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Explaining African Homophobia?

In The Politics of Politics on May 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Keguro Macharia, Kenya Imagine
Monday, 24 May 2010
In a recent article on “African homophobia”, Madeleine Bunting opens with the claim that there is “rightly huge concern and anger in the west at the recent increased homophobia in Africa.” This inauspicious opening leads to a series of claims that purport to explain “African homophobia.” I have no doubt that Bunting has good intentions, but I want to respond to her article as a Kenyan intellectual and as a scholar trained in gender and sexuality, in short, as precisely the kind of African intellectual whose presence is sorely lacking from her article. Read the rest of this entry »

Arrested GALZ employees allege torture by Zimbabwe police

In Tearing Ourselves Apart, we shall be the prey and the vulture on May 27, 2010 at 6:20 am


ZLHR Press Release – 26 May: Two Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) employees on Wednesday 26 May 2010 alleged that police severely tortured them in their holding cells.

David Hofisi and Dzimbabwe Chimbga, the lawyers representing the two employees Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Mhambi told Harare Magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi that their clients were tortured during their detention in police cells and asked for an investigation into the alleged torture. Read the rest of this entry »

How can we speak about an African Renaissance when some people are being excluded from what it means to be an African?

In Tearing Ourselves Apart, we shall be the prey and the vulture on May 27, 2010 at 6:16 am

Black Looks

The Abahlali baseMjondolo Youth League statement on AFRICA DAY includes a statement on the conviction and sentencing of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga for 14 years hard labour. So far Abahali baseMjondolo are the only non-LGBTI / HIV/AIDS specific movement / organisation to issue a solidarity statement against the conviction of Steven and Tiwonge and LGBTI people across the continent. Read the rest of this entry »

An Open Letter from the the Friends of NEGIP Network

In Energy on May 25, 2010 at 6:55 am

Curse of the Black Gold


The revelation that the administration of the former president of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo “spent” about $16.00 billion on energy and power with no appreciable impact on Nigeria’s energy and power sector. We recall that at the inception of the current civilian dispensation in the year 2000, the former President raised the genuine hopes and yearnings of the average Nigeria when he said: “On my honour, by the end of 2001, they (Nigerians) would begin to enjoy regular, uninterrupted power supply”. Read the rest of this entry »

Act against the conviction of Malawian gay couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga

In Tearing Ourselves Apart, we shall be the prey and the vulture on May 21, 2010 at 6:34 am

by Sokari Ekine, Black Looks,20 May 2010

On Tuesday, 18th of May 2010, a court in Blantyre, Malawi Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts. The couple were arrested in December 2009 after celebrating their engagement and had their bail applications denied. They have been in jail ever since and have been given a brutal and completely unjust 14 year sentence with hard labour setting a dangerous precedent across the region. Read the rest of this entry »

Julius Malema and the Roots of Fascism in South Africa

In Tearing Ourselves Apart, The Politics of Politics on May 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm

by Zackie Achmat, Kagablog

I met a young man called Lubabalo Folose because I regularly pass through his place of work – O.R. Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg. Neatly dressed and always smiling, he shines shoes. A few years ago he persuaded me to let him shine my shoes “because if you are in the Treatment Action Campaign you must have clean shoes” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Swayoco Statement on the Death of Comrade Sipho Jele

In Tearing Ourselves Apart, Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

We, The People’s United Democratic Movement [PUDEMO] youth league, extends our condolences to the Jele family, Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions, PUDEMO and the entire progressive force for the sad loss of one of our finest, highly disciplined and committed cadre of our movement.

May Day celebration is a day that is celebrated by workers all over the world, and should be without any interference of the state. Yet during the celebration our members where harassed, detained, arrested and killed. Read the rest of this entry »

South Africa’s World Cup is a disgrace

In Tearing Ourselves Apart on May 15, 2010 at 11:49 am

It’s already the most unequal country on the planet. Now ‘the greatest marketing opportunity of our time’ is making it worse.

by Chris Rodrigues in The Guardian

Examine the latest available Human Development Index (HDI) figures – a measure of education, life expectancy and standard of living – and you will find that the 2010 World Cup hosts are ranked 129 out of 182 UN member states. Or a whole 19 places below both Gaza and the West Bank. Read the rest of this entry »

Resistance not ballots; mass organisation not authoritarian leaders

In The Politics of Politics on May 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Even with all eyes on the World Cup, movements of the workers and the poor in South Africa must not forget that another challenge looms: the local government elections of 2011. And with the approach of elections, we are already seeing the return of the wave of authoritarians and opportunists of the left, all singing the same old song: if they are elected, they will somehow be able to do something about the problems of the workers and the poor. And while they may remix the song over and over, the tune remains the same: individual leaders, experts, or vanguards can find the answer; the mass movements of the people cannot liberate themselves. Read the rest of this entry »