Islamic militant group Boko haram, which has wreaked havoc in parts of Nigeria, influenced the outcome of this year’s presidential election. These terrorists must be eliminated as the first priority of the new administration, along with other urgent scourges such as endemic corruption.

    Power and resistance at the World Social Forum

    Hamza Hamouchene

    2015-04-08, Issue 721

    c c GTJ
    Attempts by regional states to hijack this unique political gathering again expose how governments seek to co-opt the global justice movement.

    Beyond the politics of the Nile

    Perspectives on the Declaration of Principles regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    Minga Negash, Seid Hassan, Mammo Muchie and Abu Girma

    2015-04-08, Issue 721

    c c MZ
    The Agreement reached between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the use of the Nile waters has sparked furious debate within and outside these countries. Overall the treaty is lopsided in favour of Egypt and is unlikely to resolve once and for all the fierce competition for the Nile.

    Reject Rhodes, rename university after Sobukwe

    Aubrey Mokoape

    2015-04-08, Issue 721

    c c YT
    Cecil John Rhodes was a most odious and obnoxious man who held Black people in extreme contempt. He epitomised white racism, capitalist greed and imperialism. The university named after him should instead be dedicated to Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, a man of unparalleled integrity and a consummate intellectual who devoted his entire life to Black freedom.

    Why is one man’s position worth more than 22 lives?

    Crime, corruption and politics: A deadly conflation of power at Glebelands Hostel, Durban

    Vanessa Burger

    2015-04-08, Issue 721

    c c IOL
    Glebelands is an African National Congress stronghold. But the cost of the ruling party’s dogged determination to entrench one man’s position in the face of years of community struggle for his redeployment has been incalculable and utterly iniquitous.

    A BRICS parliamentary group

    Kester Kenn Klomegah

    2015-04-10, Issue 721

    c c SCS
    Ahead of the next BRICS summit this July, the bloc is considering establishing a parliamentary group. Russia is pushing this project, together with plans to promote cooperation among trade unions, civil society organizations and youth movements.

    The fall of Cecil John Rhodes and the rise of Black power

    Veli Mbele

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    c c SAH
    Cecil Rhodes is back in the news, following Black student protests to have his statue removed from the University of Cape Town. Rhodes’s unparalled evil legacy is still palpable across Africa. By splashing Rhodes’s statue with human excrement, the brave Black students have hit a raw nerve in the ‘sensitive’, ‘innocent’ and ‘pure’ white body.

    Debating Max Price on Cecil Rhodes

    Adekeye Adebajo

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    c c DL
    The public defence of British arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town is astounding in its brazen attempt to re-write history. There is utterly nothing Africans can celebrate in Rhodes’s loathsome legacy.

    The Pan-African cultural revolution

    Benjamin Woods

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    c c HB
    The rise in Black student activism must be seen as connected to larger global rebellions seeking to supplant white imposed definitions of reality with Black definitions of the world.

    A man with a conscience

    He returned priceless Benin bronzes looted by his grandfather almost 120 years ago

    Kwame Opoku

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    c c PZ
    The key lesson of Walker’s rare gesture is that every people creates its artefacts for its use and that people should not, through violence and other oppressive means, be deprived of the basic human right to cultural development and self-determination of the location of their own artefacts.

    A social disservice

    Glebelands’ women: faceless victims of the ongoing violence

    Mary de Haas and Vanessa Burger

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    c c IOL
    Without the leaders prioritising human life over political power struggles and police performing their duties without fear or favour, nothing else will end the misery for women of Glebelands in Durban - home to about 22 000 rural migrants where police and gangster violence are rife.

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