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    Family obituary of Ali Mazrui

    Renowned pan-Africanist, scholar and teacher dies at 81

    2014-10-22, Issue 699


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    A renowned scholar, teacher and public intellectual with expertise in African politics, international political culture, political Islam and North-South relations, Mazrui’s prolific writing over the past half century has shaped ideas about Africa and Islam among scholars and the general public, earning him both international acclaim and controversy.

    The humanism of Ali Mazrui: His journey to the vision of openness

    Horace G. Campbell

    2014-10-22, Issue 699


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    Mazrui’s humanism was based on the dignity of all human beings regardless of race, religion, region or gender. It was a humanism linked to the quest for reparative justice, peace, self-determination, the rights of women, secularism and prosperity for all.

    Ali Mazrui (1933-2014): An intellectual giant whom I met in Kericho

    Kamran Mofid

    2014-10-22, Issue 699


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    Prof Mazrui was widely published and here we reproduce his keynote speech in 2005 at the Fourth Annual Conference organised by the Globalization for the Common Good Initiative. GCGI Founder Prof. Kamran Mofid shared this speech with Pambazuka News in memory of his friend.

    Ali A. Mazrui, the futurologist

    Seifudein Adem

    2014-10-23, Issue 699


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    Ali Mazrui in his ability to comprehend present complexities, anticipated some major scientific theories and predicted a number of dynamics and events in international affairs.

    Appreciating Ali Mazrui

    Peter Anyang' Nyong'o

    2014-10-22, Issue 699


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    What was unique about Ali was that he was always bubbling with new ideas, which he tested on the students, his colleagues and the public in general whether in the lecture halls, academic journals or the columns of newspapers

    Prof Ali Mazrui was a true Kenyan hero

    Yash Pal Ghai

    2014-10-22, Issue 699


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    He was a scholar in the finest traditions of great scholars: devoted completely to his vocation; searching analysis of broad relationships between religions, ideologies, and state systems.

    Ali Mazrui, the controversial titan of academia

    John Otim

    2014-10-22, Issue 699


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    Ali Mazrui had many followers around the globe but he also had many detractors. His BBC series “The Africans”, watched by millions around the world, won him many admirers in Nigeria, but they also won him enemies who accused him of being nothing more than a propagandist for a religious cause.

    The United Nations fails Haiti once again

    Kevin Edmonds & Ajamu Nangwaya

    2014-10-14, Issue 698


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    This week the UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. This deployment is not based on any principles of humanitarianism, but rather is an imperialist occupation which seeks to make sure that the island’s government can implement and maintain repressive policies favourable to international investors. The occupation force must be withdrawn.

    MINUSTAH’s occupation of Haiti: A structure of global complicity

    Lorenzo Fiorito

    2014-10-14, Issue 698


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    People from countries around the world whose troops are stationed in Haiti under a UN mandate ought to wake up to the reality that this is an occupation force, serving imperialist interests and deeply hated by the Haitian people on account of serious, well-known human rights abuses over the past decade

    No to sham elections and US occupation

    Open letter from Haiti human rights activists to US Congress

    2014-10-14, Issue 698


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    The situation in Haiti is very bleak, and extremely serious, Haitian activists say. The current regime is very repressive and has refused to hold elections. But it continues to enjoy the support of the US and UN despite the cries of suffering Haitian people

    Reflections on the death of an unpunished dictator

    Patrick Sylvain

    2014-10-14, Issue 698


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    Jean-Claude Duvalier, or ‘Baby Doc’, died on 4 October without facing justice for his wanton crimes against the Haitian people. Uneducated in the affairs of governance, he ran the country with an iron fist until the people deposed him.

    Heroes dressed in white

    Leticia Martínez Hernández

    2014-10-15, Issue 698


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    Cuba recently sent a medical team of 165, consisting of 63 doctors and 102 nurses, to Sierra Leone to support efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak. It is a mission they were happy to undertake and it goes right into the heart of Cuba’s people-to-people solidarity.

    Heroes of our time

    Fidel Castro Cruz

    2014-10-14, Issue 698


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    The departure of the first batch of Cuban medical personnel to fight the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone rekindles in the mind of Fidel Castro memories of Cuba’s military support for the liberation struggle in Angola. It is continuation of the Black revolutionary tradition

    Homage to Havana

    Mandisi Majavu

    2014-10-15, Issue 698


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    Cuba’s contribution to the development of post-independent Africa has always been based on solidarity, liberty and anti-white supremacy. By this principled stand, Cuba builds on and sustains the spirit of the Haitian revolution.

    38 years of injustice

    2014-10-15, Issue 698


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    6 October is the anniversary of the first act of terrorism against civilian aviation in the Western hemisphere – the unparalleled Cubana air disaster on the coastline of Barbados on October 6, 1976. Cubana flight 455 was hit by two bombs just after take off from the then Seawell Airport (now the Grantley Adams International Airport) in Barbados

    Stop the U.S. blockade of Cuba now!

    U.S. imperialism remains unflinching in its campaign to crush the Cuban Revolution

    Chris Fry

    2014-10-15, Issue 698


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    The Cuban government estimates that this economic war against their country has cost their nation one trillion, 112 billion, 534 million dollars [$1,112,534,000,000].

    Ebola, the African Union and bioeconomic warfare

    Health questions and the challenges for Africa

    Horace G. Campbell

    2014-10-08, Issue 697


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    Comprehensive public education about Ebola is required, including its possible links to biological warfare research in the West. As for the response to the present outbreak in West Africa, the AU and ECOWAS have horribly failed the people of that region and Africa.

    Wanted: Far-sighted African leadership against Ebola

    Akong Charles Ndika

    2014-10-08, Issue 697


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    The Ebola outbreak is a “Rwanda moment” for Africa. But leadership on this issue from around the continent has been at best too little too late, exposing Africa to external militarization of responses to the epidemic that could creep into other important policy spheres like the economy or upset the regional geopolitical balance

    What does President Obama “know” about Ethiopia’s “election”?

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2014-10-08, Issue 697


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    Ethiopia will hold national elections next year. It is certain that the US-backed TPLF regime will rig the poll and proclaim a landslide victory. A look at the present repressive political climate shows clearly that there is not a chance for a free and fair election

    The 'World Versus Bank' seen from South Africa

    Patrick Bond

    2014-10-09, Issue 697


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    This Friday, a new civil society campaign, 'WorldVsBank', featuring protests and teach-ins, will take place at the Bank’s Annual Meeting in Washington and ten other countries, including South Africa’s three largest cities. The campaign arises from widespread recognition all over the world that the Bank has made the world a worse place socially, politically, economically and environmentally.

    Has the ‘Asian takeover of the World Bank’ worsened discrimination against Blacks?

    Frank E. Watkins

    2014-10-09, Issue 697


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    World Bank President Kim has vehemently rejected legitimate demands to establish accountability even in the most egregious cases of racial discrimination, which numerous Bank reports say is “systemic”. Now there are rumours that Asians have taken over at the Bank and worsened the racism.

    South Africa: Police torture at Glebelands ends fragile peace

    2014-10-09, Issue 697


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    Are assassinations, manipulation of the criminal justice system and intimidation used regularly to protect greedy officials plundering the KwaZulu-Natal public purse? It would seem so when reviewing incidents of violence relating to housing and tender allocations over the last six years in poor communities across Durban.

    Twiga Farm: The story of a Kenyan land grab

    Leila van Rinsum

    2014-10-08, Issue 697


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    Landless citizens of a location just outside Nairobi have been fighting for their rights to land since Kenya’s independence 50 years ago. Successive governments – including those of two presidents, Jomo Kenyatta and his son Uhuru, who come from the area – have failed to give these people justice.

    Climate justice resurfaces amidst New York’s corporate sharks

    Patrick Bond

    2014-10-07, Issue 697


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    What last month’s march did, better than any other event in history, was demonstrate the unity of activists demanding genuine emissions cuts and government funding of an alternative way of arranging society. They offered a transformative view of a world economy that must go post-carbon and post-profit if our species and countless others are to survive.

    New York climate summits were a contest between leaders and people

    Mithika Mwenda

    2014-10-07, Issue 697


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    The two Summits held last month ended on different notes. But while the world’s leaders failed to live up to people’s expectations, the people on the other hand showed that they will no longer sit idle waiting for a solution to the climate crisis – they are ready to find solutions

    Preventing the oil and gas resource curse in East Africa

    Namakula Evelyn Mayanja

    2014-10-08, Issue 697


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    East African countries have joined the ranks of oil and gas producing nations. How can these countries avoid the ‘resource curse’ that many African nations have been facing and instead turn their resource wealth into opportunities for their citizens?

    Is this the freedom South Africans fought for?

    Henry Makori

    2014-10-01, Issue 696


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    Thuli Ndlovu knew that she could be murdered. But she continued with her movement work regardless. The mother and militant of the shack dwellers movement was assassinated this week in an attack that left her teenage daughter with serious gunshot wounds. When will this brutality against the poor end in ‘free’ South Africa?

    South Africa: A shack dwellers leader is assassinated

    Abahlali baseMjondolo

    2014-09-30, Issue 696


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    Thuli Ndlovu had been threatened for being in the forefront of fighting for the rights of shack dwellers and leading spirited opposition to a controversial housing project. Now her blood has been spilled by a gunman.

    Another political eviction in Sisonke Village

    Abahlali baseMjondolo

    2014-10-01, Issue 696


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    Armed ANC members acting with police support now openly attack people struggling against corruption and for land in Cato Crest. They are even hiring assassins

    We are all Ndabo Mzimela

    Abahlali baseMjondolo

    2014-09-30, Issue 696


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    Leaders of the shack dwellers movement in South Africa live with intimidation and death threats. Ndabo Mzimela is one of them. The movement has been accused of being funded by foreign agencies to cause riots, destabilize the country and undermine the ANC. But the members refuse to give up agitation for land, housing and a dignified life

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