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Pambazuka News 621: Issues in Kenyan election, Benin's looted bronzes and Western Sahara

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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



Highlights from this issue

Dear Reader

In this issue we have three articles on Western Sahara. One, 'Securitization or Terrorization?' by Jacob Mundy, should have appeared in the Special Issue 618. The other two, 'A violence that goes unnamed' by Vivian Solana and 'Democratic experiments in exile' by Alice Wilson, are corrected versions of articles we already carried in that issue.

We are sorry for any inconvenience to the authors and you, the reader.

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Features

Electoral fraud and democratic struggles in Kenya

Lessons from 2013 electoral process

Horace Campbell

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/86578


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Unlike the elections of 2007, the recent elections in Kenya avoided massive bloodshed and gave victory to the Jubilee Coalition. An analysis of the significance of the elections is given and it is argued that political power cannot be monopolized by one section of the capitalist class


UN Resolution 2093 endorses state building mission for Somalia

Mohamud Uluso

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/86577


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The UN Security Council Resolution 2093 adopted in Somalia on 6 March 2013 is critically examined for its achievements, opportunities and the challenges that remain for nation building to gain permanence in the country


Benin plan of action

Will this miserable project be the last word on the looted Benin artefacts?

Kwame Opoku

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/86572


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The Benin Plan of Action is no plan of action and does not deal with restitution of the looted Benin bronzes. After 50 years Africans must demand a concrete time frame within which the artefacts are to be returned as a condition for participating in future meetings


Securitization or Terrorization?

US counterterrorism policy and the crisis in the Sahara-Sahel

Jacob Mundy

2013-03-12

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/86564


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In a number of ways, the American counterterrorism doctrine, which is a part of a long-time transnational destabilization of the Sahara-Sahel, has helped create the current conflict in the region


A violence that goes unnamed

Vivian Solana

2013-03-14

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/86581


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The conflict in the Western Sahara is inadequately represented by terms such as ‘stagnated’, ‘frozen’ and ‘locked’, which contribute to obscure the reality that this conflict represents the continuation of French, US and Spanish colonial practices in Africa.


Democratic experiments in exile

Alice Wilson

2013-03-14

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/features/86580


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When refugees turn out to vote and when they raise their voices in participatory meetings or in their homes to criticise their government, they show how much they value the possibility for democratic participation.




Announcements

March 2013 Issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter

2013-03-14

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/announce/86579

The March 2013 issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now available: http://frlan.tumblr.com Please help us distribute it, and consider contributing in the future. You can also like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter!


Oxford scholarships for African human rights advocates

2013-03-14

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/announce/86582

The University of Oxford is pleased to announce five scholarships for candidates from developing African Commonwealth countries to study for the part-time Masters in International Human Rights Law, starting September 2013.

The scholarships are jointly funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and provide course and college fees over two years, return air travel from the scholar’s home country and a stipend to cover living costs.

For further information, please visit our website and choose Fees and Funding for details of the scholarships.mm
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The University of Oxford is pleased to announce five scholarships for candidates from developing African Commonwealth countries to study for the part-time Masters in International Human Rights Law, starting September 2013.

The scholarships are jointly funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and provide course and college fees over two years, return air travel from the scholar’s home country and a stipend to cover living costs.

For further information, please visit our website and choose Fees and Funding for details of the scholarships.




Comment & analysis

The monsters under the house

Patrick Gathara

2013-03-12

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/comment/86566

Kenyans turned out in historic numbers to vote in the recent election. Although there was no violence as had been feared, the exercise was no evidence of a self-confident and mature society. It was dominated by deep fear and mistrust.


Hugo Chávez: New world rising

Glen Ford

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/comment/86576

The great Bolivarian is gone – which means the U.S. will soon escalate its destabilization campaign against his country. ‘Washington hopes that Venezuelan socialism cannot survive without Chávez.’ But the U.S. cannot roll back the movement that Chávez did so much to ignite, ‘the dark awakening in the barrios, favelas, rural villages and native highlands of the continent.’


Taking forward the revolutionary life and symbolism of Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías

Democratic Left Front

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/comment/86573

‘Chávez holds a useful mirror against which to assess the extent to which the ANC, the South African Communist Party and other African national liberation movements have long abandoned any hope, belief in, and commitment to socialism given their active political agency to maintain and reproduce capitalism’


Chávez and nonviolence

Onwubiko Agozino

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/comment/86575

Hugo Chavez may have helped to inspire social democratic revolutions across South America in preference to the fruitless decades of violent armed struggles


After 2015, then what?

Africa’s development agenda in post-MDGs

Chika Ezeanya

2013-03-14

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/comment/86585

In view of the under-achievement record of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global policy makers have set out on a search for a more veritable replacement ahead of its 2015 expiration date


Has the LGBT movement failed in Uganda?

Doreen Lwanga

2013-03-14

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/comment/86584

Rather than continuing to operate on an exclusive basis, the LGBT movement in Uganda should strive to nurture a multivariate movement for social justice, creating a multi-normative society for their safety and the peaceful coexistence of future generations


Food and politics in Africa

Ng'ang'a wa Muchiri

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/comment/86567

There are many interesting metaphors of food in the African political discourse to express the changing dynamics of power




Advocacy & campaigns

An open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

Action speaks louder than words!

Ajamu Nangwaya

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/advocacy/86571

Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity puts forward five propositions that would give concrete form to the Premier’s claim that ‘government exists to make people’s lives better’


Kenya: An open letter to IEBC chairman Isaack Hassan

Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/advocacy/86568

Various technological measures required by law to protect the integrity of Kenya’s elections failed massively in the recent polls. But the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission proceeded with tallying the result. IEBC must explain to Kenyans what happened


Legal help by and for sex workers

Jonathan Birchall

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/advocacy/86569

Sex work is criminalized in South Africa, and sex workers face routine harassment, intimidation, and even abuse from police.

One organization is helping them gain the legal skills they need to fight back.

Please take a moment to view a photo essay about the Women's Legal Centre, a grantee of the Open Society Foundations based in South Africa that provides legal services by and for sex workers.


Statement on Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s comments

GALZ

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/advocacy/86570

The statements fuel public prejudice against LGBTI individuals and contradict the very preamble of a draft constitution that the PM is seemingly promoting




Books & arts

Fictionalizing Camfranglais

A Review of Moi Taximan by Gabriel Kuitche Fonkou

Peter Wuteh Vakunta

2013-03-13

http://pambazuka.net/en/category/books/86574

This book is highly recommended to people who know nothing about Camfranglais and who wish to one day visit Cameroon. It really is a must read.





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