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Pambazuka News 564: Fanon, Biko and Sankara: The courage to invent the future

The authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa

Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4. Advocacy & campaigns, 5. Books & arts, 6. African Writers’ Corner



Highlights from this issue

This the last issue of Pambazuka News for 2011. A very big thank you to all our readers and contributors for your support this year. We're taking a short break and will be back fighting for freedom and and justice from Thursday 12 January 2012.

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Features

50 years later: Fanon's legacy

Nigel C Gibson

2011-12-21

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78860


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The damnation of the world’s majority that Frantz Fanon spoke about did not end with the withdrawal of formal colonial rule. It continues in the razor wire transit camps, detention zones, rural pauperisation and in shanty towns, writes Nigel C Gibson.


A tribute to Steve Bantu Biko

To mark the 65th anniversary of his birth

Roy Trivedy

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78867


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‘Steve Biko’s words had a profound effect on me. They helped shape my personal outlook and political beliefs,’ writes Roy Trivedy. ‘They also played a key role in helping me decide what I wanted to contribute in life.’


Biko’s legacy lives on in Swaziland’s civil society

Peter Kenworthy

2011-12-20

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78834


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Father of South Africa’s Black Consciousness Movement Steve Biko would have been 65 on 18 December. Peter Kenworthy looks at the influence of his ideas on Swazi civil society today.


Egypt: Where they have burned books…

Adham Hafez

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78893


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Set on fire on 17 December, the Egyptian Scientific Institute was another casualty of last week’s clashes between the military and protestors in Cairo. Lillian Boctor speaks to artist Adham Hafez [MP3 – 7.8MB], one of the volunteers working to save books and manuscripts from the damaged building.


On Thomas Sankara's birthday

Aziz Salmone Fall

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78877


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Burkina Faso’s first president was assassinated nearly 25 years ago but the identity of his killers remains unresolved. Marking the anniversary of his birth, campaigners draw attention to the continuing struggle for justice for Sankara.


Africa lies naked to euro-American military offensive

The US and its allies are positioned to 'take' much of the continent

Glen Ford

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78866


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American military influence has fanned out across Africa during 2011, thanks in large part to assistance from African governments.


Measuring African capital flight

Léonce Ndikumana and James K. Boyce

2011-12-21

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78861


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‘Africa is bleeding money, as capital flows into the private accounts of African elites and their accomplices in Western financial centres,’ write Léonce Ndikumana and James K. Boyce, in an excerpt from their new book.


Foreign aid to mining firms

CIDA teams up with NGOs to do development work at mine sites

Gwendolyn Schulman and Roberto Nieto

2011-12-21

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78862


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A new Canadian funding approach raises some serious ethical and political questions about the role of NGOs and constitutes a veritable PR coup for a mining industry discredited for environmental and human rights abuses.


In search of the voice of the South


Vijay Prashad

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78864


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With international diplomacy at the UN deadlocked on issues like climate change, new regional formations offer a way forward.


The Durban denouement

How South Africa's COP presidency served EU

Yoke Ling Chee

Third World Network

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78874


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Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, in her capacity as president of the COP 17, was a key player, writes Yoke Ling Chee. It is hard to not conclude that the EU agenda was at the forefront of the presidency’s preoccupations.


Climate Zombie tripped by dying carbon markets

Patrick Bond

2011-12-21

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78859


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'As the soul-deprived, brain-dead, heartless climate-policy Zombie stumbled off the Durban platform in the direction of Qatar for the COP18 next year, it immediately tripped on the crumpled carbon markets,' writes Patrick Bond.


Trinidad and Tobago: A PR disaster for the US

Norman Girvan

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78872


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Early this month, the US repaid Trinidad and Tobago’s hospitality by acutely embarrassing the Caribbean nation in the presence of regional leaders. But, as Norman Girvan reports, it was America’s image that suffered the most.


South Africa: ‘Yes we know it’s Christmas’

Musicians record a response to Band Aid

hayibo.com

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/78875


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A group of South African musicians has recorded a response to Bob Geldof’s 1984 song. Proceeds from the new single will go towards teaching discipline, literacy and contraception at British schools.




Announcements

From OAU to AU: The new millennium and the state of democracy in Africa

Call for papers: for a panel at the 8th Iberian Conference of African Studies, ICAS8/CIEA8

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/announce/78870

In July 2002, African leaders dissolved the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and created the African Union (AU). By emphasising on democracy, good governance and respect for human rights as necessary pre-requisites for development, the AU makes a significant departure, at least in theory, from the modes operandi of its predecessor which was known for its long-held principle of ‘non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states.’ In July 2012, the AU will celebrate its tenth anniversary. The event is an opportune moment in stocktaking the state of democracy in Africa since the establishment of the AU.


The Young Feminist Fund grants

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/announce/78871

The goal of The Young Feminist Fund (FRIDA) is to provide accessible, strategic and responsive funding for young feminist-led initiatives. FRIDA invites applications from groups led by young women and transgender youth under 30 years for grants of up to US$5,000.




Comment & analysis

South Africa: ANC leadership battles should be open and democratic

William Gumede

2011-12-20

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/comment/78832


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Much of the infighting in South Africa’s ANC, which is paralysing both government and the party, is the result of outdated codes, traditions and rituals governing the elections of leaders of the party, especially that of the president, writes William Gumede.




Advocacy & campaigns

Committee to Protect Journalists condemns trial of Swedish journalists in Ethiopia



2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/advocacy/78873

Two Swedish photojournalists have been convicted by an Ethiopian court for supporting terrorism, but the Committee to Protect Journalists contends they are the victims of a politicised trial.


Egypt: Alarming reports of kidnapping, death threats, and assault of activists

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/advocacy/78863

Human rights organisations in Egypt are increasingly concerned about the safety of protesters and activists after a series of brutal attacks.


Justice for Sankara, Justice for Africa

2011-12-20

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/advocacy/78833

Nearly 25 years after the death of Thomas Sankara, signatories to the following petition continue the call for an independent investigation into his assassination.




Books & arts

Zimbabwe: Book Cafe and Mannenberg to close

Paul Brickhill

Book Cafe and Mannenberg

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/books/78910

Harare’s iconic music and performing arts centre will close its doors to the public in Fife Avenue Shopping Mall. It will be moved to new premises.




African Writers’ Corner

A Prayer for Bigwala

Natty Mark Samuels

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/African_Writers/78868

Dedicated to the remaining few, in Busoga, Uganda.


torture song

Devorah Major

2011-12-22

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/African_Writers/78869

listen

can you hear it pull
the wires and plugs
out of our ear sockets...





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