A person is a person where ever they find themselves.
Our movement has a proud history of taking a clear and strong stand against xenophobia. Our movement has always been open to everyone who lives in the shacks and agrees with our politic. We ask people many questions before they join our movement. But we have never asked someone what country they were born in before welcoming them into our struggle. A neighbour is a neighbour no matter where they were born. A comrade is a comrade no matter where they were born or what language they speak. During the xenophobic attacks in May 2008 we insisted that a person is a person where ever they may find themselves. We insisted that South African belongs to all who lives in it. We took a decision to shelter and defend anyone under attack. We acted on that decision. There were no xenophobic attacks in any settlement affiliated to our movement.
Confirming the suspicions and fears of environmental campaigners and concerned individuals across the globe, Wikileaks on Wednesday released a draft version of the 'Environment Chapter' from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), exposing most of the so-called "environmental protections" as toothless policies that serve to protect corporate profit not Mother Earth.
The Polish President Lech Kaczynski and scores of other senior Polish figures perished on Saturday April 10, 2010 in a plane crash in Russia. They were flying to Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre where over 20,000 Poles by Soviet forces during the Second World War (WWII).
Uganda has a relationship to the massacre and to Poland because it hosted thousands of Polish refugees during and after WWII. In late 1942, the International Refugees Organization made preparations to transport Polish refugees to Tanganyika (present Tanzania), Uganda and Kenya in East Africa. According to the Hansard of the British Parliament of 7th April 1943, the East African Governments promised to provide accommodation for 21,000 refugees. Tanganyika provided accommodation for 8,000 Polish refugees and about 800 others, Kenya accommodated 1,500 Polish refugees and the remainder were accommodated by Uganda, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Estimates put the number of refugees in Uganda to between 4000 and 7000 mainly women and children. They were settled, in two camps, Nyabyeya, in Masindi district and Koja (Mpunga) in Mukono district between 1942 and 1952. The camps were subdivided into villages of 500 inhabitants each led by a headman. In each camp, piped water, hospitals, primary and secondary schools, churches, orphanages, recreation centers and cemeteries were provided.
At the end of WWII, the refugees redistributed and resettled around the world. The complicated cases including those who could not easily be absorbed in Europe due to age, infirmity and criminality remained at the Koja camp until l952 when the camp was finally closed down. However, a piece of Poland remains in Uganda in the form of those that were buried in the cemeteries which are still intact up to this day.Posted 10th April 2010 by Globe Trotter
"The camps were subdivided into villages of 500 inhabitants each led by a headman. In each camp, piped water, hospitals, primary and secondary schools, churches, orphanages, recreation centers and cemeteries were provided." So white refugees got all these facilities that black refugees have never been given - even in Africa!
The military-dominated regime that seized power in Egypt in July 2013 has escalated its attacks on freedom and democracy in the country. A series of pronouncements were issued in late December, including the banning of the country's largest political movement, the Muslim Brotherhood. By all evidence, Egypt's economic and military elite are taking the country back to the darkest days of the rule of former dictator Hosni Mubarak or even farther into the abyss.
Marieme Helie Lucas is an Algerian sociologist and founder of the organizations Women Living Under Muslim Laws and Secularism is a Women's Issue. In this interview, conducted by Iranian exiled feminist leader Maryam Namazie, she presents a provocative view of the controversy over the face-veil ban in France—an issue which has paradoxically seen Western progressives making common cause with Muslim conservatives, and Western conservatives purporting to act in the name of feminism. This interview is presented in the spirit of airing iconoclastic perspectives and broadening the scope of debate on an issue where conflicting definitions of civil liberties have created much confusion. —World War 4 Report
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Thanks to Bill Fletcher Jr for point out this excellent interview and analysis.
Through detailed analysis of ProSavana documents and field research, Sayaka Funada-Classen deals with the evolution of the philosophy and speeches about the programme; the positions of the three governments involved; the possible incoherence and...
Farmers and civic groups in Mozambique urged Japan during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to Africa to halt an agricultural program it is promoting in their country that they say could result in land grabbing.
2012 brought extreme heat and drought. But that's nothing to what's around the corner.
2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States. Widespread drought, wildfires and extreme heat affected human health and caused food prices to skyrocket. According to new research out of Columbia University, however, last year’s heat wave may be nothing compared to what’s just around the corner.
Researchers at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory predict that a megadrought, the likes of which haven’t been experienced since the 12th century, could hit planet Earth within the next eight years, and it might never leave [PDF]. The cause? According to scientists, this drought will be brought on by “anthropogenic radiative forcing”, also known as ‘stronger-than-normal greenhouse warming caused by climate pollution’.
▶AQUIFER ALERT: Stretching across eight U,S states, the Ogallala aquifer is the lifeblood of agriculture on the Great Plains. But can it survive a future of drought, pollution, and pipelines? ... Underlying almost 175,000 square miles in eight states, the aquifer sustains nearly one-fifth of all wheat, corn, cotton, and cattle production in the United States. But several years of drought and decades of intensive crop irrigation have left it seriously depleted http://www.onearth.org/articles/2014/01/so-what-exactly-is-an-aquifer-we-explain
VIDEO ▶ CANADA'S BOREAL FOREST AT GREAT RISK: THE LARGEST INTACT FOREST ECOSYSTEM ON THE PLANET http://sco.lt/6px3jN
Easy Branches, January 18, 2014 HOW MUCH WATER IS IN A CLOUD?
How do clouds defy gravity when they are full of water? Just how much water is in a cloud? The startling science behind clouds which are all too often taken for granted... http://news.easybranches.com/news/1679632.html ;
Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. And western governments, including Britain and the US, turn a blind eye. But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won't come clean?
When it comes to providing hunger relief to needy people around the world, the United States has been a leader since World War II. And if early reports about the Obama administration’s 2014 budget are true, then the U.S. will have a golden opportunity to provide even more food to the hungry while spending less taxpayer dollars in the years ahead. GOING LOCAL AND REGIONAL
Negotiations and fighting are both continuing this week in the conflict in South Sudan which erupted into open violence on December 15. It may be that coordinated international pressure will soon bring about a ceasefire. But both Sudanese and foreign sources stress that any long-term solution must deal not only with the political competition between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar, who was dismissed at Vice President along with others in the Cabinet last July, but also with fundamental issues of the Sudanese state.
Strikingly, many news reports as well as virtually all political analysts agree that the root of the current conflict is not "tribalism" or ethnic rivalry as such but rather internal political conflict in which political leaders have sparked an escalation of violence playing out along ethnic lines.
[Any attempt to generalize about what "the media" say is inevitably subjective. But it is interesting to note that a Google news search for "South Sudan" and "political" turns up far more hits than "South Sudan" and "tribal." And, in recent coverage of both South Sudan and the Central African Republic, many news articles specifically caution against the common tendency to regard such conflicts as based on "age-old rivalries," noting previous peaceful relationships across ethnic or religious dividing lines.]
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