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Zanele Muholi: Raising consciousness through art

In Art on May 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

by Sokari Ekine, Black Looks

Is their a link between the defacement of “The Spear”, the painting of  Jacob Zuma which shows his genitals and the theft of five years of Zanele Muholi’s work?  Is free expression through art or any other medium under attack from the ANC government? Read the rest of this entry »


The DA/Cosatu fracas: Appreciating the moral high ground

In The Politics of Politics on May 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

by Steven Friedman, Pambazuka

Even in a “class war”, taking the moral high ground is not a luxury – it is a vital weapon that can be the difference between winning and losing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Looting of Nigeria

In Plunder on May 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

by Thomas Mountain, CounterPunch

As western oil companies loot some $140 Billion a year of Nigeria’s black gold two thirds of the country’s 100 million people live on less than $2 a day.

Nigeria’s “official” oil production figures show about 3 million barrels a day being pumped from their oil fields into the holds of western tankers though for decades now informed observers have estimated up to one third of all Nigerian oil is actually “stolen”, secretly loaded onto oil tankers after bribes are paid to corrupt government officials. Read the rest of this entry »

Mali: What is really happening

In The Politics of Politics on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

by Oualid Khelifi, Ceasefire

Mali has seen a rapid succession of events this year. A rebellion broke out in the country’s north on 18 January and a coup d’état followed two months later, on 22 March. The army mutineers have justified their move by Bamako’s failure to manage the conflict in the Azawad, a northern region which encompasses three out of Mali’s eight administrative provinces: Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu. Read the rest of this entry »

Apartheid petty and grand, old and new is evil

In Solidarity on May 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

by Ayanda Kota, Pambazuka

The Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) was formed in August 2009 to respond to the crisis of unemployment and the commoditization of essential services in a society dominated by corruption and greed. As Steve Biko said, we blacks are tired of standing at the touchlines to witness a game that we should be playing. We want to do things for ourselves and all by ourselves. This is a realisation that we are the protagonists of our lives and nobody will free us but ourselves; we – the unemployed – will have to be our own liberators. Read the rest of this entry »

Our aims will never be the same

In we shall be the prey and the vulture on May 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

by Lindela Figlan, Pambazuka

People are born not the same and they will die not the same. Although people got united to achieve one goal, which is an equal and democratic society, the gap between the haves and the have nots is not fading away. In fact it is growing. Read the rest of this entry »