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Pambazuka News 691: US-Africa summit, Gaza and murderous onslaughts
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Dear Esteemed Reader, Pambazuka News Editorial Team takes its annual two-week break today. You will receive the next issue in September 2014. We wish to also inform you that the Pambazuka News website is currently undergoing major changes and will be launched in the very near future. We would appreciate your views on this new look website when it is launched. THE EDITORS
2014-08-13 - http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/analysis-libya-sliding-to-civil-war-4576/NATO claimed that its intervention in Libya was a historic success. But three years later, Libya is in complete chaos. Some 1700 militias have a combined total of 250,000 men under arms. Another external intervention seems necessary to stabilize the country. But the US and NATO must never be involved
2014-08-13 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_PutinRussia’s presence in Africa remains marginal, largely due to historical reasons. But this could soon change. Several delegations from African states have visited Moscow in recent months and the Russian government appears determined to strengthen ties with Africa
2014-08-13 - http://www.Pambazuka.orgExamples of non-state structures and social networks that carry out political and economic tasks in DRC and Nigeria, in the absence of an effective state, suggest a more diverse and inclusive concept of shared power in African societies that goes beyond the simplistic Western conceptions of a rational state with the monopoly of power
2014-08-13 The US-Africa leaders summit is a public relations exercise in pomp, ceremony and ritual meant to disguise the militarised foreign policy represented by AFRICOM. It is also aimed at countering the Chinese presence on the African continent
2014-08-13 - http://www.voanews.com/content/leaders-debate-security-economics-at-u-s-africa-summit/1969793.htmlThe US-Africa summit will serve the interests of many but ultimately not the African people. The themes of the summit are centred around investment and business which is nothing more than the continued exploitation of Africa for external beneficiaries
2014-08-13 It is quite evident that the much-hyped summit was not about how the US can help Africa, but rather how the US can reconstruct its relations with Africa for its own interests, especially in the light of the growing presence of the BRICS
2014-08-14 After decades of violent conflict, dictatorship, a weak state and massive foreign interference, one could give up on DR Congo. But the country is on course to restoration. It will indeed become the centre of the sun’s radiance for Africa
How does the Congolese diaspora come together to create change? 2014-08-14 It is particularly in its failure to organize that the Congolese diaspora has been unable to bring sustainable support and change to the situation in their country. What needs to be done in order to organize effectively and bring to reality the change we want to see in Congo?
2014-08-14 The situation in DRC illustrates the deficiency of global ethics, selfishness and the longstanding failure to value the lives of the African people. Tackling the DRC’s impasse requires a comprehensive approach and involvement of national, regional, continental and international communities
2014-08-14 The conflict between Israel and Palestine, currently devastating Gaza, will continue without drastic changes. Workers and youths in the two nations and across the Middle East must unite against the system and build revolutionary democratic governments that serve the people
2014-08-14 Where is the much-touted Responsibility to Protect with regard to Palestinians? Israel murders people in Gaza with impunity. The world has failed these defenceless and colonised people. It is a big shame
Time for the CBC and our black political class denounce apartheid and ethnocracy in Israel-Palestine
2014-08-13 The contradiction between the supposed origin of our black political class out of the struggle against Jim Crow and its collaboration with Israeli apartheid can't be resolved. We can only save the good name of our own people by calling out the black US collaborators with apartheid, holding them up to derision and ridicule, by sustaining a storm of disapproval and opprobrium until they and the ethnocratic regime in Israel are no more.
Misanthropes are using the disease to spread unfounded fears 2014-08-13 There is ridiculously high fear-mongering about Ebola. Although this is a serious epidemic, the impression must not be created that humanity is at the brink of extinction. We will overcome Ebola
2014-08-14 Forceful evictions are rampant in Kenya. The government has never addressed the question of landlessness. Nor has anyone been held accountable in cases where fake titles are issued by government officials
2014-08-13 All five libraries have been established through partnerships with writing organizations, arts organizations, existing libraries, and influential individuals in the arts from each of the five launch countries, and all have received start-up donations of books collected and sent to them by the Fund
African scholars and scholars of Africa 2014-08-14 The petition urges urges all African scholars and scholars of Africa to sign against Israel's murderous onslaught in Gaza. The ongoing Israeli massacres in Gaza have been ghastly reminders of the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians.
2014-08-13 Campaigners want an award-winning film about the Marikana massacre of 2012 shown on TV so that South Africans can know the truth about the brutal killing of the miners by police in 2012
2014-08-13 This film by an Israeli director about albino killings in Tanzania is replete with Western stereotypes about the African savage, without any historical or political context
2014-08-14 - http://careers.amnesty.orgAmnesty International (AI) is establishing an office in Nigeria. We are seeking a proven expert on Nigeria, to lead on the development and implementation of overarching research and campaigning strategies that deliver lasting impact on national human rights priorities.