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Bruised but defiant: Mona Eltahawy on her assault by Egyptian security forces

In Repression, Revolt on December 24, 2011 at 6:18 am

, The Guardian

The last thing I remember before the riot police surrounded me was punching a man who had groped me. Who the hell thinks of copping a feel as you’re taking shelter from bullets? Another man tried to protect him by standing between us, but I was enraged, and kept going back for more. A third man was trying to snatch my smartphone out of my other hand. He was the one who had pulled my friend Maged Butter and me into an abandoned shop – supposedly for safety’s sake – and he wouldn’t let go of my hand. Read the rest of this entry »


African awakenings: Hope for the future

In Moments of Grace, rebellion on December 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

by Firoze Manji, Red Pepper

The bursting of citizens onto the streets of Tunisia and Egypt early in 2011 and the ensuing overthrow of the dictators Ben Ali and Mubarak has attracted widespread international attention. Concurrent with these north African uprisings, but largely ignored by the mainstream international media, there have been growing protests, demonstrations and actions by citizens in numerous other countries across the continent. It is not possible to recount the entirety of this ‘African awakening’ here. However, these examples provide a flavour of a continent-wide phenomenon which, looked at as a whole, provides hope for the future, as well as insight into how that future is being created today. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rough Guide to the “Arab Spring”

In rebellion, Repression on December 22, 2011 at 7:44 am

by Sophia Azeb, Africa is a Country

Here goes my list of Top Ten bloggers, politicians and journalists who are related to the “Arab Spring” of 2011. I can’t stand the term “Arab Spring” but for the sake of Africa Is A Country’s 10×10 theme, let’s use it as an ironic reference. Read the rest of this entry »

Accueil Actualité Flash culture Kin Malebo Billet Musique Sport Littérature Qui sommes-nous? Vidéo Les intellectuels katangais se dissocient de la manipulation de Ngoy Mulunda et consorts

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on December 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Culture Congolaise

Nous, intellectuels katangais de la Diaspora euro-américaine ; convaincus de notre capacité critique et de notre indépendance d’esprit ; préoccupés par la crise politique postélectorale en RDC qui ternit l’image de tous les Katangaises et Katangais ; convaincus que la vérité peut libérer les consciences chargées et restaurer la confiance entre différentes ethnies congolaises ;

Publions la déclaration suivante : Read the rest of this entry »

Mohammed el Gorani: A report from Guantánamo

In Repression on December 20, 2011 at 8:14 am

by Mohammed el Gorani and Jérôme Tubiana, London Review of Books

We met every afternoon for two weeks in N’Djamena. After the midday prayer, I would pick him up in a taxi at the shop he hoped to turn into a laundry. We ate fish and rice in my hotel room – he would have been recognised outside – and he just talked, beginning at the beginning.

I was born in 1986 in Saudi Arabia, in Medina, the Prophet’s city. My parents came from North Chad – I don’t know exactly where. Read the rest of this entry »

Image of unknown woman beaten by Egypt’s military echoes around world

In Repression, Revolt, we shall be the prey and the vulture on December 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

, The Guardian

The woman is young, and slim, and fair. She lies on her back surrounded by four soldiers, two of whom are dragging her by the arms raised above her head. She’s unresisting – maybe she’s fainted; we can’t tell because we can’t see her face. She’s wearing blue jeans and trainers. But her top half is bare: we can see her torso, her tummy, her blue bra, her bare delicate arms. Surrounding this top half, forming a kind of black halo around it, is the abaya, the robe she was wearing that has been ripped off and that tells us that she was wearing a hijab. Read the rest of this entry »

Nigeria’s ‘anti-gay bill’ is another backward step

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on December 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

by Sokari Ekine, The New Internationalist

On hearing the news of the passing of the Nigerian Same Sex Marriage Bill, 2011 (the SSM Bill)–  which seeks to criminalize anyone who either enters into a same sex marriage or witnesses, supports or aids such a marriage– my reaction was…well, I was too numb to immediately react. I could only think about the miserable state my country is in. But did I really expect anything different? Read the rest of this entry »

Jacob Zuma sera-t-elle victime de la fraude Electorale en RDC avant Joseph Kabila ?

In The Politics of Politics, we shall be the prey and the vulture on December 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

JM Mukanya, Beni Lubero

La Fraude électorale devant laquelle les grandes puissances et les multinationales essaient de fermer l’œil en RDC fera plusieurs victimes car le peuple congolais qui l’a découverte ne veut pas lâcher prise. La pièce maîtresse de cette fraude électorale jamais vue même sous la dictature mobutienne reste le remplissage des bulletins de vote en faveur de Joseph Kabila en Afrique du Sud, la commande de deux cargos de bulletins de vote deux jours après la fin des élections et leur dispatching sur Lubumbashi, Goma et Kinshasa. L’explication du Pasteur Ngoy Mulunda qu’il s’agissait d’une livraison qui était prévue de longue date n’était pas convaincante dans la mesure où ces bulletins destinées à l’incinération avaient été dispatchés en trois endroits différents, lesquels endroits sont considérés comme les centres névralgiques de la fraude électorale de 2011.   Read the rest of this entry »

The climate change revolution will not be funded

In Solidarity, The Politics of Politics on December 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

by Jared Sacks, Pambazuka News

‘Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories!’ – Amilcar Cabral

Over the past few weeks, world leaders, technocrats, and NGOs descended upon Durban for the 17th Conference of Parties (dubbed the Conference of Polluters by its critics). After 17 years of meetings to address climate change, the lack of action from world leaders clearly shows that the biggest polluting nations not only lack the political will to address the issue, but also seem to be actively carrying out the anti-environmental agenda of the largest corporations on this planet. Read the rest of this entry »

Heteropatriarcial recolonisation

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on December 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm

by Sokari Ekine, BlackLooks

On hearing the news of the passing of the Nigerian “Same Sex Marriage Bill 2011, my reaction was, I was too numb to even have a reaction at the miserable state of my country. Did I really expect anything different? Read the rest of this entry »