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Global: A Brief Report of the WSF-IC Meeting at Rabat

2009-05-15, Issue 432

Morocco had been decided as the venue of this meeting towards the end of the previous IC meeting held in Belem just after the WSF 2009 in January. Morocco, which had held the Maghreb Social Forum earlier, had made the request for an IC meeting there...

South Africa: Durban Sings - Call for response: Make a conversation across the lines

2009-05-15, Issue 432

The DURBAN SINGS project asks for your attention: Can you lend your ear to the "Singing Durbanites" on www.durbansings.wordpress.com? Can you write an audio letter to audio activists of the southern he...

South Africa: Abahlali Western Cape statement

2009-05-15, Issue 432

The second day of the cleaning campaign on our land in Macassar was even more successful than the first. The police ceased more or less from their intimidatory tactics and there were even more community members present to clean the land...

South Africa: Abahlali to challenge Slums Act in Constitutional Court

2009-05-08, Issue 431

Abahlali baseMjondolo will once again climb another high mountain for the first time when our struggle for the safety, dignity and equality of the poor ascends to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa. In 2005 when we formed our mo...

South Africa: LPM Liberation march, June 16

2009-05-08, Issue 431

The LPM is organising a march from Maurice Issacs High School to the Hector Peterson Museum in Soweto on the 16th June 2009 to repoliticise the meaning of the 1976 Soweto Uprisings. This march is a response to the ANC’s hijacking of the 16th June as...

Tanzania: Police ban demonstration in Zanzibar

2009-04-30, Issue 430

Police in Zanzibar have banned a Muslim group from demonstrating in the islands in support of the recent move by Zanzibar legislators to demand ‘oil and natural gas’ be removed from the list of union matters. The Association for Islamic Mobilisation ...

Morocco: Workers set to air grievances on Labour Day

2009-04-30, Issue 430

Trade unions are preparing to mobilise in force for this year's Labour Day activities in Morocco. The holiday falls in the run-up to union elections scheduled for May 14th-19th. During the pre-campaign period, regional union branches are making banne...

Africa: ‘Africa, don’t sign away resources’

2009-04-24, Issue 429

African nations must stop signing away their natural resources in skewed deals with foreign firms, the African winner of the 2009 “Green Nobel” prize said in an interview. Ona, a wheelchair-bound Gabonese activist, has won the African 2009 Goldman En...

Global: Canadian Advantage – for whom?

2009-04-24, Issue 429

Not long ago, a young Nova Scotian woman working in Guatemala told me how she found herself in a bus being blocked by local people protesting the destructive operations of a Canadian mining company in their community. Fellow passengers advised her to...

Global: Another world is possible

Reflections and criticisms at the World Social Forum, 2009

2009-04-16, Issue 428

My long trip started on the 20th January 2009 when I traveled from Cape Town to Durban by bus. I spent 26 hours on a City to City bus, moving from Cape Town via PE, East London and Umtata and then to Durban. As much as it was a long journey I must sa...

Nigeria: Shell: corporate impunity goes on trial

2009-04-17, Issue 428

Multinationals accused of human rights abuses can no longer feel safe now that the oil giant is facing allegations of complicity in the execution of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. Could this be the beginning of the end of the age of impunity? Fourt...

Morocco: Transport unions intensify protests against proposed regulations

2009-04-17, Issue 428

Transport unions in Morocco are stepping up their protests over provisions of traffic laws currently under discussion in the Chamber of Councillors. Workers held a strike on Monday (April 6th), disrupting everyday life for the third time in recent we...

South Africa: US court allows apartheid claims

2009-04-17, Issue 428

A United States judge has ruled that lawsuits can go ahead against several companies accused of helping South Africa's apartheid-era government. IBM, Ford and General Motors are among those corporations now expected to face demands for damages from t...

Global: Global week of mobilisation and action against capitalism and war

2009-04-03, Issue 426

From the 28th March to the 4th April, women and men from all over the world will be in the streets to protest against capitalism and war and to affirm that they will not pay for the crisis. Launched by the Social Movements’ Assembly, that gathered du...

South Africa: No Land, No Vote Campaign!

2009-04-03, Issue 426

In 2006 while we were being forced to live on the pavement – due to evictions – the Mayoral Committee of Housing promised the Gympie Street Residents that they would be given accommodation in old Woodstock Day Hospital after negotiating with Provinci...

Nigeria: Niger Delta militants reject amnesty offer

2009-04-03, Issue 426

The main militant group in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region has scoffed at an amnesty offer announced on Thursday by President Umaru Yar'Adua, describing it as "unrealistic". "Such an offer by a government known for its insincerity must fir...

South Africa: NGOs in court bid to derail pardons for apartheid crimes

2009-03-26, Issue 425

This week a group of South African non-governmental organisations filed papers in the Pretoria High Court to prevent President Kgalema Motlanthe from granting pardons to prisoners serving sentences for apartheid-era political crimes. These individual...

South Africa: Child denied medical attention

2009-03-26, Issue 425

The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign decided at its provincial meeting to take up the case of the deceased one year old, Unabantu Mali, who died on her grandmothers back last week after being turned away from three clinics in Nyanga, Gugulethu and...

Kenya: Impunity Day

2009-03-27, Issue 425

March 24, 2009 is Impunity Day in Kenya - the Human Rights Defenders Day. It was the 24th day of March in 1996, when Daniel arap Moi’s State assassinated our dear Karimi Nduthu. Karimi Nduthu had just finalized an investigative report into the state ...

South Africa: No money, No justice

2009-03-27, Issue 425

In South Africa, if you are poor your right to justice through the legal system is often denied. If you don't have money for lawyers its hard to get justice. Therefore, the law is for the rich because they have ample money to buy 'justice'. Landlords...

Kenya: What principals and Parliament must do to deal with current financial crisis

2009-03-20, Issue 424

When we were told that Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga (Principals to the Kenya National Accord) had settled on a Kenya Cabinet size of 43, Mars Group told Kenyans to prepare themselves to pay through their noses, unless Kenyans managed to convince thes...

Global: WSF 2009: converging of networks to face the global crisis

2009-03-20, Issue 424

During six days at the end of January, citizens, movements and organizations from 142 countries gathered in the city of Belem for the IX World Social Forum. More than 2300 activities involved 113 thousands participants in panels, debates, seminars, c...

Global: Barefoot guide to working with organisations and social change

2009-03-20, Issue 424

This is a practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributions to a more humane society. It has been...

South Africa: Residents to attend Cape High Court on the 20th of March at 10h00

2009-03-20, Issue 424

We, the Delft Symphony Residents received an application of eviction from the City of Cape Town. We must appear in the High Court on the 20th of March of 2009 at 10h00. On the 9th of March of 2009 we went to advocates in town, Cliffe, Dekke, Hofmeyr,...

Global: Put People First! G20 national demonstration

2009-03-12, Issue 423

On 28 March thousands will march through London as part of a global campaign to challenge the G20, ahead of its 2 April summit on the global financial crisis. Even before the banking collapse, the world suffered poverty, inequality and the threat of ...

South Africa: Pavement dwellers to serve city with notice

2009-03-12, Issue 423

On the 2nd day of March 2009, we, the Delft-Symphony Pavement Dwellers, received a notice from the Sheriff of the Court to appear in the Cape High Court on the 20th of March 2009 at 10h00. After over a year living on the road, the City of Cape Town a...

South Africa: Housing company again fails to repair substandard houses

2009-03-13, Issue 423

The Newfields Village community has once again been left in limbo by the Cape Town community housing company (CTCHC) which has stopped repairs to the defective Hanover Park houses, claiming it has no more money. We are baffled by this because even th...

Africa: A new $5 million lawsuit against Écosociété

2009-03-13, Issue 423

Independent publisher, Écosociété, which published the book "Noir Canada" (Black Canada) that denounces the practices of Canadian gold mining companies in Africa, received a new libel lawsuit for $5 million by Banro Corporation. Écosociété is already...

South Africa: Statement from Maureen Mnisi of the LPM 8

2009-03-13, Issue 423

Comrades, as the Landless People's Movement, we were arrested on Sunday 1st March and put in custody and freed on bail of R500 each. We were eight. Our names are Maureen Mnisi, Maas van Wyk, Ivy Seno, Elsie Mkhuma, Shelia Masenodi, Gasa Radebe, Micha...

South Africa: Sebokeng CPF members murder community activist

2009-03-13, Issue 423

The Radical Youth Network (RYN), along with the Anti Privatisation Forum (APF) strongly condemns the killing of Teboho “Diventsha” Tsotetsi by members of the Sebokeng Community Policing Forum (CPF). It is not the first time the community of Zone 20 i...

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