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Nigeria: Was it a 14-day dream?

In rebellion on January 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

by Sokari Ekine, Pambazuka

Is the Nigerian ‘revolution’ over? Was it just a brief moment in our history when everyone came together believing that this time things would be different? Or has there been a permanent shift in consciousness? Emmanuel Iduma likens Nigeria’s 14-day revolt to a dream from which we awoke and returned to normalcy. Read the rest of this entry »


Taking Back the Commons in Cape Town

In rebellion on January 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Take Back the Common

Mahala, Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by Christopher McMichael

This Friday communities around the Cape will march from Athlone stadium to Rondebosch commons for a three day ‘occupation’. The aim is a public space to discuss solutions to a range of issues: housing, rent arrears, evictions, political corruption and the ongoing segregation in the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Could South Africa Become the Israel of Africa?

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on January 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

by , Ota Benga

There are times when something outrageous happens, such as the illegal arrest of 150-200 Congolese in Yeoville (Johannesburg january 21-22), that persons of conscience are not sure that they got the information correctly. In the land that invented apartheid, could it be that something more pernicious than apartheid is being born? Read the rest of this entry »

The World War on Democracy

In rebellion, Repression on January 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm

by John Pilger

Lisette Talate died the other day.  I remember a wiry, fiercely intelligent woman who masked her grief with a determination that was a presence. She was the embodiment of people’s resistance to the war on democracy. I first glimpsed her in a 1950s Colonial Office film about the Chagos islanders, a tiny creole nation living midway between Africa and Asia in the Indian Ocean. The camera panned across thriving villages, a church, a school, a hospital, set in a phenomenon of natural beauty and peace. Lisette remembers the producer saying to her and her teenage friends, “Keep smiling girls!” Read the rest of this entry »

Students for Social Justice Statement on the arrest and assault of Ayanda Kota

In Repression on January 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Students for Social Justice, Politicsweb

Students for Social Justice Statement on the arrest and assault of Ayanda Kota

We, the Students for Social Justice condemn in the strongest possible terms the vicious police attack on our friend and comrade Ayanda Kota of the Unemployed People’s Movement, which occurred on Thursday the 12th of January 2012. Ayanda Kota was assaulted in barbaric and cowardly fashion in front of his 6 year old son at the Grahamstown police station by Constable Zulu and several other officers. Read the rest of this entry »

‘See, the Nigerian revolution has begun’

In rebellion on January 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

by Sokari Ekine, Pambazuka

On Monday 9 January, the first day of the Nigerian nationwide indefinite strike, my fellow blogger, Emmanuel Iduma, wrote a post ‘See, The Nigerian Revolution Has Begun’. Emmanuel is a young man, a writer, modest and maybe a little shy. Sometimes there is hesitancy about his writing, as if he is not quite sure whether the stone he steps on will bear his weight or if his foot slips he will maintain his balance. But the important thing is, he never fails to take that step. Read the rest of this entry »

The women of Mali: “Indignons-nous!”

In Repression on January 10, 2012 at 5:36 am

by Dan Moshenberg, Women in and Beyond the Global

On December 2, 2011, the Malian parliament passed a Family Code, which threatens to set back women’s rights in Mali quite considerably. In 2009 the Parliament had passed a fairly progressive law, which didn’t quite bring women and men to equal status, but was a major step in that direction. Conservative, mostly religious, forces swung into action. The President quickly rejected the law, and sent it back to Parliament, where it has sat for two years. The new bill declares women’s legal obligation to obey and serve their husbands, as well as the husbands’ singular leadership, or dominion, over the household and all within it. Read the rest of this entry »

Nigeria’s oil disasters are met by silence

In Environment on January 10, 2012 at 5:30 am

by , The Guardian

In 2010 the world watched in horror as the Gulf of Mexico filled with 5m barrels of oil from an undersea leak caused by the careless handling of equipment on the part of BP and its partner Halliburton. Shocking images of uncontrolled spillage erupting from the ocean floor travelled around the world for weeks, sparking a media frenzy, a range of stern governmental responses and a huge amount of public outrage. BP has spent millions on the clean-up and millions more on a public relations campaign, all in an effort to repair the damage it caused to the Gulf but also to its image and, perhaps more importantly for BP, to its share price. Read the rest of this entry »

My Guantánamo Nightmare

In Repression on January 8, 2012 at 9:11 am
by Lakdar Boumedien, The New York Times


ON Wednesday, America’s detention camp at Guantánamo Bay will have been open for 10 years. For seven of them, I was held there without explanation or charge. During that time my daughters grew up without me. They were toddlers when I was imprisoned, and were never allowed to visit or speak to me by phone. Most of their letters were returned as “undeliverable,” and the few that I received were so thoroughly and thoughtlessly censored that their messages of love and support were lost. Read the rest of this entry »

Mr. Velile Mafani Will Throw Three Stones Through the Window of the High Court in Grahamstown Tomorrow

In rebellion on January 6, 2012 at 6:23 am

5 January 2012

Unemployed People’s Movement Press Statement

Our movement has been approached by Mr. Velile Ben Mafani. He informed us that tomorrow he will throw three stones, one white, one black, and one red, through the window of the High Court in Grahamstown. He will tie a letter stating his demands around the stones. Read the rest of this entry »