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The Son of Africa claims a continent’s crown jewels

In The Politics of Politics on October 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

John Pilger, The New Statesman

Barack Obama is leading the US at the head of a pack of western nations intent on the new scramble to exploit Africa’s resources. Their chief aim? To squeeze a China hungry for raw materials.

On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced that he was sending United States special forces to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will “engage” only for “self-defence”, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way. Read the rest of this entry »


“We are all S’bu Zikode”

In Tearing Ourselves Apart, The Politics of Politics on October 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

“We are all S’bu Zikode”

Abahlali baseMjondolo is a movement of the poor that struggles to protect, promote and advance the dignity of the poor in South Africa. One of our roles is to bring the government to the people and the people to the government. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt’s Bloody Sunday

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on October 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

by Mariz Tadros, MERIP

At first, it looked like a repeat of the worst state brutality during the January 25 uprisings that unseated the ex-president of Egypt, Husni Mubarak: On Sunday, October 9, security forces deployed tear gas, live bullets and armored vehicles in an effort to disperse peaceful protesters in downtown Cairo. Joined by Muslim sympathizers, thousands of Coptic Christians had gathered that afternoon in front of the capital’s state television and radio building, known as Maspero, and in many other parts of Egypt, to protest the burning of a church in the Upper Egyptian village of al-Marinab. A few days earlier, their initial demonstrations had also been met with violence. Read the rest of this entry »

Zim’s church horror: ‘Homosexuals must die’

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on October 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

by Jason Moyo HARARE, ZIMBABWE – Oct 14 2011, The Mail & Guardian

The pews are often virtually empty on Sunday mornings at Harare’s St Mary’s and All Saints Anglican cathedrals, but this is Bishop Nolbert Kunonga’s “throne” and he is prepared to defend it with violence. Read the rest of this entry »

Occupy Grahamstown!

In Moments of Grace, rebellion on October 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

13 October 2011
Unemployed People’s Movement Press Statement

Occupy Grahamstown! Recapitalise the Poor!

As a movement of the poor we have taken great inspiration from the rebellion that has spread from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Syntagma Square in Athens, the Puerta del Sol in Madrid and now Liberty Plaza in New York. Our comrades in Students for Social Justice have been just as inspired by the growing spirit of rebellion that is jumping, like a fire, from country to country. Read the rest of this entry »