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Pambazuka News 761: Elections and change: Eyes on Uganda and America

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Yoweri Museveni and the future of Uganda: Beyond 30 years of militarism

Horace G. Campbell


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For 30 years, the Ugandan leader who is poised to extend his rule in next week’s elections has presided over a militarized regime supported by the West. The citizens desperately need change but they have no way of achieving it through compromised procedural democracy. The forces for change in Uganda must re-strategize and keep up this struggle after the elections.

Is Uganda ready for change? Besigye, Museveni and Mbabazi to decide

Odomaro Mubangizi


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It is the final week to Uganda’s fiercely contested elections. President Museveni looks set to extend his 30-year rule. The campaign period has been grueling and deeply divisive. Museveni and his challengers and their respective supporters must ensure the elections pass off peacefully.

Why I am supporting Bernie Sanders for President (and why you should too)

Alemayehu G. Mariam


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He has locked horns with the IMF and the other international poverty pimps for their role in maintaining dictatorial regimes in the developing countries. He has opposed both Iraq wars. He has embraced immigrants. He does not believe in building walls. He believes in tearing down walls of racism, sexism and sectarianism to bring human beings together.

Why Hillary Clinton doesn’t deserve the Black vote

Michelle Alexander


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From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted—and Hillary Clinton supported—decimated black America.

Europe is built on corpses and plunder

Andre Vltchek


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The crimes, genocides, holocausts committed by the West on the people of the Planet are too enormous. Most people of Europe don’t want to see, to admit, that their opera houses, hospitals, museums, parks and promenades, are all constructed on the corpses of those who were robbed of everything: from Latin America and its open veins, to Asia and Africa.

World Bank punches South Africa’s poor and coddles the rich

Subsidised white capitalists, radical scholars and oppressed activists are amongst those who “must not be named”

Patrick Bond


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Despite abundant evidence of pro-corporate bias, the Bank endorses the government’s “sound policy” on redistribution because Bank researchers cannot grapple with the core problem that best explains why South African capitalism causes poverty and inequality: extreme exploitation systems amplified after apartheid by neoliberal policies.

Explaining Ethiopia’s soaring real estate and property prices

Seid Hassan


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Real Estate in Ethiopia is booming. The phenomenon is steered by government policies whose actors from the ruling party are very much invested in the business themselves. Monopolization of land by the government and close ties of politicians, business affiliates and banks has made real estate a haven for money laundering and corruption - while Ethiopians continue to be evicted.

Operations and maintenance: A crisis in Africa

John O. Kakonge


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Key stakeholders - governments, donors and the private sector - must change their attitudes to O&M and ensure that its requirements are factored into all projects, so as to help ensure that equipment attain their planned life-span.

Implementing biometric voter registration: The case for zimbabwe towards 2018

Taona E. Mwanyisa


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It is hoped that the use of this technology will enhance inclusiveness and transparency of the voters’ roll thus contributing to a credible election in Zimbabwe. BVR will give rise to a highly accurate voters’ list which will boost confidence of the electorate in the electoral process.

Beyonce and the politics of cultural dominance

Ajamu Baraka


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Beyonce and her dancers recently performed in pseudo-Panther gear, pretending that resistance to the state is a matter of fashionability. No. Real opposition to white supremacy is not cool, or sexy. Being a black revolutionary means the possibility of death. It is facing the naked power of the national security state.

Comment & analysis

It’s time for African leaders to take decisive action on vaccines

Ayo Ajayi


The first-ever ministerial conference on immunization in Africa will be held this month in Addis Ababa. This moment presents the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the benefits of vaccine programs, celebrate the successes on the continent, look seriously at what needs to be done to make sure all children get the vaccines they need, and then commit to making that happen.

Advocacy & campaigns

Join the call for a feminist UN Secretary-General in 2016!


Join the Call for a Feminist UN Secretary-General in 2016! The Women's Major Group is launching the call below and would like to invite widespread participation. Please share widely with your networks.

Protestors calling for justice for victims of 2013 protest killings beaten and detained by Sudan’s security agency in Khartoum


Sudan should stop the brutal suppression of protest and hold to account the security forces responsible for killing, injuring, and torturing protesters throughout the country.

Books & arts

Refugee camps are factories for terrorists? Not really

Cora Currier


The author explores Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, through nine of its inhabitants, portraying them with complexity and compassion, while also critiquing the counterterror policies that have done little, he argues, to bring stability to East Africa.


Researcher - Southern Africa (1387)

Closing Date:14 February 2016 Location:Johannesburg Salary:$68,699

Amnesty International


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The Southern Africa Regional Office is part of the Amnesty International Secretariat, which operates from a number of sites around the world, gathers and communicates accurate and action-oriented human rights information regionally and globally.


Closing Date:28 February 2016 Location:New York Type:Permanent Salary:$54,820


Amnesty International


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The purpose of AI’s work with the UN and other intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) is to ensure that AI’s positions, concerns and recommendations are effectively communicated to IGO actors and are reflected in their actions and decisions.


Closing Date:28 February 2016 Location:Geneva Type:Permanent Salary:CHF114,514


Amnesty International


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The purpose of AI’s work with the UN and other intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) is to ensure that AI’s positions, concerns and recommendations are effectively communicated to IGO actors and are reflected in their actions and decisions.

Vacancy: Director/Deputy Director - Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS)


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CASAS is an Africa-wide Research Centre based in Cape Town which co-ordinates and develops research on pre-eminently the languages of Africa. CASAS seeks applicants for the following positions: -


The Director/Deputy Director should be a person with strong scientific and administrative skills, with a doctorate degree in linguistics or related field, with a focus on African languages. Good computer skills are a requirement for this position. The person should have some experience in African languages orthographical research. He/she should be able to communicate in English. For purposes of its Africa-wide work, communication skills in French or Portuguese would be an added advantage.

Applications, including CVs and the names and addresses of three referees, should be addressed to:

The Chairperson, Board of CASAS Trustees, P.O. Box 359, Rondebosch, 7700, Cape Town, South Africa OR e-mailed to [email protected]

Applications should be received no later than 29 February 2016.

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