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Manifestation of culture and national liberation in Africa today

António Tomás*

2014-01-22, Issue 662


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Amilcar Cabral rejected the notion that culture is primordial, immutable. He was not only interested in change, or how culture changes, but in how this change could be produced. For him then the nationalist liberation movement could point to the direction national culture could be moved

French complicity in the crisis in Central African Republic

Antoine Roger Lokongo

2014-01-16, Issue 661


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The violent political conflict in the CAR continues to claim innocent lives, cause massive displacement and destruction of property. The efforts being made to end the carnage and restore the country will not achieve much without taking into account the role of France in destabilising CAR

Haiti: four years on from the quake

Ama Biney

2014-01-16, Issue 661


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The people of Haiti continue to suffer the economic tremors of a post-earthquake reconstruction programme that has failed to transform the lives of the majority of the people, despite the fact that it is the people of Haiti who must not only construct the future of Haiti but also decide that future

Will Namibian bones haunt Germans forever?

Kwame Opoku

2014-01-15, Issue 661


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Contempt for Africans is still so strong in Germany that the government sees no point in returning to Namibia the human remains of the massacred Herero and Nama peoples. Further, Germany is unwilling to offer an apology and compensation

Pembani Coal: Misdirected benefit?

Franz Fuls

2014-01-15, Issue 661


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Since opencast coal mining started on this farm ten years ago, the lives of the people have gradually deteriorated. The mine replaced the previous agricultural business that employed them. A villager said that only one person in the village has a full time job

Ways to kill a wetland

Franz Fuls

2014-01-15, Issue 661


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Although Exxaro has denied that mining the wetland constituted an illegal environmental activity, investigations show that the remained in violation of the requirements of the law and committed a criminal offence

Why do Ivorians demand the release of Laurent Gbagbo?

Committee of Actions for Côte d’Ivoire – USA

2014-01-15, Issue 661


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Many Ivorians are convinced that Laurent Gbagbo’s arrest, transfer and detention at the International Criminal Court is a political decision that perpetuates France’s maneuvers to keep the Ivory Coast under her sphere of influence. The restoration of Ivory Coast is impossible without Gbagbo

The ethics of conditional cash transfers

Claire Ichou

2014-01-15, Issue 661


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Around one billion people receive conditional cash transfers today, which have been praised as the magic bullet for poverty eradication. Such programmes are being implemented in Latin America and Africa. But they raise numerous ethical questions

Has South Sudan passed the tipping point?

No signs of a ceasefire as violence intensifies

Eric Reeves

2014-01-08, Issue 660


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The horrendous violence that has torn the lives of South Sudanese in the past three weeks has caught many people by utter surprise. Former Vice President Riek Machar, believed to be leading a rebellion against President Salva Kiir, appears determined to get a favourable political settlement at whatever cost

Negotiating peace in South Sudan: Democracy, politics and armed movements

Christopher Zambakari and Tarnjeet K. Kang

2014-01-09, Issue 660


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South Sudan is facing a profound crisis of governance within the ruling party and its military wing, the SPLA. Without addressing serious nation-building issues, democratizing the ruling party and opening up the political space, any temporary solutions will only defer the problems to a later date

South Sudan and the prospects for peace amidst violent political wrangling

Jok Madut Jok

2014-01-08, Issue 660


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South Sudan is at a crossroads. The government might have to swallow its pride and reward Riek Machar‘s unconstitutional and deadly political actions. Any attempt to punish him could backfire terribly. But this option has its own dangers as well

South Sudan: Peace, democracy and reconstruction instead of war

Horace G. Campbell

2014-01-08, Issue 660


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It is necessary to place the current political crisis in South Sudan within a historical context and accept that if the South Sudanese were able to fight for independence over six decades and unanimously vote for independence in 2011, there is no reason that they cannot vote for peace and stability in 2014

The single solution to South Sudan’s problems

Maker Mayek Riak

2014-01-08, Issue 660


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The crisis in South Sudan is the outcome of a deadly cocktail of personal ambition, state failure, high level corruption and neglect of service delivery to the people, political manipulation of negative ethnicity and failure to transform a revered liberation movement into an accountable ruling party. To start with, the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement should be dissolved

‘Sweet grab, sweat labour’: Malawi sugar plantation exploits

Collins Mtika

2014-01-08, Issue 660


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The South African sugar giant Illovo has 6159 hectares of sugarcane in Malawi, where it is a monopoly with an annual production of 2.8 million metric tonnes of sugar. The company denies persistent claims that it has grabbed land from smallholder farmers

Riches under rice in alleged Madagascar land grab

Nadia Raonimanalina and Will Fitzgibbon

2014-01-08, Issue 660


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A Chinese company in Madagascar, with strong links to the government, is accused of unlawfully acquiring land, blighting the environment and leaving farmers destitute

Mandela and the African liberation struggle

Ubuntu and the emancipation of humans everywhere

Horace G. Campbell

2013-12-19, Issue 659


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Those who branded Mandela as a terrorist are now seeking to program the minds of the youth to see him as some sort of messiah, without links to real struggles for peace. But Mandela was very clear that his life was linked to the collective struggles of humans everywhere

Talking about Nelson Mandela

Margaret Kimberley

2013-12-18, Issue 659


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Nelson Mandela belongs to history now. We should be able to look at his whole life, his whole record in perspective. That perspective ought to include who is praising Nelson Mandela nowadays and why

The secret history of how Cuba helped end apartheid in South Africa

Piero Gleijeses

2013-12-18, Issue 659


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After a historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, relations between the United States and the island nation have been put in the spotlight. Castro was one of five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, highlighting Cuba’s importance to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. In this interview with Democracy Now! historian Piero Gleijeses of Johns Hopkins University puts the Obama-Castro handshake in context and discusses his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for South Africa, 1976-1991.” Gleijeses believes that Cuba had "destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor ... [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa." Watch the interview here.

Statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela

Prisoners Reformed United

2013-12-18, Issue 659


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One the important lessons from the life of Nelson Mandela, a former prisoner, is that ex-prisoners should be given all the support they need in order to make positive contributions to society

I mourn Mandela

Duncan Mbonjani

2013-12-18, Issue 659


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Nelson Mandela dedicated the best of his years to the struggle for freedom of his people, whose aspirations are contained in the Freedom Charter of 1955. That struggle is not yet over and the people should not relent

To the spirit of Mandela

Ama Biney

2013-12-12, Issue 659


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There is no doubt about the monumental contribution of Nelson Mandela to the freedom struggle in South Africa. But still his personal life and political choices as the first black president raise troubling questions

Mandela's long walk with African history

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

2013-12-10, Issue 658


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Whilst Mandela's death forces South Africans to reflect on the post-apartheid state he helped create, for the rest of the world Mandela's life and legacy resonate deeply because his progressive nationalism was fundamentally a struggle for human freedom and dignity, for social justice and equality

Nelson Mandela: the reluctant revolutionary

Nelson Mandela’s inspiring achievements and tragic failures

Charles Longford

2013-12-10, Issue 658


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We owe it to Mandela to assess his qualities as a politician and leader, and his true impact on South Africa, rather than simply remembering what was done to him by others

Should Mandela have done more?

Moses Magadza

2013-12-10, Issue 658


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Mandela is indisputably an icon of resistance and his positive legacies should be evaluated alongside his negative legacies

Nelson Mandela: A tribute

David A. Comissiong

2013-12-12, Issue 658


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The Revolution that Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to so many years ago has not yet been completed. We still inhabit a world in which black people are routinely devalued, denigrated and disrespected

Tribute to President Nelson Mandela

Motsoko Pheko

2013-12-12, Issue 658


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Mandela’s greatest contribution is that he tried his best to secure a prosperous and happy future for everyone in South Africa, but the greed of the architects of apartheid backed by the West betrayed him. The victims of apartheid in the end gave far more to “reconciliation” than the perpetrators

Nelson Mandela: Farewell, My African Prince!

The sinner-saint who never stopped trying

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2013-12-12, Issue 658


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The life and struggles of Mandela have important and urgent lessons especially for young people in Africa today. As for his many critics who rightly point out many opportunities the South African icon missed, they should be thankful that he was just a human being who dared to try

Mandela’s legacy for climate activists

Alex Lenferna

2013-12-12, Issue 658


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While climate change was not the issue that defined Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom”, a reflection on his philosophy and life reveals a profound overlap with the principles and commitments of the climate justice movement

Mandela's Legacy Extends From South Africa, the Continent to the World

Imperialism supported apartheid until it was no longer feasible

Abayomi Azikiwe

2013-12-12, Issue 658


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Nelson Mandela's passing has drawn responses from throughout the US and the world. To oppressed and working people Mandela was a symbol and example of self-sacrifice and lifelong commitment to revolutionary change.

‘No Easy Walk to Freedom’: A new introduction

William Gumede

2013-12-12, Issue 658


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In this new introduction to Nelson Mandela’s book, Prof Gumede compares the ANC leadership of Mandela’s generation and the situation today. He concludes that in many respects, the liberation party is now a fading memory

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