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Pambazuka News 606: The struggle for politics of human dignity

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4. Advocacy & campaigns, 5. Books & arts


Khartoum's continuing campaign of extermination

Eric Reeves


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There is hardly any meaningful international response to the horrible suffering of up to a million Sudanese now targeted in a military campaign by President Al Bashir – who is already indicted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.

The peoples’ position on Sierra Leonean elections

Pan-Afrikan Community Movement


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This Sunday, Sierra Leoneans head to the polls where President Ernest Bai Koroma faces his main rival Julius Maada Bio. But key issues affecting the people have not featured in the campaigns.

Libya all in? Failed Nato mission exposes US generals

Horace G. Campbell


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The extramarital affair cited for the resignation of CIA chief Gen Petraeus is insignificant by far compared to his belonging to a section of US military and intelligence elite pursuing a complex right-wing global agenda.

Nigeria’s power privatisation will be a disaster

A call for democratic public ownership and management of the power sector

Kola Ibrahim


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Nigeria is handing over the country’s strategic power sector to private investors ostensibly to improve service delivery. This is being done despite the glaring and costly failure of privatization in other sectors. Nigerians should resist this fraud.

Why fighting corruption in Africa fails

William Gumede


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Most well-intentioned corruption busting remedies in Africa fail because the root causes of corruption on the continent are often poorly understood.

Organising the ‘patience industry’ in Mozambique

Ruth Castel-Branco


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There are at least 37,000 domestic workers in upper and working class suburbs of the Mozambican capital earning low wages and working long hours. Recent moves to include them in labour protection schemes could change their fortunes.

The politics of human dignity

Lindela Figlan


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Despite living in dehumanising conditions in their own country, the organised shack dwellers of South Africa find dignity in working together to resist their oppression. They build the power of the poor from below.

Malawi: Illusions of elite entitlement

The quota system and higher education access woes

Steve Sharra


At the heart of the quota system debate is the incredibly small number of students who are admitted to Malawi’s public universities. Malawi ranks bottom in the university-age cohort of young people enrolled annually.

ELearning can solve human resource gap in Africa

Bakary Diallo


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Only a tiny percentage of African students are admitted to university because of limited capacity at the institutions. Developments in computer technology can address this problem, as the case of African Virtual University shows.

The root of black landlessness in South Africa

Motsoko Pheko


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The ‘New South Africa’ or ‘Rainbow Nation’ is today a country of two nations: one is the extremely rich white settler minority and the other is the extremely poor African indigenous majority. All this thanks to a land law passed a hundred years ago.


Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter: November 2012 issue available


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Comment & analysis

On the appointment of women to Somali cabinet

Hala Alkarib


While the nomination to key ministerial posts shows commitment of the government to involve women, it must not mask the massive day-to-day persecution of women in Somalia. A drastic ideological change is needed.

Understanding challenges of South Sudan: A rejoinder

Christopher Zambakari


South Sudan analyst responds to critiques of his previous articles on the challenges of building the new nation.

Advocacy & campaigns

Urgent Action: Dozens of Sudanese women detained

Osman Naway


The detainees are in danger of torture and ill treatment by the security forces. They should be released immediately or formally charged and allowed access to family and lawyers.

The vicious attack on activist Okiya Omtatah

Philo Ikonya

PEN Kenya


PEN Kenya condemns in the strongest spirit possible the attack on the person of Okoiti Okiya Omtatah on 8 November 2012 and the attempts and threats on his life which he has often spoken about. Regardless of the reasons for his attack, we know Omtatah to be a voice of free expression, a political activist as well as a writer. We know that he has lost a tooth before after an attack by the then acting boss the Nairobi Central Police Station Richard Mugwai (now transferred but who was promoted after he beat up several activists) and that case is documented. We know that Okoiti continues being a political activist and that he was attacked outside the Nairobi Police station and he lies in hospital with a deep gash on his head and more lost teeth.

Silencing the voices of the outspoken is meant to instil fear in one and all. Insecurity in Kenya is a matter of grave concern. We urge one and all not to be intimidated and condemn this case and others fearlessly as we look to an election year. We must be secure in Kenya and enjoy all our freedoms. May justice be served to Omtatah and his attackers be brought to book. We must be the defenders of justice and peace since justice and peace have been prevented from being our shield and defender for many years now.

Philo Ikonya
Member, PEN Kenya
Board Member, PEN International

Trade justice: There are alternatives


Trade justice organisations have published a new report titled, ‘Southern alternatives to EU Trade Policy’, which proposes a diverse set of alternative to the current unjust international trade system.

Greed and corruption in Zimbabwe's Marange diamond fields

Partnership Africa Canada


A new report has found that despite government denials, the illicit trade of Marange diamonds is alive and well, with the full knowledge and complicity of top state officials.

Books & arts

A retort to white racists

Review of Wole Soyinka’s ‘Of Africa’

Biko Agozino


Soyinka presents ‘Of Africa’ as a long overdue retort to a white supremacist who had challenged him in Germany to admit that Africans are inferior, otherwise Europeans and Arabs could not have enslaved and colonised them for centuries.

Uncommon diplomat: Peter Penfold and Sierra Leone

A review of ‘Atrocities, Diamonds and Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Conflict in Sierra Leone’ by Peter Penfold. Published by Pen and Sword, UK 2012

Lansana Gberie


This ‘superbly well-written, well-documented and passionate book’ reveals tragic failures of the international community in tackling the civil war in Sierra Leone.

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