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Oggetto: Pambazuka News 739: What democracy? Tunisia, Libya and South
Data: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:10:58 +0300
Mittente: Pambazuka Editor <editor at pambazuka.org>
PAMBAZUKA NEWS 739: WHAT DEMOCRACY? TUNISIA, LIBYA AND SOUTH AFRICA
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CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4.
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TUNISIA YEAR FIVE: CAUGHT IN A TIGHTENING VICE
What has the "democracy" so praised by the West and its apologists
brought Tunisia? And why does the rise of Islamism seem so unstoppable?
The answer lies in the way the two trends reinforce each other, even as
they ferociously contend for the country's future.
TORTURE AND SHOW TRIALS COMMON IN NEO-COLONIAL LIBYA
Gaddafi officials still facing persecution four years after the
In the midst of an economic crisis, embattled militia, persecuted
citizens and fleeing refugees, the world can only watch as Libya
disintegrates further. Can this battered and bruised country be saved?
A SHAMEFUL MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE
10 reasons why the acquittal of Rwandan spy chief is unacceptable
In June Rwandan spy chief General Karenzi Karake was arrested in Britain
in relation to war crimes and death of European citizens. A British
court this week dropped his extradition case on technicalities. Karake’s
boss, Paul Kagame, and his regime in Kigali celebrated the acquittal,
but this turn of events only demonstrates that the nexus of money, power
and big interests can override the quest for justice.
STEMMING THE TIDE TOGETHER: SOIL, NOT OIL
Nnimmo Bassey and Vandana Shiva
Soil, not oil is not just an empty slogan but a statement of truth which
the world must act upon. Oil is a wasting resource. It has wasted many
lives and is now threatening the entire planet.
MY TAKE ON CORRUPTION: WOLE SOYINKA
By some estimates, Nigeria’s national oil corporation alone has
reportedly lost more than $30 billion in oil revenue to corruption in
the last five yeas, equivalent to the gross domestic product of more
than 30 African countries. In this wide-ranging interview, Prof Wole
Soyinka speaks about the lost potential in Africa’s most populous nation
and the hope of creating a new society built on people-based values.
WHY THE UNITED FRONT MUST IMMEDIATELY FORM A PARTY
South Africa’s democratic system, heavily dominated by the ANC, could
best be served by a genuinely democratic, mainstream trade union-based
party, like Brazil’s Socialist Party. The time for Zwelinzima Vavi's
United Front lobby to transform into such a party is now.
WHY THE HULLABALOO ABOUT CECIL, BUT NONE ABOUT ITAI?
Japhet M. Zwana
The White world has justifiably exhibited intense righteous indignation
at the depraved slaying of the 13-year-old lion known as Cecil, whose
name conjures up the racist namesake who became the arch-colonialist of
Zimbabwe. But why is there no similar international furore over the
likely politically enforced disappearance of prominent activist and
journalist Itai Dzamara?
PAMBAZUKA NEWS ANNUAL BREAK
Dear Readers and Contributors
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that enables us to carry insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses,
making Pambazuka News one of the largest and most influential web-based
forums for social justice in the Pan-African world.
SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS: PAN-AFRICAN COLLOQUIUM IN BARBADOS UNIVERSITY OF
THE WEST INDIES/BARBADOS, JANUARY 12-15, 2016
The Departments of History and Philosophy; Government, Sociology and
Social Work, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus,
Barbados and PANAFSTRAG are pleased to issue a second call for papers
for this inaugural international Pan African Colloquium to be held at
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados over the
period January 12-15, 2016.
3 Comment & analysis
CELEBRATING AFRICA’S ‘FATHER OF GEOLOGY’
Hajiya Hafsat Magaji
Baba has seen it all and conquered all. He is one of Nigeria’s most
decorated intellectuals and certainly one of Africa’s best gifts to the
world. He is a man widely respected across Nigeria and widely honoured
SAVED BY A SPEECH: OBAMA’S TRIP TO EASTERN AFRICA
Mahlet Ayele Beyecha
President Obama has been fiercely criticized for his claim at a press
conference in Addis Ababa that the Ethiopian government is
“democratically elected.” The facts on the ground do not support him.
But his message of hope to the continent was well received.
4 Advocacy & campaigns
ACB TO BATTLE SA GOVT., MONSANTO OVER CONTROVERSIAL GM ‘DROUGHT
The civil society group is concerned that the recent approval is typical
of GM decision-making in South Africa, which simply reiterates and
summarises information provided by Monsanto, who has a clear vested
interest in the approval. The government is under a legal obligation to
apply a risk averse and cautious approach, which takes into account
uncertainties and the limits of current knowledge about commercial
production of GMOs.
FAMILIES OF MARIKANA MINEWORKERS FILE CIVIL CLAIMS AGAINST GOVERNMENT
The families of the 37 mineworkers killed at Marikana on 13 and 16
August 2012 have filed civil claims against the Minister of Police in
the High Court in Pretoria. The 37 families are represented by The
Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), and the Legal
Resources Centre (LRC) and Wits Law Clinic.
AFRICAN WOMEN'S POSITION ON THE NEW DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
African women applaud the new “2030 Agenda” for having the promise of
being truly transformative for women and girls around the world. But
they are concerned about the lack of commitment by African governments
to implement progressive laws, agreements and protocols.
CIVIL SOCIETY COMMENDS INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE AGAINST
The team is headed by Professor Itse Sagay, a prominent professor of law
and civil rights activist. The Committee's task is to advise the present
Buhari led administration on the prosecution of the war against
corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria's
criminal justice system.
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Regional Office needs your research expertise with us on the ground.
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