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Food Rebellions: Mozambicans Know Which Way the Wind Blows

In rebellion on September 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

by Raj Patel, The Observer

It has been a summer of record temperatures – Japan had its hottest summer on record.[1] Same with South Florida and New York.[2] Meanwhile, Pakistan and Niger are flooded, and the Eastern US is mopping up after Hurricane Earl. None of these individual events can definitively be attributed to global warming, as any climatologist will tell you. But to see how climate change will play out in the twenty-first century, you needn’t look to the Met Office. Look instead to the deaths and burning tyres in Mozambique’s ‘food riots’ to see what happens when extreme natural phenomena interact with our unjust social and economic systems. Read the rest of this entry »


A literary hibiscus

In Moments of Grace on September 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Kamau Mutunga, Saturday Nation
She is widely regarded as one of Africa’s brightest literary stars of the past decade. But before her filament shone, the works of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie almost never saw the light of day.

What a good turn of events that, today, the literary daughter of Chinua Achebe is an award-winning novelist, an accomplished author whom Achebe lauds as ‘a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers… she came almost fully made’! Read the rest of this entry »

Commercialisation is killing Makerere University

In Uncategorized, Universities on September 10, 2010 at 5:55 am

Mahmood Mamdani interviewed by Moses Mulondo in Pambazuka

MOSES MULONDO: Why have you chosen to return to Uganda?

MAHMOOD MAMDANI: In 2001 I had a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni. East African Affairs Minister Eriya Kategaya and the late James Wapakhabulo were also present. We were discussing regional issues, but at the end of the meeting I expressed concern about declining standards at Makerere University. Read the rest of this entry »

Swaziland: Small country, big struggle

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on September 4, 2010 at 9:41 am

Mike Marqusee, Anarkismo

Swaziland is a small country with a big problem. The 1.3 million inhabitants of the land-locked southern African kingdom live under the thumb of one of the world’s last absolute monarchies, a venal and repressive regime whose plunder of the country is systematic and comprehensive. Read the rest of this entry »