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Pambazuka News 614: Sahelian crisis, imperialism and Obama's challenge

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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839

CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Comment & analysis, 3. Advocacy & campaigns, 4. Obituaries


How Washington helped foster the Islamist uprising in Mali

Jeremy Keenan


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As the French-led military operation continues, Jeremy Keenan reveals how the US and Algeria have been sponsoring terror in the Sahara.

Mali, France, and chickens

As in: come home to roost

Conn Hallinan


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The instability in Mali is a blowback from the NATO invasion of Libya. Conn Hallinan examines French interests in Mali and its former colonial empire arguing that chickens have come home to roost

Obama’s second inauguration and the new terrain of struggle

Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall

Horace G. Campbell


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President Obama is on a collision course with the social justice forces that elected him. Beneath the soaring rhetoric of his ‘progressive’ inauguration speech lay the reality that after four years in office, the oligarchs are stronger that they were in 2009

The Tutsi contradictions: A response to Jean-Paul Kimonyo

Antoine Roger Lokongo


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Rwanda’s criminal involvement in the wanton violence in eastern DR Congo is neither deniable nor defensible. It is a sad irony that Rwanda now sits in the UN Security Council while aiding and abetting crimes against humanity

In search of independence for African waters

Chika Ezeanya


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The African Union is at the conclusive stages of fashioning an African cabotage regime that will ensure that only vessels owned by Africans will trade within the continent’s coastal waters

Haiti is open for exploitation

Humanitarian pillage and racism continue

Sokari Ekine


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Beneath a duplicitous discourse of humanitarian and development assistance to Haiti, economic exploitation continues in the consolidation of the Free Trade Zone and creation of a mega assembly line in Caracol. Sokari Ekine traces this exploitation to the founding of the world’s first black republic in 1804

Changing value systems: one village at a time

Nidhi Tandon


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Food production systems in Africa are founded on values centered around incomes and profitability that Nidhi Tandon challenges. Unless and until the over-emphasis on the values that underpin the global market economy is reversed, equality and equity for women is doomed.

Comment & analysis

France’s just war in Mali

Food for thought for Francophobes and opponents of the FrançAfrique?



When a country desperately calls for help to regain its territorial integrity finds a helping hand not in its neighbouring countries but in France, what does this say about the progress of pan-Africanism? What message does it send to young generations of Africans looking for models?

Africa’s responsibility to protect

Sankara Kamara


The crisis in Mali has once again revealed that African unity is the only means to build the economic, political and military institutions needed to solve problems on the continent

US recognition a walker for united Somalia

Mohamud M Uluso


The US diplomatic recognition of the government is an important step in the ongoing restoration of the country and gives hope to millions of Somalis languishing in refugees camps in the neighboring countries or in internally displaced people camps

Swaziland elections predicted to be ‘a fraud’

Richard Rooney


As Swaziland prepares for elections this year, international expectation is that the process will be a mockery of democracy in the kingdom where King Mswati has the sole say

Boko Haram: Last gasps of a killer group

Abdulrazaq Magaji


Over the years, Nigerian forces seem to have succeeded in containing Boko Haram terror group. In disarray and having realised they cannot win their war, the group has grown desperate and resorted to attacks on traditional rulers to try and rally locals

Honor Dr. King by rejecting Obama phenomenon

Ajamu Baraka


On a number of occasions Martin Luther King Jr condemned the violence, warmongering and colonialism of the U.S. But Obama’s position is that, historically, U.S. military actions have provided global security.

Don’t you dare conflate MLK and Obama

Glen Ford


If Dr. King were alive today, there might be a Black president, but he or she would certainly not get MLK’s support if he behaved like Barack Obama. Dr. King would oppose Obama’s wars, “make Wall Street scream, and attempt to render the nation ungovernable under the dictatorship of the Lords of Capital.”

Advocacy & campaigns

Anglo Plats crisis demands decisive steps

Nationalise mines for climate jobs

Democratic Left Front


The move is part of the bosses’ counter-offensive to break the new spirit of labour militancy

French imperialism out of Mali!


Black is back Coalition for Reparations and social justice and the Patrice Lumumba Coalition are calling for a demonstration outside the French embassy

No to planned US military intervention on terrorism in Nigeria!

Labour and Social Justice Institute


Imperialism and neo-liberal policies imposed by the west are the basis of terrorism

SA toy store ends support for Israeli firm in protest


Last year, hundreds of South Africans of all races and religions protested against the company’s support for the firm and its complicity in Israel's forced removals of the Palestinians


Tribute: Professor Tony Martin is now an Ancestor

Cecil Gutzmore


A committed Garveyite and Pan-Afrikanist, Prof Martin was peerlessly rigorous in his research and writing on the contribution of these important subjects in the experience of the Afrikan nation

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