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    Landmark ruling allows apartheid victims to sue multinationals

    Khadija Sharife

    2009-07-16, Issue 442

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    In one of the most significant legal rulings in the post-apartheid history of South Africa, victims of apartheid have finally received the green light from a US judge to sue multinational corporations that knowingly aided and abetted the regime. The implications of this ruling are colossal, writes Khadija Sharife, not only for Africa but for the world at large.

    Report on Gaza conflict: Audio interview

    John Dugard

    2009-05-21, Issue 433

    In an audio interview [mp3] about an independent fact-finding report into the war in Gaza commissioned by the League of Arab States, John Dugard, the former special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories and the head of the investigation, discusses the findings of the report. Comprised of the contributions of individuals from six non-Arab countries, Dugard's report comes to the conclusion that the Israeli defence forces were responsible for a number of war crimes and crimes against humanity in their offensive earlier this year. This was a verdict also reached about the activities of Hamas forces, but the report regards those of Israeli to have been far more severe. While the report found potential suggestions of genocide on the part of the Israeli forces to be too strong, Dugard nevertheless emphasises Israeli's 'wish to impose collective punishment on the people of Gaza' and the minimal cooperation from the Israeli authorities his team received when investigating the actions of both sides.

    Unfinished business from Kriegler’s IREC

    Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ)

    2009-01-29, Issue 417

    Highlighting the severe limitations of the IREC’s (Independent Review of Election Commission) Kriegler report, Kenyans for Peace, Truth and Justice (KPTJ) offers a damning analysis of the commission’s full report on the Kenyan electoral process. Noting the IREC’s inability to corroborate its primary evidence and testimonies, KPTJ argues that the commission effectively did everything possible to avoid getting to the truth. Concluding that the Kriegler report has manifestly failed to provide Kenya with a roadmap for adequately analysing the action of the ECK (Electoral Commission of Kenya), KPTJ contends that a key opportunity to restore Kenyans’ faith in the power of the ballot box has been lost.

    The future of aid

    Yash Tandon

    2008-08-26, Issue 394

    The following is an excerpt from the concluding chapter of Yash Tandon's new book, Ending Aid Dependence, published by Fahamu Books, September 2008. For more information please visit,

    What Palestine is to me

    An interview with Fatima Hassan

    Mukoma Wa Ngugi

    2008-07-23, Issue 390

    Fatima Hassan, is a prominent South African human rights lawyer who was part of a South African Human Rights Delegation that in early July visited the Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. ...

    Mandela on my poster

    Bill Fletcher, Jr

    2008-07-16, Issue 389

    It is humbling and unsettling attempting to appraise the significance of an icon, especially at the time of that icon's 90th birthday. Nevertheless, we must honor Nelson Mandela while at the same time situating him in a broader and complicated context....

    War and sexual based violence in Northern Uganda

    Florence Okio

    2008-07-14, Issue 388

    Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) became involved in Uganda in 1979. This was immediately after the “Liberation war” which saw the departure of Idi Amin’s regime. The first programme was in the North of the Country based in Gulu district. ACORD was majorly responding to the emergency needs as a result of the war. ACORD has now expanded its programme in the whole of Acholi sub region, Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum and Pader, West Nile sub region, Adjumani and Moyo and the Western part of the country Mbarara programme all under ACORD in Uganda programme. The main intervention currently is focusing on developmental issues and to address the injustices in service delivery by using the right based approach to development as a strategy. ACORD is also engaged in Advocacy and Lobbying for the voice less society in the region to present their issues to the policy makers for a better life. In 2004, ACORD conducted a research to find out the relationship between HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Gender Based Violence. The result of the study showed very strong linkages between the two.

    G8 Hokkaido: An exercise in Escapism

    John Samuel

    2008-07-10, Issue 387

    The meeting of G8 leaders in Hokkaido, Japan, proved to be an exercise in escapism, writes John Samuel. The final communiqué of the G8 leaders is more of a recycled rhetoric of broken promises. This meeting, held in the midst of financial, fuel, food and climate crisis, failed to recognize the gravity of the crisis.

    Unhappy Highways: Economic growth, technology and alienation

    John Samuel

    2008-03-19, Issue 372

    John Samuel cautions Africa that technology should not come at the expense of Africa's "a shared sense of community, mutual support, trust and a culture of collective approach."

    Namibia and Zimbabwe - the second liberation

    Henning Melber

    2008-05-13, Issue 371

    Henning Melber looks at the possibilities for a people-centred opposition and ultimately a true liberation in Namibia and Zimbabwe, after years of misrule by the liberation movements-turned-ruling parties.

    AIDS and Spain's contradictions in Equatorial Guinea

    Agustín Velloso

    2008-05-05, Issue 368

    As the people of Equatorial Guinea continue to die from AIDS and other diseases, Agustin Velloso highlights the fact that the elite in power receive their medical care abroad. Spain, one of the country's more important trading partners, turns a blind eye to Equatorial Guinea's corrupt health-care industry.

    African Peer Review Mechanism: Lessons from Kenya

    Bronwen Manby

    2008-04-15, Issue 362

    As the baton of violence heads over to Zimabwe, Bronwen Manby looks at the African Peer Review Mechanism in relation to Kenya, its shortcomings such as lack of follow-up and political teeth and the urgent lessons from its engagement with Kenya

    Kenya: A closer look at power-sharing

    Antony Otieno Ong’ayo

    2008-03-26, Issue 358

    As Zimbabwe threatens to pull a 'Kenya', this is a good time to consider the implications of the Annan mediated power-sharing deal. Antony Otieno Ong'ayo dissects and weighs the Kenya power sharing deal.

    Media freedom: Lessons from Zimbabwe

    Hilary Kundishora

    2008-03-13, Issue 356

    Hillary Kundishora looks at the state of electronic and print media in Zimbabwe and argues that far from the media being the people's watchdog, it is the propaganda arm of the state machinery. With independent media harassed or banned, the promise of democracy has already been undermined

    Women’s Participation in the 2007 General Elections in Kenya

    Penninah Ogada

    2007-12-19, Issue 333

    Dr. Penninah Ogada discusses the social, political and economic factors that impeding the full participation of Kenyan women in this year's general election.

    African food sovereignty or AGRA

    Mukoma wa Ngugi

    2007-12-12, Issue 332

    Mukoma Wa Ngugi speaks to the dangers surrounding the Bill Gates initiative - Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

    Afro-Venezuelans: An open letter to the Venezuelan National Assembly

    Jesús "Chucho" García

    2007-12-11, Issue 332

    Jesús "Chucho" García calls for a greater recognition of Afro-Venezuelans in the country's constitution.

    The philosophy of Kabwe Zitto

    Nationalism and identity in Tanzania

    Ramesh Shah

    2007-12-11, Issue 332

    Ramesh Shah looks at the evolution of political discourse in Tanzania

    Feminist reflections on gender violence, political power and women’s emancipation

    From Rhodesia to present day Zimbabwe

    Grace Kwinjeh

    2007-12-04, Issue 331

    Grace Kwinjeh looks at the contradictions of liberation and nationalist parties through the critical eye of feminism.

    Freedom of expression in Africa

    Interview with special rapporteur on freedom of expression in Africa

    2007-11-13, Issue 328

    Commissioner Faith Pansy Tlakula, member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights with special responsibility for freedom of expression talks to Hakima Abbas about how the African rights system works and the challenges it faces.

    Celebrating minor victories? Zimbabwe at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

    Otto Saki

    2007-11-13, Issue 328

    Otto Saki asserts that the case of Zimbabwe has provided an excellent example of the flaws and the achievements of Africa’s own system for defending its citizens’ human rights against attacks from their own governments.

    Joaquim Chissano and the neo-liberal virus in Mozambique

    Horace Campbell

    2007-10-31, Issue 326

    Since independence in 1975, the living conditions of the working people of Mozambique have deteriorated considerably. In 2007 the quality of life of the majority of citizens remains very poor. Mozambique ranks 168th out of 190 on UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI), the lowest in Southern Africa. At the same time, there is a new class of rich capitalists in Maputo who live in luxury, says Horace Campbell.

    The delusions of power: Beauty and the beast

    John Samuel

    2007-10-31, Issue 326

    Everything small is beautiful these days. NGOs, busy with micro finance and micro politics for the poor, are small, beautiful -- and powerless. Meanwhile, the beast of markets and States can continue to dominate macro economics and politics. This neat division into micro and macro sustains the unjust power relationships that perpetuate impoverishment, inequality and injustice, says John Samuel

    Top Ten Reasons to Read Vanity Fair’s Article - A Flowering Evil

    Wanjiku Wa Ngugi, Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Nducu Wa Ngugi

    2007-10-31, Issue 326

    In the essay, A Flowering Evil, by Mark Seal that appeared in Vanity Fair Magazine (2006), we learn that there are two types of people living in Kenya — the White landowners and the Black, 'lawless, immigrant' Kenyans. Earlier this year it was announced that Julia Roberts will star in a movie to be shot in 2008 inspired by this essay. Wanjiku Wa Ngugi, Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Nducu Wa Ngugi deeply believe Kenyan White landowners should speak for themselves. Using direct quotes, they offer you the top ten reasons why you should read the full essay.

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