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‘Public security’ means the president’s misuse of power to violate rights and entrench sectarian rule

Cyprian O Nyamwamu

2014-12-18, Issue 707

There is no doubt in Kenya that the Jubilee Administration is hell-bent on eroding the democratic gains achieved in the country through many years of blood and tears. Uhuru Kenyatta must not be allowed to establish a new dictatorship.

Security laws (Amendment) Bill 2014

The Devolution Forum

2014-12-18, Issue 707

The proposed Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 offends the constitution of Kenya 2010 by undermining the sovereignty of the people, the supremacy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Salt imports from Western Sahara rejected due to human rights violations

Peter Kenworthy

2014-12-18, Issue 707

A Norwegian state owned engineering company earlier this year chose to reject a deal for salt from Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara because they found that it would be in violation of their human rights standards. But a Danish company is doing the opposite.

Rev Edward Pinkney sentenced to two-and-a-half to 10 years

Abayomi Azikiwe

2014-12-18, Issue 707

Civil Rights leader Rev Edward Pinkney has been sentenced to 30 – 120 months in prison for forging a successful recall petition against Mayor James Hightower. He maintains his innocence in the face of a conviction based on flimsy evidence. The conviction – delivered within a context of heightened anti-racist and anti-capitalist struggle in the US – is seen by many as politically motivated.

A tribute to Ali Mazrui

Seifudein Adem

2014-12-18, Issue 707

What was Prof Mazrui’s most favorite quote? It was from a book by his mentor at Oxford, John Plamenatz: “The sins of the powerful acquire some of the prestige of power.”

If we’re having a real conversation about race, let’s make sure it’s the right one

John A powell

2014-12-11, Issue 706

America is gripped by a deep racial anxiety stoked by strategic political manipulation and fear of rapidly changing demographics. The current system dehumanizes the racial Other. It must be changed.

Betrayal of hope: From ‘Yes we can!’ to ‘I can’t breathe!’

Abdoulie Sey

2014-12-11, Issue 706

President Bill Clinton once said, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” If that is so, America needs to gather all the good it has to end civil disregard and disrespect for blacks.

Rule-of-law 365: A Kenya tale

Lawrence M. Mute

2014-12-11, Issue 706

The Government of Kenya is proposing major changes to several laws to facilitate its war against terrorism in the wake of deadly attacks. Kenyans should be worried that some of the changes may entail abridgment of their rights and freedoms guaranteed in the constitution.

Disclosure of funding for political campaigns

Henry Kyambalesa

2014-12-11, Issue 706

Political parties must disclose to the nation and to their members the nature and extent of support they receive from external sources to carry out their campaigns. Such support could lead to state capture.

South Africa retreats in the fight against transnational corporate power

Patrick Bond

2014-12-04, Issue 705

Protection of transnational corporate property rights, including the objectionable constitutional treatment of the corporations as “juristic persons” with the same rights as us humans, is one reason SA corporations have become the world’s fraud champs. But there are grounds for hope in fighting them.

How the ANC and SWAPO exploit African insecurities to stay in power

Alexander O'Riordan

2014-12-04, Issue 705

In last week’s elections in Namibia, the ruling South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) won a landslide 80 percent of the vote up from 75 percent. How did the independence party achieve this?

Ebola: The US does not do anything in Africa for Africa’s sake

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2014-12-03, Issue 705

The international response - more so from the US - to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has little to do with aiding Africa, but rather ensuring control over its resource wealth. Where will the cooperation or competition between US and China leave Africans?

The politics of the Ebola crisis in West Africa

Is this a warning of things to come?

Zaya Yeebo

2014-12-04, Issue 705

The countries reeling under the Ebola outbreak were recovering from prolonged conflict that had destroyed health infrastructures. Additionally, in the 1980s through the 1990s, these countries implemented neo-liberal reforms imposed by IMF and World Bank, whereby welfare systems were abandoned in exchange for donor support.

Any Kenyan life is worth the president’s resignation (or apology at the very least)

Wandia Njoya

2014-11-28, Issue 704

The latest unbelievably thoughtless statements by President Uhuru Kenyatta about runaway insecurity in Kenya are testimony enough that the lives of citizens mean little to him. It was not their votes that put him to power, but his wealth and tribe.

Nigeria: As another civil war looms

Chido Onumah

2014-11-28, Issue 704

Nigeria is facing its worst existential crisis since the Biafra war. There is no alternative other than approaching the Boko Haram threat as a war.

Vision quagmire and succession quandary

The true legacy of Zambian President Michael Sata

Charles Mwewa

2014-11-28, Issue 704

The late leader was not a visionary. No one can point out to exactly what he stood for in the transformation of the Zambian nation. In their search for a leader to replace Sata, Zambians must awaken to the reality that a person’s popularity is not sufficient.

Parliament beats a retreat on Plant Breeders' Bill

Ali-Masmadi Jehu-Appiah

2014-11-28, Issue 704

Despite the determination on the part of the powers that be to push the UPOV-compliant Plant Breeders' Bill and GMOs down the throats of Ghanaians, they have been compelled by the mounting local and international pressure to beat a retreat

‘Stuck in a moment you can’t get out of…’

Band-Aid 2014’s ‘Crumbs from your table’

Cecelia Lynch

2014-11-28, Issue 704

Funds are needed to fight Ebola; yes, people are suffering; yes, it can be good to “do good”. But it is never good to parade the suffering of others without their consent, especially when showing them stripped of dignity.

Police violence in Toronto’s Jane and Finch Community

Cops act like ‘military police in occupied territories’

Ajamu Nangwaya

2014-11-28, Issue 704

There are legitimate concerns in the Afrikan community and among police accountability advocates about racist policing in racialized working-class communities. After years of denial, racial profiling of Afrikans by the cops in Toronto is now a well-documented fact.

What the death of Remy Fraisse teaches us

Moustafa Traore

2014-11-28, Issue 704

Is it that some racially privileged white people must experience the atrocities that unprivileged non-whites live on a daily basis for the French society to be moved to show concern regarding some of the injustices in French society? Remy’s case shows once more that nothing has changed much since the Second World War.

They don't teach it in law school: White privilege and Oscar Pistorius

Mandisi Majavu

2014-11-13, Issue 702

How did Oscar Pistorius get away with a slap on the wrist for killing another human being? The answer lies in the fact that Pistorius killed a white woman and subsequently, in his defence, appealed to white angst about crime, using mental images of the proverbial "native bogeyman".

Kenya is sliding back to authoritarianism

John Githongo

2014-11-12, Issue 702

The current government has often made it clear that some of the rights Kenyans enjoy are at best an inconvenience and at worst a risk to national security. The regime’s reactionaries seem determined to create a militarized authoritarian state wrapped in the national flag and all the rituals and propagandised narratives of virulent nationalism.

The potency of secret diplomacy

Is the Nigerian government right to engage with Boko Haram?

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood

2014-11-13, Issue 702

The militant sect has continued its violent campaign against the Nigerian people and state, amidst reports of secret negotiations with the government to end the carnage. Despite many criticisms, the government should intensify the negotiations to save lives.

Zinduka is a call to East Africans to wake up

Tom Odhiambo

2014-11-13, Issue 702

A recent festival of arts, culture and conversations sought to move debates about East Africa’s integration away from elite spaces to the grassroots. It was an insightful experience whose basic message was that without active involvement of the region’s peoples the East African Community remains an elite dream.

Oiling our economy the Norway way

Chambi Chachage

2014-11-12, Issue 702

Neither the state nor the corporate sector, let alone civil society, is monolithic. There comes a time when various sections of these entities come in unison on matters of national interest. This is Tanzanians ought to learn from Norway.

Gendering peasant movements, gendering food sovereignty

Beverly Bell

2014-11-12, Issue 702

A problem peasant women face is invisibility in the feminist and women’s movements. A second problem is the weakness with which the food sovereignty concept has dealt with the challenges of feminism.

Ali A. Mazrui: Classifying the Master-Classifier

Seifudein Adem

2014-11-05, Issue 701

Mazrui’s scholarship is vast thematically and theoretically, but above all, challenges positivist conceptions of hegemonic, universal and objective truths. His early work revealed the political, social and cultural function and limitations in established knowledge; later, Mazrui actively challenged and undermined constructed truths.

The Ebola crisis and capitalism

Shaheed Mahomed

2014-11-05, Issue 701

The worsening Ebola crisis in West Africa exposes the extent of capitalist plunder of the continent. The natural wealth of the affected countries has over the years been looted by foreign corporations, with puppet governments investing little in health care. The people ought to organise and severe links with the imperialist centres

Ebola scourge: Wake up call for Africa

Brian Sedze

2014-11-06, Issue 701

Africa’s handling of the Ebola crisis reveals its collapsed institutions and failed leadership. What is more, the epidemic underlines the need to work harder for a really united Africa.

Sierra Leone: How to unpatriotically rule a country

Sankara Kamara

2014-11-06, Issue 701

Sierra Leone under President Ernest Bai Koroma is a country in disarray. The country is chaotic because it is controlled by a political class that is opposed to the strengthening of democratic institutions. Ignorant and ultimately short-sighted, Ernest Koroma sees the presidency as a business enterprise that can break the law without fear of prosecution.

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