"Obama and Modi had referred to the two probes around Mars that are ongoing—one an Indian (Mangalyaan) and the other an American (Maven). Such impressive scientific developments—the Sputniks and Explorers of our time—are dwarfed by the currency of war that brought these two leaders together. From the sublimity of the gifts and the visits to the King memorial came the ridiculousness of the renewal of the 10-year military agreement as well as the revitalisation of the U.S.-India nuclear deal. King and Gandhi would have picked up on one irony—that the planet around which the U.S. and Indian probes are currently in orbit is called Mars, the god of war."
Narendra Modi’s sublime gifts to Barack Obama and the two leaders’ visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr memorial was ironically followed by a renewal of the 10-year military agreement and a revitalisation of the nuclear deal to take forward the strategic relationship. By VIJAY PRASHAD
The death of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier in Port-au-Prince on October 4 garnered world-wide attention. However, despite the justly deserved focus on the legacy of Duvalier (aka Baby Doc), too much about current Haitian politics was left out of that brief round of media coverage.
Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier, responsible for thousands of deaths and theft of millions, who moved openly among Haitian elites, died Oct 4  a free man. Meanwhile former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, twice elected president with huge majorities only to be overthrown by U.S. backed coups, and who created more schools in a decade than in Haiti's 200-year history, lives under house arrest surrounded by heavily armed police wearing black ski masks. ...
I hate the word ‘diversity’. It’s usually a lame attempt to whitewash any actual dialogue, because if you have a problem with an unjust status quo, and reject the ‘let’s all get along’ Cool Aid, then you have defined yourself as being against diversity, unicorns and rainbows.
Firoze Manji's insight:
It's not diversity but white supremacy that needs to be addressed.
Each week on “The Global African” host Bill Fletcher, Jr. addresses issues facing Africa and the African Diasporas. This week's program deals with the thorny and debatable issue of reparations. The issue has again been placed in the spotlight, due to the renewed debate on racism as a result of the events in Ferguson, Missouri and an article entitled The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates published in prestigious magazine The Atlantic. Fletcher explains what's at stake in the debate and is joined by author and professor N.D.B Connolly; Professor Adjoa Aiyrtoro, founding chair of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA); and Professor Charles Ogletree. teleSUR
Speaking at an event hosted by SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation to examine the impact of traditional leadership on rural land reform, analyst Nomboniso Gasa, posited that theres a new form of dispossession taking place in South Africa, as untapped mineral resources influence a new round of land claims by the rural elite. Land expert, Prof. Ben Cousins, said that this land grab by traditional leaders is taking place with the connivance of government. This quest for mineral rights by trad
WikiLeaks on Thursday released a second updated version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property Rights chapter, charging that it will hinder affordable access to medicines globally, increase online surveillance, and impinge on civil liberties while benefiting Big Pharma and other corporate interests.
"Our first impression in reading the document is the extent to which the United States has sought hundreds of changes in intellectual property norms, some small and subtle, others blunt and aggressive, nearly of all of which favor big corporate right holders, and undermine the public’s freedom to use knowledge," declared James Love of Knowledge Ecology International.
Newsweek’s use of a chimpanzee to represent a scientifically invalid story about an African disease is a classic case of othering. It suggests that African immigrants are to be feared, and that apes — and African immigrants who eat them — could bring a deadly disease to the pristine shores of the United States of America.
Addis Ababa (UNECA, October 10, 2014) - Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa United Nations, Carlos Lopes, was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Prize Africa (laap), in the category Africa Action (Action for Africa ) by the Millennium Excellence Foundation, the extent of its contribution to reverse the economic fate of Africa. The ceremony of awarding the prize took place in Lagos, Nigeria, on 10 October of the current.
Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize committee announced two winners: Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi for their struggle for the rights of children. While for most Indians K Satyarthi's name was a bit of a mystery, Malala was already a widely known international figure, her personal story documented on magazine covers around the world.The celebration of Malala in the West has long inspired conspiracy theorists who view her as a CIA stooge -- and that she is now the youngest recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize is likely to prove more fodder for the same. But you don't have to be paranoid to ask the question raised by Murtaza Hussain in Al-Jazeera: What about Nabila Rehman?'Nabila who?' great many will ask of the other Pakistani girl who has been casting light on a far more uncomfortable truth: drones strikes in the North Waziristan.Nabila's story is no less moving. The 10-year-old girl survived a drone attack in 2012 (she was eight then) and has testified before the US Congress to describe the horror of these attacks.
In September the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), a caucus of fifty-two members of the European parliament from nineteen political delegations and fourteen countries, nominated Mouad Belghouate, Ala Yaacoubi, ...
October 16 is World Food Day. But as the 20th World Food Day since the establishment of our democracy dawns on South Africa, a grim shadow of hunger and malnutrition hangs over the democratic era. While there are fewer food insecure households today than in 1999, over a quarter of the population still live in households that regularly experience hunger. Some of the most alarming statistics relate to children. More children are benefitting from school feeding programmes than ever before, but the
The Haller Foundation invites you to the 2014 Haller Prize for Development Journalism Awards Ceremony and the Haller Farmers App Launch. The evening will be chaired by Edward Paice, Director, Africa Research Institute and a Panel Discussion on Development Journalism will be led by Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC World Service.
To find out more about the event please email@example.com or visit our websiteThe Haller Prize for Development Journalism Awards and the Haller Farmers App LaunchTuesday 18th November 2014: 6.00pm – 9.00pm Serena Hotel, Nairobi RSVP by Monday 20th October with your full mailing address and contact details. You will then receive a formal invitation which will include further details of the evening.
"Nous avons appris en Afrique que ce n'est pas parce que le gouvernement vous accorde une concession que vous allez pouvoir travailler comme vous l'entendez. Il faut d'abord obtenir l'autorisation des populations locales."