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    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.

    An uncommon general

    Elizabeth Barad

    2015-04-02, Issue 720

    c c CP
    Lt. General Roméo Dallaire (Rtd) was the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) during the genocide 21 years ago. He warned the U.N. of the forthcoming massacres, but he was ignored. The genocide and the failed international response haunt him to this day.

    Ruto ICC witness: Murdered by the state?

    Highlights from preliminary human rights NGOs report on the disappearance and death of Meshack Yebei

    Ken Wafula

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    c c KT
    Human rights groups in Kenya are conducting their own investigation into the mysterious disappearance and death of a man linked to the crimes against humanity trial of Deputy President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court. In their preliminary findings, the groups say Meshack Yebei was murdered in a carefully planned scheme to obstruct justice in the Ruto case.

    No longer the party it used to be: The ANC’s stranglehold on justice

    Douglas Schorr

    2015-03-25, Issue 719

    c c DS
    The tactics that the once revered liberation party ruthlessly deploys to protect its corrupt bigwigs and their business associates from justice are simply shameful. President Zuma and allies have now become fully untouchable by anti-graft prosecutors and investigators.

    Party militias and election-related violence in Tanzania

    Dastan Kweka

    2015-03-25, Issue 719

    c c DB
    Tanzanians will go into an election likely to be very competitive this October. One key concern is that the top political parties keep well-trained militias, despite the law prohibiting this. This has caused security fears around the election.

    US and NATO policy underlines instability in Libya and Tunisia

    Imperialist states debate over future course of action in dominating region

    Abayomi Azikiwe

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    c c NPR
    The EU along with NATO and led by the US are responsible for the current chaos in Libya. This pattern of sanctions, massive bombings, ground interventions through direct occupation or proxy forces have failed throughout the entire region of North Africa and the Middle East.

    ‘Under no circumstances’ clause is inviolable

    On Rwanda’s presidential terms limit in the 2003 constitution

    Charles KM Kambanda

    2015-03-25, Issue 719

    c c IN
    There is no legal instrument or method to circumvent the presidential terms limit under Article 101 of Rwanda’s constitution, save for a coup which would suspend or abrogate the constitution in its entirety. By the letter and spirit of the 2003 constitution, while the length of a presidential term may be decreased or increased from the current seven years, the two terms limit cannot be legally lifted.

    Ivory Coast needs a transition phase

    With a sluggish reconciliation process, nation is not ready for a presidential election

    Eric Edi

    2015-03-25, Issue 719

    c c PLU
    The apparent calm in the West African nation is deceptive. Many unresolved issues have created seething tensions that make the likelihood of renewed violence real. A transitional phase is required, for all actors to prioritize the birth of a new contract and prepare a new electoral cycle by building on past failures.

    Women up in arms

    Zapatistas and Rojava Kurds embrace a new gender politics

    Charlotte Maria Sáenz

    2015-03-25, Issue 719

    c c LC
    Working towards a radical way of relating to each other, men and women traverse spaces of war as well as of pastoral, agricultural and domestic care - learning with and from each other whether in the battlefields or making food.

    Ethiopian classics: The case of vinyl records

    Amira Ali

    2015-03-25, Issue 719

    c c PZ
    Ethiopia’s rich heritage in music immortalized in vinyl records is vanishing into the international collector scene alongside other artifacts. There is a need to reclaim and honor the vinyl classics as part of the ancient nation’s cultural memory.

    Kenya: The return of tyranny

    Henry Makori

    2015-03-16, Issue 718

    cc KB
    Two years ago, crimes against humanity suspects Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto took power in Kenya. The duo who cut their political teeth under the tutelage of brutal despot Daniel arap Moi, the self-styled “professor of politics”, have spared no effort to push the country back to the dark days of autocracy.

    The pains of defending human rights in Kenya

    Ruth Mumbi

    2015-03-18, Issue 718

    cc TK
    "The officers used brutal force to arrest us. Out of eight human rights defenders arrested, I was the only woman. One of the arresting officers sexually molested me by grabbing my private parts before shoving me into a waiting truck full of anti-riot police who had been brought to disrupt our peaceful protest. We were later released without charge."

    The Gambia: 50 years of independence, 20 years of terror

    Fatou Diagne

    2015-03-17, Issue 718

    cc AR
    He claimed to be a different kind of soldier and promised not to hang on to power, and never to install a dictatorship. Who said that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely?

    They call my father a terrorist

    Peter Kenworthy

    2015-03-19, Issue 718

    c c CN
    Ailing Swazi opposition leader Mario Masuku is in prison since May in Africa’s only absolute monarchy, where even mere expression of support for the opposition is considered by the regime as engaging in “terrorism”. Progressive forces throughout the pan-African world must demand the release of this man and many other Swazi prisoners of conscience.

    Beyond elections 2015: Class matters arising

    Kunle Wizeman Ajayi

    2015-03-19, Issue 718

    c c PTN
    Whether Buhari takes the Nigerian presidency in next week’s hotly contested elections or Jonathan remains is all but irrelevant; real change will only happen when the masses band together, organize and demand better futures instead of lining up behind the rich and powerful whose futures are already secured.

    Hedge funds and corporate raiders in Africa: Space invaders of the third kind

    Dhiru Soni, Ahmed Shaikh, Anis Karodia and Joseph David

    2015-03-16, Issue 718

    cc FLG
    The new wave of ‘looting’ of land and other natural resources will likely continue on a scale hitherto unknown. Whatever the supposed benefits of this trend, urgent attention ought to be turned to the thousands of people in Africa and other emerging nations who will become landless in the countries of their birth.

    A new Fanonian moment?

    The legacy of Frantz Fanon

    Hamza Hamouchene

    2015-03-17, Issue 718

    cc TO
    Reading Fanon’s thought, one cannot help being absorbed and shaken by his truth and foresight on the bankruptcy and sterility of national bourgeoisies who have tended to replace colonialism with a new class-based system replicating the old colonial structures of exploitation and oppression.

    From 119 this year to 120 next year

    Celebrating Adwa Victory as the significant African victory over World Empire

    Mammo Muchie

    2015-03-17, Issue 718

    cc YT
    Ethiopianism is at the heart of the quest for total African liberation and unity. This glorious early resistance should offer a powerful inspiration for the African people to confront current challenges that are more subtle and insidious than those faced during slavery and colonialism.

    Rethinking gender sensitivity in governance for equality in Uganda

    Otim Denis Barnabas

    2015-03-18, Issue 718

    c c BFZ
    Post war northern Uganda has been economically and politically deprived leading to the exclusion of especially women in political processes. The inequity in access to resources and to positions of power between the sexes affects the structure of the country as a whole and must be corrected.


    2015-03-19, Issue 718

    c c PAC
    The Pan African Congress was held 21 years after the previous one. Its resolutions capture the Congress’s desire to re-ignite the Pan African spirit, enthuse commitment to our African identity and inject energy into the Pan-African Movement.

    Oppression in Africa: A classic intermesh

    George Mwai

    2015-03-11, Issue 717

    c c SN
    It is very true that decades of organising in Africa have assumed, quite wrongly, that social problems are discrete challenges only facing specific groups – and that they should be tackled as such.

    Disconnecting the minerals-energy-climate dots

    Intersectionality missing-in-action at Cape Town’s Alternative Mining Indaba

    Patrick Bond

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    c c AR
    Can Africans with dot-connecting talents now more forcefully consider an eco-socialist model? We need to recover the socialist traditions of Fanon, Lumumba, Cabral, Rodney, Ruth First, Sankara and Chris Hani; and to these add environmentalist, feminist and other intersectional activisms. Or perish.

    Reflections on NGOs in Tanzania: What we are, what we are not and what we ought to be

    Issa G. Shivji

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    c c PZN
    NGOs and activists need to give themselves a really hard look. They cannot possibly be partners of, and stakeholders in, systems that oppress and dehumanize the large majority of people. They must choose the side of those who are struggling for a better world and against those who want to maintain the existing world. Neutrality is betrayal.

    A life of critical engagement: An interview with Issa Shivji

    Sabatho Nyamsenda

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    c c PZN
    Neo-liberal NGOism and the consultancy culture, with their emphasis on policy – more “action,” little thought – and prescriptive prognosis, has taken a toll on our intellectual thinking, the result of which is that we have abdicated analyzing and understanding the world.

    Benefits and costs of homophobia

    The neo- liberal framework and struggle of identities

    Leila van Rinsum

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    c c NYDN
    LGBTIQ struggles are connected to universal struggles for liberation of people from the hegemony of the white-male capitalist world and its allies. But the oppressor – and even activists – have split this struggle and reduced it to a question of identity.

    Non-Governmental-Oppression and youth in Kenya

    Ruth Nyambura and Wangui Kimari

    2015-03-11, Issue 717

    c c CN
    NGOs do a good job, certainly, but they cannot escape the charge that often they are focused on professionalising “development” and people’s struggles through their constant supply of statistics, reports and case studies. Rarely do these organisations tackle entrenched structural injustices underpinning the problems they attempt to solve.

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