The City Press made an astonishing error of judgement in deciding to publish Phumlani Mfeka's more or less fascist ranton Sunday. Presenting this extraordinarily crass form of ethnic chauvinism under-girded by a clear threat of violence as if it were a legitimate contribution to the national debate only compounded the newspaper's disgraceful editorial decision. But while Mfeka's anti-Indian diatribe is certainly the most extreme instance of an increasingly dubious set of responses to Guptagate it is not uniquely problematic.
For centuries, the nations of the Global South have struggled to assert themselves politically. This assertion originally took the form of myriad struggles against colonialism, and as the European empires collapsed, new nation states came into being across Africa and Asia.
In 1955, the leaders of these newly emerging, optimistic nations came together in Bandung, Indonesia, to advance their struggles in the international arena. The “Spirit of Bandung” would subsequently inform institutions such as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the G77, its group within the UN. In economic matters, this perspective found expression in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), while the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) advanced an alternative cultural agenda. These bodies were the institutional expression of the Third World Project, the collective dream of billions of people for another world, one characterized by peace, cooperation, and shared prosperity.
On 17 May, 2013, on the same day that President François Hollande declared that France would not pay reparations for the country’s past mistakes, one of France’s leading racism watchdogs, the Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN), announced its intention to sue the Caisse des Depots, a state-owned bank, over profits from the colonial-era slave trade and reparations extorted from Haiti.
Today the African continent has 55-independent countries. While no outside power directly holds sway over African territory (with the exception of French-ruled Djibouti), the issue of African independence is posed as sharply as ever. 2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of a landmark in the struggle for African independence & self-determination: the decisive defeat in Angola of the racist armed forces of the apartheid South African state by combined Cuban and Angolan troops. This led to the immediate independence of Namibia, accelerating the end of racist rule in South Africa. These events and Cuba's extensive & crucial role in the struggle against apartheid South Africa, however, remain virtually unknown in the West. Also forgotten is the apartheid regime’s regional war of terror, which set the context of Cuba’s intervention. Africa's Unknown War: Apartheid Terror, Cuba & Southern African Liberation will commemorate the 25th anniversary, while elaborating apartheid’s reign of terrorism. The symposium will be held on September 27th& 28th, 2013 at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada.
Income inequality is having a profoundly negative effect on South Africas children. One global study has found that "household income is the best proxy" to measure access to education, healthcare and other safety nets for children.
Independent Online Guinea opposition protest turns violent Aljazeera.com Discontent has spilled over into deadly violence in the west African country, where activists have accused President Alpha Conde of planning to rig upcoming elections planned...
Together, let us support the civic and pan-African repoliticization of our youth.
AFRICOM go home, Africa for Africans at home and abroad.
No to foreign bases – US out of Germany! US out of Africa!
No to terrorist militarization and foreign bases on African soil! – Get out NOW! Out of Chagos! Out of Diego Garcia! Out of Libreville! Out of Sao-Tomé! Out of Ceuta! Out of Ndjamena! Out of Djibouti! Out of Tripoli!…
No to multinationals and their scramble for Africa’s natural resources and farmland!
No to Rulers who sell out Africa to Imperialists!
Yes to democracy and the popular reform of the African Union!
Decolonize and unite – Africa is One!
Sisters and brothers, internationalist allies around the world, stand with us. Let us defend Africa!
Many black people and persons of mixed racial background in Cuba believe that a change in the country’s political system is needed to improve the lives of this non-white sector of the population, which today continues to endure stereotypes, discrimination and racism.
For more than three centuries, Cuba’s black and mixed race population suffered the onslaught of racial stereotypes, discrimination and racism. No government of the republican period (post 1902), save Fulgencio Batista’s, which demagogically opened the doors of the country’s armed forces to this sector of the population, did absolutely anything for them.
A reflection, from a Caribbean perspective, on a recent international conference on the potential and limits of social and solidarity economy.
In the Caribbean SSE is a tradition that goes at least as far back as to the mutual aid practices in free villages formed by newly emancipated persons after 1838; and similar practices of formerly indentured labourers…
Less than 24 hours after she interrupted President Obama’s major speech on the future of the secret drone war and Guantánamo, CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin describes why she repeatedly interrupted Obama’s address.
(Reuters) - Google Inc intends to finance, build and help operate wireless networks from sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia, hoping to connect a billion or so people in emerging countries to the Internet,...
Human rights groups call for justice over Wau killings Sudan Tribune While Human Rights Watch's Africa Director, Daniel Bekele, pointed out that: “Eight peaceful protesters are dead in South Sudan at the hands of security forces and apparently no...
"A Congolese army battalion that received its formative training from the U.S. military went on to commit mass rapes and other atrocities last year, a U.N. investigation has found. Members of the 391st Commando Battalion, a unit created in 2010 with extensive support from the U.S. government, joined with other Congolese soldiers to rape 97 women and 33 girls as they fled a rebel advance in eastern Congo in November, according to the United Nations. U.S. Special Operations forces had spent eight months training the 750-member battalion in a bid to professionalize Congo's ragtag military, which has a long history of rights abuses, including raping and killing civilians." - Washington Post, May 13, 2013
Sexual violence by military forces against civilians or within their own ranks is a phenomenon which has plagued armies throughout history and around the world. There is increasing national and international attention to these abuses, with new revelations often featured in the media. Governments have responded by introducing a wide range of training programs, as part of what is now often labeled "security sector reform." But as illustrated by this new UN report from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, trainings on the responsibility to curb sexual violence are unlikely to have much effect on their own. Far more significant is whether the conditions soldiers are put into are changed, whether military and societal values are genuinely transformed, and, most significantly, if there is effective discipline and sanctions against such behavior.