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Smart Monkey TV

2013-10-10, Issue 649

Interesting videos from Smart Monkey TV. - Miguel Gomes, Novo Jornal on the use of social media for political campaigns in Angola http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs0VxNI4Mk4 - Kenyan film-maker Ng'endo Mukii on Yellow Fever, about African women using skin bleaches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixNGF3-v1C8 - Ebaa Eltamami, HarassMap.org on making sexual harassment in Egypt socially unacceptable http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4piMb0EL0CA For more on their channel please go to: http://www.smartmonkeytv.com/channel http://www.youtube.com/user/SmartMonkeyTV/videos

Tunisia: President loses temper, calls journalist ‘shameless,’ ‘idiot’

2012-09-17, Issue 597

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki lost his temper and burst into anger when a journalist answered a phone call during an interview in the Qatari capital, Doha, a video aired by Al Arabiya showed. While Marzouki was speaking about corruption in an interview with a journalist, another journalist nearby answered a phone call, prompting the Tunisian president to burst in anger calling him 'shameless' and 'idiot'.

South Africa: Ambassador to the US, Ebrahim Rasool on Obama, the Marikana Massacre and confronting Islamophobia

2012-09-10, Issue 597

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews South Africa’s ambassador to the US, Ebrahim Rasool, who attended the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rasool discusses the Obama presidency, the militarization of Africa, Islamophobia, the Marikana massacre and his 2006 meeting with then-Senator Obama in South Africa.

Swaziland: Swaziland in crisis

2012-07-30, Issue 595

Footage obtained by the M&G shows Swaziland's people, ruled by King Mswati III, are suffering from starvation, displacement, intimidation and violence. Visit their website to watch the production.

South Africa: Khayelitsha winter in photos

2012-07-17, Issue 594

The website www.groundup.org.za features a photo essay by Phumeza Mlungwana that shows the effects of winter flooding on RR and TR sections in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Global: Attack of the drones

2012-07-19, Issue 594

The US government’s growing reliance on aerial drones to pursue its war on al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere is proving controversial. As governments are increasingly relying on drones, this Al Jazeera People and Power documentary asks what are the consequences for civil liberties and the future of war?

Global: The story of change

2012-07-23, Issue 594

Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.

Africa: Mali, Nubia and the destruction of history

2012-07-23, Issue 594

This Africa Today recording is of a special program highlighting the countries of Mali and Nubia and the efforts to prevent the destruction of Africa’s history. The guests include: Professor Manu Ampim, Dr. Runoko Rashidi, and Shayaam Shabaka.

Nigeria: Nigeria and the 4th Republic

2012-07-02, Issue 592

In this podcast, Africa Today talks with Dr. Peter Lewis of the Center for Strategic International Studies at John Hopkins University on contemporary politics in Nigeria and the 4th Republic.

Global: June taxcast now available

2012-07-02, Issue 592

The latest podcast by the Tax Justice Network is available: the edition contains news on celebrity tax avoidance, Greece’s missing billions, what should have been on the G20 agenda and trade mispricing – the tricks of the corruption trade.

South Africa: Land reform and the constitution

2012-07-08, Issue 592

Ben Cousins, co-author of 'Land, Power & Custom: Controversies generated by South Africa’s Communal Land Rights Act' and Research Chair at the Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at UWC, recently talked with Talk Radio 702 about the difficulties surrounding land distribution. He stated that the fair distribution of land was an enormously complex issue, but that there was no need to change the Constitution in order to distribute land. You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the link provided.

Sudan: History, political developments, and current affairs

2012-07-09, Issue 592

In this podcast, Africa Today interviews Nisrin Elamin and Natalina Malwal on history, political developments, and current affairs in the country of Sudan. Nisirin Elamin is a Sudanese educator and activist and Natalina Malwal is the President of the South Sudanese Community organization.

Global: No economic justice without gender justice

2012-06-21, Issue 590

This is a short clip from the event 'No Economic Justice without Gender Justice: Building Inclusive Movements for Change', held at the AWID forum in Istanbul, April 2012, and organised as part of the BRIDGE Cutting Edge programme on gender and social movements. It discusses gender relations within social movements.

Malawi: Justice Denied: Benson’s Story

2012-06-14, Issue 589

After killing a man in self-defense, Benson turned himself in to Malawi's police. More than two years later, he was still waiting for a court hearing, while his body showed the scars from the long wait in Lilongwe's main prison. The Open Society Justice Initiative is spearheading a Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice, documenting the costs of excessive and unnecessary pretrial detention. Watch Benson's story in the video accessible through the link provided.

Ghana: Two podcasts of interviews on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)

2012-06-17, Issue 589

In the latest of the Economic Justice Network's campaign to sensitize Ghanaians to why the Economic Partnership Agreements are bad for Ghana, here are two recordings of interviews that took place on EPAs. One discusses EPAs and Ghana's fuel subsidy and the other a 'face-off' with EU Ambassador to Ghana Claude Maerten.

Global: UN live webcasts and Rio+20

2012-06-17, Issue 589

The UN Web TV Channel is available 24 hours a day with selected live programming of United Nations meetings and events as well as with pre-recorded video features and documentaries on various global issues. Videos for the Rio+20 event are available from the site.

Cuba, a revolution in motion

2012-06-11, Issue 588

In this podcast, Africa Today speaks with Dr. Isaac Saney on Latin American Studies, Race in Cuba, and Cuba's role in Southern Africa. Dr. Saney is the author of 'Cuba a Revolution in Motion'.

Africa Today discussion on West Africa

2012-06-11, Issue 588

In this broadcast, Africa Today speaks with Dame Babou, Senegalese journalist and host of 'Africa Time' and Hamadou Tidiane Sy of Questaf.com on recent developments in West Africa - the coup in Mali and the Tuareg insurgency in Northern Mali.

Global: Seeds of Freedom

2012-06-11, Issue 588

The film Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture. You can watch a preview of the film through the URL provided.

Africa: AFRICOM expands Africa mission

2012-05-29, Issue 587

In this broadcast from The Real News Network, Maurice Carney, a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo, talks about the expansion of AFRICOM on the African continent. 'Although the United States has continued to push AFRICOM, it has been roundly rejected by African leaders. An initial aim of AFRICOM was to establish a based presence on the African continent. And because of the, you know, vicious or, you know, intense pushback on the part of African leaders, President Bush had to backtrack on that aim. But nonetheless we still see the push for AFRICOM to have a large footprint on the African continent.'

Uganda: Born again in the United States of Uganda

2012-05-29, Issue 587

The makers of this documentary are raising funds online: Born Again in the United States of Uganda is the story of how well financed US evangelicals, fundamentalists and neo conservatives conspired in the incitement of hatred against gays and how this led to the introduction of the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill to Uganda’s parliament. The documentary will explore how the US evangelical right invests heavily in financial and advocacy effort in influencing religious Africans to shun gay rights .

Global: May TaxCast available

2012-06-03, Issue 587

The TaxCast from the Tax Justice Network is a 15 minute podcast that follows the latest news relating to tax evasion, tax avoidance and the shadow banking system. In the latest podcast, tax haven insiders speak out, the co-founder of Facebook ‘unfriends’ the US, and Europe considers a Financial Transaction Tax.

DRC: I am Congo

2012-05-23, Issue 586

The Raise Hope for Congo campaign has launched 'I Am Congo,' a new video series highlighting voices from the ground. The series profiles five inspiring Congolese individuals - Fidel Bafilemba, Amani Matabaro, Denise Siwatula, Petna Ndaliko, and Dominique Bikaba - who are making a difference in their communities.

Angola: Luxury cars selling fast in Luanda

2012-05-15, Issue 585

In this BBC video, Komla Dumor reports that luxury cars are selling fast Luanda, the capital of Angola. In fact, the local Porsche dealership cannot keep up with demand.

Mozambique: President Armando Guebuza on Renamo threat

2012-05-15, Issue 585

There is still much poverty in Mozambique and president Armando Emilio Guebuza has twice had to deal with outbreaks of social unrest. Since the end of the 16-year civil war, the country has been ruled by his Frelimo party - the main opposition are their former enemies Renamo, led by Alfonso Dlkhama. The relationship between the two has become uneasy in recent times - Mr Dlkhama recently threatened to overthrow the government. In this BBC podcast, Guebuza in interviewed by Audrey Brown.

Global: A debate on the Angolan 3

2012-05-21, Issue 585

This special program of Africa Today is on the case of the Angola 3 - Herman Wallace, Alert Woodfox and Robert King. Woodfox and Wallace have served more than 14,500 days in solitary confinement in the Louisiana Prison System. A discussion on the issues of incarceration and solitary confinement with Robert King of the Angola 3, Marina Drummer of the Angola 3 Support Committee, Everette Thompson of Amnesty International and Professor Allen-Bell.

Uganda: Land for every Ugandan? The February 2012 Apaa eviction

2012-05-10, Issue 584

The Refugee Law Project, under its video advocacy programme, has produced documentaries to show the work being done at RLP, as well as highlight the plight of forced migrants in Uganda. The latest video on a page featuring their productions involves land evictions in Apaa.

Sudan and South Sudan: Perspectives on the crisis

2012-05-10, Issue 584

In this audio recording from Chatham House, Pa'gan Amum, Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) Secretary General and Chief Negotiator of the Republic of South Sudan discusses the increased tensions between Sudan and South Sudan and gives his thoughts about how to solve the pressing issues of security, oil revenue sharing and border demarcation in order to prevent further deterioration in relations.

Global: The world according to Monsanto

2012-05-06, Issue 583

'The World According to Monsanto' is a full length documentary about biotech company Monsanto's control over the seed and food chain. It can be viewed through the weblink provided.

South Africa: Equal Education in South Africa

2012-05-06, Issue 583

This hour-long video on the Ndifuna Ukwazi blog contains an interview with Doron Issacs from Equal Education. The video looks at the origins of the organisation. 'The Equal Education approach was to set up youth meetings to get young people to determine what issues were important and what hindered their performance at schools. These evolved into campaigns and activities geared to educating communities and parents on the education system, how to understand their rights and how to work with the education authorities to fix the problems that emerge.'

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